The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, and an Epic Quest to arm an America at War – by A.J. Baime

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“The Arsenal of Democracy” was a phrase coined by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1940 in reference to the collaborative efforts of American industry in supporting the allied war effort by mobilising the mass production efforts to change production from consumer and other products to plane, tanks, bombs and other item required to win the war

As with all of A J Baime’s books this one is well researched and shows a deep knowledge of Detroit industry and in particular Ford Motor Company in wartime. The intricacies of the complex Father & Son relationship between Henry I and Edsel and the rise of Henry II are well described, along with Edsel Ford’s largely unsung role. Having read extensively on the subject of the early Ford Motor Company this book is a great addition and provided many new angles and facts.

A great read!

As an interesting footnote to the story of Willow Run, there is a campaign to stop the demolition of the bomber plant.

Read about it here

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The Art and Colour of GM from Hemmings Classic Car – Mark J McCourt

The Art and Colour of GM

I think that the future of General Motors will be measured by the attractiveness that we put in the bodies from the standpoint of luxury of appointment, the degree to which they please the eye, both in contour and in color scheme, also the degree to which we are able to make them different from competition.”

 

— Alfred P. Sloan Jr., in a letter to Fisher Body Corporation president William A. Fisher, September 1927

This article from Mark J McCourt at Hemmings Classic Cars tells the story of GM’s approach to the design and attractiveness of vehicles and was the complete antithesis of Henry Ford’s approach.

Ford Flathead V8 History – Racing in Retrospect, Mid State Antique Stock Car Club

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Really Good series of articles on the various aspects of  Henry’s wonderful Flathead V8 on  the Racing in Retrospect website from the Mid State Antique Stock Car Club.

Read on here

The History of Ford’s Iconic Flathead V8 – Ashley Webb – The Motorhood

Interesting Flathead V8 article from Ashley good historic content and a timeline of Henry’s icon!

The History of the Ford Flathead V8

The History of the Ford Flathead V8

As you know I try to gather as much Flattie stuff here as possible, read Ashley’s article here

Did Henry Design the Model T as a Multi Fuel Vehicle? – Hemming’s Daniel Strohl

Interesting article from Daniel Strohl at Hemming’s.

Fact Check: Henry Ford didn’t design the Model T as a multi-fuel vehicle

Fact Check: Henry Ford didn’t design the Model T as a multi-fuel vehicle

Was the Model T designed to run on Multi Fuels?

Read on here

 

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

 

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

If you are ever in Detroit you can now visit the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant the birthplace of the Model T.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is recognized as one of the most significant automotive heritage sites in the world.

The building is undergoing a restoration and was saved by volunteers.

The website is here

A great historic place to visit!

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Clara Ford

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and Clara Ford

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sit the birthplace of the Model T. Avenue Plant is again open and evolving into a symbol of Detroit’s ability to invent, innovate, and rebound. Walk the plank floors worn smooth by hundreds of workers and thousands of cars. See Henry Ford’s competition, his early successes and false starts. Learn how volunteers saved one of the world’s most significant industrial building

 

The Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time – The Model T Ford

The Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time - The Model T Ford

The Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time – The Model T Ford

The Model T, included in the Time Magazine “Dozen Most Important Cars of All Time”

The article is here