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Paul Pless
08-28-2014, 08:58 AM
I'm spending the morning in Dearborn, before meeting a couple of fellow forumites. Some of you may recognize this trademark and landmark. The Blue Oval is everywhere here. I picked up a coffee and muffin a few minutes ago on Fairlane Drive and am now sitting across the street from a complex with a sign that reads 'Ford Fuel Cell Research Center'. My back is to a giant complex for 'Powertrain Engineering'. Such goes on for miles here.
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg239/PaulPless/IMG_20140828_084113792_HDR_zpsku3xkqce.jpg (http://s249.photobucket.com/user/PaulPless/media/IMG_20140828_084113792_HDR_zpsku3xkqce.jpg.html)

The Bigfella
08-28-2014, 09:04 AM
Excellent. It'd be nice to get a back room tour, eh?

Paul Pless
08-28-2014, 09:12 AM
A few blocks away I passed a simple oval test track, very flat, except for a several hundred feet severe incline. It was built to torture test automatic transmissions.

Tom Montgomery
08-28-2014, 09:18 AM
We Ford employees call that building "The Glass House."

Paul Pless
08-28-2014, 09:24 AM
We Ford employees call that building "The Glass House."

The assymetrical upper right top floor. Is that Mike Fields' office?

The Bigfella
08-28-2014, 09:32 AM
The assymetrical upper right top floor. Is that Mike Fields' office?

I sure hope not.... that's where you'd want to put customer facilities... The CEO, I'd reckon might want to be - ahh, you wouldn't agree, so why bother.

changeng
08-28-2014, 09:32 AM
The assymetrical upper right top floor. Is that Mike Fields' office?

Mr Burn's office. :D

Paul Pless
08-29-2014, 10:09 AM
a few shots from the henry ford museum

first rear engined car to win indy
36 year wheel driven land speed record holder
first car (specific chassis) to win le mans twice

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg239/PaulPless/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140828_111748350_HDR_zpsgcwhntv8.jpg



http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg239/PaulPless/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140828_111712753_HDR_zpse3gkxewg.jpg

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Canoeyawl
08-29-2014, 10:17 AM
I love that museum...
"History is bunk"
There is a black '32 Ford roadster in there with a hemi in it. Black w/Ca plates, the hood side panels are scalloped to clear the valve covers... My favorite.

Paul Pless
08-29-2014, 10:20 AM
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg239/PaulPless/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140828_111853633_HDR_zpsxjjyc8if.jpg

Paul Pless
08-29-2014, 10:24 AM
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg239/PaulPless/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140828_110809008_zpsph1lvwzb.jpg

Canoeyawl
08-29-2014, 10:31 AM
Correction; Az plates

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7010/6766071227_06d928e599_z.jpg

Paul Pless
08-29-2014, 10:41 AM
yeah, pretty sweet

Paul Pless
08-29-2014, 10:42 AM
took these for peter sibley

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg239/PaulPless/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140828_110558073_zpsgntlab3z.jpg

S/V Laura Ellen
08-29-2014, 11:58 AM
My favourite plaque at the museum.

http://aylard.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/1000/photo.JPG

S/V Laura Ellen
08-29-2014, 12:13 PM
This would be a nice utility vehicle.

http://aylard.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/1000/photo2.JPG

CWSmith
08-29-2014, 12:17 PM
My wife thinks she wants an "old pickup truck" and every husband who has this experience says "She won't for long."

What I need is a plastic kit body that looks like an old truck, but has a modern machine.

I just mention this because there are so few of the above cars still around and some kits would be very cool to drive.

Hwyl
08-29-2014, 12:56 PM
It's a great museum, I especially liked, well like is an understatement , tremble at the thought of, the Wright Brothers' workshop.

In the Ford Museum part I liked the Trimotor, it screams "form follows function".

Figment
08-29-2014, 01:29 PM
This would be a nice utility vehicle.

http://aylard.ca/sites/default/files/imagecache/1000/photo2.JPG

whooooooooooooooooo. that beauty can tow my boat anytime. I promise I'll only make it do the dump run once a week.

John B
08-29-2014, 02:51 PM
I like this thread. Don't you just love that deco artwork in the Ford badging through the 30's, I still have a few hubcaps and v8 badges off various years.( looking at the v8 sign on the side of the racer)
Cw's comment about the pickup made me laugh, ultimately the reason I sold my 39 coupe was it was pretty piggy to drive, but you accept that in a pickup. My 48 jailbar wasn't exactly fun after a while , especially when you have the pleasure of the ubiquitous Ford three speed gearbox second gear spit. That is the sort of event that gets your attention and teaches you pretty fast how to hold a gearstick with your knee, or alters your strategy for entering corners.

John Meachen
08-29-2014, 04:55 PM
Some very spectacular cars-thanks for sharing them with us.

John B
08-29-2014, 05:02 PM
Its enlightened the way the Ford museum has been open to having the mix of other brands in there to show the depth, the hemi motor in the 32, the willys ( presumably with a Ford motor in it )etc.

Donn
08-29-2014, 05:27 PM
whooooooooooooooooo. that beauty can tow my boat anytime. I promise I'll only make it do the dump run once a week.

It'd probably tow your boat ok, but it wouldn't be much help on dump runs. It's a tanker.

http://www.thehenryford.org/media/mediakits/drivingAmerica/mediakit_drivingAmerica_1939DodgeAirflowTankTruckT exaco.jpg

Mighty handsome truck, though. It'd be great to turn into something other than a tank truck.

Paul Pless
08-29-2014, 05:48 PM
Its enlightened the way the Ford museum has been open to having the mix of other brands in there to show the depth, the hemi motor in the 32, the willys ( presumably with a Ford motor in it )etc.

:D

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PeterSibley
08-29-2014, 07:13 PM
Cool !! Thanks for #14 Paul !:DY>

John B
08-29-2014, 07:27 PM
:D

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http://www.portholeauthority.com/thenewtbird/2005/rides05/ss_NJ.jpg

Whats the logic there?....ah yes, I see.

Tom Montgomery
08-29-2014, 07:30 PM
The assymetrical upper right top floor. Is that Mike Fields' office?
Mark Fields.

Yes, I believe that is his office.

The Bigfella
08-29-2014, 07:36 PM
Any of these old Aussie Fords in the museum? I used to quite like the XY Falcon GT. They were quite well developed by the time the XY GTHO Phase III came along. The Phase IV was even better, but was killed off before it was released by Uncle Rupert's media.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Fourth/ford_zps5955806a.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Fourth/ford_zps5955806a.jpg.html)

Dan McCosh
08-29-2014, 07:38 PM
Its enlightened the way the Ford museum has been open to having the mix of other brands in there to show the depth, the hemi motor in the 32, the willys ( presumably with a Ford motor in it )etc. It's not a museum for Ford, it's a museum of technology, one of the best in the world. It tells the stories of how things were invented, and progressed--everything from power, to housing, to furniture, to radios. Cars are a small part of the story. Henry did once say "history is bunk", but he was saying that most history ignores the progress that affects most people's lives--it usually chronicles wars and king.

Tom Montgomery
08-29-2014, 07:56 PM
FYI: I work at Ford Motor Company/Kentucky Truck Plant.

The 4,626,490-square-foot plant on 500 acres opened in 1969 and currently employs 5,154 people total.​

Across town next to the airport is FoMoCo/Louisville Assembly Plant. The 3,154,173-square-foot plant on 180 acres opened in 1955 and currently employs a total of 4,554 people.

Ford Motor Company began building Model-T cars in Louisville in 1913.

You might say that Louisville, Kentucky is a company town. ;)
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John B
08-29-2014, 08:06 PM
It's not a museum for Ford, it's a museum of technology, one of the best in the world. It tells the stories of how things were invented, and progressed--everything from power, to housing, to furniture, to radios. Cars are a small part of the story. Henry did once say "history is bunk", but he was saying that most history ignores the progress that affects most people's lives--it usually chronicles wars and king.
Thanks Dan, I read 'Henry Ford museum ' and made an assumption.

Tom Montgomery
08-29-2014, 08:11 PM
Henry Ford was a fascinating personality. He was close friends with Thomas Edison. He invented the assembly line. He championed the family farmer and yet was a prime-mover in transforming America from an agrarian society into an industrial society. He invented charcoal brickets. His political thought was awful. He flirted with Nazism and anti-Semitism. He hired head-bashing thugs in an attempt to prevent unionization. He was a bad father. He was a philanthropist.

He was both brilliant and ugly.

The Bigfella
08-29-2014, 08:36 PM
Henry Ford was a fascinating personality. He was close friends with Thomas Edison. He invented the assembly line. He championed the family farmer and yet was a prime-mover in transforming America from an agrarian society into an industrial society. He invented charcoal brickets. His political thought was awful. He flirted with Nazism and anti-Semitism. He hired head-bashing thugs in an attempt to prevent unionization. He was a bad father. He was a philanthropist.

He was both brilliant and ugly.

Certainly an interesting character. Lucky too. The Ford Cologne works managed to avoid getting a single bomb during WW2, despite the city being devastated... and the workers barracks being destroyed.

Tom Montgomery
08-29-2014, 08:44 PM
Ford Motor Company needs to return to F-1

But I doubt this generation of management look much beyond the bottom line.