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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Herb Iffrig on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 09:13 pm:


Look's like a 13-14 rear end.
Herb


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerome R. Hoffman Hays, KS on Monday, December 26, 2011 - 10:03 pm:

That looks just like the chassis I bought at the last auction I went to in Nebraska.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By KEN PARKER on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 01:17 pm:

Looks like a 2-pc driveshaft and a long rear cross member. WOW! What a day on the farm?

Ken in Texas


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eddy Lee Emerson on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 02:47 pm:

My T went through an Oklahoma tornado, but fared much better. Check my profile photo. Ed Emerson


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Doug Langevin , Grants Pass , Ore on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 07:37 pm:

Wanna bet the local Ford dealer had it running a week after he got whatcha see there in the picture ??


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Herb Iffrig on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 07:47 pm:

Notice how they overlaid the photo of the car parts onto the lightning. Clever for the time I would say, but they did a lot of that too back then. Just getting the shot of the lightning would have been a lucky thing.
Do you think it is real?

Herb


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Doug Langevin , Grants Pass , Ore on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 08:08 pm:

I once read the story of " Lazarus " , a Brass Model T Ford swept away in a flood near San Diego , Cal. in , I believe , 1916 . About 5 years later , the remains were found in a river bed , retrieved , and resurrected . The local Ford dealer claimed little was necessary to be done : even the gas still in the tank as found was useable , and they did !! The article was complete with pictures , too .


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks_-_Surf_City on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 08:15 pm:

I think that was the great San Diego flood of 1913. It had been a drought, so they hired a rainmaker. After the flood, they ran him out of town rather than pay him.

San Diegans have always been T-ightwads.

rdr
San Diego resident 1958-60 + 1963 + 1968-73.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks_-_Surf_City on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 08:25 pm:

You were right, Doug:

from wiki:
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Charles Mallory Hatfield (c. 1875 January 12, 1958) was an American "rainmaker". He was born in Fort Scott, Kansas in 1875 or 1876. His family moved to southern California in the 1880s. As an adult, he became a salesman for the New Home Sewing Machine Company. In 1904 he moved to Glendale, California.

Career
In his free time Hatfield read about "pluviculture" and began to develop his own methods for producing rain. By 1902 he had created a secret mixture of 23 chemicals in large galvanized evaporating tanks that, he claimed, attracted rain. Hatfield called himself a "moisture accelerator".[citation needed]

In 1904, promoter Fred Binney began a public relations campaign for Hatfield. A number of Los Angeles ranchers saw his ads in newspapers and promised Hatfield $50 to produce rain.[citation needed] In April, Hatfield and his brother Paul climbed to Mount Lowe and built a tower where Hatfield stood and released his mixture into the air. Hatfield's apparent attempt was successful, so the ranchers paid him $100.[citation needed]

Contemporary Weather Bureau reports stated that the rain had been a small part of a storm that was already coming but Hatfield's supporters disregarded this. He began to receive more job offers. He promised Los Angeles 18 inches (46 centimetres) of rain, apparently succeeded, and collected a fee of $1000.[citation needed] For this effort, Hatfield had built his tower on the grounds of the Esperanza Sanitarium in Altadena, near Rubio Canyon.

In 1906 Hatfield was invited to the Yukon Territory, where he agreed to create rain for the water-dependent mines of the Klondike Goldfields. The Klondike contract was for $10,000, but after unsuccessful efforts, Hatfield slipped away, collecting only $1 100 for his expenses.[1] This failure did not deter his supporters.

In 1915 the San Diego city council, pressured by the San Diego Wide Awake Improvement Club, approached Hatfield to produce rain to fill the Morena Dam reservoir.[citation needed] Hatfield offered to produce rain for free, then charge $1,000 per inch ($393.7 per centimetre) for between forty to fifty inches (1.02 to 1.27 m) and free again over fifty inches (1.27 m). The council voted four to one for a $10,000 fee, payable when the reservoir was filled. Hatfield, with his brother, built a 20-foot (6 m) tower beside Lake Morena and was ready early in the New Year.[citation needed]

On January 5, 1916 heavy rain began - and grew gradually heavier day by day. Dry riverbeds filled to the point of flooding. Worsening floods destroyed bridges, marooned trains and cut phone cables - not to mention flooding homes and farms. Two dams, Sweetwater Dam and one at Lower Otay Lake, overflowed.[citation needed] Rain stopped January 20 but resumed two days later. On January 27 Lower Otay Dam broke, increasing the devastation and reportedly causing about 20 deaths (accounts vary on the exact number).[citation needed]

Hatfield talked to the press on February 4 and said that the damage was not his fault and that the city should have taken adequate precautions. Hatfield had fulfilled the requirements of his contract - filling the reservoir - but the city council refused to pay the money unless Hatfield would accept liability for damages; there were already claims worth $3.5 million. Besides, there was no written contract. Hatfield tried to settle for $4000 and then sued the council.[citation needed] In two trials, the rain was ruled an act of God but Hatfield continued the suit until 1938 when the court threw the case out.[citation needed]

Hatfield's fame only grew and he received more contracts for rainmaking. Among other things, in 1929 he tried to stop a forest fire in Honduras.[citation needed] Later the Bear Valley Mutual Water Company wanted to fill Big Bear Lake. However, during the Great Depression he had to return to his work as a sewing machine salesman. His wife divorced him.

Charles Hatfield died January 12, 1958 and took his chemical formula with him to his grave in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Hatfield claimed at least 500 successes.[citation needed] According to later commentators,[who?] Hatfield's successes were mainly due to his meteorological skill and sense of timing, selecting periods where there was a high probability of rain anyway.

[edit] References in popular cultureThe incident is chronicled in a book entitled Wizard of Sun City by Garry Jenkins.

Charles Hatfield and the 1916 flooding at Lake Morena is the subject of the song Hatfield, a fan favorite of the southern jam band, Widespread Panic. Singer/guitarist John Bell wrote the song after reading the story of the rainmaker in a Farmers' Almanac.

Hatfield's story inspired the 1956 Burt Lancaster film The Rainmaker. Hollywood invited Hatfield to the premiere.

In 2007, novelist T. Jefferson Parker wrote about a fictional great-great grand daughter of Charles Hatfield in his book Storm Runners. Hatfield's "moisture acceleration" was central to the plot of the story.

Joshua Davis, lead singer of the Michigan based band Steppin' In It wrote a song about "The Weatherman" called "Charles Hatfield Blues".

rdr


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mack J. Cole on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 08:41 pm:

Well at least that is 1 early Ford I could afford!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kerry van Ekeren. (Australia) on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:32 am:

This is the one Doug, I'm not sure if any more of the story is in print, I'll try and find the artical about it in my pile of books.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Doug Langevin , Grants Pass , Ore on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 04:50 am:

Kerry : yup , that`s " Lazarus " the Model T Ford !! GOOD SHOW , MATE !!


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