The Otto is an internal combustion and internal compression engine, is it not?
I have not done exhaustive studies on the Otto engine.
The father of the automobile has not studied that engine which most automobiles use?
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.
What is the ratio required between the crankshaft
and the driving axle so a motor car moves?
That ratio feature is an element covered by my patent.
Yes, I know, but what is the ratio?
If you know, and still ask me
you can only be trying to trip me up on my own words.
Your patent to be valid must show relationships
that produce novel and useful results?
I read your patent. It merely says the crankshaft
is to run faster than the propelling wheels.
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?
I have made no practical tests!
Charlie, Fred Seemen went off
to start his own company.
You boss the foundry now.
You get a raise with it.
What do you say?
Yes sir, I'll do it.
Mr. Ford, I lost three mechanics.
How can I get machines going?
Mechanics are scarce.
Take farm boys; train them.
A farm boy can learn anything.
There's another problem.
I don't like complainers!
You're right Hawkins. Our shop's a mess.
If we introduce some form
A man from the East, Flanders,
will straighten things out,
but help where you can.
Let me take a look at the financial side
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
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?
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.
Frank, I looked over Couzens' books.
They are a mess!
Couzens hasn't a notion
of what accounting is
No idea about allowances
for depreciation and reserves.
How did they get this far?
You and I have to reorganize
bookkeeping and selling.
The way to start
is to audit everything.
Do this behind Couzens' back,
until we have some real
money savings show.
I want you to get ahead.
Do something big.
Ford likes that. Something
big, that he can see.
Like saving money.
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.
Try, but don't complain.
Andrich won't be around long.
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.
Fine. The first thing you can do is put my assistant Tom Walborn
on the payroll at $4,000 a year.
Three, if he does good he gets a raise.
Four, he'll do more good than all the pretty boys here
You don't like Mr. Wills? OK. It's four.
Walter E. Flanders
BUILT TO SAVE YOU TIME AND CONSEQUENT MONEY
BUILT TO TAKE YOU ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO
BUILT TO ADD TO YOUR REPUTATION FOR PUNCTUALITY
BUILT FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE JUST AS YOU SAY
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