Aldous Huxley wrote his novel in 1931, the Brave New World. The novel is set around the future where dates are referenced to a span of time from the death of Henry Ford ( The story set in AD 2540 or 632 years A.F. - After Ford.) The infrastructure of the Brave New World was most likely constructed with heavy equipment from Henry's brother William Ford. William Ford in 1925 formed the Wilford Shovel Company in Detroit. The main component of the shovel was his brother's Fordson Tractor.
William Ford entered the construction equipment business in 1925 with the formation of the Wilford Shovel Co. in Detroit. The most obvious component of the tracked 1/4-yard Wilford shovel was a gray Fordson skid unit. In 1927 the company changed to Universal Power Shovel Co., with William Ford as president. In addition to the Fordson power-plant, the shovel used several parts from Ford cars and trucks: the crowd device on the shovel was a Ford truck worm gear. The machine could be purchased at Ford dealerships.
Whilst walking around the opening of the local county fair I spotted what appeared to be a home made mechanical shovel in the tractor show area. No identification no indication of ownership - sort of just sitting there awaiting a purpose.
(July 2005 issue of OEM Off-Highway Magazine
George, Interesting conversion. Thanks for sharing