Someone responded to my horseless carriage parts wanted ad with the offer to sell me the tires off of this beautiful CDO. Now I'm thinking about building something similar first and doing a high-wheeler next. I envision a gray car, more or less the color of the tires with black fenders, red pin striping, possibly red seat, and on and on. Somebody bought a horn at a yard sale and built his car around it, so I will start with the tires and build around them.
I'm with you. My F100 goes to fast so I like driving the slower 24 T. Now my 24 T goes to fast. I think a horselesss carriage might be just what I need next.
When my cars go too fast I just close the throttle a little.
If someone volunteers to post a video I will send him a video I took of an 1898 car driving along.
First picture is the original gasoline powered 1897 Olds Trap, the second a non-running copy by the late Joe Merli, and the third is my running driving copy built from photos. Making your own is a great way to pass the time. Aaron here's a link to my 1910 diesel REO truck videos.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7fcM5r7JfE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqGSEy4f_KY
Tommy,Shooting you some more pics of body parts I have for your consideration. Pair of runabout body side panels,make unknown,$150 pr,side of front doorless touring body less back section,prob Ford $65,pretty neat seat riser with aluminum trim on corners $75. All plus shipping.
Tommy when I build a horseless carriage I do a size mockup using the wheels I plan on using. Cardboard cut to size will serve the same purpose. I build a 2X4 ''frame'', attach the wheels. I then just look at it as I walk by for a week or so. Your eye will pick out anything you don't like before you actually build the car. This method saves a lot of mis-cuts of materials and restarts. Gary
here's some unusually odd and ugly wheels for your project!
First impression...I like 'em. I'm not sure I would use them for my first build though.
Anybody ever seen them elsewhere? What other unusual designs were used?
Those are spring wheels. Unsprung chassis on buggy.
Gary, look at all of the photos. There are front and rear springs on the buggy.
Any idea where one would acquire the White rubber needed to build the correct early tires like those shown on Joe Merli's trap? Also curious what limitations to operation of Joe's trap are? That's a fabulous looking creation, and the motor looks especially detailed. I'm sure the Lansing Museum would love to have this as an operational display for events, etc.
Merli's car is a static display only. He passed away about 2 years ago. A really nice guy to me. His car is in the Lansing museum, I do believe. They also have the original from the Smithsonian. Contact some of the Amish wheel wrights. They will know. That's who built my wheels.
Sometimes these scratch-built replicas can run into some real WORK....NO plans, fabricate virtually everything. One solidyear of part-time work.