"The sailboat hull had laid in a boatbuilder's yard at the foot of Lake Pepin, and with a coat of well-tempered Bitumen roofing tar, was made waterproof". -Hugh Jass.
That's why I keep my car original. I don't want to own a "queer machine"
Love to have the paddle wheel set up but if it was used in the overgrown lake behind my home the Oregon land use conservatory would have me in jail. They check it four times a year and even though its full of fish impossible to fish its more important to leave it to eventually turn into a dam inundating my home two feet above high water.
Some of us LOVE these "queer machines" and actively seek them out for preservation (in fact, that is all I do in this hobby). Arguably, no other vehicle in history was as "repurposed" into unusual applications as the Model T. Truly a testament to their durability and the ubiquity of their presence in American life. The "queer machines" themselves are marvels of backyard engineering. Unlike fully assembled cars, few of these repurposed vehicles have survived the intervening years. Doodlebugs, power units, sawmills and machines such as that floating weed eater offer a glimpse into the nature of America during the Depression and through WWII - where necessity drove inventiveness. Once these creations are gone, so to goes that part of our history. Vintage cars and trucks will always find someone to invest the time, money and effort to save them - that's not always the case with these "queer machines;" cannot "tour" with them, cannot have them "judged" for trophies, cannot run them into town for dinner. But they are an important aspect of the Model T and the enormous impact the vehicle had on a way of life; any survivors need to be preserved.
So, if anyone has any leads on any types of T-based "queer machines," let me know - I'm always looking for another to save.
But what operates the sicklebar?
Would think nothing operates the sickle bar. The cutting spikes simply snag the weeds and the forward movement of the machine tears them out from the bottom.