Ford snowmobiles, "A Better Idea"
Close
         
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16
Like Tree55Likes

Thread: Ford snowmobiles, "A Better Idea"

  1. #1
    Senior Member Fred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Turtle Wrangling the Sierras
    Posts
    18,723

    Ford snowmobiles, "A Better Idea"

    A century ago these things were quite popular in the snow belt giving credence to one of Ford's latest mottos " Go Further" .165638.jpg

    In 1913 New Hampshire Ford dealer Virgil White invented a track and ski unit conversion for the Model T Ford. This invention was almost simultaneously invented in Waterville, Maine with neither man having knowledge of the other. Mr. White was the first to use the word “snowmobile”.

    LancasterMA.jpg
    Quite popular with farmers, ranchers and mail deliveries soon many a Tin Lizzy was converted for winter activities. Soon endless variations and models by others built on Buicks, Hupmobile and others escaped from inventor's garages to work rather than play in the snow.320088-2.jpg606308.jpgLEADb4aa310b46b0.jpg
    Perhaps there is some merit in a modern interprettion of a convertible lightweight auto/ tracked vehicle. I know Admiral now has a Midget convertible in his garage that isn't doing anything this winter...hmmmmm.
    admiral, grewen, Rockit and 11 others like this.
    2003 TW200 "Betty Boop"
    2006 TW200 "Nibbler", a.k.a. “Mr.Gizmo"
    Hidden Content All Things Considered I’ld Rather Be Motorcycling

  2. #2
    Senior Member admiral's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Frosty Hollow
    Posts
    13,058
    These are great Fred! I love 'em. Looks like I tried to copy Ford with my front ski idea ha ha!
    Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?

  3. #3
    Senior Member Fred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Turtle Wrangling the Sierras
    Posts
    18,723
    I am always amazed at what those early spoke wheeled jalopies were capable of, and the inventiveness of their owners.images-3.jpegimages-2.jpeg

    A few model years later and I think I have found my favorite "Go Further" examples.977be53ad1951dcd70d4cdf7b0ba0306.jpgBig Wheel T.jpg
    Ken, grewen, Tweaker and 5 others like this.
    2003 TW200 "Betty Boop"
    2006 TW200 "Nibbler", a.k.a. “Mr.Gizmo"
    Hidden Content All Things Considered I’ld Rather Be Motorcycling

  4. Remove Advertisements
    TW200Forum.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Senior Member pred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Philadelphia and Pittsburgh pa
    Posts
    545
    Always loved this fordson snow tractor video

  6. #5
    Senior Member Rider21's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Reno, NV.
    Posts
    430
    Fred, what do you suppose the red wheel setup is in the back of the second to last pic?
    Smitty Blackstone likes this.
    Beauty is as beauty does.
    If it works good, it's beautiful.

  7. #6
    Senior Member Tallahasseetw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    Posts
    176
    I think I like the music in that tractor video the best. It suits the vehicle.
    "suck, squeeze, bang, blow"

  8. #7
    Senior Member Tallahasseetw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    Posts
    176
    Quote Originally Posted by Rider21 View Post
    Fred, what do you suppose the red wheel setup is in the back of the second to last pic?
    Bolt on skis I suspect.

    I know my name isn't Fred
    "suck, squeeze, bang, blow"

  9. #8
    Senior Member Fred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Turtle Wrangling the Sierras
    Posts
    18,723
    A truly convertible machine needs to be able to quickly change from rubber tires to skis depending on conditions. Removing the rumble seat bodywork allows the red snow skis or front rubber tires to be stowed depending on whether mud or snow is encountered. I thought it quite clever.977be53ad1951dcd70d4cdf7b0ba0306.jpg

    What is not depicted is how track tension is achieved and maintained. With no true boogie wheels the front track axle likely is adjustable fore and aft.

    Personally I hope the snow goes away and I can enjoy something in an interstellar and solar rocket car. 976795b163a4691830903794d97637aa.jpg
    Last edited by Fred; 01-16-2017 at 11:00 AM.
    2003 TW200 "Betty Boop"
    2006 TW200 "Nibbler", a.k.a. “Mr.Gizmo"
    Hidden Content All Things Considered I’ld Rather Be Motorcycling

  10. #9
    Senior Member elime's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    Posts
    6,976
    I will take a Model T (or Model A) any day over a Google self driving car.
    Long live the internal combustion engine!

  11. #10
    Senior Member Joemama's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Lake County, Ca.
    Posts
    1,241
    I think that I heard that Gerry was working for Ford at about this time frame.
    Tweaker, admiral, Fred and 2 others like this.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Sponosred Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. "Robbery" or "There's a sucker born every minute'
    By elime in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 46
    Last Post: 04-13-2016, 07:36 PM
  2. "Bear With Me" or "Ain't No Sasquatch"
    By Fred in forum Off-Topic
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-17-2015, 11:17 AM
  3. Warren, NH "Old Home Days" aka "Vernstock"
    By SickPuppy76 in forum Trails, Off-road, and Adventure Riding
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-03-2015, 09:05 AM
  4. "Bombs Away", or "A Video For Indiana"
    By Fred in forum Off-Topic
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 11-01-2014, 09:21 PM
  5. DG "O" Series Slip-On Exhaust with 1" Quiet Core Silencer
    By wiso2 in forum TW200 Classifieds
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-08-2013, 10:31 AM