1921 Model T Ford



model t

It still needs some tweaking here and there (as most old things do), but for the most part, it is humming and chugging and putting along. Laugh if you want, but if we had a silver bun and spectacles, we could of been straight out of The Fox and The Hound!

dm2b(oh, and a fox. we would need a fox too. can’t forget the fox.)

I’ve never been much of a car girl, but I think it would be safe to say Tammy is; (it helps that her dad is a mechanic). I tend to lean more (*cough*obsessively*cough*) towards critters. BUT, that being said, it was definitely fun to drive…not every day you get to drive a vehicle nearly a century old! I have to give this ol’ truck props for still running after all it’s been through. The super awesome-er-est part besides the fact that IT’S RUNNING? It is looking like schedule is about on track to see this bad boy in the Blossom Fest Parade!!!  Hope to see you there!!


Not quite sure what i’m blabbering about? Read the full story behind the restoration of The Creston Museum’s 1921 Model T Ford below!



Newspaper clipping 2, Tammy is pretty excited!

Newspaper clipping 1, Tammy is pretty excited…if not a little bit cold. No cranking the heater in this truck!

In the grand scheme of vehicles, Model T Fords are kind of like bunnies; they are everywhere….

But here in our secluded little corner, the RESTORATION of one is kind of a big deal.        {didn’t you know?}

Headed up by Skip Bradford (yes; he actually looks like a Skip…and sounds like a Skip… it’s pretty awesome) the super talented mechanic […aaaand also my boss’s dad] is wrangling the project. He was recently interviewed by CBC Kelowna about the it. Click HERE to listen

But, this blog is about the stories behind the things that make them relevant to our home town. And this one’s a good’er.

So there were these three brothers, and they needed a truck. So…they bought one. Here is your basic timeline to give you an idea to start with…I’ll include the good stuff after 😉

1921: Purchased in September in North Dakota by brothers George, Robert, and Joseph Derry who lived in Moose Jaw, Sask.

1927: Brought to BC in September to a little coal mining town near Sparwood called Michel (pronounced Michelle)

1936: Derry brothers came to Canyon (a farming sub-community surrounding Creston) where they had a 30-acre farm.

1950: Licensed for the last time, and probably in use by the brothers up until then. Ownership was transferred to Robert Watt (owner of the Yahk Pioneer Park Museum) {Yahk is another sub community between here and Cranbrook BC}. We believe that the truck is as it was when they transferred ownership

1979: Yahk museum declared bankruptcy, and attempted to sell its collection at auction to pay off creditors. The Creston historical society bought the entire collection including the truck, and used it to establish the Creston Museum [yay!]

1981: Coils were being sought to get the truck running; it appears the engine was incomplete when the museum bought the truck. The wheels have also been replaced.

2001: The cab was repainted, and the box given a new canvas cover. Was put in Blossom Festival parade on a flat deck.

2003: On display at Kokanee Ford for an antique Ford show marking the 100th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company- it was the oldest vehicle in that show.

2009: Was running when a Model T club from Calgary visited Creston on a road trip and borrowed parts from their cars.

2014: Exhibit and programming overhauls get my boss thinking ‘Hey! We need to get this truck running again!’

So through fundraising and some very generous donations, things are slowly getting to where they need to be, and parts purchased. Now onto the good stuff…


*The 1921 Model T Ford was a gravity fed engine. This meant that for the most part; any significant uphill grade meant….turning around and reversing up the hill!

*The funny thing is, even though it was a gravity fed engine, Skip found something that looked somewhat like an air pump on the fuel tank filler-cap (inside the cab under the seat), meaning that for all the tinkering the bros did with this truck, they gerry-rigged a form of ‘fuel injection’

*This truck has 2 transmissions! There were lots of add on features…it was bought with a 2 speed manual transmission, and they added a 3 speed axillary transmission in 1926, giving it 6 forward speeds and 2 reverse speeds.

Newspaper clipping 2

Newspaper clipping 2

*Skip and Ken don’t think the cab on this truck is original. Due to some twisting and damage and ‘farm fixes’ found as they have been taking the truck apart, they believe that the truck was nearly totaled at one time, and the guys had to re-build it

*There was an option in the 20’s to buy your truck either complete, or purchase the engine & chasis and build the body to your specifications. This is what we figure was done since…

-The brothers used it as an all-purpose work truck to haul farm ‘stuff’, like fruit, grain, small livestock, firewood etc.

-Put a wood stove in the back of it, and drove up Thompson Mountain (in Canyon) to pick huckleberries and can them. The mountains around here are no joke… I’ve been up and around quite a few in nice new trucks, this Model T must be part goat.

-Used it like a camper and slept in the back

-A gentleman by the name of Harry Tzach, who knew the brothers when he was growing up, says that when they drove the truck home from the dealership, they sat on the gas-tank instead of a seat.

Now, Tammy is just slightly psyched about getting to drive this thing, never mind that Skip & Ken have had her helping out the rebuilding as much as possible along the way. Once all is finished, I will be posting some really good pictures, and keep you up to date on the progress!


Cheers for now!



7 thoughts on “1921 Model T Ford

  1. By the way, you get Model T driving lessons, too! And the “fuel-injection” aka air pump valve is actually on the fuel tank filler-cap – inside the cab (the fuel tank being under the sate). Ans Harry Tzach, who was in yesterday, says the Derry brothers drove the truck home from the dealership sitting on the gas tank for a seat. So definitely no cab on the truck when it was bought.


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