10 x Stronger Than Steel In The 1940′s: Henry Ford’s HEMP Car.

url-2When we think of cars we think of gasoline, steel, pollution, etc. Well, maybe you don’t, but that’s what comes to mind for me. Even though we have some innovative and visually pleasing cars on the road today, it is difficult to ignore the sheer environmental impact that modern cars create. What if cars didn’t have to be the way they are today? If you are a researcher of any kind of alternative information, you already know this to be true -especially given that the technology already exists today to make cars smarter, safer and more eco-friendly (no fossil fuels necessary.) But did you know that Henry Ford spent more than a decade researching and building his Model-T car which was not only constructed from hemp but was also designed to run off hemp bio-fuel? Whatever happened to this idea?

According to Popular Mechanics, Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the CAR ITSELF WAS CONSTRUCTED FROM HEMP! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel.

To think that even one of the founders of a major car manufacturer was trying to give the world a vehicle that was safe, strong and clean for the environment, yet his invention was so suppressed that it is somewhat disheartening. How did we go from such an obvious and intelligent discovery, to using gasoline, steel and other non-harmonious materials? It’s important to remember, not only do we need to look at the pollution factor of a material while in use, but also in the manufacturing and creation of it from raw materials. Looking at hemp, it complies with every eco-standard that exists today; in fact, it blows them out of the water. The suppression of this technology is largely due to the fact that hemp was outlawed in the US in 1937 due to the potential damaging effect it would have on many powerful industries at the time. I highly recommend you check out the the full story on how hemp became illegal to get a better understanding.

Here are a couple of videos showing the sheer strength of Ford’s hemp vehicle as well as the possibility of hemp based vehicles and fuels. Hemp has a bright future. The prohibition of it certainly won’t last forever given the amount of awareness being raised around the subject.

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80 comments on “10 x Stronger Than Steel In The 1940′s: Henry Ford’s HEMP Car.

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  4. yaasmyn fula

    I am teaching all that i can about hemp and its history, and how we can use it to help mankind and save our planet. Please put me on your list of supporters. California just signed new law to grow industrial hemp but waiting on feds and dea to issue permits? What to do now? I want to start preparing!

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  8. Vince Teron

    As a car nut, I have to say that this is a very misleading article. According to the Henry Ford Museum, “the car in question was referred to as the ‘Soybean Car’ The frame, made of tubular steel, had 14 plastic panels attached to it. The car weighed 2000 lbs., 1000 lbs. lighter than a steel car. The exact ingredients of the plastic panels are unknown because no record of the formula exists today. One article claims that they were made from a chemical formula that, among many other ingredients, included soybeans, wheat, hemp, flax and ramie; while the man who was instrumental in creating the car, Lowell E. Overly, claims it was “…soybean fiber in a phenolic resin with formaldehyde used in the impregnation.

    “The famous picture of Henry Ford hitting a car with an ax is NOT a picture of the soybean car. It was actually Ford’s personal car with a plastic rear deck lid made to fit it. He liked to demonstrate the strength of the plastic, and the ax he used would fly out of his hands, about 15 ft. (a rubber boot was placed on the sharp end of the ax) into the air.”

    I realize you have an agenda here, which is fine. But please, check your facts and report the truth. These fluff articles where you extoll the virtues of hemp by misrepresenting the facts only takes away from any veracity you or your cause have.

    • Woodhippie

      maybe they are misinformed sure he used soy beans with hemp fiber to hold it together

    • I agree Vince. Growing up, I lived within walking distance of Fairlane, the Ford Mansion in Dearborn and also within walking distance of Ford’s birthplace (both in Dearborn). In fact, Ford’s barber was my childhood barber. The only thing surrounding those areas were soybean fields, for miles, for years and years. If there was hemp, there wasn’t enought to build anything of the sort described here.

    • fra cimma

      wow you are amazing!

  9. Thank you for the article joe . Would you please consider doing a follow up article as to why today the same mind set still exists and why it does and the reason for no real change despite the direction our economy is heading in.

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  11. Sebastian

    hemp may be a good material to re-enforce plastic or fiber glass but 10 times stronger than steel ? For which kinds of force? Where are the independent lab tests?

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  15. T

    “10x”? I need some peer review on these numbers, man.

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