The Ford Model T With Not One, But Two v8 Engines


This is the type of vehicle that probably haunted Henry Ford in his nightmares. When most people think about the Ford Model T, they picture a delicate car that was pivotal to the automotive industry. Perhaps that’s why Gordon Tronson’s 1927 Model T is so astounding. Or maybe it has more to do with the twin V-8 engines and four blowers crammed into the stripped-down front end of the car. Tronson calls his creation Double Trouble. Considering that the 4.6-liter V-8 engines and their superchargers crank out an amazing 1,200 horsepower, the car really is trouble in just about every way imaginable. If that’s not crazy enough, the body is really a mutation of the Model T. The chassis had to be redone, so Tronson used 1.5-inch tube to create the custom build. The tail end of the car is actually from an old Jaguar, keeping the inboard disc brakes to help balance out all that power. While he could have put the engines in tandem, or one in front of the other, Tronson says that doing that would have made the wheelbase of the Model T far too long to be practical for driving on the street. Of course, trying to see where you are going with four large blowers blocking your field of vision is also a problem. Tronson also says that the uniqueness of the layout also influenced his decision. Everywhere the car goes, people stare in complete disbelief. Who wouldn’t?


A telecommunications worker with a love for automobiles, people cannot believe that Tronson isn’t actually a mechanical engineer considering how expertly he puts together vehicles. It took him only six months to create Double Trouble and to get it up and running. Tronson won’t say just how much the build set him back, but it’s easily into the thousands of dollars (and likely is much higher than that). As you can hear in the video, Tronson isn’t originally from the United States. He is a Kiwi (not the fruit, but a person from New Zealand) and says that he has always loved American muscle form the time he was a kid. As far as brands, he really has no preference, stating that Mopar, Ford, and GM all have their good points. If it weren’t for the fact that he created an automotive Frankenstein, one might be inclined to think Tronson is actually pretty level-headed. If that’s the guy’s only fault, it’s a pretty good one to have. In all honesty, putting two engines next to each other isn’t really a new thing. As Tronson points out, it was a fairly common practice with hot rods back in the 1950s and 1960s, which was where he got the idea for the layout. As a tribute to the past, the engines were retrofitted with carburetors and the electronic components were removed and replaced by old distributors, keeping things simple.



When someone sets out to do a thing that is wildly different, there are plenty of naysayers. Tronson says that people told him his idea would never work. Even after he created Double Trouble, people tried to claim that one of the engines did not run and was only for aesthetic purposes. Others have tried to insinuate that not all of the superchargers actually feed air into the engines. It all boils down to jealousy and people trying to claim that something awesome can’t be done, even when it is sitting there right in front of their face.

Mike Musto of Big Muscle claims the car actually has excellent road manners, making it something you can drive to the grocery store and pick up a single bag of food, because that’s all it can handle. He also said that driving the car would make a person without a penis grow one in short order.