WWI Preservation Collection
preserving the past...for the future
U.S. ARMY M1917 AMBULANCE
Line boring the Crankshaft babbet bearings
Engine Tear Down Begins in Oklahoma
August 30, 2016
New Valves and Camshaft Installed
AS RECOVERED CONDITION -
1917 FORD MODEL T CHASSIS
RE-CREATING HISTORY - AN EXTINCT VEHICLE COMES BACK TO LIFE
New Crankshaft fitted to Engine
September 8, 2016
Rebuilt Hogshead Transmission Cover
David L. O'Neal
Presents.... The Award Winning
September 5, 2016
Rebuilt Magneto and Transmission
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.
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.
The WWI Ambulance Engine Requires Overhaul