In Reply to: Re: Soybean seat posted by John in Mich on August 29, 2022 at 16:21:29:
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."