Edward S. (Spider) Huff Records

Biographical / Historical Note

Edward S. "Spider" Huff helped Henry Ford design electrical and ignition systems for his earliest racing vehicles. He achieved racing immortality by riding on the running board of Henry Ford's race car during an event against the leading automobile manufacturer...

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Edward S. "Spider" Huff helped Henry Ford design electrical and ignition systems for his earliest racing vehicles. He achieved racing immortality by riding on the running board of Henry Ford's race car during an event against the leading automobile manufacturer of the day, Alexander Winton, at the Detroit Driving Club's race track in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in October, 1901. Huff also rode into the record books helping to design and run Henry Ford's car that set the world land speed record on the ice of Lake St. Clair in January, 1904. Huff was instrumental in the concept, design and development of the flywheel magneto and insulated spark plug that made the Model T a highly reliable vehicle and helped spark the success of the company. Huff was an electrical engineer of uncommon abilities and played an important role in developing Ford ignitions and other electrical systems.

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Scope and Content Note

The Edward S. Huff Records Subseries consists of one bound volume of automotive electrical wiring designs, sketches, and radio schematics by Huff, as well as a rough sketch which is labeled "the last sketch of E. S. Huff - 1933."

Collection Details

Object ID: 64.167.799.0
Creator: Huff, Edward S., 1879-1933 
Inclusive Dates: 1906-1933
Bulk Dates: 1906-1927
Size: 0.4 cubic ft. (1 box)
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The records are open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

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Notebook, Electrical Schematics and Drawings, 1906-1927

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Notebook, Electrical Schematics and Drawings, 1906-1927

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Notebook

Summary

Ed Huff was a self-taught electrical engineer of uncommon abilities. He worked with Henry Ford on the design and building of Ford's earliest cars including the Quadricycle and the race car Sweepstakes. Huff was instrumental in designing the electrical system of the Model T as well as other electrical components of Ford cars and trucks. This notebook is a collection of electrical component schematics and concept drawings by Huff that he collected and used for reference purposes until his death in 1933.

Object ID

64.167.799.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Location

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Notebook, Electrical Schematics and Drawings, 1906-1927

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