How cool is that?
Honey, I just shrunk the.......
So where's the clowns??
I wonder if it has an engine in it.
It could be some kind of pedal car but it would be heavy. It looks like it has brakes.
It has a pan, so the engine was probably still there Small wheels might have reduced the speed, though.. not much space for an overdrive transmission.
The small rear wheels would gear it down for running around the yard speeds.
Jay Leno has a car in his collection that was assembled by a 17 year old kid ages ago, see it here:
in late 1924 the SAR (South Australian Railways) ordered cut down model 'T's to tow the baggage carts around platforms at the Adelaide railway station. These cut down model 'T's here were called "Mules". I have a picture taken from the November 1924 edition of the Duncan & Fraser "Echo" in house magazine where the company used one at the works picnic held at Belair National Park to tow a trailer as entertainment for the children.
The “Mule” used many standard parts including the motor, radiator, steering column, handbrake assembly, oval fuel tank, firewall with ignition switch & coil box, battery carrier, muffler, bonnet etc. The seat was straight from the Fordson tractor. The chassis, front & rear axles were cut down from genuine parts. They were equipped with 10” wheels with pneumatic tyres.
Later "Mules" supplied in late 1925 used the 1926 style coil box bolted under the bonnet.
"Mules" were extremely low geared due to the very small wheels and therefor very slow, even in top gear. However, they could tow a very heavy load and were kept for years for this purpose.
A couple of “Mules” have survived. I know that Devon Amber had one in the Adelaide Hills. Then of course there is the John Lasscock one. I learned to drive a model ‘T’ in the early 1970's around John Lasscock’s nursery. I for one have very fond memories of both the “Mule” and the very generous John Lasscock, now deceased. He was a gentleman through and through. I was so small when I learned to drive I used to wrap up a hessian sack and sit in front of the tractor seat, this way I could reach the pedals.
I have absolutely no idea how many Adelaide kids learned to drive in the “Mule”, but it was lots and lots I can assure you. Hopefully somebody from the local SA Ford 'T' Club can post a good photo of the Lasscock "Mule".
Great pictures of the Ford "Mule" . Does anyone have one to get some measurement from? Tread width and wheel base? A great way to use up some extra Ford T parts. I can see one towing a hit an miss engine in parades. Thanks Jim
I can help with measurements. The "Lasscock Mule" now resides with a good friend Greg Mahon. I am up at his place in the next couple of weeks or so and will run the tape measure of it.