I had no idea that so many T's were scraped and reused/recycled.
Very interesting . So the model A is really a model T, “ha ha”.
Well its kind of heartbreaking to see those old T´s and other makes plunge into the fire. But old Henry was an environmentalist when it comes to recycling. Nice to see this film. Thanks
It's hard for us to fathom wen we're scrounging parts right and left, hoping to find an original T... but you have to remember that every car returned to the factory (IIRC it was mandatory to send trade ins back to Dearborn for quite a while) for smelting meant one less used car, and one more new car, being sold.
There was a whole economics around this... and back then, they didn't want their well built vehicles of the past competing with their profits of the present.
The cool thing is steel can be reused over and over... back when I was young, we used to joke that there was a little bit of Lizzie in every Pinto and LTD coming off the line.
"Every one they scrap makes the rest just that more valuable."
Richard it is nice to know someone else said that^. I have said it enough times, scrapping that pile of rust that is beyond use, makes the usable parts I have worth more. But saying it and having it come back to bite you in the rear when you need a part...LOL
Close to the beginning,before the footage of the hot metal, there is footage of Babbitt being pored in T blocks. What is the the guy doing in the upper right corner with a t shaped tool? Looks like he is putting the tool in the cylinder from the bottom and turning it half a turn. Wonder what’s with that?
This supports my "bitsa" comments.
You can almost hear the cars scream as they jump and fight going in the furnace!
No different than scrapping an 82 escort today I guess.
Oh, man, that hurts!!! I wish there was sound with that. The noise must have been incredible!
Also, I wish there was sound of the footage at the Golden Jubilee of light. Can you imagine the conversation between Ford, Hoover and, Edison?
As Edison was considered deaf and Herbert Hoover was experiencing age related hearing loss...Ford and Hoover were very loud....for Edison to be part of the conversation.
I just run the film backwards so they bring the cars out of the furnace...un-crush them and put them back on the trailer to take to the dealer. I feel better that way. If you do that with the film at Henry's funeral they dig him up and take him back to the church!