OT - The Ford six-cylinder racer, 1904 - 1908. Neve seen color pics of the racer

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Friday, May 10, 2013 - 12:53 am:

Below are three pages from a paper I worked up showing the remaining Ford Model K racer at "The Henry Ford" museum. Glenn Miller was kind enough to send photos he took several years ago of the racer. The racer is not currently on display.

Included are a few period accounts about the racer. If you'd like to see the entire paper, click on the dropbox link.

Enjoy,

Rob

Link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2d7wvqeobzcipqy/Ford%20Six%20Cylinder%20Model%20K%20Racer%20%281%29.pdf






Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Friday, May 10, 2013 - 01:22 am:

It's great they still keep it :-) No front suspension? Looks more like a tractor's front end?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Friday, May 10, 2013 - 09:17 am:

Roger,

I'm not sure this racer ever saw a track? Glenn Miller said the car is not operable as it is today. I wonder if Ford Motor Company or THF made it from leftover parts or the broken remnants of a wreck.

As you can see (somewhat) in this photo, the six cylinder "K" racer had a front suspension.



In fact, it has similarities to the 999/Arrow racers regarding the front half elliptical springs (same as eventually were used on Model K). Other similarities include the under frame trussing. The Model K also used under frame trussing to reduce weight. The steering tie rod, like 999/Arrow, and the Ford Model F, is in front of the axle.



Henry Ford seated on 999 or Arrow


This January 1905 news article (Ford was making headlines with this racer from the start. It was regarded as one of the three or four "best chances" to beat the foreign machines that were making off with all the speed records at the time).

You can see this racer has a much more substantial undercarriage, suspension and longer wheelbase. It also looks to me as though the engine is bigger (taller) probably longer stroke and maybe bigger bore?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bernard Paulsen, San Buenaventura, Calif on Friday, May 10, 2013 - 03:16 pm:

Hmmm . . .


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jay - In Northern California on Friday, May 10, 2013 - 03:25 pm:

Great Stuff, Thanks!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Friday, May 10, 2013 - 03:27 pm:

Don't even go there........ :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Hjortnaes, Men Falls, WI on Friday, May 10, 2013 - 11:06 pm:

Now if we take Rob's K and remove the hood, bend the axles to lower the chassis, shave a bit off the head, ............


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