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Old 06-06-2005, 11:09:37 PM
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Anyone know anything about or where I can get info. on this mechanical horse... its run by a very early GE electric motor that says "alternating current" and looks like it is 20's or maybe earlier. The mechanisms are fitted with grease cups. I was thinking about changing it over to a hit and miss engine ..but I would like to know what I have before I mess with it...

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Old 06-07-2005, 10:17:04 AM
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I believe I seen this horse (one like it) in the movie Titanic so that would date it pre 1912.
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Old 06-07-2005, 11:18:55 AM
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I that an early version of the kiddie ride outside 5 & 10 cent stores (giving away my age!!)?
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Old 06-07-2005, 12:55:36 PM
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I doubt that it was a kiddy ride..as the speed control is in front of/and controlled by the rider..and it is not coin-op....
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Default Re: Info wanted on mechanical horse...

I'd be leery of altering this in any way. You may have a very valuable item, though I know not a thing.

I do know that original is where the big value is usually is found. Besides, you could run it, as is, with electricity and that can be generated by a hit and miss engine.

While it would make quite an unusual display, it might be best to rope it off and only let experienced "cowpokes" ride it.

Recommended accessories for riding: Health and liabilty insurance, a saddle and a chunk of foam rubber!
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I thought I was the only one who caught that hit miss engine in the exercise room in the Titanic movie. Any other info on the electric motor? Volts etc. 32volt, ?
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:30:04 PM
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Chances are that the motor is 110 - 115, seeing as it's labeled alternating current. my guess is early 1900s. If you rig to a H&M engine, how will you regulate speed? Cool piece!
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Old 06-07-2005, 11:59:36 PM
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It is 110...played a little today and everthing is free even the motor...so it will be restored to original..
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Just don't try riding it without a saddle unless you have no further use for your .....

Seriously, as others have said, if value concerns you or you may want to sell it at some point, it is probably best left as is unless you can restore it to absolutely original specs.

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