Fast Ice Boat Built With Scraps and Old Model T Engine (Dec, 1929)

Fast Ice Boat Built With Scraps and Old Model T Engine

LOUIS HEUPEL, of Cleveland, Ohio, wanted a fast ice boat. He had an old Model T Ford engine and didn’t want to make a sail so he set to work. Using scraps of lumber, metal and a variety of available bolts and screws he built the framework for the craft. Then he took the junked motor, pepped it up considerably, had a small crankcase made for it and bolted the propeller to the end of the crankshaft. Placing his motor, rigidly bolted to the upper framework of his craft Heupel was ready to go.

5 comments
  1. Toronto says: October 12, 20108:13 pm

    I swear hundreds of foolhardy young men did this over a 2o year span, and about 50 of them seem to have graced the pages of ModMech and PopMech. Several articles made the collection books/reprints, as well. (For those of us who occasionally are away from computers.)

  2. Andrew L. Ayers says: October 12, 201011:22 pm

    What I want to see are the accident reports (well, maybe not, because they might be a bit gruesome)…

  3. r peltier says: October 13, 20105:22 am

    Why were all the pictures in Modern Mechanics artist renderings, I know for a fact they had cameras???

  4. Firebrand38 says: October 13, 20108:31 am

    r peltier: all the pictures? Here, this is from the same issue http://blog.modernmecha… Those look pretty photographic to me.

  5. RBayard says: October 13, 20106:00 pm

    It looks like most of the photos that MM used were not the best quality and had to be touched-up by an artist to make the subject recognizable to the readers. Some were touched-up extensively.

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