Ford Model T Runabout Converted to a Tractor, Reaping Grain, circa 1919

Summary

Around 1919 a farmer driving his converted Model T Runabout is pulling a McCormick-Deering reaper to harvest grain in Minnesota. Large-diameter steel-drive wheels and a rear power takeoff were all that was needed to achieve the conversion. For only $195, E.G. Staude Company of St Paul, Minnesota had started selling the Mak-a-Tractor conversion kit for the Model T in 1917, capitalizing on the popularity of the Ford car among farmers. Staude produced an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 of these in its lifetime.

Around 1919 a farmer driving his converted Model T Runabout is pulling a McCormick-Deering reaper to harvest grain in Minnesota. Large-diameter steel-drive wheels and a rear power takeoff were all that was needed to achieve the conversion. For only $195, E.G. Staude Company of St Paul, Minnesota had started selling the Mak-a-Tractor conversion kit for the Model T in 1917, capitalizing on the popularity of the Ford car among farmers. Staude produced an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 of these in its lifetime.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1919

Subject Date

circa 1919

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

83.300.1205.1

Credit

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

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process
Toning (Photography)

Color

Brown
Sepia (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Width: 10 in

Inscriptions

Ink stamp on back: FOR DUPLICATES HILL STUDIOS 26 E. 7th ST. PAUL, MINN.

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