Yup - just a tidbit, but funny Model T factoid!
I could not reach this website, so I broke it down and this is the tidbit.
SC Johnson (Johnson Wax) developed a good car wax product. It was so successful that they put a radiator cleaner on the market. It was a bad product. They were forced to buy back 900 Ford Model T radiators that were dissolved by the poorly researched product. Thus they went on to develop a large research division.
I grew up in Racine, and would recommend everyone visit their headquarters building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Yeah, for some reason that semi colon nuked the rest of the link .... but it was part of the address ... just copy and paste the entire link into your browser to see the story. Not much T content but enough to make smile a bit.
Dang. Disregard the above link. I was experimenting and didn't mean to post. Jim Patrick
Okay. To read what Garnet was referring to go to: www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories and click onto the S and scroll down and click onto "SC Johnson & Son Inc Company History". Jim Patrick
Samuel's son, Herbert F. Johnson, Sr., joined the firm in 1892, beginning a more than century-long tradition of family involvement in the business. By the following year the company was already experimenting with products such as wood dye, crack filler, and car wax. When the car wax proved to be popular, Johnson made a radiator cleaner. He was forced to buy back 900 Model T Ford radiators that were dissolved by the insufficiently tested product. This setback provided a valuable experience. Johnson Wax has given priority to top-rate research teams and chemists ever since.
Seems a bit fishy to me too...
As for '900' radiators from Ford T's...typical method of making a farce sound real, just add numbers. IF Johnson made such a radiator rinse, there would have been lots of other cars with bad radiators, not just Fords. And Johnson's was a big company, even in 1916, selling to a lot of auto owners.....why were just Ford radiators affected?