In 1891, Ford became an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit. By doing making this decision it showed that Ford had decided to concentrate his job and work to industrial pursuits. His promotion to Chief Engineer in 1893 gave him enough extra time and money to devote attention to his personal experiments on internal combustion engines. (XXXX) In 1896 his experiments produced a result; he made a quadricycle that had a steering wheel and a two speed engine with no reverse. (XXX) Although this sounds like a very impressive feat Ford was not the first to build a self-propelled vehicle with a gasoline engine.
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When Henry was only sixteen years old he left his home and moved to the city of Detroit. He was working full time as a machinist. He then returned back to his hometown to work on the farm. He would travel back and forth from Detroit back to his home. While at home he would repair steam engines and work on the farm. In 1888 he married Clara Bryant and had one son named Edsel in 1893. At that time Ford was working at the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit. After working there for a while he had enough money to start coming up with some of his inventions. In 1896 Ford had finished his first project called the Quadricycle. (Galan, Mark)