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Kirk-NJ    Posted 08-29-2022 at 14:54:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Soybean seat
  • Friend is interested in selling his soybean seat. What is it worth?

    Doug Siperly    Posted 08-29-2022 at 22:26:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • thats interesting for sure, got a idea of what you need for it?

    Kirk-NJ    Posted 09-12-2022 at 03:28:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I spoke to Roger Elwood who is a ford tractor collector and has the soybean seat. He said he figures it’s worth at least $500. Only know of 4 of them. I spoke to my friends widow and she would sell it for that. If you would like to make an offer send me an email.

    John in Mich    Posted 08-29-2022 at 16:21:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'm surprised that it has survived. It was very edible by varmints in the barn. So, supply and demand. Limited supply...but how much demand? If only one person is interested, not much value. Two or more people...? Make him an offer that you feel is fair for you both.

    John in Mich    Posted 08-30-2022 at 18:11:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Tim Daley sent me an email about the seat:
    "That post about today about the FORD Soybean seat, the part about varmints eating it is a myth. The seat was discontinued by 1941 due to costs and a lack of sales. In 1939/1940 FORD TRACTOR offered an optional seat, p/n 9N-400-B, Plastic, to farmers as an option. It was made from soyabeans. Part of Henry Ford’s experiments with a polymer to make cheaper parts out of plastic. He hired George Washington Carver to come to Dearborn and head up his lab for plant experimentation with plants that would produce the polymers needed. The soyabean was the best plant suited from his tests. FORD had a plant built at the Rouge for soyabean synthesizing and production of plastic parts. He even had a suit made of all soyabeans, a hood and fenders on a car, and even some edible foods. FORD FARMS all over the country were now growing soyabeans for plastic and food production. The truth is that the tractor seat as well as all the plastic parts and items were not cost effective to manufacture and he had to shut down the plant and cease all plastic operations. In other words it cost more to manufacture them than they could sell for – no profits. I wrote an article on the topic a few years ago when I was the editor of NAFTCO and publisher of FORD TOOL TIMES. FORD was also the inventor of the dessert topping ‘PRESTO-WHIP’, made from soyabeans. Yep, here is the article I also wrote on that."

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