In 1925, Ford bought Stout and its aircraft designs. And came on steel wheels. Tillstrom has certainly done his math, and I will be the first to say he is right about using a T engine in an airplane, and cannot fault most of what he says, just remember that you have to dance with the one that brung you, and T engines were what was available at the time. Gallivan and was available through his shop in Illinois from 1926 until 1930. Click on the thumbnails for a lager view.
Planes of the T era had low wing loading, and low landing speeds, and they usually flew where forced landings were not unsafe. My impression was that it was cut down with a cold chisel and filed somewhat smooth. An additional eight gallon fuel tank was installed in the nose. With his rural mailbox full of orders, he quickly enlisted local help to manufacture parts. They had come a long way from the early 1911 six cyl, engines that had used automatic intake valves, pulled open by the intake suction of the piston.
While it was extending from the fuselage, I'd turn on the ignition, prime the carburetor, and pull a decompression valve. This was in the late 30's I think it's been at least a decade since I saw it. Note: The larger files are large! The original engine in an 8N Ford tractor was a 30 hp 4-cylinder motor which was a recycled Model A Ford car engine used from 1928 through 1931. Aside from the longer hood and the taller grill and dash to clear the carburetor and air cleaner everything fit well and looked stock at first glance. Since many supposedly certified engines are supported by non certified systems this may not be a very smart concept. I don't have any idea how many times the plane actually flew. Lots of stuff to see in the picture.
The Pietenpol I've seen had an extra water pipe off the other end of the head to prevent a pocket of air being trapped in the higher end. A Model T engine is certainly not something you can trust your life with, but having low voltage timing contacts located at the valves where there is an abundant flow of oil is only go to make it more unreliable By on Monday, February 16, 2009 - 07:20 pm: Hi John I am afraid that I am the wrong person to answer your questions, as I only posted the link because I thought it might be the same or similar to the device shown in the original photos, and as such could add to, or be of interest to those in the discussion. The pan is formed and welded as shown after which the side is hammered out for the oil pump. A novel feature were pushrods that traveled through sleeves in the exhaust pipes. Currently owned by Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. The two-seat speedster body kits were made by at least a dozen specialist companies, including F.
The automaker slots a 2. The Funk brothers ran ads in farm journals with coupons. The earlier l-head version is virtually identical to the Thomas Morse V8 aero engine. They could no longer work out of the back of their grocery store. Finding the blueprints mentioned in the ad will answer most questions. There have been several ford tractor posts here, covering the funk conversion etc.
At any rate, it looked to be all done by hand. The lightweight Wiley Post was advertised as an ideal training plane. The Air Camper is a wood airplane made from spruce and plywood. I still think the wires are there as ersatz cooling fins - not very effective, though. I am sure he didn't have to worry about a wimpy T crank screwing its way through the thrust bearing. The cabin provided side-by-side seating for two. Chet Peek lives in Oklahoma and has been flying since 1939.
. Henry Ford used the parts that were on the shelf to build this tractor. I bet if you were 20 years old in 1925, you would too, Gary The thrill far outweighs the risk when we don't know any better. They are air cooled because of power to weight for small aircraft 50 to 150hp. Although designed primarily for passenger use, the Trimotor could be easily adapted for hauling cargo, since its seats in the fuselage could be removed. He cooled the engine in his hill climber with the skinny radiator out of his Pietenpol airplane. The owner also said that it had at least 4 flights before the crash.
Bob By on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 02:25 pm: Mr. It was rated at 82 hp at 3,000 rpm. I fear that it may cause too much build up of pressure!? Ford Trimotor interior The Ford Trimotor was a development of previous designs by , using structural principles copied from the work of Professor , the noted German all-metal aircraft design pioneer, and adapted to an airframe very similar to the single engine - even using the same airfoil cross section at the wing root. If I had run out of lift and were in danger of christening Farmer Jones's International Gliderport, I'd pop the engine. I believe that the drawings will give you most of the details required, so it will not be necessary to cover all of them here. S firms that sold aircraft and supplies to Pioneer aviators, and supplied engines, kits and parts to many early homebuilders. The Szekely engine proved so unreliable it was quickly replaced with a highly modified water-cooled Ford 4-cylinder automotive engine, which was mounted in an inverted position.
I sense a potential heat problem without fins like the engine in the top post. The Trimotor was not to be Ford's last venture in aircraft production. I've seen a home movie of one. No duty was too mundane or extreme for the wildly popular T, which became known by the nickname Flivver. Even years after its heyday, the T continued as the Swiss Army knife of automobiles.
The A powered Air Camper wouldn't make me near as nervous but I still wouldn't fly it over ground that I wouldn't want to land on. Per the article, it was supposedly ready to fly again by late 1978. Just thought if you were needin' it might be easier to go later. The plane was listed with a rate of climb of 400 fpm and a landing speed of 48 mph. By Harry on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 09:33 am: I'd try flying it, but then again, I was a paratrooper in my youth.