Jump to content
  • Greetings Guest!

    CheersandGears.com was founded in 2001 and is one of the oldest continuously operating automotive forums out there.  Come see why we have users who visit nearly every day for the past 16+ years. Signup is fast and free, or you can opt for a premium subscription to view the site ad-free.

Sign in to follow this  

"Delicately with that axe!"

Recommended Posts

This one should be easier ~

The great Henry Ford spent a good deal of time building his first car. There really was no choice- the automotive components we have long taken for granted (spark plug, carburetor, wheels, etc) to build one with did not exist and the science was still 'in labor'; not 'born' yet. Other major components (crankshaft, camshaft, pushrods, bearings, etc) had to be designed, then machined from scratch, from materials certainly not envisioned for use in a motor car. In addition, Ford had a full-time job and a small family.

Having spent some of his teen years repairing watches, Ford was a known perfectionist, and he also took time to study (what little) work was being done by others. His first gas engine was completed in the family kitchen in Dec of 1893. He successfully ran it for a half minute, then never ran it again.

Nearly immediately, he began building another engine in the shed behind his house, and the car to put it into. He worked in his spare time, machining, testing, building, a LOT of trial & error, all thru 1894... 1895... and into 1896. With a best judgement pegging the date as June 4th, at about 2AM and with a light rain falling, he was finally ready to test drive his 'Quadracycle'.... except for one, final adjustment that required perhaps the LEAST precise instrument he had used yet; an axe.

For what.... ?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Didn't he have to knock down a wall because the car couldn't fit through the door?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Correct- the doors on the (brick) coal shed were too narrow- he supposedly had not considered such before that moment. The door on the right is the one that was widened.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Great piece of history. :globe:

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

About us

CheersandGears.com - Founded 2001

We ♥ Cars

Get in touch

Follow us

Recent tweets



Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.