This foreman comes to me and says half the men
under him can be put somewhere else.
I call him a liar. He's right. He divides magneto assembly
into 26 operations. They make them faster.
All he needs is 26 men, We can put 26 somewhere else!
We have to apply these principles to cylinder machining
and engine assembly. We need something better than gravity slides.
We need mechanized lines
Court of Appeals
Counsel for Respondent: Ford Motor Company
We made a simple request. We wanted to ride
a Selden Car. The complainant answered our request.
They built this car utilizing knowledge
the car built to Selden's specifications
Selden's a dreamer, but a pioneer?
The complainant's expert, Dougald Clerk,
testified that Selden pioneered. Ironically,
while visiting Mr. Bett's office, I happened
to see a copy of Clerk's new book in engines/
in the index. There was no Selden there!
Let's not turn to Dougald Clerk the witness
with a large and quite proper retainer, but
let us see what Dougald Clerk the scientist
writes about Selden, his car and engine.
And what does Mr. Clerk write about the Brayton engine
Selden claims he improved? He writes:
Do we believe Clerk the witness under retainer
or the scientist writing the classic in the field?
Nothing in the public interest.
A corporation, an aggregate of corporations,
armed with his flimsy patent and much money,
demands tribute from buyers and sellers
of the automobile.
a $50,000 law suit and offers a $500 license.
is a notorious instance of the misuse of legal procedure.
Will this Court allow Selden to reap
the benefits of other's inventions?
You're the only one around here
who hasn't tried to get rid of me.
My brother and I have the best machine shop
but that don't count any more.
We want the best car factory.
The best will always be Ford.
You have no one like my brother to work with.
Your cross is that Couzens. Some will deny it,
but in business there is nothing like trust
and there is no trust like that between brothers.
Soon my son will work for me.
it won't kill you
file angle on bearing
lay crank in place
oil stone crankshaft
fit liners below
with the wage I get
it ain't worh riskin'!
you make $2.50 a day
that's enough for you.
I started at that wage
and went up the ladder.
He said no.
You going to leave it at that?
He doesn't want to redesign.
He wants me to go to Buffalo
and look over the Keim Mills.
Buy the Keim Mills. We use
all the stampings they make.
They why don't you go!
Look Harold, don't yell at me.
Ford is losing interest
in the company. He comes in
less and less. And Couzens
is putting his energy into
his bank. I'll go to Buffalo.
Couzens will OK it. Couzens
doesn't like me around. And you,
redesign the car. Ford won't know.
And Couzens won't mind.
Present Henry with a fait accomple.
He'll come back from a vacation
and there will be a better Model T.
We'll have all the designs,
all the parts ordered, and machines
ready to go. He can't say no!
FOURTEEN HOURS OF ONE MAN'S TIME TO ASSEMBLE A MODEL T
TAKE OFF CAPS
PUNCH OIL SINKS
There's no more rooom
on the floor but there's
plenty of room in the air.
Hang these radiators up
and keep them out of the way
until you need them!
MACHINE GOT ME
STOP THE BLOOD
Is that machine all right?
Get that machine back to work
Hank'll be gone for two or three months on a vacation.
We have to keep ahead of competition.
I want to redesign the Model T. Will you help me?
I don't interfere in Ford's side of the business.
He interferes in yours! I can redesign the car
and have new parts ordered before Ford comes back.
Maybe you hate him more than me.
You've known him longer.
I have nothing against Hank. Hank designed the T.
I bet he knows it's my turn now.
The only way I can get Hank to speak his mind is to have
the finished car right in front of him.
If your car is better, I'll support you.
I got a wire from Hawkins in Buffalo.
We can buy the Keim Mills machinery,
ship it here and put it out at Highland Park.
Isn't that interfering in
The machines run on electricity. Ford will be all for it.
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