RIDGEWAY — There aren’t too many people who can say they waited more than 30 years for their dream car. Lee Roof, of Ridgeway, waited that long for his 1916 Ford TT Truck.
“When I was young, my dad would take me to car shows. I would see this truck over the years, and I told my dad I wanted that truck someday. It took more than 30 years, but I got that same truck,” Roof said.
Roof’s wife, Melva, had a trip planned to Frankenmuth, Mich., in 2010 when Roof’s dad called to tell his son the truck he always wanted was up for auction. Roof went to Frankenmuth. However, his father obtained the truck for him.
“It took help from my dad, but we got it,” Roof said.
Roof enjoys the truck because it’s easy to change the look of the truck.
“You can put a moonshine still in the bed or farm equipment. You can change the whole look of the truck by what you have in the bed,” Roof said.
The Ford Model TT was produced by Ford based on the Ford Model T, but it had a heavier frame and rear axle, making it sturdier to haul with. The Ford Model TT truck was replaced by the Ford Model AA truck in 1928. Henry Ford wanted a vehicle that could haul heavier loads and provide greater ability for work and for deliveries. The factory price was $600 for the truck.
Roof takes his truck to engine shows more than car shows, as he feels the car shows are more for the 1950s and ‘60s cars, not the older vehicles.
Roof’s truck is a four-cylinder, 20 horsepower engine that includes a Ruckstell rear-end, with a two speed, high and low. The truck drives like the Model T’s do.
Roof enjoys taking it to shows and on nice days getting out the Liquid Gold and polishing the truck.
“To get the truck I wanted as a kid my whole life … it’s hard to believe,” Roof said.