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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”.

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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.jpg 606308.jpg LEADb4aa310b46b0.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.
 

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I am always amazed at what those early spoke wheeled jalopies were capable of, and the inventiveness of their owners. images-3.jpeg images-2.jpeg

A few model years later and I think I have found my favorite "Go Further" examples. 977be53ad1951dcd70d4cdf7b0ba0306.jpg Big Wheel T.jpg
 

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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
 

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That looks just like a TW200 wheel.

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That's what I need for the TW Fred. At almost $2400 for a truck, surely one would be cheaper for a TW. How much are those Timbersleds again? lol
 
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