Pitman crank-starts his ’27 Ford Model T pickup.
Welcome to the best story you’ll read this week, possibly this month. South Ohio, Nova Scotia, native Randall Pitman bought a Ford Model T truck 70 years ago for $47.50 and is still driving it today.
“Eventually, I bid $45, and the auctioneer, as auctioneers do, kept saying, ‘Forty-five! Who will give me 50?'” he tells the CBC. “I stupidly said, ‘Forty-seven fifty,’ and he said ‘Sold!'”
The white-haired Pitman is now 87 years old, but his 1927 Model T, at 92, is just a bit older. He’s planning to trailer the T to a vintage truck show on Prince Edward Island this weekend. Why trailer? Pitman says it has been driven that far before, but new parts aren’t cheap anymore. Better to haul it.
Pitman also starts the vehicle himself — hand crank be damned — and puts his arm out the window in lieu of the nonexistent turn signals. No seatbelts either, and the air conditioning, Pitman notes, is just rolling the windows down and flipping the windshield up.
Pitman wasn’t done, though. He picked up a matching 1927 Ford Model T, this one a coupe, in the 1960s. He says he doesn’t know how many miles he’s put on either.
If you’re near Prince Edward Island this weekend, stop by to say hello. If you’re not, you should be working on your current car so in a half-century you can be the subject of a story just as sweet. That’s where I’ll be.
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