I was just at a local Walgreens. While in line to pay for my purchase I noticed a Time-Life magazine titled Great Inventors. On the cover were 4 photos, one being Thomas Edison, 2 of folks I didn't recognize, and Henry Ford standing in front of a Model T.
Henry Ford, as we all know, did a lot of things he is well remembered for, but did he actually invent anything?
I wouldn't say so.
For somebody who didn't invent much, he sure had his name on a lot of patents!
He invented the internal combustion engine. Who knew?
Not so much inventing but causing: traffic jams ... road rage ... distracted driving ... hitchhikers ... motels ... lowjacking ... impound fees ... ripoff mechanics ... DMV ... Titles ... leftlane idiots ... deer-in-the-headlights ... Tim Horton traffic congestion ... drive-ins ... foggy windows at drive-ins ... Darwinism ... check engine light ... Honk If You're ***** signs ... bug splats right where you look ... tailgate parties ... mudding ... gunracks ... ripoff insurance rates ... Thelma and Louise ... assassinations ... widows ... NASCAR (finally a good thing) ... pizza delivery ... unwanted pregnancy ... nightvision targets ... next-town girlfriends ... hoards of auction goodies ... women drivers ... men drivers (equal rights, huh) ... train accidents (been there - done that) ... lovers lane ...
Just about covers it Garnet!
Henry wasn't born when the internal combustion engine was invented.
Jean Lenoir produced a gas-fired internal combustion engine in 1860.
According to my original 1914 Ford Manual, pg. 41; "The Ford magneto, which generates the electric current, is the invention of Mr. Henry Ford." I don't know the history of the magneto, so is this really true or a case of early sales propaganda?
I looked at Mark Strange's list and notice No. 686046, H. Ford - Motor Carriage, a chassis patent awarded to Mr. Ford is missing from the list. This was the forerunner of the flexible arrangement on our front axles.
This one comes to mind because I keep a framed picture of it on my wall.
According to Wikipedia, at the very least, two gentlemen were involved in the invention, the first commercially successful internal comb. engine in 1859 (Henry wasn't even born yet), and then fwiw the first "modern" internal combustion engine was developed in 1876 when Henry was but a mere 13 y.o. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_combustion_engine