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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Apple Turnover: 1926

Apple Turnover: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926 or 1927. "Liberty Pie Company truck wreck." 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Rolled over in the clover

Too bad, the Pie company lost its Ford TT delivery and a load of pies to boot. This 24-26 Ford Ton Truck, with the hand crank sprouting from the that model's radiator apron shows off the famous 3 point suspension of the Model T. Worm gear axle, torque tube drive, and those radius rods are now bent some. Big 32" x 4 1/2" cord tires on the rear, narrow 30" x 3 1/2" clincher tires on the front. An accessory belly band was added under the crankcase to reduce motor shake, but didn't help. With all that mud under the fenders, the wet road above probably was the cause of this roll-over to the gully.

Pie in the Sky

Is this what they mean by upsetting the apple cart?

Tires

I recall buying used tires for spares (I told the dealer, in order to preserve my pride) but they always ended up on my old Rabbit. I often had three different tires on the ground and a fourth type in the trunk. Ah, the poor but honest days as a social worker.

Liberty Pie

The vehicle has a transverse leaf spring in the rear to which the live rear axle is attached. There are trailing arms from the axle to the frame. (tubes running toward the driveshaft and ending just behind the transmission). Incidentally there IS a visible transmission.

Finally

See the undercarriage. It had a muffler, drive shaft and rear brakes. No front brakes or transmission. I wonder how the rear axles hold to the frame.. it looks it can snap off quite easily. Notice that the rear tires are wider than the front tires.

Ford Model T

That is an early 'twenties Ford.

Tired

Looks like four different types of tires on that truck. Don't see that much anymore...

Tasty title!

Nice job, Dave.

(btw, I would *happily* support a business called Liberty Pie Company!)

 
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