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The Silver Streak also had the nickname of “Opportunity”.  Why? “Because it was always knocking”, according to Marge Dorgan.This is where you can get information about the car.

The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin LizzieT‑Model Ford, ‘Model T Ford’, or T) is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford‘s Ford Motor Company from September 1908 to October 1927.[1] It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-classAmerican; some of this was because of Ford’s innovations, including assembly line production instead of individual hand crafting.[2] The Ford Model T was named the world’s most influential car of the 20th century in an international poll.[3]

1908 was the year the Model T was introduced and immediately became popular. The first production Model T was produced on August 12, 1908[4] and left the factory on September 27, 1908, at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. On May 26, 1927, Henry Ford watched the 15 millionth Model T Ford roll off the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan.[5]

The Model T was the first automobile mass produced on moving assembly lines with completely interchangeable parts, marketed to the middle class.  The Model T had a 177-cubic-inch (2.9 L) front-mounted inline four-cylinder en bloc flathead engine (that is, all four cylinders in one block, as common now, rather than in individual castings, as common then) producing 20 hp (15 kW) for a top speed of 40–45 mph (64–72 km/h). The Model T four-cylinder side valve engine was first in the world with a detachable head, making service like valve jobs easier. According to Ford Motor Company, the Model T had fuel economy on the order of 13–21 mpg-US (16–25 mpg-imp; 18–11 L/100 km).[12] The engine was capable of running ongasolinekerosene, or ethanol,[13][14] although the decreasing cost of gasoline and the later introduction of Prohibition made ethanol an impractical fuel.

The engine in the “Silver Streak” is serial numbered 12993705, and was built on the first work day of 1926 (January 5, 1926). As with U.S. automobiles today, the “model year” did not coincide with the calendar year. The “Model Year” for the 1925 Model T was from August 1925 to August 1926. A key difference between the 1925 model and the 1926 model of the Touring car was that the 1926 was given a drivers side front seat door, making it a four door, unlike the three door predecessor. It had new and larger rear wheel brakes. It had an electric starter and demountable 21 inch wheels. It is not known what assembly plant the Silver Streak was assembled in. The fact that it had a “thinner” radiator core, suitable for cooler climates, suggests that it may have been build in Buffalo, Detroit, Twin City, Milwaukee or Chicago assembly plant.

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