Ocean to Ocean in a T

The Centennial of the 1909 Ocean to Ocean Endurance Contest

This will be the Blog page where I will be posting our activity and progress across the country in Bob's 1914 Model-T Touring car. The past 5 years of anticipation and planning have gone by quickly and will shortly come to fruition.

My interest in the Model-T began 35 years ago when my father-in-law suggested that I get a hobby which I could be involved in at home, since I was starting a family. I saw an ad in a newspaper listing 3 Model-T s for sale in a nearby town, each for $1200. The Touring and Roadster didn't even look like cars to me so I bought the 1924 Fordor sedan, which I still have today. The full restoration took 7 years, but once completed it provided my family and me great pleasure going to club meets and mini tours over the years. Since then, some 12 different Ts have passed through my ownership and I currently have a 1911 Touring, 1915 Roadster, 1922 Coupe, and the 1924 Fordor. My father-in-law was right, I have spent a lot of time at home, but I certainly have enriched my life and that of my family with a rewarding hobby!

On Friday, April 17, Bob and I took the 1914 O-2-O Touring out for its first long distance run of 115 miles and the car performed well. A few minor adjustments were noted and subsequently attended to. Even Bob was impressed with the pulling power of the new engine and I drove it to familiarize myself with the Layne gearbox. Before the June 14 start, we hope to have logged 500 miles to insure all is well for the next 3863!

For all those following our trip, be sure to check this Blog out regularly for update narratives and pictures as they are posted.

For our traveling companions, I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones in White Plains on the 13th!

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