Parker

The Otto is an internal combustion and internal compression engine, is it not?

Selden

I have not done exhaustive studies on the Otto engine.

Parker

The father of the automobile has not studied that engine which most automobiles use?

Selden

In 1879 I possessed a knowledge of liquid hydrocarbon engines exceeding that of anyone.

Proof lies in my patent, sir, the original inventive combination that all, all

gas engines of the day copy. Besides, you are putting words in my mouth.

Parker

What is the ratio required between the crankshaft

and the driving axle so a motor car moves?

Selden

That ratio feature is an element covered by my patent.

Parker

Yes, I know, but what is the ratio?

Selden

If you know, and still ask me

you can only be trying to trip me up on my own words.

Parker

Your patent to be valid must show relationships

that produce novel and useful results?

Selden

It does.

Parker

I read your patent. It merely says the crankshaft

is to run faster than the propelling wheels.

Selden

Precisely.

Parker

Precisely! Precisely what! That's what any maker

of an automobile must know. Precisely what is the ratio

of the crankshaft speed to the axle speed?

Selden

I have made no practical tests!

Wills

Charlie, Fred Seemen went off

to start his own company.

You boss the foundry now.

Ford

You get a raise with it.

What do you say?

Sorensen

Yes sir, I'll do it.

Aldrich

Mr. Ford, I lost three mechanics.

How can I get machines going?

Mechanics are scarce.

Ford

Take farm boys; train them.

A farm boy can learn anything.

Aldrich

There's another problem.

Ford

I don't like complainers!

           

Couzens

You're right Hawkins. Our shop's a mess.

Hawkins

If we introduce some form

of inventory

Couzens

A man from the East, Flanders,

will straighten things out,

but help where you can.

Hawkins

Let me take a look at the financial side

of operations

Couzens

That's my department.

It's in great shape!

We sell on 60 days credit

and sell only for cash,

as long as sales go

we're never in trouble.

$285,000 profit in 1905

enough to expand! expand!

 

The A.L.A.M Attorney

Betts

Mr. Clerk, you are world-wide recognized as the expert

on the internal combustion engine. You are from Cambridge University

in England, not Wall Street. (laughter) Tomorrow we will

discuss at length this wonderful machine George Selden invented,

but now I want to ask one simple direct question:

in your expert opinion, do the automobiles of today

conform broadly to the Selden Patent?

Clerk

The Selden Patent describes a very basic motor car

that embodies all the essential features

that all gasoline automobiles of today use.

While the Brayton engine used in the Selden Patent

is not used in any motor cars of today, the engine

today's motor cars do use, the Otto,

is essentially a reorganized Brayton engine.

Hawkins

Frank, I looked over Couzens' books.

They are a mess!

Klingensmith

Couzens hasn't a notion

of what accounting is

No idea about allowances

for depreciation and reserves.

Hawkins

How did they get this far?

You and I have to reorganize

purchasing, stockpiling,

bookkeeping and selling.

The way to start

is to audit everything.

Klingensmith

Do this behind Couzens' back,

until we have some real

money savings show.

           

Wills

I want you to get ahead.

Do something big.

Ford likes that. Something

big, that he can see.

Sorensen

Like saving money.

Wills

Make something simpler

and do it in a way

that nobody else does.

Take the cylinder cast.

Cast the engine block

in one piece. Hank,

would love you forever.

Sorensen

That's tough

Wills

Try, but don't complain.

Andrich won't be around long.

 

Couzens

Let's get your powers straight. You're hired for three years

at $7500 a year. You can quit on three month's notice. Your job

is to run production, hire, fire, reorganize

and make cars at minimum cost.

Flanders

Fine. The first thing you can do is put my assistant Tom Walborn

on the payroll at $4,000 a year.

Couzens

Three, if he does good he gets a raise.

Flanders

Four, he'll do more good than all the pretty boys here

Couzens

You don't like Mr. Wills? OK. It's four.

Walter E. Flanders

 

 

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