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Oddball yellow tractor do float?


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Default Oddball yellow tractor do float?

Hello Folks
Here I found the two unidentified photos of odd yellow tractor shown at the old Rushville, Indiana ground. Looks like it would float ? What brand, year ?


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Default Re: Oddball yellow tractor do float?

I remember seeing some info posted on that rig somewhere. Its really unusual.
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Default Re: Oddball yellow tractor do float?

thats crazycould try to make it float but it might be a big yellow submarine
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Take THAT thing to the Swamp Buggy Races and see if it makes it through the "Sippi Hole" !!!
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Default Re: Oddball yellow tractor do float?

Ah There is one youtube video to view.

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Default Re: Oddball yellow tractor do float?

I remember seeing an article in, I think, a Popular Science or Popular Mechanics magazine many years ago on this machine. If I remember right it was built for swamp travel and did float. The strange wheels provided flotation and propulsion. How many were built?? who knows.
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This is a Rhino Amphibious Vehicle It was manufactured by Marmon-Herrinton Company in Indianapolis IN.
This is a short clip of the factory.


http://www.itnsource.com/shotlist//B.../03/X03110901/

There is also limited pics of one of these on the web is searched for. However, the above clip is extremely interesting.
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Default Re: Oddball yellow tractor do float?

What I find interesting is that entire conglomeration of equipment, massive machine, seems incapable of hauling any cargo or more then two people...while a small 2 seat amphibious ATV might get stuck more often, it wouldn't take a winch dozer to drag it back out...

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Here is some more info I dug up on this obsure vehicle from this website:

http://unusuallocomotion.doomby.com/...d,1058256.html

Hemispherical wheels and 'Rhino' or 'Polywog'.


In 1943, the publication 'Popular Science' of September 1943 described an amphibious vehicle, "The Roller" with two large hemispherical wheels, capable of going anywhere and replacing the track.
It was not until 1954 that a prototype (photos 41 to 43) was commissioned by Elie P. Aghnides at the Marmon-Herrington Company of Indianapolis, Indiana. Engineers of Marmon-Herrington stretched the vehicle relative to the initial request of E. P. Aghnides for stability matter. The two large front half-spheres, V mounted, contained strips of rubber for traction. The low center of gravity and the shape of wheels should prevent it to overturn.
The small rear drive wagon steered wheel also steered the vehicle. A hydrojet swivelling 360° mounted between the wheels allowed it to move easily in water. It weighed 4.5 t and its Ford 6-cylinder engine of 130 hp theoretically allowed 75 km / h. Its behavior in difficult terrain, mud in particular, proved excellent despite the lack of suspension.
A smaller version was also built by Marmon-Herrington.
But who was that Mr. Elie P. Aghnides, inventor and owner of the 'Rhino' so original ?
This Greek-born engineer living in New-York invented, as revealed in Life magazine of August 5, 1946, a new mechanism for mixing air with water jets in the domestic water as showers and sinks and break the jets. This enabled him to earn enough money to build the 'Rhino', the big and small. He caused and had to undergo several lawsuits related to its patents on mixing with water. He sued in 1972 Marmon-Herrington Company for non-compliance and not informing the complainant about a contract to build a revolutionary vehicle equipped with 2 aligned hemispherical wheels, the 'Cyclops'. He won the case the result was for him by the recovery of $ 120,505.40. Too bad the 'Cyclops' was never built ! Elie P. Aghnides died in New York in the early 80s.
We can see the sites :

http://images.google.com/images?q=rh...=source%3Alife
http://www.itnsource.com/shotlist//B.../03/X03110901/

and wonder if this prototype does not become fashionable on the Internet, at least for the specialists.

What happened to the two prototypes ?

Both versions of Rhino stationed at Marmon-Herrinton in Indianapolis in the early 60's but the company moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. The 'smaller' was then destroyed when the 'Rhino' was bought by Eugene Pock and Sons Inc. of Zionville, Indiana, who preserved and presented every year thereafter the second weekend of August to Mid America Threshing and Antique Show in Tipton, Indiana. However no pictures of these events with the Rhino reached us and no further communication or publication was emerged over the last twenty years. From there to say it had been scrapped, there was only one step.
After much research, emails and telephone calls without success, and even the contact of Don Shew, official historian of Marmon-Herrington, the author had been recently confirmed that the vehicle was just in Lebanon, Indiana in Eugene Pock Jr. who restores it. It will certainly emerge one day.

It would have been a pity not being able to admire this strange specimen of the American dream of the 50's released in the press and newsreels (visit the Gaumont archives site) and then able to dream of many young people in many countries. Today, became older, they can through the Internet to trace the fabulous gear.
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Default Re: Oddball yellow tractor do float?

Here is a picture of the elusive "baby" Rhino. This must be the demonstration model. I found it at this website.

http://www.corbisimages.com/Enlargement/U1107309.html


Just adds more to the info.
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Default Re: Oddball yellow tractor do float?

The movie I posted on YouTube was taken about 2005 or 2006. It was taken at the Tipton Indiana show.
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Default Re: Oddball yellow tractor do float?

I met Gene Pock sometime in the early 1990's I think at the big Caterpillar show at the Dark Co. Threshers. He showed me pictures of this machine and as I remember it he said that while moving out of a factory someplace in Ohio [I think he was in the rigging business] the owner of the building said to get rid of the machine covered with a canvas in the back. When Gene uncovered it he found this unusual machine. He knew where to take it and that was home. It is good to know his son is rebuilding it and that it has been saved. ED B.
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