Friday, December 11, 2009

A bit of auto history.

Instead of words of wisdom just enjoy this video.

This is a great video showing the first assembly lines at the original Ford auto plant. Neat to see those guys making the old wooden wheels, by hand mostly.. The places that car could amazing!"

No I never drove one. The Model A was a different matter. We (My brother) had one with a rumble seat.

The great depression killed the model T. There was a Ford plant by the Passaic River off the "plank road" Comunipaw Ave,which in the 30s was cobble stone. Before the Holland Tunnel and the Skyway were built this was the route to the ferry.

I can remember seeing 100s of new Model Ts stored there waiting to be delivered to dealers who could not sell them.


  1. Just a pleasure to watch for a whole variety of reasons. This demonstrates America at its most productive.
    To me the biggest change in America from then until now is that back in the early days the large companies were run by men of vision and engineers with vision whose goal was to create 'things' that people wanted or that improved the lives of people. Now those same companies, and most larger newer companies are run by people with MBA's in finance. The ability to run a business now is so complex, from Government regulations and a 'sue crazy' populace, that we as a nation have lost our way. Balance needs to be restored and the spirit of men like Henry Ford need to be revived. Our society must reward engineers and encourage technical education over what we now mass produce - lawyers.
    Absurd tax policies, such as Swissco, that essentially force companies to move operations out of the United States and into not necessarily lower labor cost countries but to tax free havens.
    Europe, once the taxing capitol of the world, has learned that a complex tax structure with very high total rates is now considered the greatest single expense to many companies. Today the EU has a far more favorable overall tax rate structure than exists here.
    The United States is the only country that forces their business's to operate in a multi-tiered regulatory enviornment of Federal, State and local regulations. At last count there were at least 20 states that had unique regulations on the allowable make-up of gasoline. All 50 states individually regulate banking, insurance and a whole host of other business functions.
    What worked 100 years ago does not work today.

  2. Neat video, thanks for the link!

  3. Doc, just an add on note to the comment I made last week. I mentioned the anti-business government policies over taxation, and how companies were going overseas under Swissco tax rules. In todays Star Ledger Foster Wheeler, a large engineering and construction company, located in western New Jersey indicated that it is moving its headquarters to Zug Switzerland. It clearly states that the driving force is taxes. So not only will hundreds of high paying jobs be leaving the state, but the procurement of all sorts of manufactured goods will follow into Europe and from the United States. New Jersey firms have for decades supplied many products to Foster Wheeler and now face another nail in their coffins.
    We argue daily about the plight of Plainfield under the current administration, however don't discount government tax policies, both Federal and State, as root cause issues that are eliminating the companies and jobs necessary to help Plainfield maintain its viability. Given the current status of education within Plainfield jobs in the manufacturing trades are critical to overcoming high unemployment.