Jesse Cole of Petersham, Massachusetts is on a cross country trip in his 1916 Model T Ford to the west coast and back to benefit the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He left Massachusetts Sunday, May 2, 2010 from Lang’s Auto in Winchendon, Massachusetts headed for Los Angeles California – and will return to Lang’s Auto. Jesse expects his trip to take about eight weeks before reaching Los Angeles, expecting to arrive in July 2010. His return to Massachusetts is expected to be another eight weeks – making a total trip of 16 weeks.
Donald Lang of Lang’s Old Car Parts helped supply parts in rebuilding Jesse’s Model T Ford, and George King of North Franklin, Connecticut rebuilt the engine. George has lectured at The Ford Motor Company, and is one of the most knowledgeable people on the Model T.
Jesse’s long time friend, James Whitcomb, is a Vietnam disabled American veteran, who was in the US Marine Corp serving three terms in Vietnam and returned home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Together, they talked about doing something to benefit the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization and came up with the idea of a trip to cross America in Jesse’s Model T. James will follow Jesse in a support vehicle and trailer in the journey crossing America!
About Jesse: “I love to sing and play guitar and plan to stop periodically to entertain people along the way. Every fourth day or 500 miles, I will change the oil in my Model T. I have been told that after all the rebuilding to this engine I will be able to go 45 mph, but will keep it at 35 to help prevent any breakdown. I drove a big rig all my life, and am now retired. I anticipate this trip taking 16 weeks, taking into consideration early morning cold, as well as severe winds in flat country. When we get to LA, I would love to meet Jay Leno, who is a great enthusiast and owner of Model T’s. I have owned Ford vehicles all my life as my first was a 1940 Ford Coupe with an 80 horse flathead. I belong to three Model T clubs; Central Mass Model T Club, Model T Club of America and the Model T Club International.”