Henry Ford’s Flipping Fordson


Henry Ford had a lot of business sense, and his Model T Ford was known for its quality and workmanship. But when Henry unleashed his tractor, the Fordson, on the world in 1917, he forgot to pay attention to the adage, “don’t kill your customers”.  Which is why a magazine suggested Ford outfit every tractor with a sticker, for drivers to read prior to startup, “Prepare to meet thy maker.” We’ve talked to several old boys who remember their fathers and uncles using this tractor, and remember why it was famous for flipping over, killing its driver, bursting into flames or generally causing mayhem.  Why DID the brilliant Henry put this dangerous dud on the market?

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