Parker says he's a bad judge.
Give him a car.
And this case isn't our only problem.
You make cars too damn slow!
What are you going about it?
I don't know.
What do you mean you don't know?
I run my side of the business,
why can't you run yours?
If you don't like the way I run things,
Why don't you quit?
You have the money to buy me out?
No, but Billy Durant does.
What's his offer?
Half, or stock in the new company,
and you can still work.
I don't work with anybody.
I want cash.
Durant's idea is to combine
REO, Buick and Ford.
Misery loves company.
The racer comes to town;
the dealer hires a band;
kids run behind;
the whole town comes out
to see the Model T
roar on to Seattle.
A million in publicity!
They're out of Utah
The wire says Car Two
was stuck. It took a day
to get four miles.
The other cars are stuck
in Colorado somewhere.
I know we'll win.
Get a photographer
Write a book!
The Great Race!
Where's Snoqualmie Pass?
they expect real trouble.
Tell Mr. Ford,
he'll meet those boys
when they ride over.
And get a picture
of Ford, the car and the drivers.
And clean up the car first!
Keep the dirt!
That's the whole point!
Are you serious about selling out?
Here this Judge is trying to take my company
and I can't make the car I want. If we sell
would you stay with the company?
You saying you'll sell?
Sure, I'll sell.
I'll tell Durant.
Meanwhile I want Hawkins to start
a thorough accounting system
so I can fine out where the hold ups are in production.
Sure you made the car for the people, but face it Ford,
you can't get the car to them. Money and power
at our grasp and you can't make enough cars!
The only thing we can do is build a bigger company
or join in with Durant. To build a new plant
we need more money. The only way we can get it
is to raise the price of the car to $900.
We should cut the price.
Sure, sure, then more people can buy the car.
But we have enough people who want to buy the car!
We already look pretty damn foolish.
If more people wanted the car,
we'd look like the biggest fools on earth!
I'm selling out.
You're not a business man Ford. Malcomson set you up
and I've been keeping you going. If you ditch me
all the damn businessmen in Detroit
would be at your neck and tear you apart!
You're not a businessman. I am.
I'm your protector, and don't you forget it!
If I called the car the Couzens,
nobody'd believe it Jim.
Judge Hough continues his decision
All the discussion as to differences of type of various engines,
would seem to me at present to be beside the issue.
this American patent represents to me
a great idea conceived in 1879 which lay
absolutely fallow until 1895, was untl then
concealed in a file wrapper and is now
independent inventors who more promptly
and far more successfully reduced their ideas
The inventor may use his discovery or he may not.
That the applicant acquieces in delay or even
desires delay is immaterial to the Court so long
as statute law is not violated.
In a New York hotel room
So they run the business now.
Parker hired the best appeals lawyer in New York.
I told Durant I want a million in cash, now.
What did he say?
He said he'd have to talk with Olds.
roaring over! Tickled me to death!
Enter Ransom Olds
Good afternoon, gentlemen.
You talk to Durant?
Oh, I talked to Billy. I told him that if Ford
got a million in cash, why I thought
I should get a million too. He went pale,
sighed and said: "Well Ransom, that scotches it!"
So that's the end of Durant's General Motors.
We're still in business Ford.
I see Fred Smith and that crowd beat you.
Smith will beat you. Back when I ran Oldsmobile,
I tried to get out a good inexpensive car,
but Smith forced me out and made it so I got a bad price
when I tried to sell my stock. But my new REO Company
I got lumbago! Go away!
This means we expand!
Martin, in 1908 we had 500 men
and built 10,000 cars; in 1909
we have 1200 men and built only
Too crowded and labor turnover.
Well, no more. In five years
you'll have twenty-seven stories
of factory - forty-five acres
to graze your damn machines on!
The architect Kahn will be here
in an hour. You tell him
everything you want.
Where's the plant going to be?
Cross the city-line, in Highland Park.
Damn the mayor and his taxes!
Mr. Ford, could you sign this?
The routing re-check form.
It verifies that all a batch
of pistons was properly
You get me every one of these forms
and any other forms
that Hawkins brags about
I got some gasoline around here.
You help me burn 'em.
Only thing paper is good for
is to wipe your ass with!
I'm Clarence Avery. I taught Edsel Ford in high school.
I guess Mr. Ford got a good report on me.
He hired me to look over the shop.
Mr. Martin gave me Bill Klann as an assistant.
We want to know what your men do and how long it takes.
|This man assembles magnetoes.
He sits at this bench
with all his tools and materials
spread out so he doesn't walk far.
He's pretty much by himself.
But I'm always around.
Most guys find their own speed.
Half an hour to assemble one.
|This man puts the piston on the rod.
He drives out this pin with this hammer,
oils the pin, slips the pin in the rod eye.
Then he turns the pin so it can
take the screw, turns the pinch screw
with a hand brace, tightens the screw,
then spreads the cotter pin end
with this jobber.
He makes 175 in 9 hours.
That's very interesting. One basic question:
How long does it take to make a car?
Too damn long!
How many hours?
I'd say ten hours or so.
You know, you just can't answer that.
|I'll tell you why
it takes so long to make
radiators. You got to
stick each of these
brass tubes, ninety-five
of them! just right
into these fins.
If you goof the radiator leaks.
|Engine work is held up when
they lay the crank. It's a bitch
of a job. Sometimes it takes
an hour. The tough part
is filing the angle
on the bearing and chipping
the gear cover.
There's some hold ups. Now these assembly pits,
they get messy at times. Sometimes
they get cars together real fast.
Other times somethings short
or they have to work a new man
into the pit.
Maybe we could answer the question
if we put a stop watch
to every operation.
I got the watch.
|1. Walk to bench
2. Get out tools
3. Clean tools
4. Get rods
5. Get pistons
6. Drive out pin
7. Walk to oil box
8. Dip pin in oil
9. Back to bench
10. Enter pin in piston
|11. Get rod
12. Put rod in piston
13. Get brace
14. Turn screw
15. Get wrench
16. Tighten screw
17. Place cotter pin
18. Spread end
Total time: 95 seconds
Time getting something entailing moving feet or bending: 37 seconds
Of this list is right. He spends 40% of his time
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