The Ford Motor Company gave the Model “T” Ford the advertising slogan – The Universal Car. And this photo of a right hand drive Ford made either in Canada for export, or the United Kingdom proves it, because this one can walk.
Has this photo been posted here before and does anyone know the background behind this car??
Wonder why this never caught on ???
I have never seen this before. I'd love to see the mechanics.
I see a 1914 coilbox.
I wonder if it was experimental for WW I ???
Thanks for posting.
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I've seen a lot of photos but I don't recall seeing this one!
Thanks for posting it.
I hope we can learn more about the walking Model T.
If it was made in Walkerville Canada I could understand.
I too would love to see more pictures of how it works?!?
This would be more appropriate on the "Let's See More Speedsters" thread?
Ron the Coilman
Good thing he has a horn, so he could announce he was coming. I imagine that was as quiet as a bull in a china shop.
Can't help but notice the similarity to a horse's foot.
Wonder if the mech-centaur could canter?
I wonder if it had parents ?
That just proves that even in those days some people had way to much time on their hands.
It might have been the inspiration for the snow walkers in Star Wars?
Also, It appears people at burningman festivals like to build walking cars.
Let's UN-invent the wheel !
Mythology of artificial men goes way back in ancient Greek, Hindu, and Chinese cultures. Even Christianity has robot legends going back to the 13th century.
Years ago, I read about a scientist/artist renaissance man that built a mechanical duck that walked, quacked, and laid eggs. He carried it with him all over Europe showing it off to royalty and other potential benefactors. I could not quickly find any reference to it, so I won't mention a name nor swear the story is true.
Efforts to make mechanical walking machines go way back. But this may be one of the earliest with photographic evidence.
Good one, Burger!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Methinks it would sink pretty good in soft sand, mud or snow.
Throw a set of snowshoes on it, it would be fine!!!!
I wonder how fast this could walk? And how strutty was the ride? And would it be considered as running if it gets over 10 mph?
I'm guessing this does not qualify for the Horseless Carriage Club.
How many of us have worked with "that guy", had "that friend", who was a constant
stream of bad ideas ? And we just stand by and get a good laugh as this person goes
off on yet another enthusiast tangent to nowheresville, utterly clueless of how everyone
else sees things.
I keep coming back to this photo and laughing, just imagining this guy's friends and
how they watched this all come together.
Have heard of a two-speed rear axle, but never a two-step one!
And look at the front spring, extra heavy duty, probably won't even flex under that walking pace of those hind legs
The heavy wooden boxed and steel reinforced body makes one think this T Thing was made for industrial usage, maybe hauling heavy loads of cast iron or ore or something quite heavy on some type of unusual surface. Funny but still has rubber tires up front, if it ran on hot surface those front tires wouldn't be useful....that contraption needs iron front wheels!
I think the performance would have been rather pedestrian
"How's your car?" "Oh, it's up and running."
It took many years of development but Horace's work finally paid off.
Reading this thread makes me want to build this as a doodlebug tractor now.
That video is stunning. My dog does that all day ...noiselessly, at zero development cost!
And Burger... I did work with "that guy"! I nearly peed my self thinking about it!!! :-)
Kep, I had the same thought - haven't got any good rear wheels for my future garden tractor project yet.. ;)