Many NEW USES For OLD FORDS (Mar, 1930)

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Extraordinary uses ior the aged motor will make it useful over an indeterminate period.

Here is a farm power plant made from an old Model T Ford automobile. It operates a belt line and shaft for grinding feed, elevating corn and grain, cutting ensilage. It is also rigged up to operate a grindstone and emery wheel tool sharpeners. Such a power plant is of inestimable value on the farm as it can be adapted for a variety of uses.

The Wenatchee Golf and Country Club uses this battery of five home-made fairway sprinklers which are moved about on old Ford wheels. Three wheels are linked together by 30 feet of pipe and sprinklers, and trundled easily where needed.

Above is a picture showing how Jennings Hopkins, of Paragould, Arkansas, rigged up an old Ford engine block for many uses. A heavy piece of iron is bolted to the piston in the shape of a hack saw frame to hold saw blades. When Hopkins works the foot pedal connected to the crank shaft the saw jigs up and down. A tool grinder is geared to the ring gear. There is a drill on the shaft and a make-shift vise on the side. The device is hand or foot operated. The block also serves as a satisfactory light anvil.

John, Bust, and Adam Goettl, of Mansfield, Ohio, constructed the vehicle pictured above from an old model T Ford. This carrier operates with a pusher propeller as compared to the “puller” vehicle devised by Mr. Raymond and shown on this page. The Goettl speeder can also be mounted on runners resembling those of a sled. It develops 55 m.p.h, on wheels and 65 m.p.h, on runners.

Above is shown the “rig” built by Louis Raymond, of Lewis-ton, Maine, with an old Ford engine as the motive power. The runners are similar to ordinary skis. The motor is mounted on 2″ by 4″ frames of soft pine. The motor sled is steered with a Ford steering wheel manipulating the rear skis. There is a horn and light run by storage battery. An old motorcycle tank is used for gasoline. The transmission is cut off near the fly-wheel. The engine, mounted backward, turns a tractor type propeller. This sled developed 35 m.p.h, on snow covered fields. It made up to 70 m.p.h, on the ice.

There is a home – made body on this old farm Ford. The wheels are designed to support its weight in marsh and soggy muck land.

  1. r peltier says: November 29, 201012:29 pm

    It’s a good thing the motor is is in front and “pulling” on the one with the 2 x 4 pine frame. When that frame gets shaken apart at least no one will get hurt.

  2. LightningRose says: November 29, 20102:16 pm

    The author left out boat anchor.

  3. Charlene says: November 29, 20103:43 pm

    It’s a bit too early for the repurposing I’m most familiar with – the Bennett buggy.

  4. Kosher Ham says: December 1, 20103:13 pm

    I’ve seen quite a few pictures taken from the middle east, where the poor farmers and sheep herders convert an old japanese sedan to something similar to a Hoover buggy. Cut the car in half and you get two carts! Frequently just the axles, tires and suspension are used to build the cart upon. With pneumatic tires I imagine the ride is better than with a cart with solid wheels.

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