Henry needed a locking steering wheel

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Henry needed a locking steering wheel

Post by DanTreace » Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:15 pm

Tidbit from the past, April 28, 1922 news report.

If this newspaper report is true, guess Mr. Ford didn't have a driver that day or that guy may have left the car alone.

By 1922, Henry Ford driving a car on the streets of Detroit perhaps would have backed up traffic :)

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Post by Wayne Sheldon » Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:09 pm

Neat little story! Never heard that one before. Thank you.

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Post by Norman Kling » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:58 am

He did put them on the early V8's.

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Post by Bobbbenner » Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:37 am

I’ve got this on my TT. I’ve been told not to mess with it as it could go into freewheel and is almost impossible to lock again without key! I don’t mess.

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Post by John kuehn » Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:49 am

Interesting story!
This would be a good story for the Unsolved Mysteries TV show. Guess we will never know if the car was ever found. Maybe a good reporter would found out if the car was found.

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Re: Henry needed a locking steering wheel

Post by Susanne » Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:15 am

I needed to "unlock" mine to get the cover off the steering box. While it was apart, I fized the mechanism and had a local locksmith make a new pair of keys for it...

Not that anyone could figure out how to start it, but it's nice that it works! (And yes, you never know when some rascallion will try to pilfer my pride and joy)...

BTW - I really like that deep dished fatman... very cool find!

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Post by richc » Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:26 am

My 1922 Coupe had a locking steering wheel with the original key (which works) when I bought it. It's still on the car today.
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Re: Henry needed a locking steering wheel

Post by ModelT46 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:58 pm

There is or was a Model T Coupe in the Ford Museum that Henry Ford drove. As I remember, it was a 22 or 23 style. It had been Upgraded several times. It had a 26-27 rear end and other improvements. Henry used a big auto for family use. Before he bought the Lincoln Co. he used other big makes. He drove a preproduction 1909 Model T on a trial trip in 1908. He did drive a Model K and "bragged about its speed." ;) ;)

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