The Old Motor

Mon Aug 05 2013 14:30:43 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Frank Mayes Homemade Three-Wheeler: Frank Mayes a farmer-mechanic, of Fayetteville, AR., built this three-wheeler from scrap Ford and Chevrolet parts over a 22 month period as a way to beat the post-war car shortage. The press photo is dated July 8, 1948, and the caption with it tells us that both driving and braking are controlled by the front wheels while the single rear wheel carried the steering duties. At the time in trial runs he had attained a speed of 55 mph with it.

We also have found patent drawings for it and one of our readers has sent in photos of parts of it that have survived all are @

Bavarian Joe

Mon Aug 05 2013 14:53:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

A face only a mother could love, but you gotta credit to Mayes' inventiveness. Nice write up.

The Old Motor

Tue Aug 06 2013 15:41:01 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

We don't even think a mother could love this thing.....Much of the car has survived but in rough condition.


Tue Aug 06 2013 15:08:50 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Wow, with rear wheel steering at 55 mph I bet things happen pretty fast! Also, the black paint on the front makes the car look like it has a harelip.

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