Outboard Motor Car Does 40 Miles an Hour
by DICK COLE
A junked outboard motor makes an excellent power plant for a cycle car when converted as described here by Mr. Cole. The little car will develop speeds up to 40 miles an hour, and has power to burn.
TO BE the possessor of a self-propelled vehicle is the ambition of every normal boy. Every father has heard the plea of his son when out in the country in the family car: “Gee, Dad! Lem’me drive, will you? Please! I know how! Honest I do! Lem’me show you. Please, Dad, come on!”
My boy had just reached that stageâ€” only more so. He begged me to build him some kind of vehicle that would “run by itself.” Since I like to putter around and make thingsâ€”particularly something different from the other fellowâ€”I gave ear to his pleadings, and began to think the matter over.
Steam-driven Wheels for Cars
AN AUTOMOBILE carrying motors in its wheels is being perfected in a Chicago laboratory. Each wheel contains a six-cylinder engine fed with steam through the hub, and mounted eccentrically to the wheel proper. The piston rods of the steam wheel descend one after another propelling the car ever forward. An automobile so equipped, inventors claim, could travel at a speed of 100 miles an hour and cover 2,000 miles without refueling. This would be a great advantage, especially to high-speed cross-country busses which waste time filling gas tanks en route.
Quickly Installed Air Cooler for Warm-Weather Driving
Installed or removed in a few minutes, the new-air cooler shown above fits any make of car. Filtering and purifying the air besides lowering its temperature by evaporating a supply of water, the device operates automatically while the car is in motion. A pair of enterprising operators discovered a way to make a tidy summer profit with a supply of the conditioners. One rented them to west-bound tourists at the Needles, Calif., gate of the Mohave Desert, while his partner collected and re-rented them to east-bound motorists at San Bernardino.
President Gets New Convertible
THE man in the White House took delivery the other day of a specially built seven-passenger Lincoln convertible with disappearing steps on which Secret Service men ride like footmen. Last of 10 cars built for Mr. Truman, his family, and distinguished visitors, it has a 145-inch wheel-base compared with 125 on the Lincoln Cosmopolitan. It has an over-all length of 20 feet compared with the standard 18-1/2.
Latest in Travelâ€”Two-Wheeled Cart With Auto Tires
MARTIN SOADACK, combination farmer and general handyman of Baldwins-ville, New York, likes comfort when he rides, and the rocky and rutty road between his home and town had none of these conveniences to offer.
But was Mr. Soadack downhearted? He was not. A little mechanical ingenuity was brought into action and now Mr. Soadack suffers from the “jounces” no more. What conquered the situation is shown in the accompanying photo. When Mr. Soadack had decided that he had been bumped about for the last time, he descended upon a junkyard and there procured two old auto wheels. Next he procured a two-wheeled cart, and then assembled his acquisitions.
Now Mr. Soadack rides to town in comfort and is said to give his friends the laugh when he passes them on the road.
Flivver With a Kick
STUDENTS at the University of Houston recently converted a sedate Ford into a bucking bronco! Under the direction of W. C. Rowlette of the automotive shop, they built Leapin’ Lena for the school’s annual Frontier Fiesta show.
A ’39 Ford which hadn’t been doing anyone much good was stripped of its old frame. The correct mechanical touches gave it
the lope and bounce of a real Western horse and a saddle was added. Then, the mechanized bronco was ready for the show.
Automobile With Aerial Cable Tracks Is Latest in Ferries
ALL records for novelty in the field of ferry boating have been smashed by a couple of Virginia youths. What they did to achieve this distinction was to stretch a couple of strong steel cables across a creek to form a pair of aerial tracks an which an automobile actually crosses back and forth. The tires have been removed, however, and the rims especially revamped to fit the cableway. Just in case the car jumps the track, there is an overhead trolley ready to take the load, so that passengers on the unique ferry need have no fear of an unannounced ducking. No turntable is necessary at the terminus of the tracks, for the car just backs up on the return trip
Tailor’s Leg Cut Offâ€”He Builds Auto for One-legged Man
WHEN Joseph Freedman, 44-year-old Philadelphia tailor, lost a leg in an accident, one of the greatest hardships he experienced was being unable to drive a car. Then old “Mother Necessity” was brought on the job, with the result that Freedman designed and built an auto which is operated entirely by hand, save for one pedal. The car, seen at the left, is powered by a 2-cycle motorbike engine and goes anywhere on its two motorcycle and two airplane wheels.
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Boy Won’t Need Dad’s Car Now!
Thirteen-year-old Jimmy Richardson of Tucson, Ariz., is the envy of all his friends with a midget auto built by his father. What’s more, he rides all week on 56 cents worth of gas â€” the cost for one tankful. The car is made of 20-gauge steel trimmed in stainless steel for a snappy appearance. It stands 2-1/2 feet high, is five feet long and has a ground clearance of only five inches. Built on a frame of bed rail with knee action in front and regular coil springs in the rear, the entire machine weighs about 300 pounds.