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  •  Ya could tell Henry Ford, (4+ / 0-)

    ya just couldn't tell him much.  IIRC, Ford lost the competition to design and build the Jeep.  That went to Bantam, Ford then led the challenge to Bantam's ability to produce Jeeps in quantity, the War Department agreed and gave the contract to Willys.  Ford Finally picked up part of the contract when Willys couldn't meet demand either.  Ford simplified parts, for instance the radiator grill.  Willys welded it up from several parts, Ford used a stamped version.

    Similar situation with the B-24.  Ford got the contract for the expanded construction, but was overwhelmed with the change orders.  Eventually, he told the Air Corps that they could have them any color they wanted so long as it was black.  He built to one standard configuration and then the Air Corps ferried them to a facility in Arizona to have all the change orders incorporated.

    “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

    by markdd on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 01:17:50 PM PDT

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    •  Henry ALSO put a ginormous 'kink'... (4+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, markdd, prfb, Jay C

      ...in the assembly building at Willow Run, which meant that the B-24s had to turn a corner as they went down the track. Why? If the plant had been built in a straight line, it would have crossed into a 'union' county!!

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 04:14:40 PM PDT

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