SQUIRREL!   AT ONE TIME LIVED INSIDE THE ENGINE


   The U.S. Army M1917 Ford Ambulance was the first "Standardized"  Ambulance designed by the U.S. Army. It was used extensively on the Western Front and saved countless lives. The M1917 thrived in the most forward areas and was perfect for extracting wounded soldiers from front line positions.


   It was a stop gap measure that afforded the U.S. Army time to bring an ambulance into service in the nick of time. It was produced approximately one year when it was replaced by the Model 1918 Ambulance; a more advanced ambulance.  After years of research; I committed my resources to re-create the M1917. The photograph above shows the jaw dropping results.


The Ford M1917 lives once again in this century.


​D.L. O'Neal

AS RECOVERED CONDITION - 







1917 FORD MODEL T CHASSIS


1920 ENGINE

September 24, 2016

Engine Goes Back Home


MAY 2016

The WWI Ambulance Engine Requires Overhaul


preserving the past...for the future

August 30, 2016

New Valves and Camshaft Installed

​RE-CREATING HISTORY - AN EXTINCT VEHICLE COMES BACK TO LIFE

August 2016

New Crankshaft fitted to Engine

September 5, 2016

Rebuilt Magneto and Transmission

September 15, 2016

Final Assembly


October 25, 2016

Engine Overhaul Complete


September 8, 2016

Rebuilt Hogshead Transmission Cover

October 1, 2016

Engine Installation Begins


Engine Parts

U.S. ARMY M1917 AMBULANCE

​​​David L. O'Neal


Presents.... The Award Winning

April 2016

Here I am with my Model T Engine Builder, Mike Bender in his shop in Oklahoma.

We are removing the trashed drums from the transmission.

July 2016

Line boring the Crankshaft babbet bearings

September 14, 2016

Pistons and Rods


April 2016

Engine Tear Down Begins in Oklahoma