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JLHernandez on September 14, 2007

This 1915 Ford is awesome.

Do you have pictures (open hood) showing the engine ? What type of transmission ?

It would be interesting to find and preserve the tools and techniques used in Ford's factories of that period.

I wonder how they engineered/manufactured the engine block and transmission without computers, automated tooling and the like.

Islandguy on September 14, 2007

They have an old car parade every Sunday on this Island during the summer.

About 1/3 of the cars I posted are driven around the Island on a daily basis. Many cars come over on the Ferry just for the parade.

There should be another parade this Sunday, so I'll go over and take more pictures.

And I'll stop by the local auto shop. They always have lots of interesting things over there. Old cars, new cars, golf carts, boats, outboard motors, snowmobiles, 4-wheelers, motorcycles,, I'll see if the owner will let me take some pictures.

Henry Ford established the "assembly line" concept for making cars. His ideas for mass production made the price of cars low enough for "regular" people to buy them. And eventually the people who worked in the factories, were also able to buy the cars they put together..... Even though he paid them $5 per week, in those early days.

The "design" of the early cars was very GOOD and very SIMPLE. And all of the parts had low tolerances. The engine bearings were "poured" in place with Babbit to achieve a "close" fit. The first cars did not have an electrical system. Ignition was by a magneto system.

And you could have "Any color you like, as long as it was black."... according to Henry.

JLHernandez on September 17, 2007


I though you were from "the Island (Cuba)" , obviously not...

Except air-conditioning and probably radio this model in principle has everything just like a modern car, even electrical headlights.

Magnetos produce their own electricity, no need for a battery, so they are reliable to energize the spark-plugs and because of that they are used often in small piston engine airplanes to this day.

Engines from that time remind me that the Wright brothers had to cast their own engine block in Aluminum to make it light enough for flight.

I always enjoy looking at older technologies, their simplicity yet how sophisticated they were, when I go to the Smithsonian my favorite place is where they have the gigantic engines and machines from the 1800's. They are beautiful.

Islandguy on September 17, 2007

JL Hernandez;

I live on an Island in the middle of Lake Erie, actually a part of Ohio, USA. I will post some more pictures after this note.

Other than the magneto system, there is NO ELECTRICAL system on this car. The headlamps, cowl lamps, and the spotlight are all OIL lamps, I beleive. You can see the exhaust vents behind and/or above the reflectors.

I too always loved going to the Henry Ford Museum to see the big fixed steam engines, and railroad locomotives.

Islandguy on September 17, 2007

The spotlight, and maybe the headlights may be some kind of "gas" lamps. I will ask some old timers when I see them, and find out.

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