176.7 cu. in. four-cylinder engine with Frontenac head, two-speed planetary gear transmission, Rocky Mountain drum brakes. Wheelbase: 100"

When Henry Ford first got into business of building cars, he wasn’t looking for a big profit from each car, but from a little profit from a lot of cars. While his earliest ventures in car building featured speed and performance runs, often with old Henry at the controls, when the Model T hit the road there were no factory racing efforts to come forth. After the end of the first World War, America was car crazy, and thanks to the Model T, backyard mechanics and trained engineers had the perfect economical basis to produce a wide selection of accessories that could pump up that Tin Lizzie’s powerplant far above its factory 22-horsepower rating. Among the most successful entries were those produced under the brand name of Frontenac, operated by three brothers whose first names were Arthur, Louis and Gaston, and a last name very familiar to the automotive world, Chevrolet. While most of the "Fronty" conversions were seen on dirt tracks, in 1923, L.L. Corum took a 5th place finish at that year’s Indianapolis 500, bested only by a quartet of powerful Miller eight-cylinder cars.

Starting with an original Model T chassis, famed vintage race-car collector Mike Guffey was going for something really different, and the final product was outstanding. Features include a number of original performance touches starting with the dual overhead cam Frontenac heads. While the original T’s braking system was barely adequate for everyday driving, for racing purposes a more effective system was needed and a vintage "Rocky Mountain" rear-drum brake system was installed. All of the bodywork was replicated with new metal that was given a patina of vintage motoring – the effect is very impressive indeed. An original downdraft carburetor was used, but fuel is delivered via a pressurized system. Monitoring the engine functions are several vintage gauges mounted on the dashboard with the driver and passenger placed in a rather bare-boned cockpit.

176.7 c.i. Model T engine features a Frontenac OHV head
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1920s No. 9 Ford Model T Racer

 
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