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Henry Ford's Soybean Car 1941. Dearborn
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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:12 pm    Post subject: Henry Ford's Soybean Car 1941. Dearborn Reply with quote

https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-resources/popular-topics/soy-bean-car/

Note the engine. Is that a V6 ?. If that was to be the actual tubular frame then surely people would not be seen dead in that car, or maybe they would. It give's one the creepy shudders..
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Penman



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
It would appear to be a fibre re-inforced bakelite car.

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Lowell E. Overly, claims it was "…soybean fiber in a phenolic resin with formaldehyde used in the impregnation" (Davis, 51).


From Wiki
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Bakelite (/ˈbeɪkəlaɪt/ BAY-kə-lyte; sometimes spelled Baekelite) or polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride was the first plastic made from synthetic components. It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde.

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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Penman. I first saw this on a YT Video and there are various articles about the car. Certainly Henry Ford "stretched the truth" in the video of him hitting the car with a hammer. I think that the prototype was destroyed so the composite could not be examined. What the people could not foresee was the internet.
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mikeC



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Henry Ford's Soybean Car 1941. Dearborn Reply with quote

Peter_L wrote:
https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-resources/popular-topics/soy-bean-car/

Note the engine. Is that a V6 ?...


No Peter, that's a standard Ford V8 of the period.
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Peter_L



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Henry Ford's Soybean Car 1941. Dearborn Reply with quote

mikeC wrote:

No Peter, that's a standard Ford V8 of the period.


It wouldn't have been underpowered then...
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