A couple of years ago, my wife and I added a 1911 Sears Motor Buggy to our Model T fleet. Since the Model Ts are in hibernation until we get some nicer weather, I decided to try some light modeling of an early horseless carriage. I hope to have it finished to look sorta like a Sears this spring.
*Carriage wheels with rubber tires
*Friction wheel transmission
*Air-cooled two cylinder engine
*Force feed oiler
My apologies if this non-Model T post offends anyone.
Wow! Impressive work. I can't speak for others, but I have no problem with this thread and would like to see your progress with this undertaking. Good luck with your project. Bill
Very, very nice.
Thank you for posting this.
I'm impressed....very nice work. The Carter car also has a friction wheel transmission.
Besides having a model T, I also have 1 & 2 cylinder REO's which are chain drive.
Model building par exellence! Beautiful work, Mike, and keep us posted with progress.
So the drive system works like the old Snapper Comet riding mower. really neat model.I hope you do post progress and completion photos!
Great work, please continue to post.
No offense at all. I'm glad to see such a neat model. But if that were a real highwheeler, the front sprockets would have to be much smaller or you'd never climb even a feeble grade.
I think it's a very cool project. The post doesn't offend me at all. On the other hand, 2015 is drawing to a close and I believe the new rule is that everyone is supposed to be offended by pretty much everything and everyone....
Here are some photos of the "horseless carriage" model as of today. I have started painting and adding some engine detail like the oil lines coming off the force feed lubricator and a little Schebler D carb.
It is interesting to think that Sears & Roebuck was trying to compete with Henry Ford in the low price field. The Sears was introduced in 1908 and discontinued in 1912 due to mounting losses. About 3,000 were made of which 200 or so still exist today. In my opinion, the demise of the highwheeler type was due to popularity of the Model T.
Gil - Thanks for the comment on the front sprocket. I remade it much smaller this time along with differential plates like on my Sears.
Work on the body is next.
Moved thread to 2016 Forum. Thanks MTFCA and Chris B,