Old Photos - The “Universal Car” – Wintertime Conversions for the Model “T” Ford

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2014: Old Photos - The “Universal Car” – Wintertime Conversions for the Model “T” Ford
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Greenlees on Monday, January 13, 2014 - 06:38 am:



Photos of vehicles from the early days of motoring built specifically to deal with adverse winter conditions are always interesting. Above is a prototype driving system fitted to a Model “T” Ford in 1918 by Charles H. Martin of Springfield, Massachusetts to test the idea for a proposed light tank.

Below are mailman in Colorado using Model "T" Ford Snowmobiles. See and learn more about them @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=111753


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Greenlees on Monday, January 13, 2014 - 06:41 am:



This is a a Fordson tractor with a "Snow-Motor" conversion. See and learn more about them including rare film footage of one in action @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=111753


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erik Johnson on Monday, January 13, 2014 - 12:57 pm:

Sorry, but your "Colorado" photo was actually taken in Cokato, Minnesota in front of the Cokato Enterprise newspaper building.

The snowmobile on the far left was originally owned by Cokato mailman Carl Peikert and survives to this day; it was donated to the the Cokato Historical Society/Cokato Museum in 1994. Refer to the 2007 article and the photo below.

http://www.cokato.mn.us/?page_id=968

http://www.cokato.mn.us/?page_id=120

http://www.herald-journal.com/archives/2007/stories/tin.html

I am familiar with the period photo as well as the surviving snowmobile. Some side notes: Carl Peikert's grandson was a college classmate of mine. My 1917 roadster was originally from Cokato. My neighbor's father was the editor of the Cokato Enterprise for many years.

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Greenlees on Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:04 pm:

Thanks, A helper that wrote the post lost the link to the ID.

That is the surviving machine above?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erik Johnson on Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:06 pm:

Yes, that is the surviving machine.


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