This whole project started with the purchase of these old rusty worthless baby buggy wheels. I'm not nearly the craftsman of many of the folks on this forum (like Mike Hanson with his model of a horseless carriage) but without any plans and just pictures off the internet, this "replica" of Ford's "999" racer came out ok. Not perfect, mind you, as I had to guess on a lot of things, and take some liberties, but for a handful of scrap items from the shop, it'll do. It's 50 inches long and now I have to figure out what to do with it as the wife won't allow it in the house!!!
A couple more pics...
Joe, Really cool. Something I would have liked to built. Long winters in the UP, eh?
I especially like the Huff coils.
G'day Joe, remember you can always get a new wife; Just kidding, my wife would want to put it in the garden. You have the proportions just right, it's a wow!.
If I had it, it would certainly be in my house.
That is nice!
Truly a work of art!!! You did a fine job....love it....just like the original and you added all the great features too. Just the right scale for the living room too
Great build, I like it. Tim
WOW, I would love to be able to build a full scale 1 so I could DRIVE IT!
I have a 1929 Hudson Powerdome 6 engine,I think that is what it is out of,could be Essex, that would not look right but would have to do.
1 thing for sure, the oil company would love you for it,as the rear axle is a total loss oiling system!
Total loss is right as the real 999 has no oil pan!! Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
Joe, what woman wouldn't want that in the house?!?! (Nancy?)
Really, very nice. Great job! Will you be driving around Escanaba in August?
Joe, great replica, you are a real craftsman!
I just realized (and I've seen 999 at THF), 999 is restored to the 1902 version. The racer (999 or Arrow) Henry Ford rebuilt and ran to a world record in 1904 was "modernized" to include a steering wheel instead of the T-handle used on the two racers initially.
Remarkably, the Ford-Cooper racers (Arrow and 999) were the first to go 60mph on a circular track (Oldfield driving) in 1902 and the first car to be clocked over 90 mph (Henry Ford driving in 1904) on a mile straightaway. Two remarkable and significant records in racing history, both made with Henry Ford's creation.
Thank you for sharing your project,
That is great to see. Nice attention to detail.
I will never forget standing next to this at the Henry Ford Museum. The 4 hours I spent in the old car section at 16 years old left quite an impression.
Fantastic model! I'd love to have one for our living room.
As an aside, about 4/5 years ago, The Henry Ford had an interactive exhibit where you could "drive" 999. It was a computer simulation of a dirt track, you sat on a seat with the tiller and "drove" on a screen in front of you. It's amazingly hard to steer that beast. As I remember, I still clicked off a sub 1:00 time. ;)