1902 Covert Runabout news, pictures, and information
The engine is a water and air-cooled DeDion one-cylinder type capable of producing three horsepower. The factory price when new was $600.
This car was originally purchased by Miss Gertrude Woodard of Ypsilanti, Michigan, who evidently was worried about starting it. In a letter from Byron Covert, he wrote: 'We are pleased to inform you that we have succeeded in equipping your rig with a starting arrangement that we feel sure will fully equal your expectations. Instead of putting a 24-tooth sprocket on the transmission shaft, we put on a 28-tooth sprocket, and this, in connection with a 7-tooth sprocket on the motor, causes the starting crank to come in the same position each time. This allows you not only start it readily, by hand, but also allows you to start it by pushing on this with your foot.'
The letter went on to explain that the car was given a very severe test at hill climbing, 'by readily ascending the towpath to the canal in front of the factory at a grade of at least 30%; and on this we climbed to within 10-foot of the top, but were brought to a stand still on account of the roughness of the road.' It concluded, 'from this we are certain you will have no trouble ascending the hills at your place.'
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