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Wills

We moved into the three story

building and already things

crowd up and get messy.

The luxury car work is down there,

and we'll assemble the Model C over here.

The machine work is downstairs.

I'm not sure what's going on up there.

Aldrich

I can't keep trained help, that's the problem,

and it's tough finding new men

Wills

Bigger and better machines

Just keep them running

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BINSBINSASSEMBLYPITSASSEMBLYPITSPITSPITSBINSBINS

Seeman

The trouble is crowding.

They got too many men.

It ain't like the good old days.

Wandersee

This new top dog in the shop,

this Aldrich, is a no good drunkard!

Couzens

I'm mad. I'm mad. I'm damn mad!

Ford

Jim, I don't like cut throat business,

but I've heard of these things happening.

Cut out Malcomson. Dodge

don't like him. Make this Piquette plant

another company, a supply company.

Everybody but Malcomson gets stock

Couzens

The Ford Manufacturing Company

supplies Ford Motor, but Malcomson's

only in Ford Motor. With high prices

Ford Manufacturing takes all Ford profits.

Malcomson goes broke and sells!

Ford, it's fool proof.

Ford

He sells and then what?

Couzens

We split his stock.

Ford

That's dandy. Just you and me.

Couzens

The only problem is you don't

make enough damn cars!

Orders are far ahead of production.

Ford

That's all right. I haven't made

the car the way I want it

Couzens

Our business is to make profits!

That's why you have stock! for profits!

Ford

Sure, but we need a good car.

Couzens

We need money now!

When we got plenty of money

we can be do gooders. I'm a do-gooder

just like these Socialists, but damn

if I'll ever do a good turn until I'm sure

I'll never have to ask for handouts!

         

Malcomson

I have to stop them!

They're cutting me out!

I'll lose everything!

Grey

Go to court, Alex.

Malcomson

I am. But don't you feel

some responsibility

for the position I'm in?

Grey

Ford and Couzens work

sixteen hours a day!

Malcomson

Everybody thinks I don't work.

I work like hell!

but I can't get near this car business.

Grey

We're making the luxury car.

Malcomson

Ford will sabotage it. When he doesn't

like something, he wrecks it.

Grey

Start your own car company.

Malcomson

You won't sell out to me?

Grey

You don't have the capital.

Malcomson

I suppose you can't see it in your heart

to will some to me

so I control more than Ford?

Grey

I'm only your uncle, Alex,

not your father.

Let me die,

in peace.

             
             

Federal Court, New York City

Selden

The Electric Motor Vehicle Company prosecuted the Winton Motor Company,

then the largest producer of gasoline automobiles, for enfringing on my 1877 patent.

After preliminary legal skirmishes, Winton saw the wisdom of my patent, and

took a license under it from the EMVC. Before we proceeded to prosecute

other manufacturers, the Manufacturers Mutual Association offered to buy

the rights to my 1877 patent in order to form an association to keep fly-by-night

companies out of the trade so that the public would no longer be embarrassed

by automobiles of poor quality. Mr. Day and I saw the best interests of the industry

called for such an association. We relinguished control to what became

the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers which enforces my

1877 patent and polices the industry for the good of all, I dare say.

Parker

Curious, if long named associations made good cars like Mr. Ford does

then New York City, Wall Street, would be the capital of the automobile industry.

Selden

That is not the issue in this case, is it? I did patent the invention of the automobile.

Parker

That is the issue. Does your patent constitute a novel invention

and whether today's automobiles owe it anything. Your 1877 patent. Yes.

Did you ever see an Otto engine before you applied for your patent?

Selden

I studied all the engines the art had produced.

Parker

The Otto engine?

Selden

All the engines.

Parker

What is the difference between the Otto engine,

and the Brayton engine, the one used in your patent?

Selden

There is no basic difference.

Parker

The Brayton engine is a constant compression engine, is it not?

Selden

The Brayton engine is a liquid hydrocarbooon engine

that runs by a compression of a mixture

of petroleum and air, just like all engines today.

Parker

At a constant compression?

Selden

If you like.

Parker

If I like? I like only the truth!

Selden

And the truth like you want it to be.

Parker

The Brayton engine compresses air and fuel outside

the combustion chamber and introduces the mixture into

the combustion chamber at a constant compression, does it not?

Selden

The Brayton engine is a liquid

Parker

Yes, or no, Mr. Selden?

Selden

You have tried several times to dictate my answers to me,

and so far as I know you have not yet suceeded,

and I really doubt whether you will!

The Model K Ford!

speed and luxury!

sales are slow

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ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING

WE TAKE THE STOCK THAT'S BEEN MILLED

AND HAUL IT ON OVER TO BE DRILLED

WE TAKE THE STOCK THAT'S BEEN PLANED

AND HAUL IT ON OVER TO BE JOINED

WE TAKE THE STOCK THAT'S BEEN MILLED

AND HAUL IT ON OVER TO BE DRILLED

WE TAKE THE STOCK THAT'S BEEN PLANED

AND HAUL IT ON OVER TO BE JOINED

WE BRING THE PARTS UP IN THE ELEVATOR

AND PUT THEM OUT INTO THE BINS.

THESE BOYS BRING US THE PARTS

AND WE PUT THESE CARS TOGETHER

WE BRING THE PARTS UP IN THE ELEVATOR

AND PUT THEM OUT INTO THE BINS.

THESE BOYS BRING US THE PARTS

AND WE PUT THESE CARS TOGETHER

 

HEY HEY

Where is that parts boy.

HEY HEY

I got nothing to do

Ford

Grey's dead.

Dodge

I say we make you president.

Ford

Thanks, John.

Dodge

I heard Malcomson sold out.

Ford

So did his cronies, but

that K is killing us.

Dodge

Do what you want now.

You got rid of the parasites.

Ford

The time I waste on business,

I could put into cars.

Dodge

You got the time gear set

the way you want?

Ford

Small and strong

that's how I want it.

Dodge

I don't like small. I worry

about intake.

Ford

Barthel and Wills both like

those spray carburetors,

but if you put that on

you'll load the engine

with more big gadgets.

I'm after something light,

simple and powerful,

a small engine where things

work in together.

Dodge

You need a stronger metal.

Ford

This engine business

is simple, piston down

               

Couzens

I don't care if you started your own company.

Just get out of Ford.

Malcomson

You started a new company and stayed.

Couzens

Ford Manufacturing is a Ford subsidiary.

Malcomson

Then why didn't I get stock?

Couzens

Because I hate your guts.

Malcomson

Ha! Ford sales are dropping.

My Aero Company is a sure winner.

Couzens

Sales stink from that damn Model K.

Malcomson

That is funny. I persuade Grey to make

a luxury car. To spite me, you squeeze me out,

but you go down because of the car

I stuck you with!

Couzens

The By-Laws require you to sell

to another sharehold.

Malcomson

I wrote the By-Laws, son, and

I sold out to Ford.

Couzens

What!

Malcomson

He told me about your deal. You'll get

your half. You and Ford are saps!

My company made the money Ford did

on credit secured by stock

Couzens

One slip and you'll go under.

Malcomson

Fry and Bennett sold out with me. That's

one slip on you. Ford bought them out!

gas in, piston up,

compression, boom!

power! up again and

get exhaust out.

Light and simple.

Boom! Power!

 

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