Model T Safety Checks

An overview

Like many other contentious issues the spectrum of opinion with respect to “Collector Car Safety Checks” runs the gamut from “why bother” to “ let’s pay to have them professionally inspected every year”.  Also like other contentious issues the reality is that the best approach lies somewhere between those two extremes with Alberta’s current process which involves the “Provincial Transportation Office”, “the SVAA”, and the various “Specialty Vehicle Clubs”, probably being the most effective arrangement in Canada.  In that regard, the general consensus is that safety is and safety inspections are desirable, and that the various members of specialty vehicle clubs, in our case Model T Fords, are in the best position to do a conscientious job of developing safety check lists for their specific vehicles as well as providing technical guidance to their fellow members as they check their vehicles.

Basically, with the SVAA acting as a common voice on behalf of all of the Collector Car Clubs it represents, the Province allows the various specialty vehicle clubs to both develop their guidelines and conduct safety checks with evidence of active safety check programs flowing from the various clubs through the SVAA to the Province upon request, and with safety stickers being provided to the various clubs via the SVAA.  To date the voice of the SVAA and the evidence provided have held advocates of a more stringent process in abeyance and only the continued success of the overall program can be expected to preclude our current Provincial regime from further regimenting the process.    


Within our Club

The Model T Ford Club of America (MTFCA) maintains a Model T’s ‘Safety Checks Form’ which is available on their website, - - which incidentally our own Chris Brancaccio is the Webmaster of!  This is a credible “Model T Safety Checklist” available for use by Club members on an as required basis.  Additionally as an assist to those members who may desire some technical advice and guidance a “Spring Safety Checks Day” hosted by club member Ted Zylstra in recent years, is organized annually by our club

It should be noted that regardless of who may offer advice and/or guidance, from a liability perspective it is the individual vehicle owner who is responsible for signing the completed safety check form signifying their vehicle has been properly inspected.  Also in this regard, without challenging the car owners it is generally a member of each Club’s Executive Team, often the Club Secretary, who distributes the stickers obtained via the SVAA on the Province's behalf to any Model T owners who have signed the declaration that their vehicle met the safety criteria identified on the checklist.  In reality however, relatively few Model T owners who may conduct inspections are not members of our own Foothills Club.

From a documentation perspective, completed and signed safety checklist forms are to be relayed to the Club designate who in return will provide/return one of the SVAA supplied safety stickers.  This process had resulted in a multitude of Model T’s having been safety checked the documentation of which is accumulated by the Club to occasionally be summarized for the benefit of the SVAA, or to be made available should the Province itself request any documentation.

One last topic worthy of comment relates to the frequency of the safety checks.  Although some members of the collector car community advocate annual checks of all collector cars, the arrangement with the Province does not require that every car be re-checked annually as it is recognized that a majority of them travel somewhat less than one or two hundred miles per year.  At present the guideline available via the SVAA which is designed to reflect the Provincial Government's desire simply reflects that, "upon a change of ownership a new check is required", and that, "a copy of each check sheet is to be retained by each Club for verification purposes".  In general however, besides checking newly purchased vehicles, owners should consider the wear and tear any given vehicle may be exposed to and use good judgment when deciding how often to re-check it.


 Cheers, Ron Rigby

A Ford Truck versus A Mattress

A Ford Truck And A Mattress

A Mattress caught on the undercarriage of her Ford truck.

The ensuing jumble finally whipped around enough to tear a hole in the fuel tank.  The Subsequent Lack Of Fuel Is What Finally Brought Her Vehicle To Its Knees.

She Had Still Managed To Drive 30 More Miles With A 60-Pound Tangle of Stuff Wrapped Around Her Drive Shaft.

She Had it Towed To Her Ford Dealership And Complained That The Vehicle Had A "Sort Of Shimmy" When She Was Driving At High Speeds.

Below Are The Photos Of What They Found At Her Ford Dealership.

"Sort Of A Shimmy" -- I'll Bet It Did 

 The Ford Mechanics Still Can't Believe Their Eyes,

And Still Wondering How To Remove It.

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GERVAIS FAMILY FARM WHEELS MUSEUM Saturday August 4, 2018 & Sunday August 5, 2018 at 9:00am

Mack Auction Company is pleased to sell by auction the long time collection of the famous Gervais Family Farm Wheels museum August 4 & 5 of 2018. This collection was featured on the TV show Canadian Pickers. Plan now to attend we are currently still in the process of organizing this auction and will be for some time

click for more information

 History Road: The Ultimate Car Show, June 9 & 10, 2018. We are looking forward to celebrating with you!

The Reynolds-Alberta Museum web site is undergoing a complete renovation at the moment. What does that mean for you? There will be no online registration form available this year. Forms will have to be mailed or emailed to me this year. Information on the event will be posted on Facebook, so if you haven’t liked us on Facebook already, please do!

It is time now to register! Complete the registration information below in a reply to this email. Deadline for registration is May 18, 2018.

Starting in February, when I receive your registration, I will mail out a magnet confirming your registration and reminding you of the date of the show. Put it on your fridge or somewhere prominent so that you see it every day!

If you have any questions, my direct line is (780) 312-2069 or e-mail: Thank you for helping make this event the best car show in western Canada.

Please contact us if you would like your name removed from our mailing list or if your contact information has changed.

Thank you

Complete one registration form for each vehicle you wish to display.

Click for: History Road Registration Form

  • As a registrant you will receive:
    • free admission to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum and grounds on the day(s) your vehicle(s) is on display,
    • a dash plaque,
    • a photo of you and your vehicle, and
    • a chance to win a door prize.
  • We ask that you commit to having your vehicle(s) on display from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Owners are responsible for the security, protection and insurance of their vehicle while on display.
  • There is no registration fee.

Ya Ha Tinda Ranch - 100 years old


Plans are underway  to have a discussion of the Ya ha Tinda ranch at our next Model T meeting January 24/18.  I will be giving a short presentation of the ranch, its history, horses, and the 100 year celebration held at the ranch last September.  There will be a number of Park Warden slides of a backcountry trip from Jasper to Banff made a number of years ago, which will show some scenic remote locations travelled along on this three week journey.

Ross and I decided to try something different this month that has nothing to do with Model T 's, except for perhaps reference to the ol' "Bennett Buggies' from the past.     I have also attached an article and video link on the unique and special horses trained at the ranch. 

Magazine Article

Film on Ya Ha Tinda Ranch

Written Article Ya Ha Tinda Ranch  

Best Wishes,

Rod Wallace


Fall Colours Tour, Saturday September 30th

The Fall Colour Tour will start at the Cochrane AG Society , 1km west of intersection Hwy 22 on Hwy 1A. 

Arrival time anytime after 9:30 AM, tour will be starting at 10:00 AM.

Trailer parking is available at the upper lot. at the western end. 

Total distance is 115 km. with BBQ lunch at the ‘Wallace Ranch’ on Richards Road. 

Hamburgers / smokies and buns will be provided at a nominal cost. Bring you own “potluck dish”.

Directions and map are attached.

Please advise Ross or Tom if you are planning to attend. More info at the meeting Sept. 27Aerospace Museum

Ross at

Tom at

Tour Guide