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Classic Model TT has many uses

SALEM — A farm auction led George and Penny Less of Greenford to a 1924 Ford Model TT Huckster that they put on display Saturday at the Salem Super Cruise.

“We originally went to buy a house or a piece of property but when I saw it I sent a picture of it to George and said we have to look into this,” Penny Less said. “I couldn’t even see the back of it but we had to investigate.”

The couple bought the Model TT about two and a half years ago.

“I just wanted to restore it to be a truck that could go short distances but once I got into it well we thought if we replace this we might as well replace that,” George Less said. “It’s not completely done yet but I like what it has become.”

Though they had to make some changes most of the vehicle is original.

“We replaced the tailgate and the roof but everything else is original,” George Less said. “The problem with the glass is that if you drive it the glass could shatter.”

The body was produced by JP Higby out of Youngstown.

The research has led them to other people who own similar vehicles along with advice for owning those vehicles.

“The guy who did maintenance on the engine for us introduced to a club that collect cars like this,” Penny Less said.

The couple who own Less Contracting plan on putting a vintage logo of the company on the wood doors.

They enjoy bringing their grandkids out for rides in the back of the Model T.

“The funny thing about this is some people used to use this for farming,” George Less said.

When winter time rolls around the Less’s might consider a modification to the vehicle.

“You put another axle on it and then you can run a chain to make it to a snowmobile,” George Less said. “It’s relatively cheap to add-on modification.”

Cream of the Cruise

If you see Davey Lesick’s Willys FJ3 driving around you might be deceived when you find that there is no ice cream for sale.

Rather it has been turned into a classic Jeep that is used for off-roading.

“We bought this off online and converted it to drive terrain,” Lesick said. “This was a fun project to work on.”

The original use of the Willys FJ3 was for mail trucks and the model was in use in the ’70s in Kent.

The process of converting it to a drive terrain vehicle took about eight months.

Lesick was unsure if the truck was ever in use for ice cream but he did take it upon himself to sell ice cream at least once in his converted vehicle.

“We were out in Colarado last year and delivered about 200-300 ice cream bars to hikers in the mountains,” Lesick said. “We wanted to be friendly to other jeepers out there and promote our buisness.”

Lesick runs Davey’s Jeeps out of Salem along with an online store.

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