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.
You do fantastic work Mike. I like the "sliding wheel" transmission.
Nice work Mike. Beginning to look very familiar. Can't wait to see it with the body installed. Are you going to do a soft top for it as well?
That is truly amazing. Great attention to detail. What a great way to spend time and less expensive than the big cars.
Hi Mitch. Yes, she will be upholstered like the real Sears, including a folding top. I started on the body last night. I will post some photos when it is completed (before upholstery).
Hi Rich. Yes, it is a lot less expensive than the real ones (lol). If nothing else, my soldering skills are getting better for the next time I have to rebuild a T coil box!
Great model Mike, do you have an original that you are copying?
Our original 1911, I can send you higher res photos if you need some.
Missed the last line in the original post!
Hi Chris. That is a beautiful Sears! I really like your original bale headlamps.
My model is based on our 1911 Sears Model G. It was the base model without fenders.
Good evening everyone. Attached are some photos of progress today on my scratch-made "horseless carriage" model. Body is started along with the steering and spark/throttle controls.
Looking better all the time.
Mike, your work is very impressive. Wow!
I added some more of the steering linkage today. The wheels turn with the tiller now.