July 30, 1863
Born: July 30, 1863, Greenfield Township, Michigan
Died: April 7, 1947, Fair Lane, Dearborn, MI
Education: Detroit Business Institute
Spouse: Clara Ala Bryant (m. 1888–1947)
Children: Edsel Ford
Happy Birthday ol' boy! Took my '20 Runabout out for a spin today to celebrate. Great ride!
I gave my 31-year-old son his first Model T driving lesson today. I didn't realize it was Henry's birthday, but that makes it even more special. He's been away in the Service, so he hasn't been around T's much until now. He really enjoyed the experience; I think he's hooked.
Henry and I share the same b/day so I am always reminded of his day.
The big hunk of cast iron in my 19 T became a motor on Henry's birthday.
I tried to feed it a piece of cake bit it just looked at me so I ate it.
Next year I'll offer it ice cream and cake.
A single man CAN change the world
I finished restoring my '26 chassis yesterday and dedicated it to Mr. Ford. Lots of work to go, but it sure was fun to have a major milestone fall on such an important date.
Here's a picture of the chassis mentioned in the above post.
It looks great, Zach. All you lack is finishing up!
BTW, I can't see the spindles, but with that amount of camber, you must have pre-'26 spindles on it.
I am not sure the late spindles had different camber, I think they just lower the front end about 3/4". Please educate us if I am in error.
We could all get together and sing Happy Birthday to Henry but we would likely get sued by the Warner Co. They hold the copyright on the tune, I just learned.
Erik -- The earlier spindles have about 50% more camber than the '26-7 ones. I expect someone else will provide the actual numbers.
I think the camber is excessive because the wishbone is just hanging, allowing the axle to twist and changing the geometry. Before I pulled the car apart, the camber was within spec per the MTFCA book on building axles and I haven't changed anything since then (axles were rebuilt before pulling apart). I expect it will be fine when I put the engine back in.
Thanks for the kind words! It was a lot of work but it will be worth every minute.
I just went out and took a picture of the spindle and a rear view with the wishbone propped up to a more realistic position. It looks ok to me.
Mike, thanks for the info. Never noticed this before, I am looking forward to comparing them on the bench. Was the idea that the 21" balloon tires needed less camber I wonder? Never cease to learn on this forum.
Erik -- Yes, that was the idea.
Zach -- That is a pre-'26 spindle in your picture. Your car will drive better with the correct ones.
Mike, many thanks for helping with this. I attended the Gilmore Car Museum's "Red Barn Spectacular" this morning and picked up what was purported to be a pair of 26-27 spindles to replace the ones currently on my car. I had no idea that these ones were wrong and I really appreciate you pointing it out.
Do these look right? I'd like to make sure before installing a new set of spindle bushings / etc.
Yes, those are the correct ones. I think you'll notice a lot less camber with those on your car.
Great, thanks! Sorry for derailing the Happy Birthday Henry thread everyone.