You seen this?
Who in the hell is George
Selden. Never heard of him.
Sue us for making cars!
George Day of New York and
Fred Smith are behind Selden.
They sued Winton, and
Winton gave in.
I've heard about Fred Smith
He's a damn scoundrel!
Grey thought we best delay
delivery of any cars until
Hell no! No! No!
No one stops Jim Counzens!
This notice is bull, plain bull!
Office costs $150
That's $604 to make a car.
The price in $850.
$246 profit on each car.
Today I ship out ten cars,
tomorrow ten more,
in a year, I'm rich.
You like money don't you?
Money means not a thing!
But with money, nobody
can tell me what to do,
not Malcomson, not anybody!
I like the way you do work
I don't like your work. They
tell me the flywheel stinks.
Consequently your bill goes
This is quality work
I don't know a damn thing
about cars. Wills tells me
the flywheel stinks!
The smell don't matter.
It turns, that's all. Pay, or
you'll smell this fist, mister.
Don't punch me
punch your damn flywheel!
It is loose. OK.
I'll talk to Horace about it.
You're wasting my time.
I sell Ford cars. You want
She ready boys?
We just finished it, the tenth one.
What's the trouble?
Wills' been grousing at us.
Harold's a hard driver, eh?
Crank her up.
FORD FFFFFFFF FORD
Now it's the carburetor,
gas is too lean!
I sent that letter to Holley,
sounds like he has a good one.
Do we make cars with bugs,
or do we go over to Dodge
and tell him what's wrong?
You tell Couzens about
Couzens'll get mad at Dodge
and make the stink for us
That leaves the carburetor.
That can't wait. We need a Stromberg
Let me take a look. Work things
easy, they fit together.
If the gas spurts out,
rub easy around that choke lever.
Get me grease, heavy grease.
Ford works with quiet hands
That's the thanks I get?
If you leave Malcomson Coal, even for a little time
Federal will call for your loan and you and Ford go down!
Otherwise I see things the way you do. This Fordmobile
that he's building, it won't appeal to men of substance.
It's just a start. Next we build a large touring car to sell for $2,500.
At that price each sale makes a difference.
Excellent! Have you told Ford this?
He says he doesn't want a high price car, but he'll tire
of his penny-ante-mobile! Ford's only a good mechanic.
He's ideas are far-fetched. We were walking down Mack Street
and he told me that one day that street would be lined with cars
as far as the eye can see!
Far-fetched indeed! The luxury market is where money is made.
Everyone knows that.
Crank her up!
I guess you ain't so smart!
Smart enough to throttle you!
FORD AND YOUNG KETTLEWELL WRESTLE ON THE FLOOR
COME ON DICK!
GET HIM HANK!
TO THE LAUGHTER OF ALL HANDS
I guess I licked you Dick!
A shame too. You're old enough to be my father!
Here comes Couzens
When he starts to talk
start up the engine.
Let's see if we can get under
Sunny Jim's skin!
That makes ten. What are waiting for?
Load these cars up!
I can out shout your damn motor! Load up!
Shut her off Fred! You could call a barndance, Jim!
Stop playing jokes, Mr. Ford. We got
three boxcars to fit ten Fordmobiles in.
I don't know if they're ready to ship, Jim. Tell him, Harold.
The caburetion's bad. The car's plain no good.
The carburetion hell!
If we don't sell these cars,
the Ford Motor Company won't last out the week!
Why sell bad work? A Stromberg is expensive but
No more expenses
We have a man coming from Pennsylvania next month
A month! A month!
You don't deliver these cars now,
You don't get money,
and we go under. Period!
This car can not even go up a small hill!
Don't put money first, Jim. Service is more important.
Service more important? Then send a mechanic out later to fix the cars.
Money now! Money!
Send out a mechanic? I like that. OK, load 'em, boys.
OK, gents. All of us outback. Wash your hands on the way!
Yessir Mr. Wills!
Ford, stay here. Read this.
Selden didn't do nothing.
It's a Wall Street sham, Jim.
Fred Smith's behind it.
Grey asked him to come talk to us.
Ha, Grey told me to buck up, sign on,
and sell Smith a car. Not that one,
a bigger model. What about that?
Luxury? No, that's Malcomson's idea.
We don't want that, Jim. He wants
a $2500 car for the Grosse Pointe crowd.
That's not good. That crowd'll turn on you.
See that patent thing? That's their type of thing.
Make money by any trick.
I want to make simple cars that anybody can buy.
Malcomson's out to please his rich pals.
Then get Malcomson out of the company.
Get him out.
You don't like him, do you?
He thinks he's my boss. I hate him
as much as I hate my father.
OK, we'll get him out. But that patent, you-
Hell no. I'll take care of that!
We can go half way with Smith. No more.
The real problem is our car. Well?
I have no problem with a big car.
A MEETING IN A DETROIT HOTEL
Fred Smith of Oldsmobile, and the A.L.A.M. enters
Gentlemen, you company has enjoyed a beginning burst
of prosperity, but in our experience, a company
cannot survive selling a car for the price you ask.
It's too cheap. I've seen what you call it,
Fordmobile. It is too commiserate with its price,
cheap. You men are talented. Don't tie yourselves
to a firm that has a losing philosophy. Rich men
laugh at your car. But we don't want to be accused
of discouraging competition. We will give you
a license, if you pay back royalties, along
with the initiation fee and give us assurances
that your car will be improved to meet our standards.
That's my positon, what's yours?
Selden can take his patent and go to Hell!
The courts refuse to overrule our patent!
Couzens answered you!
The A.L.A.M. can put you out of business, and will!
Let them try!
exit Mr. Smith
Very dramatic, but Fred Smith is right.
Alex and I move that we manufacture a $2,500 model.
Look at Smith's Oldsmobile company; sure they made money
on the Curved Dash for $600, but their new
luxury model will make them a million!
Rich men, who, face it, are the only people interested
in these automobiles, want a solid car
with quality and luxury. The rich are the market!
Not rich big wigs, but businessmen need cars,
businessmen who got to deliver and see clients.
Really Couzens, no car can haul my coal.
Ah Couzens, you don't know a damn thing about cars.
You're against us just because we're telling you to do it!
Does what you say mean you vote for it, John?
You against it Hank?
Rich men gove me a pain in the ass.
They pain me too, Hank, but I want their money.
And that's what we're doing.
Count the votes, Ford.
Count the votes, Couzens.
Let's not be dreamers.
There's a gold mine, let's get it.
We cut dividends for a new plant;
we raise both your salaries, now;
we need a car to make a big profit!
You going to quit now, Couzens?
Now that you don't have your way!
1903 $37,000 profit
1904 $246,000 profit!
I looked over that building
out at Piquette Avenue. We can shift
more of the machine work
from my shop to there.
Judge Parker will represent us
in the Selden case. The suit
will be tried in New York City.
John Wanamaker put a notice
in the Eastern papers. Wanamaker
will defend any user of a Fordmobile
that the A.L.A.M. might harrass.
This looks good gentlemen,
good enough to give ourselves
another $100,000 in dividends!
Hal, they want us to make
a car to sell for $2500
That's not what you want.
I learned something
from every job I had;
from Edison Electric, from
the shipyard and machine shop.
Heck, even from farming! But
nobody forced me to learn.
I don't like a job
I don't care for.
Let's try a six cylinder
bunkum on wheels
We've gone farther
in this company than we did
in all the others. We're making
money. I think we should stick.
In the new Piquette plant
we got room for a couple models,
keep improving the Model A.
Fifty assembly pits!
OK. And I'll ditch Malcomson.
Couzens is on my side.
Selden made nothing. All he did was put on paper
in 1879, how a self-propelled vehicle with
a liquid hydrocarbon engine could be made.
If granted the patent in 1879, his patent rights
would have expired long ago. But Selden,
a patent attorney himself, amended his patent
every two years which the law allows him to do,
and finally did not submit his patent in final form
until 1895. But while granted so late, the powers
of the patent date from 1879, making this patent
the first in your industry. The Selden lawyers
will present an exhaustive case just as they did
against Winton, and try to make litigation too
expensive to carry on. We'll have to answer
their every argument. This case will cost you
upwards of $40,000.
We can manage that.
I fought the candy monopolists, and won.
Our case is simple: the Selden patent is not
operable, not useful and not legal. Selden
got his patent through fraud. The Wall Street run
A.L.A.M. now uses it to monopolize
the manufacturing of automobiles.
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