October 7

Heritage- We are creating a blueprint of a 1903 automobile.  Use the follow links to help you with your creation.  Take notes on the information you read below.  Notes will also be graded!

How a Steam Engine Works

Early Automobile Video

READ the first 19 pages of this!

Photo History of American Automobiles

Model T Blueprint

Early Adventures with the Automobile

Early Cars: Fact Sheet for Kids

Automobile Website– info

Things to remember:

  • It’s the early 1900’s—the look of the auto should be based on horse-drawn carriages, not 21st century cars.
  • This automobile will be expensive, so it’s got to appeal to the consumer. Make it look good.
  • The power source doesn’t have to be gasoline. Many early automobiles used electric batteries or burned coal/wood to produce steam. You do not need to draw a detailed engine, but you will need to decide where the engine should be located and which type you’d like to use.
  • Paved roads didn’t exist outside of cities and even most city roads are dirt or gravel. The car may need to go across country without any road to follow.
  •  Engines of the day weren’t very powerful. The automobile shouldn’t be too large or heavy or it won’t make it over a hill, let alone a mountain. The Winton was one of the most powerful autos of the time, with a 20 horsepower engine. A 21st century SUV has a 200 horsepower engine.
  • Early automobiles had tillers for steering wheels.  This was a single lever used to shift between 2 or 3 gears.  See picture: Click Here

Homework: 1903 blueprint and notes are due Monday, October 10th


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