Ford built a plow machine using Model K Ford axles and differentials as well as other components. Did this enable Ford's success later with the Fordson tractor?
|1907 Automobile Plow Machine|
Ford 1907 Automoblie Plow.pdf (49.8 k)
This prototype "tractor" uses a Model B engine, along with other Ford parts including a Model K radiator. If you have a full photo, Henry's Model K is also seen in the right background.
If you read Joe Galamb's oral reminisces, (created by Owen Bombard in the early 1950's) Joe covers the design and building of this tractor. A copy is in the Benson Ford Archives at the Henry Ford.
Another pic of the same tractor:
I wouldn't put any cash on it but is that "HimselF" driving?
I dunno, Charlie. It sure looks like him.
According to Joe Galamb it might be Gene Smith driving the tractor. Henry wanted it done in three days but it took one week. They did have a problem with the cooling. It was said to use a Model T front and rear axle, and Model B engine.