OT - Wilson Body Company, 1907

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: OT - Wilson Body Company, 1907
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 08:41 pm:

A thread a while back mentioned early body builders for Ford. I believe Hap or someone also indicated other companies (maybe mentioned in Carl Pate's book on early Fords too) were used in addition to Wilson.

The article appeared in "Motor Way" magazine, April 1907, saying of Wilson Body Company, "At present 50 runabout bodies and 5 six-cylinder car bodies are being delivered to the Ford Company daily." It also says Ford has a contract for 15,000 bodies over the next year.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 09:37 pm:

Rob,

Thank you for posting. Yes, Beaudett produced the 1908 Model S Roadster bodies for Ford. Below is a photo of the body number on Andrew Brand's USA produced Roadster body.



Note in many cases the Beaudett number on the front seat frame and the Beaudett number on the bottom of the mother-in-law seat do NOT match. That is becuase the rear seats were off the car during testing (see the photo of the Model S Roadsters that have the rear seats removed in the photo in the run up yard page 32 of Stern's "Tin Lizzie"; page 276 of Miller and McCalley's "From Here to Obscurity" and same concept but a different photo see page 5 of Kreipke's "The Model T").

Again, thank you for posting the reference.

Respectfully submitted,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 10:02 pm:

There is a great story in Charles Sorensen's book as a reference to Wilson bidding way too high on the contract for Wilson to furnish Model N bodies to Ford in 1906.

Charles Sorensen was there when Henry Ford made a fool of Wilson. Sorensen describes in great detail what the Piquette plant was like and who the personalities were, and how they acted.

It's a great story - see it here:

http://books.google.com/books?id=fv9WPvAXpGMC&pg=PA70&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=o nepage&q&f=false


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 07:55 am:

Royce,

Thank you for posting the link -- it is a great story. Folks just need to scroll down to page 81 to read it.

Respectfully submitted,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 09:52 am:

Thank you Hap.

While we're on bodies, this a specification page from "Automobile", December 1906, showing among other things the color of different cars. The Model N is listed as maroon (as expected), while Model K is listed as color optional. The Model K is also listed as seven passenger. If anyone has any other brands they'd like to know the color or other specs on let me know (this is for 1907 model year cars), as I have a couple other pages:



Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By keith g barrier on Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 01:45 pm:

Great reading Royce! KGB


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Trevan - Australia on Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 04:06 pm:

Hi Rob,
It's interesting to see in the above 1906 ''AUTOMOBILE'' listing that they use the ENGLISH term BONNET for what you guy's call HOOD .
WHEN DID THAT CHANGE & WHY ?1gi f


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 08:50 pm:

Bob,

Not sure why it changed. Maybe we just needed to exert our independence again. :-)

It looks as though we (U.S.) still held "sealed bonnet" contests into the mid teens.



Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary Hagen on Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 10:24 pm:

I sure enjoy your enthusiasm for doing research Rob. I bet you could find lost treasure. Tough and tenacious, determined. You have all the elements for success.


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