In the early 20th Century, the cheapest route to a fast car was through modification of the Ford Model T.
The Tin Lizzie was among the least expensive cars; it was very sturdy and reliable compared to other cars; and millions were on the road. So, naturally, there were countless manufacturers that offered aftermarket parts for T racers.
This 1920 Ford Model T Fairgrounds Racer is a great example of such a car. Built by a Northern California farmer many decades ago, it combines parts made for street racing and heavy hauling to make a dangerously fast, reliable street or fairgrounds racer of the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s.
- 1920 Ford chassis and engine
- Rajo Model C-35 OHV head with Rajo updraft intake/exhaust manifold
- Model B carb
- Model T or A crank, drilled as required for pressurized lubrication
- 1912-1916 planetary transmission/hogshead
- Cast-iron Warford 3-speed auxiliary transmission
- Shortened torque tube
- Early Ruckstell (Hall-Scott) 2-speed axle
- Front and rear springs moved aft, dropped behind axles
- Early Stewart speedometer
- Oil pump and Stewart oil pressure gauge
- Stock Model T steering
- Hays demountable wire wheels
- Wood body and seats
- Model T gas tank
- 1919 Ford/Victor oil tail lamp converted to electricity
- Electric headlights/brass rings
- AC auxiliary brakes
- Original 1912-1916 brass radiator
- Ford tractor hairpins
- Bosch high-tension magneto, taken from an early tractor trailer, excavator or road grader