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In our previous entry on this blog, we mentioned the close bondHenry Ford and Thomas Edison shared and discussed how it led to the former’s first car: the Quadricycle. Today, we wish to discuss with you the specifics behind that machine and what made it special.
As mentioned, the first of Ford’s gas-powered machines certainly wasn’t the venerable and well-known Model T—no, it was the Quadricycle. This car-of-sorts was designed to be a stripped-down vehicle that would serve to help Ford minimize costs in his early days of design and engineering. It was thusly built using an angle iron frame, a buggy seat, a chain drive (for the transmission), and a leather belt.
Once built, the machine housed a Kane-Pennington-influenced two cylinder motor. Featured in American Machinist, it made savvy use of atmospheric intake valves and an overhead exhaust to produce a full four horses at 500 revolutions per minute (RPM). A far cry from today’s standards, right? Plus, it initially cooled itself via air, although later Ford added water jackets to that equation. When it was finally ready for sale in 1896, it went for $200.
It’s likely a piece of information that has escaped your attention but, the truth is, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were pretty “tight.” They knew each other, worked together, and had a wonderful friendship. And, as a result of it, greatness was born.
Henry Ford was a young, up-and-coming engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company back in the 1890s. He would get his work done and, in his off-hours, he would burn the midnight oil to continue his process of developing a gasoline engine.
When Edison caught wind of this “horseless carriage” work being conducted by Ford, he stepped in and provided mentorship. At his behest and encouragement, Ford was able to complete the creation of his first vehicle: the Quadricycle. The 1896-era machine came with just a tiller gearbox, four bike wheels, and an engine capable of creating four horsepower. However, it was a beginning, and after Edison died in 1931, Ford redoubled his efforts in the field. In fact, he had such respect for his mentor that he had Edison’s son capture his dad’s last breath in a test tube as a memento.
Did you know that the Henry Ford Company was not the first automobile business started up by the entrepreneur?
It’s true! Although back in 1899 Henry Ford had a great job as chief engineer for the Edison Illuminating Company (yes, that Edison), he wanted to go after what really “drove” him—automobile production. And so, with the backing of three principal investors—Detroit Mayor William Maybury, Senator Thomas W. Palmer, and William Murphy—he turned around an investment of $15,000, producing a gasoline-fueled delivery truck for his new Detroit Automobile Company in January of 1900.
While the aforementioned truck gained some notoriety in the news of the day, it was ultimately a failure due to its slow and unreliable nature. Only twenty were built before the project was scrapped, resulting in a loss of $86,000. As such, the Detroit Automobile Company was closed—but fortunately, that’s not the end of the story. Ford still had the support of investors and on November 20, 1901, he reorganized the business into the Henry Ford Company, leading to beloved cars like the Fusion.
Henry Ford was all about engine power. Although he would go on to make cars for the masses, he was always thrilled to produce something that went beyond the needs of the average consumer—a vehicle that would appeal to true enthusiasts. And so, beginning in 1901 and after the collapse of the Detroit Automobile Company, the former stockholders of that business enabled Ford to piece together the car of his dreams in their Cass Avenue auto plant. And where did young Henry’s heart lie? That’s easy—with racers!
Henry understood that the design and engineering of a racer would gain him notoriety and serve as a jumping off point for his wider automobile industry aspirations. Therefore, with the help of his buddies Ed “Spider” Huff, C. Harold Wills, and Oliver Barthel, he put together a car dubbed “Sweepstakes” in mid-1901. All told, the cost of creation was $5,000.
“Sweepstakes” was capable of producing 26 horses, which was an ample amount in those days. As such, Ford and company entered it into the Grosse Pointe equestrian track race on October 10, 1901. It was a big win for the machine in that it defeated a 40-horsepower car pioneered by Alexander Winton. The prize? $1000 and a glass punch bowl. Swanky.
Did you realize there was a time that the Ford Motor Company wasn’t completely consumed with making automobiles like the Mustang? It’s true. Back when the American nation needed the Detroit manufacturer the most, it heeded the call and launched itself into the war effort of the 1940s, helping to arm our troops with military equipment.
That’s right—Ford is an agile company that began supporting the WWII effort beginning in 1942. The manufacturer had a dedicated program that crafted a total of roughly 250,000 tanks, tank destroyers, and artillery vehicles; 86,000 B-24 Liberator heavy bombers; and 57,000 aircraft engines. Although the man who spearheaded the effort—Edsel Ford—passed away in 1943, it went full speed ahead until 1945.
The Americans weren’t alone—Ford of Canada did their best to help out via the production of 335,000 defense vehicles. These included Universal Carriers and Canadian Military Patterns. They also donated cars and wagons.
Give us a ring at Sound Ford in Seattle, as we’d love to talk in greater detail about how the company heeded its nation’s call. And if you’re ever aching to hear more fun facts, you know where to find us!
There’s a well-worn story that claims that Ford Motor Company’s venerable Model T automobile only came in the color black and that Mr. Henry Ford himself would not have it any other way. But what’s the veracity of this assertion?
Well, it turns out it’s a myth altogether.
The Ford Model T was not only offered in such a neutral color. In fact, for quite some time, it wasn’t even offered in black at all. In its first years of production between 1908 and until 1914, it was instead offered in a variety of colors depending on the model/trim. For instance, red was used solely on touring cars and gray exclusively to the “town” variants. Further, green was quite popular—it was supplied for touring cars, town cars, coupes, and Landaulets. The year 1912 saw an even more surprising turn in that every single line of the Model T was only produced in a “midnight blue” shade complete with black fenders (this according to Bruce McCalley). Intriguing, huh?
All-black Model Ts never even hit roads until 1914. The reason for the change? World War I. The Great War resulted in a lack of dyes, necessitating the switch over to a one-tone scheme. However, by the end of its run the famous car would be shipped in a grand total of 30 separate black varieties. What a far cry from the many-colored Fusions and F-150s of today!
Did you know that Henry Ford was an early advocate for higher workers’ wages?
In 1914, Ford and his company introduced the groundbreaking “$5-a-day” plan. Those workers that qualified would see a significant wage increase—in fact, $5 represented approximately twice the industry average. Ford was attributed a quote that effectively said he wished his employees not only to have a “living” but to have a “life.”
The policy made gigantic headlines and moved the automobile industry forward. Directly following Ford’s adoption of the “$5-a-day” plan, other automakers followed suit to increase their pay to workers. As a result, a fair wages movement was born and the middle class in America boomed. Things really did work out for Ford Motor Company, too. With more folks making better money, the pool of potential Model T customers grew sizably. Regardless of that effect, though, it stands as fact that the corporation was an early pioneer in increased compensation for employees. Assembly line jobs received a doubling in average pay, making them far more palatable to the masses.
Did you know there’s an elite squad of Ford drivers that help make the company’s cars better?
Indeed, there are approx. 10,000 test drive engineers at the Big Blue Oval company, although the absolute best—“tier four” participants—work to substantially benefit the power and performance of Ford’s fine vehicles. There are only roughly 20 such drivers at any given time at the company.
So, how does it all work? Well, Ben Maher, Ford technical specialist, leads a committee that identifies and nominates tier-four candidates. Once selected, these professionals get to work to complete rigorous certification before getting behind the wheel of the manufacturer’s finest performance machines. Their tool of choice these days in order to gather data? A limited-edition Mustang FP350S track car outfitted with a 50-channel data acquisition system. This allows for the collection of details related to brake pressure, steering wheel angles, and the transition time between brake pedal and throttle. The information gathered moves from motorsport programs to select vehicles and, eventually, Ford’s full product line.
Do you know the story behind Ford’s first-ever sale? It’s always fun to look back at historic milestones and this one takes us all the way to the turn of the prior century—before even the time of the Model T.
That’s right—the black Model T was not Ford’s first major line of automobiles. Instead, it was the Model A, a machine equipped with a two-cylinder engine that was good for a maximum speed of 30 MPH. This car was sold to a Chicago dentist by the name of Ernest Pfennig on July 23, 1903. The asking price? A cool $850. It should be noted that there were actually two variants of this machine—a $900 tonneau and an $800 two-seater. The former refers to an auto that has an open-air section for lugging materials, not unlike the bed of a modern truck.
Between the years of 1903 and 1904, 1,750 Model As were built at the first Ford facility ever—Detroit’s Mack Avenue Plant. It was eventually supplanted by the Model C and, later, the Model T. No word on if Dr. Pfennig ever got to enjoy these later models but, somehow, we trust his Model A held a special place in his day-to-day life.
The Ford F-Series has been America’s best-selling pickup for decades now. But even when you know that, it can be difficult to fully envision just how dominant the machine has been in the automotive space. Today, we want to shine a light on that and reveal some truly striking facts and statistics about the country’s favorite truck.
In 2018 alone, the F-Series has been an extremely hot commodity. In fact, Ford has sold more than 87,000 F-Series trucks to date this calendar year, as confirmed by Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. That’s almost 90,000 trucks with nearly five months left!
Of course, the overall historical figures are what’s really eye-popping. For example, did you know that more than 32 million F-Series pickups have been constructed to date? On top of this, that means roughly two are sold every dang minute, making it a $41 billion business as of 2017. And guess what? That makes the line bigger in sales than Nike, Coca-Cola, and even Facebook!
Stick with our blog here for more fun facts! Also, feel free to give us a call to check on our F-150 inventory!