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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-16-2017, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Ford at the 1934 & 1935 Words Fair.

Pretty cool show of their presence at te Fair. I wonder if they acually assembled complete cars there and what happened to them if they did. A pretty comprehensive exhibit. Try doing something like that today and OSHA would be all over them.


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It's amazing what they constructed for a temporary exposition. Consider this was still in the midst of the Great Depression.

Henry was no dummy. The Fords were aimed at the common man market. We think we're split between rich and lower income with no middle class? In the thirties there were no programs to help the middle and lower.

Ford was playing to the people.


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Henry had a HUGE bet on the V8, he had to make it pay off so he went all-in at the fair. 1934 was my favorite year for early cars, especially Terraplanes by Hudson and the 34 Fords. Raked grills and windshields, skirted sides on fenders, it just doesn't get any better than 1934 for that full fendered old school look. I have been looking to build an autocrosser custom out of a full skirted Terraplane or Ford, channeled and chopped with full fenders covering 315s all the way around and late model suspension and steering. Well balanced high revving 289/T5 combo. Looking at a Packard this weekend but it doesn't have quite the specific flair I'm looking for but cool in a different way. We will see...

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It's amazing what they constructed for a temporary exposition. Consider this was still in the midst of the Great Depression.

Henry was no dummy. The Fords were aimed at the common man market. We think we're split between rich and lower income with no middle class? In the thirties there were no programs to help the middle and lower.

Ford was playing to the people.
The 1930s is where most of the programs designed to assist the working class came from. Ford may have known what he was doing, but it wasn't to help the working class during the Depression.

The model of paying their workers enough to afford the cars they build is more of a Post-WW1/Pre-Depression mindset.

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Ya Target. It's no secret the Model T was for the common man and Ford was a pretty good place to work (by comparison). Yup, the 30s...by 37 there were bloody fights at Ford the company versus union. The 32 V8 was a big gamble to get one up on Chevrolet. The "people" I mentioned were the general public. WPA programs not Ford were
to help people in the depths of the depression.


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