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Motion Pictures What if the Plastic Ford was produced?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Nov 8, 2022.

  1. If it like a modern thermoplastic, it can be “welded”
  2. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,352


    Ford Life magazine from early 70’s had a multi page story on soybean plastic. Happened upon a copy several weeks ago. 2DD55E13-8FAB-4A3C-A7BD-B5B97AF1F1FF.jpeg
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  3. Pat
    Joined: Jan 6, 2002
    Posts: 186

    from Felton Ca.

    Pretty cool! Not the most attractive Ford product. Add a couple more bars and you'd have a 8.50 cert cage!
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  4. jimpopper
    Joined: Feb 3, 2013
    Posts: 319


    That sure is a fancy Crosley.
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  5. If this car had hit the mainstream, I can just imagine looking in the classifieds section and seeing ads listing "Genuine Henry Soybean" as a selling point.

    "None of that cheap, re-pop chinese soy crap here! These are GENUINE HENRY Soy fenders! They smell like foot cheese dipped in poo, and they attract rodents, but these are the real deal! $1800 ea." :p
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2022
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  6. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 2,446

    from Minn. uSA

    "Standin' on a corner, in Winslow Arizona;
    Such a fine sight to see;
    It's a girl, my Lord;
    in a Plastic Ford;
    Slowin' down to take a look at me..."
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  7. SS327
    Joined: Sep 11, 2017
    Posts: 2,421


    Give a whole new meaning to the phrase “Fords Stink!”
  8. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 7,404

    A Boner

    Pat, still have your avatar A roadster…how about posting some pics? Really like all it’s details…like the dash, for instance.
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    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
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    Fast forward to our stuff, I guess you'd need to be a chef to figure out how to chop the soybean top. Name the car "Soy Sauce" or "Chopped Suey"...:rolleyes:
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  10. Jim Wood
    Joined: Jul 13, 2022
    Posts: 57

    Jim Wood

    Actually, Trabant's were made of Duraplast and plastic made from old shop rags and a plastic resin. Steel was not available behind the Iron Curtin, so the floors and substructure were metal with Composit body panels. They rusted out so to get rid of them they tried to burn the cars which was toxic, so they took the body panels off and the government ground them and used the material in road materiel i.e. Asphalt. The car was an old Fiat platform.
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  11. Testers glue and bubble gum. HRP
  12. They have been producing plastic Fords for many years..........

    Model kit.jpg
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  13. Pat
    Joined: Jan 6, 2002
    Posts: 186

    from Felton Ca.

    Still have it. Moving to the mountains and everything that goes with that has put the roadster on hiatus. Should be starting on paint and assembly early next year. I’ll be sure to post when that happens.
  14. The soybean plastic was a thermoset plastic, so once formed, couldn't be heated and changed. You can't hot air weld it, but you could (epoxy) it. Cheech and Chong 's van in "Up in Smoke" must have got it's inspiration from Henry.
  15. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 3,025


    Looks like the windshield and windows were also made from something other than glass:


    And is its fate known?
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  16. ^^^ It's probably hidden in a warehouse with the first Edsel!!
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  17. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 3,318


    Could you imagine that Cheech and Chong movie
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  18. 327Eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,113


    Had World War 2 not happened, would automotive History as we know it have happened. Had the servicemen from all over the world not been exposed to their Hot Rodding Brethren from California, or seen the MGs and other British sports cars, and gained the technical skills of the Military, would we be here. This could have been a precursor to the alternate fuel talk of the50s, or more electric car development. We could be talking traditional battery updates, or hydrogen engines. What if.
  19. I would be willing to bet that Mark (themoose) could make that car a cool looking hot rod! HRP
  20. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 9,209



    The Ford Company was way ahead of its time, but those guys with the clay models and wire mock ups were not hot rod guys. They were design guys with a deadline zooming and a possible boost in extra performance pay. So out pops a funky design a little like a “snail on wheels,” and a small one at that.

    Henry Ford’s experiment in making cars from soybeans never got past that first prototype and came to a halt, during World War 2. The project was never revived, but…
    upload_2022-11-13_4-6-28.png upload_2022-11-13_4-6-41.png slight rake angle

    Changing the original design, combined with a station wagon I was originally starting for another project, made for a cool looking version that might have gone over in the late 50 early 60s. A slight tilt of the center door post would have given it a sleeker design look.


    A small, but powerful motor, great gas mileage and if the suspension was good, then the coastal highways would have been a snap. Giving it a slight chopped top would have added a nicer proportion to the original “snail” look.
    upload_2022-11-13_4-8-10.png upload_2022-11-13_4-8-24.png chopped, slight rake

    At least, the ecological aspect would have been right up the alley of the surfers of the time. What a gas!
    upload_2022-11-13_4-15-35.png upload_2022-11-13_4-15-51.png slight rake
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  21. trevorsworth
    Joined: Aug 3, 2020
    Posts: 1,431


    All this Trabant talk reminds me that I fucking adore Trabants. Bucket list car for sure.
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  22. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 11,458

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    You’re a twisted individual. :D
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  23. Simply try restoring a trabant.
  24. Funny air cooled two stroke car. Driving them, let alone fixing them requires insane patience.
  25. I would love a '57 ford one of these to have on a shelf someday.

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