Ford Experimental Lightweight Tractor, circa 1907

Summary

Calling it his "automotive plow," Henry Ford had Joseph Galamb and C.J. Smith construct this experimental machine. It is powered by a 1905 Ford Model B engine with copper water jackets. This tractor represents either the first or, more probably, the second of several experimental lightweight tractor designs which culminated in the production of the Fordson tractor for U.S. markets in 1918.

Calling it his "automotive plow," Henry Ford had Joseph Galamb and C.J. Smith construct this experimental machine. It is powered by a 1905 Ford Model B engine with copper water jackets. This tractor represents either the first or, more probably, the second of several experimental lightweight tractor designs which culminated in the production of the Fordson tractor for U.S. markets in 1918.

Artifact

Tractor (Agricultural equipment)

Date Made

circa 1907

Agriculture
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Agriculture

Object ID

00.2.92

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Henry and Clara Ford.

Material

Metal
Iron (Metal)
Wood (Plant material)
Copper (Metal)

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.25 in  (Bore)

Length: 5 in  (Stroke)

Horsepower: 20 hp  (14.91 kW)

Height: 68.5 in

Width: 70.5 in

Length: 108.75 in

Weight: 1500 lbs

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