January 29, 2010

Henry Ford's Amazing Snow Tractor

Deep snow a problem where you live?

This silent film clip shows Henry Ford's "Snow-motor" of the 1920s in action, with bowler-hatted, stiff-collared  Ford himself at the controls. (There is a Chevy too.)

The snow-screw propulsion system works well in the deep stuff, but I suppose it was less-capable in shallow snow, mud, etc., which is why caterpillar tracks were adopted instead.

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