At approximately 1:30 on the morning of June 4th Henry Ford made the first test run of the car he built.
It ran "well enough" and he decided to make a few more cars before he died.
Part of the legend of that first run is that the quadracycle was too wide for the shop door and Henry had to take a sledge hammer and widen it . . . true or false ?
That Rockwell painting is wonderful. Thanks for posting this "annualversary" reminder.
True, according to an account in "Pate's Early Ford Encyclopedia".
According to the account, when Henry's landlord came by and saw the damage, he was mad until he found out why the damage was done, and he then suggested that Henry install large swinging doors instead of the original, too-small door.
Rich, I believe you have an anniversary coming up tomorrow. Enjoy.
The Rockwell painting is great to see again. It is pretty accurate per the display at Greenfield village.
Thanks for the reminder.
Rich, Mark is right. Come to Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, and see the original garage / shed. One door is about a foot wider than the other.
So Henry Ford became famous for being the first person to make garage door?