Federal Court, New York

Betts

So much scorn heaped on this patent

because of its "impractibility!"

Selden was able and willing to make

his car in 1877, but he had no money

and the men who had money laughed

at the dreamer Selden who wanted

to build a horseless carriage in 1877!

Selden will now fulfill his dream.

To prove Selden's prophetic ingenuity

we will build the car of 1877,

the car the father of the automobile

knew could be made but could not

because of the smallness of men.

And this car ot 1877 will rebut

the smallness of men today who

do not have the courage to give

to George Selden the credit he deserves!

           

Sorensen

Mr. Ford, in threee weeks

the block will be cast

in one piece!

Ford

O boy!

Cast Iron Charlie!

Build a special room

don't tell anybody

and put a special

lock on it.

Couzens

We're selling cars!

Hawkins

We may net a million!

Couzens

Split that eight ways

and I'm still poor.

Hawkins

Reorganize! We can't

handle the volume

we have. Flanders can

make 11,000 Model Ns

Couzens

Organize? Bullcrap!

See that grocery store?

                 

Parker

Already this case has dragged on

for three years. Now with two

patent attorneys trying to make

a car, the case will drag on

for three more years. It is not

very hard to build the car of 1877

in 1907. So we are going to build

the car of 1865! Our car will run

on an Lenoir engine, known to the art

in 1865. Our car will run

as well as the car of 1877 and

prove that Selden's patent was

as much a bugaboo in 1877

as it is today!

 
Start selling cars there

and weave a web across the land.

Hawkins

The freight rate goes up

at Buffalo and Chicago.

Can't you see?

Assembly plants! We ship

all parts of the car

packed in a box car

and have the cars assembled

cheaper than shipping

a whole car.

Couzens

Good good. Anything that

gives a return on money.

Hawkins

Organization, Mr. Couzens.

Don't deal with car dealers

but with Ford dealers.

Give them a contract

and a commission. A Ford

dealer at every crossroads.

Get a list of prospective

customers, go door to door.

Really sell cars, give

dealers everything they need:

repair equipment, parts,

advertisements

Couzens

Then we need more cars!

Make those bums

make more cars!

                 

Wills

Hank! Old boy, we've got it!

Look at this diamond!

Strong as a diamond!

Ford

Charlie's got the bloc

cast in one piece!

Wills

Not that. Vanadium,

Vanadium steel!

We can make

a strong light car.

Ford

How strong is it?

Wills

160,000 pounds tensile

Ford

Where can we get it?

Wills

Don't worry, Hank.

We'll get it to you.

I bought stock

in the company.

I go back out next week.

 

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COUZENS

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MACHINES

CARS

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A ROOM

TO DESIGN

A NEW CAR IN

                   

Wills

Why did he do that?

He told you

I wasn't allowed

in the design room?

Sorensen

Told me and everybody else.

Well, you're working

on those steels.

Wills

Everything Hank's done

I had a hand in

and now on the big job

he keeps me out.

I do all the dirty work.

Now this.

 

Ford

I want to get to work

on a new model.

Start from the beginning,

redesign everything.

Me, you, Spider Huff, Wandersee,

and a few other boys.

I want you to get transmission

and I'll work on the engine.

Built a room ten feet by twenty

in the corner of the third floor.

 

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I want it four cylinders

with a 3 and 3/4 inch bore

and a 4 inch stroke.

I want an L head

planetary transmission

with a multiple disk clutch

and transverse springs.

I want a photo of all drawings

that we make so no

patent lawyer can trip us.

After drawings I want wood

models of everything so

I can see things.

Galamb

How much horsepower do you want?

Ford

Plenty. This has to be light,

around 1200 pounds. Wills

works on steel, not design.

So he can't load things on.

Galamb

Is your transmission integral

with your engine?

Ford

I don't know. Joe.

I'm bringing my mother's

rocking chair in here

for luck. I'll sit and

you boys work it out.

We got plenty of time.

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