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Henry Ford's first engine


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Old 09-04-2004, 08:00:15 AM
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Hello : Does anyone know who the guy was that was selling the plans for Henry Fords first engine was ? Or does anyone have a good set of plans to build this engine ? Thank you for any and all help .
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Old 09-04-2004, 10:23:08 AM
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If I recall correctly, Mr. Ford built his engine with plans from a magazine. In the 1890s, gas engines were a developing technology, and were covered by many of the Mechanix Illustrated type magazines of the time. I also recall he got it running with it on the kitchen sink, with his wife dribbling gas down the intake port. As far as plans, try the Henry Ford museum/Deerfield village. John in Ne.
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Old 09-04-2004, 10:57:20 AM
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Its Greenfeild village.You can contact them at.www.TheHenryFord.org BobRR
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Old 09-04-2004, 03:14:33 PM
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I bought a set of plans for a friend in Portland. There is no name on the plans but there is a article in the plans with the name Dick Long, Wichita, Kansas. You might try to contact them. Hope this helps. Lauren
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Old 09-04-2004, 09:29:58 PM
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Try Leon Ridenhour, KNOXVILLE, TN, Telephone 865-584-9759
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Old 09-04-2004, 11:05:36 PM
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A man had that engine at the SweetWater TN. show last year, he also had the plans.

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Old 09-04-2004, 11:05:51 PM
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Old 09-04-2004, 11:10:44 PM
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Dave someone said that at the Portland Spring Swap Meet there was someone selling plans and a kit to build some kind of engine, I think it was Henry Ford's 1st engine. I have been trying to find this guy ever since I heard about it. Someone had said that he was way behind in orders for his kits. Are we talking about the same guy and the same engine? If you find who has the plans please let me know as I would like a set of them or the kit whichever it is. Thanks
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Old 09-05-2004, 07:23:39 AM
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The man at Portland with the engine and kits was the Leon Ridenour mentioned by Bill Bird in the previous post. He lives in Knoxville, Tn.
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Old 09-05-2004, 08:07:19 AM
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Thank You everyone for your response . I will contact Leon Ridenhour and get what I need . Thank You all again .
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Old 09-07-2004, 07:02:46 PM
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There was an article in what I think was the Post Magazine back in the 1950's with an artist rendition of Henry tinkering with his engine on the kitchen sink. The illustration was of a small sized engine we would call a model engine today.
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Old 11-22-2004, 04:49:18 PM
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Trying to locate the individual who had this working model of Henry Ford's first gasoline engine at the Arden, NC show in October. Does anyone know this person, and how to contact him? Thanks, Johnny Fermanides

I am not sure that I have the picture posted correctly so I am including a link to a web page of pictures taken at the eventl.



www.oldengine.org/members/ferman/Arden-2004.htm
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Old 11-22-2004, 09:00:43 PM
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I have received the requested information offline. Thanks, Johnny
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:50:35 AM
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Now that you've shown us the picture, you've piqued our curiousity. Can you tell us more about this clever piece of workmanship?

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Old 11-23-2004, 11:09:36 AM
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Orrin, This neat little engine peeked my interest also. I was walking around at Arden trying to sell all there was to see when I came across this display. The engine was running, and the gent was in deep conversation with someone. I didn't get the opportunity to speak with him, so I moved on after taking the picture. Earlier in this thread I received a "private" email with the name and telephone number of the individual. I want to preserve his privacy if he so chooses. In your behalf, I will call him to see if it is okay to post his contact information. Johnny
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:06:19 PM
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Leon Ridenour built the engine. Leon lives in Knoxville, TN and can be reached by phone at 865-584-9759. He does not have a computer. I spoke with him briefly this evening on the phone, and he granted me permission to post his contact information here. I feel you will find him to be very helpful. Hope this helps. Johnny
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Old 11-24-2004, 07:52:45 AM
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Is there plans available for this engine?
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Old 11-24-2004, 08:47:08 AM
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I saw this exibit at the 2003 Arden Swap. I believe at that time Leon was offering plans.
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Old 11-24-2004, 11:35:46 AM
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The original engine used to be in a display on the second floor of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn but the second floor is no longer open. Is the engine still on display elsewhere in the museum or is it in storage like many of the other engines they used to have on display?
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:39:18 PM
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Default Re: Henry Ford's first gasoline engine

I too would like more information on the engine. I think it would make a great project. some additional photos would be great!
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