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Model T driver's ed
#1327857 Thu Sep 26 2019 07:51 PM
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I'm heading down to the LeMay museum at Marymount in Tacoma, WA this weekend to drive one of their Model Ts around. It's a day long class on everything Model T. Should be fun. Weather looks like it's cooperating too. I have been watching some YouTubes on how to drive them, so I won't be scratching my head too much. There's no hair up there.


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Re: Model T driver's ed
Super55 #1327861 Thu Sep 26 2019 09:12 PM
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have fun! I took my dad and son in law down there for that a couple of summers ago, it was a blast! You will have a few hours afterward to look around the rest of the museum too! I am on the way (exit 149 off I-5 in Seatac) if you need anything.


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Re: Model T driver's ed
Super55 #1327868 Fri Sep 27 2019 12:03 AM
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I have visited the museum before. It's amazing. I'm going with my brother in law, and I don't think he has been before.


A day without laughter is a day wasted- Charlie Chaplin

When wrestling a grizzly bear, you have to keep at it until the bear gets tired, not when you get tired.


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Re: Model T driver's ed
Super55 #1327878 Fri Sep 27 2019 01:37 AM
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My Dad told me a story about when his Dad got his first used Model T.
Every time he wanted to stop or slow down, He would say Whoa boy Whoa!
Grampa was born in 1891 and was use to driving a teams of horses.
Dad did the same thing driving when he had to stop fast. Dad was born in 1926.
Thinking back, I guess I also do it and don't even think about it.

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Re: Model T driver's ed
Super55 #1327901 Fri Sep 27 2019 11:43 AM
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Best advice given me on learning to drive a Model T was to not think too hard about what you were doing. Just do it. The more you think, the harder it is. Like a lot of things in life, I suppose ...

Sounds like it will be a lot of fun!



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Re: Model T driver's ed
Super55 #1328017 Sat Sep 28 2019 06:49 PM
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I've been to that museum. Pretty cool place. They had a '54 Chevy Station Wagon that was nearly a twin that dad used to drive us around the western US on vacations years ago. Lots of other interesting stuff as well. They didn't have the Model T thing then, which would have been a cool thing to do. Closest we got was to sit in a big old touring car for a photo.
Have fun. thumbs_up


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Re: Model T driver's ed
Super55 #1328067 Sun Sep 29 2019 03:16 AM
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I drove Pat's 1911 model T pickup at the Winchester antique truck show yesterday. What a blast! People back then were either Hobbits or Santa's elves. I am 5'8' with size 9 feet and I had a big challenge fitting in it and being able to push only one of the weird pedals at a time.
When all else fails, remember to mash the foot pedal on the right!
BTW, the discussion of why the door locks on our trucks are on the right door, and why people commonly exited and entered on the passenger side may have originated with the older Model Ts.
There is no way to enter from the driver side door due to the long handled lever in the way.

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Super55 #1328258 Mon Sep 30 2019 04:56 PM
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I've always heard that in a pinch, to stop a Model T you just mash all three pedals. Never had an opportunity to try it. Based on your experience, Carl, that may be all I could manage with my size 13 feet. grin


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