A link to three similar ads including the one above:
And, a January 1908 article. This article says Ford has purchased two mills to make the mono block for the Model T. It also describes the new Ford town car. The town car is said to be copied from a Darrack (Darracq) town car. The town car may have the hard top removed and a "touring equipment substituted".
Rockford became famous for machine tool design and production because an 1850 train hauling Swedish engineers from the east coast to Chicago refused to stop in Chicago due to an outbreak of malaria or something. The train dropped them off at a village near the ford of the Rock River, known as Rockford. Names like:
WF & John Barnes
sprang from that initial trainload of Swedes. They dammed the Rock to make power, of course.
Rockford's Midway Village museum has several examples of early machine tools made in Rockford. We donated this 1845 newspaper. It had been in wifey's family for generations.
Ralph, thanks for the info. Would this be the same W. F. Barnes you mentioned above? Seems almost everyone owned a Model K, or in the case of Mr. Barnes, two
His first Model K, purchased in 1906:
And the second, a 1907 model:
Darn thing! I posted the 1908 story twice. The 1906 car:
Yep, that's him. They made lathes early on, and I don't know what else. I believe John was the son. The HCCA Foundation had an early one for sale a few years ago, and I let it get away. I just have no room to store more.
http://midwayvillagemuseumcollections.wordpress.com/ is in Rockford, if you want to see some early machinery on prominent display in a museum after you spend all your money at Bob's.