Ford Flathead V8 History – Racing in Retrospect, Mid State Antique Stock Car Club

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Really Good series of articles on the various aspects of  Henry’s wonderful Flathead V8 on  the Racing in Retrospect website from the Mid State Antique Stock Car Club.

Read on here

Did Henry Design the Model T as a Multi Fuel Vehicle? – Hemming’s Daniel Strohl

Interesting article from Daniel Strohl at Hemming’s.

Fact Check: Henry Ford didn’t design the Model T as a multi-fuel vehicle

Fact Check: Henry Ford didn’t design the Model T as a multi-fuel vehicle

Was the Model T designed to run on Multi Fuels?

Read on here

 

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

 

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

If you are ever in Detroit you can now visit the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant the birthplace of the Model T.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is recognized as one of the most significant automotive heritage sites in the world.

The building is undergoing a restoration and was saved by volunteers.

The website is here

A great historic place to visit!

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Clara Ford

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Clara Ford

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sit the birthplace of the Model T. Avenue Plant is again open and evolving into a symbol of Detroit’s ability to invent, innovate, and rebound. Walk the plank floors worn smooth by hundreds of workers and thousands of cars. See Henry Ford’s competition, his early successes and false starts. Learn how volunteers saved one of the world’s most significant industrial building

 

The Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time – The Model T Ford

The Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time - The Model T Ford

The Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time – The Model T Ford

The Model T, included in the Time Magazine “Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time”

The article is here

Henry Ford Random Patents #6 US 1850006 A Brake

Henry Ford Random Patents #6

Brake US 1850006 A

 

Henry published patent US 1850006 A in March 1932

The patent detailed a new improved braking system

It appears he was still sticking doggedly to the mechanical operation of brakes at this time.

You can see the full details here

Henry Ford Random Patents #5 Motor-carriage. US 686046 A

On the 12th September 1899 Henry filed a patent for a Motor-carriage which was finally published in November 1901 as US 686046 A

The full details of the patent can be found here

Henry Ford Random Patents #5 Motor Carriage

Henry Ford Random Patents #5 Motor Carriage

Henry Ford Random Patents #4 – US 2269451 A Automobile body construction (Henry’s Plastic Car)

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Henry's Plastic Car

Henry’s Plastic Car

 

Henry applied for and was granted US Patent 2269451 A

This is an excerpt, including the spelling!

Provide an automobile body construction of improved’ construction. 1 v

More specifically, the object of my invention is to provide a body construction in which plastic body panels-are employed, .not only for the doors and side panels, but also for the roof, hood and all other ‘exposed panels on the body.

Plastic parts have many advantages in that they produce a quiet body, may be molded to exact sizes, may be formed economically from soy bean oil, may be readily replaced in case of accident, and result in a lighter construction.

However, there are also many disadvantages to g all such constructions in the past because the panels are not able structurally to resist the stresses to which such panels are exposed in the conventional body. In the present all-steel body the “panels are depended upon almost entirely to resist the many stresses set up in the body.

An object of this invention is, therefore, to

provide a body frame structure which will resist all normally encountered stresses independently of the body panels.

The full patent detail can be found here

It’s believed the war overtook things and the idea was never pursued.

There is also an interesting article on Henry’s plastic car by Ben Judge that can be found  here at Money Week