Nothing like an accurate description when selling!
That is "Self Service", if I've ever seen it.
But, but, but it may have been owned by a Doctor which makes it even more rare!
I know almost as much about the tractors as they do about Fords. This group has little patience with inaccuracy and that's the way it should be.
I started not to look at the description but after taking a look it's a shame the auction house didn't do their homework on this one.
As Linus would say, GOOD GRIEF CHARLIE BROWN!! and then some.
Upon further research this is 1928 Model T. The engine is an A series first production Model A engine, the body is from the Model T Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. Rather than recycle the metal used to produce the body parts, management decided that it best to construct a Coupe for a Dr. Moreau . But the only parts available were the roadster. To satisfy the documentation that it was a Coupe a sales order with the words Coupe was found and it was attached to the build order and shipping invoice.
As it was 1928, and the Dr was a new Model T Owner, it would take time for him to know that a Model T was a unique vehicle. The car is not what it seems.
This group is so critical to what constitutes a Model T and a Coupe, especially a doctor's coupe.
We're even critical about what constitutes a doctor !! ; )
A look at that site was worth it for the picture of the weird orange tractor/car ! I'd like to know more about that ! Too funny !!
A second look found the 1910 IHC Roadster with air cooled overhead valve engine. That was worth it to me. The 17 Case was fun to see too.
Thanks for the link.
1938 Minneapolis Moline UDLX Comfortractor
A true Universal Car. Or what Henry could have done.
The UDLX was introduced in 1938 and dubbed the Comfortractor. It was designed as a solution for multiple problems. The farmer could work in the fields all week, then drive to town in comfort on the weekends. The UDLX was equipped with all the modern amenities - a fully enclosed, heated cabin with windows that open, cigarette lighter, a second seat for your tractor dog during the week, or the little lady on the weekend. You get a glove box, rear opening door, full raft of gauges, and slick coupe-like styling — well, as close as a tractor can get to a sedan. The top speed of this beast was rated at 45 mph so a bit slow, but definitely usable on rural roads. The problem with the whole equation was cost and timing. The nation was still a bit in the doldrums at the end of the Great Depression, war was looming on the horizon, and the price tag for the fancy tractor was steep at $2,150. Those factors in concert all led to a production of only about 150 of the old tractors.
If you are ever in Minneapolis, you can take a look at my dad's 1910 IHC Model F Roadster.
It's a "Hemi."
Thanks Erik. The rocker arms and valve springs with the overhead cam make delightful pictures. With all the high wheelers I had missed the beauty and charm of the IHC cars with more conventional tires. What a pleasure that one must be.
Another reason for the MM UDLX lack of sales may have been the attitude of farmers who considered an enclosed tractor a sissy product.
Very few people are aware that IHC built passenger cars for two years (1910 and 1911). My dad has owned the above car since 1951. Only 418 Model F roadsters were built in 1910 and 1911 - my dad's was the thirtieth one built. Very few survive today in various stages of completion.
In addition to the Model F roadster, IHC built a 1911 Model G roadster (identical to Model F except it had high wheel, hard rubber tires - the Henry Ford museum has a 1911 Model G roadster in its collection), a 1911 Model K roadster (same as Model F but with water jackets on the motor) and a 1911 J-30, water cooled touring.
The J-30 touring was the best designed of the cars above. If I recall correctly, 1105 were built - many survive today. They had a completely different motor from the roadsters.
You can see the motor of a 1911 Model K roadster running here - looks and sounds just like my dad's car even though it is water cooled (it's a 1911 although the video identifies it at a 1910):
Here is a photo of the same 1911 Model K in the video - I took it at the "Red Power Roundup" (national meet for the National International Harvester Collectors Club) in Des Moines last year. It is in the process of being re-restored.
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We all know it's an established fact that ALL Model T's are 1923's......
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Erik, Cool video. It sounds like the proverbial sewing machine. I'll stay clear of that flywheel.
Thanks for sharing that.
On the water cooled roadster, the fan is on the flywheel as you have noticed.
On the air cooled roadsters, there are two small brass fans on the left side of the motor (the air cooled high wheelers use similar fans). They are driven via a friction drive on the flywheel.