Part Two

Model T, Assembly Line, and

Five Dollar Day

scene one

HYATT BEARING HOLLEY CARBURETOR KELSEY WHEELS

FIRESTONE RUBBER US STEEL US NICKLE

CHAMPION SPARK PLUGS

 

Hawkins

Listen to this letter: "We got

the announcement of the T

and are rubbing our eyes

with astonishment! The

greatest car ever!"

I'm taking a trip

out to Rockford

and make this man

put his money

where his mouth is!

                   

Dielh

They got the body price

at $150! They can make it

for $50! Sorensen made one

and it only cost $50!

Klingensmith

Mr. Couzens will educate them!

 

COMBINATION OF LIGHTNESS

AND DURABILITY WITH POWER

AT A REASONABLE PRICE!

THE NEW FORD IS MADE WITH A LIGHT STEEL

VANADIUM STEEL

THREE TIMES STRONGER THAN ORDINARY STEEL

EVERYWHERE IN THE NEW FORD

WHERE STRENGTH COUNTS YOU'LL FIND

VANADIUM STEEL!

 

PIQUETTE AVENUE PLANT PIQUETTE AVENUE PLANT PIQUETTE AVENUE PLANT PIQUETTE

I mill this cylinder

first a rough cut

to get the sprues off

then a fine milling

this head must fit

exactly right

it takes time

    I ream holes

to give a final

finish. This hand

reamer removes

1/1000th of an inch

of metal. See

tappered flutes

very sharp

    That machine drills

all the holes

in the bloc at once

then I bore the holes

that means I true

the holes to the

right size. The bore

cutter blade

curves out

TOO DAMN SLOW

they gotta get use to the new job

MILL

DRILL

BORE

REAM

TOO DAMN SLOW

Hawkins

We want to turn our organization

into something that can

get cars to the public fast.

Most companies make products

to suit their customers but

we want to standardize

the customer and make the Ford

a universal need!

Klingensmith

Every point where

the freight rate changes

we'll have an assembly plant.

Hawkins

Make parts here then send them

to Buffalo or Philadelphia

and they assemble the car

and drive it to the local dealers.

Klingensmith

Sell the Ford everywhere

for the same price, $850.

CLERKS WORK TILL TEN

CLERKS WORK TILL TEN

Klingensmith

Ration cars. Make sure

every section of the country

gets some.

Hawkins

During the New York

to Seattle race we want

big publicity. Every dealer

has a celebration when

the Model Ts roll in.

TOO DAMN SLOW

MILL

DRILL

REAM

BORE

TOO DAMN SLOW

 

we got some changes

that'll slow us down some more

           

Couzens

Listen to this Wills:

"I considered that I was

an ordinary man and I wanted

what ordinary people wanted,

so I put my efforts toward

developing a car that would

meet what I concceived was

the ordinary man's needs.

I was convinced the car need

be made of the lightest,

strongest possible materials.

I found Vanadium steel."

Wills

Why read this to me?

Couzens

That'll be in all the papers

signed Jim Couzens.

Wipe that grin off!

Wills

So, you take the credit.

Couzens

I want to spread a network

of assembly plants and dealers

all over the world.

I want you to help me.

Wills

You cleared it with Ford?

Couzens

Flanders told me you could

build cars better than Ford

Wills

Sure, but assembly plants?

Couzens

I'm promoting you! I want us

to work together, not fight.

Don't do Ford's fighting for him.

Ford designed the car.

I don't know if he's the best man

to make it.

Wills

You getting rid of him?

Couzens

Do you work with me or not?

Wills

All right.

Couzens

If Ford left, I wouldn's shed any tears.

He's a dreamer, not a businessman.

Sorensen

We can't make cars fast enough.

Ford

I figured designing her was it.

Millions need this car.

Now I have to wait.

Clean this shop up!

I want it clean!

Martin

We changed the bloc

for the last time.

Now we can roll.

 

Wills

I know you boys are busy

but I want you to know

what's happening downstairs.

Couzens made me assistant

general manager. I'll get

assembly plants ready.

Buying land and all,

more executive work.

Sorensen

Congratulations!

Martin

Sounds great!

Wills

I also got a cut of the dividends.

Here's a cut for you boys!

I insist! And howabout us

going hunting this weekend?

Sorensen

Sure, I can go out a day.

Martin

All right.

Wills

Then I'll see you boys. [exit]

Martin

How much he give you?

Sorensen

A thousand dollars.

Martin

Me too.

           

Hawkins

The inventory system and parts

and materials accounting system

are set up in every department.

There's no reason why we can't

end the hold ups around here

simply with better accounting.

Each part has a tag.

After every operation tear off

a piece of the tag and record

it in a master tally sheet.

The tag has the part serial number

and remarks on quality. This way

we can get an accurate

quantity and quality control.

Klingensmith

The racers leave New York today.

Hawkins

Who do we have to beat?

Klingensmith

A Shawmut and an Acme.

Hawkins

We can win!

Klingensmith

The roads are very bad.

Why, it's possible

nobody will make it!

 

Federal Court, New York City

Betts

But George Selden's claim is a broad claim.

In 1879 this visionary mechanic

illustrated an operative vehicle.

Your honor, was he obliged in 1879

to illustrate every possible development

in that fundamental vehicle?

George Selden is merely a genius, not God!

I remember the clever quip of Mr. Coudert:

"There are two Fords in the New York to Seattle race

but no Seldens."

Every one of thos automobiles

entered in that race

embodies the essential features

of the Selden invention.

Defense lawyers talked a great deal

about the Otto engine. The noted expert

Dougald Clerk testified that the engines

in today's automobiles are reorganized

Brayton Engines embodying the essential

features invented by Selden to enable

the Otto Engine to be light weight

and high speed, suitable for those cars

now racing to Seattle.

Your hone, I did not ask his this question, but in 1879

I think George Selden

the Father of the Automobile

envisioned those cars, two Fords,

racing across the Great American Plains.

This is why he delayed his patent

He was confident his dream would materialize.

Why, a poet,

if a poet had written this patent, under our laws

he should be entitled to benefit from it.

Shame on this court

if it quenches the light

of poet's vision

and genius's invention.

 

Parker

These are the years of the trusts. The manacles

of Wall Street combine to drive honest men

out of industry. To prevent competition so production

is low and prices high. And a few rich men play

their paper profits at the expense of the people!

The A.L.A.M is a trust

Henry Ford worried at first and with little money

and his future to stake, he tried to get a license

in 1902. But they told him, "You're a fly-by-nighter,

we're eliminating you." In the best interests of the industry!

O it stank!

Mr. Ford just told me this recently!

And how did they try to stifle this man's genius?

By paper power construed from a meaningless patent

kept alive by a patent attorney who misused his knowledge

of patent law for his own gain, at the expense of the people.

Most secumbed but not Henry Ford.

Ford made good cars, became and still is

the leading manufacturer of automobiles! The New York gang

saw that buck slip from their grasp so they sued

to make Ford pay royalties and raise prices,

to deny people's needs and cater to wealth's whims!

Word on the Street: The Trust Will Beat Ford

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