Ford Model TT
"Plank Side" Work Truck
development of the automobile in the first years of
the 20th Century revolutionized public transportation.
The famous Model T "Flivver", the first automobile to
be manufactured on the assembly line, sold at a price
that every workingman could afford.
By the early 'teens an even bigger impact was made with
the advent of trucking, quickly replacing the horse-drawn
wagon for the delivery of goods. The simple and affordable
Model T was a favorite chassis, and many coachbuilders
began crafting a wide variety of truck bodies and styles
to meet almost every requirement. In fact, the 1913
Model T was used by August Fruehauf (1868-1930) to create
the first "tractor-trailer" truck, marking the beginning
of an American legend in trucking.
"heavy duty" chassis was soon offered, called the Model
TT, with a longer 125" wheelbase and offered with a
worm-drive rear-end, but with a top speed of about 28
MPH. A wide variety of bodies were offered by owners
and independent coachbuilders to fit the standard TT
chassis, of which the utilitarian "Plank Side" or "Flat"
bed was the most popular. They were usually quite colorful,
and emblazoned with the company name as an early form
of "rolling advertisement".