New autobiography on C.H. Wills

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By dale w on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:45 am:

Worth a look.

https://books.google.com/books/about/Michigan_s_C_Harold_Wills.html?id=sVZHDwAAQ BAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button#v=onepage&q&f=false


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange - Hillsboro, MO on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:51 am:

There is a 1922 Wills St. Claire at the Auto World Museum in Fulton, MO:

https://www.autoworldmuseum.com/1922-wills-sainte-claire.html


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 01:17 pm:

If it's a new autobiography he must be a very old guy by now. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By dale w on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 01:25 pm:

AUTO -biography!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kenneth W DeLong on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 01:33 pm:

There sure is no shortage of people taking credit for the model T planetary trans and the assembly line.I wonder if there is any info at the Benson to support any of this?? No doubt Willis was a mover and shaker but what are the true facts?? Bud.in Wheeler,Mi.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Susan Yaeger on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 02:34 pm:

This book is available for purchase from the MTFCA. Info and order form in last two issues of the Vintage Ford or call us 765-488-0026.

Read it and see what you think!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George Mills_Cherry Hill NJ on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 02:45 pm:

It perpetuates and regurgitates a lot of old lore that even the Bensen Ford would sigh over Bud...

But he has been overlooked by most of history so now be his time, the semantics and lore not withstanding :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kenneth W DeLong on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 03:20 pm:

George,I wish i had your way with words as i understand what you are saying even if i can't spell any of it!! Thank you Sir!! Bud in Wheeler,Mi.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Darel J. Leipold on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 03:38 pm:

Wills was a close friend of Henry Ford. Ford paid him directly and not through the Ford Motor Co. He had a great part inn t he development of the Model T. Old documents and letters at the Bensen confirm this.

Wills and his Model K Ford

Wills


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Frank van Ekeren (Australia) on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 03:54 pm:

Shouldn't it be a biography? unless he wrote it some 80 years ago.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By dale w on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 04:33 pm:

its a biography, written about an early automobilist, hence, it is an AUTObiography!

No, actually I used the wrong word in the title, biography is the correct term.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Grabowski on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:58 pm:

There is the Wills Auto Museum in St. Clair Mi. Great place to visit, here's the link.

http://willsautomuseum.org/


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Eastern Nebraska on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:53 pm:

C. H. Wills was involved with Ford's six cylinder racer and then the Model K from day one. According to some "Reminscenses," Wills worked on the six motor, and is believed to have been the designer of the K Roadster. Below are colorized pics of Wills and his wife at that time, and what I believe are his then in-laws, in the Model K Roadster posted earlier. It's one of the few K Roadster photos I've seen without the rumble or double tourer seat, just the flat deck:




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