Early Sprint car
ok.... I'll bite.Note that many of the early vehicles were RHD.
Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Nature Magazine -- Walter Layman." Traveling the country with his dog Little Pocahontas, Walter Layman documented Native American culture with photographs that appeared in magazines including National Geographic and Nature.
From what I gather this was an actual award given for high production standardsDo you know the "Standard of the World" story of the 1908 Caddy?
President Taft in a 1909 cadillacCadillac recieved the prestigious Dewar Trophy to Cadillac in 1908, the Royal Automobile Club of England proclaimed Cadillac “Standard of the World” for precision manufacture. This is not a self made claim, or marketing slogan, but recognition of the engineering and precision manufacturing of a remarkable automobile. In fact, the Dewar Trophy is given “to the motor car which should successfully complete the most meritorious performance or test furthering the interests and advancement of the [automobile] industry”. This was the first time that an American car had won the award.
There's much more to the story than that. I believe they took three cars and three piles of replacement parts, disassembled the cars, mixed up the parts and put the cars back together again and ran them in the endurance run. Prior to that period there was no standardization of parts. If you needed to replace a component there was always some type of fitting to do. The Caddys were reasembled without modifying any parts, hence the "Standard of the Wolrld."
Henry M. Leland, the founder of Cadillac, was the
individual who took precision engineering into the
manufacture of automobiles. Gauges were used to
ascertain that parts were made to tiny tolerances.
It was an expensive process, but in the long run it saved time and money and aggravation for the customer. The gauges allowed workers to quickly determine if a part was within the acceptable tolerances.
For example gauges for measuring bores were in two sizes, One was marked “5.000 GO” and the other was “5.002 NOT GO”. If the part failed the GO gauge it was sent back for sizing. If the bore admitted the NOT GO gauge the part was scrapped.
Leland said: “While this method...is expensive for us, it is the only correct method. The advantages will be best appreciated by the motorist who on being obliged to replace parts of his car has usually–or always–found it necessary to call upon an expert to fit
Precision gauges used to measure
cylinder bore to 1/1000th of an inch
1913 Willys/Knight Overland in Golden City, Missouri
I believe the car is a 1913 Willys/Knight Overland Model 69.
Much thanks to Mark&Manna and mohypno for the info on this photo.
This is indeed Golden City, MO. I was born and raised in Golden City in the 80s-90s. The building on the right was Woody's Hardware when I lived there until the early 90s when Mr. Woody died. Chances are this may be some of the Woody family posed in front, as they owned the property for many years. The upper floors were used as a carraige/wagon repair shop in the early days. The old elevator, rope hand-pull, was still in the back of the building last time I was in it. The upper windows have been sealed since. The building on the right had the name O. Hickman on it. The 2nd floor was removed in the 1960s or 70s. This was an auction house when I can remember it.
Before Woody's Hardware closed its doors, I can remember the old dusty, damp, and dark environment the had seemed unchanged from the turn of the century, with old farmers sitting in the rocking chairs towards the back around the wood stove. There were shelves and drawers lining the walls floor to ceiling with the rolling ladders for access. This was the way it still appeared in the early 1990's. If you have any more questions about Golden City, feel free to email me at [email protected]
Interesting body language and facial expressionsHenry and Edsel