Model T Wood transmission bands have been around for a long time. In fact, the original bands used on the model T's when they were first mass produced by Ford were wooden. After the production continued and it was evident that the automobile business was going to be a great endeavor, various companies began production of wooden bands and sold them to model T owners all over the country. However, once the Ford motor company stopped production of the model T and newer models with more advanced breaking systems were placed in the market, the wooden band business was forced to close as the demand decreased rapidly.
Since then, the wooden band business has been small and very few vendors now exist in the United States and in the world. However, the quality of the wooden transmission band in antique model T automobiles has never been questioned. They provide the best results and run very cleanly with little maintenance.
Pictured here is an original box from 1917 that The Transmission Wood Lining Co. used to distribute their wooden bands, along with an envelope that the brass rivets came in.