Top went to steel all right.
1934, The First One-Piece All-Steel Roof
Fisher Body developed the industry’s first one-piece all-steel roof, called the Turret Top, and introduced it on all GM cars built in the U.S., beginning with the 1935 model year Chevrolet lineup. Previously, car roofs had been built around a wooden frame covered with canvas, limiting both the vehicle’s structural integrity and its design potential. The second photo is a unique testimony to the turret top’s strength.
Course roll over standards would have to wait for awhile
Early automotive test rigs
This car was rigged with two pistols to measure driver reaction time in applying the brakes
Originally Posted by David Votoupal
Some of these setups are rather Rube Goldbergesq... (if that is a word)
actually, let me restate that. Rube Goldberg contraptions accomplish simple results with complex means
This setup is simple... very simple
I worked at that theater for a couple months, hated the job (no customers, ever) but the building is awesome.
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Fun stuff about Harley Earl
J.W. Earl’s custom-built automobile and truck bodies were well-known for their sculpted appearance and could be seen in numerous film studio’s parking lots during the day and cruising Hollywood Blvd. at night.
J.W.’s son, Harley J. Earl (1893-1969), worked in the shop after school and wound up attending Stanford University to study engineering. 6’3” tall Harley was an outstanding athlete who excelled at pole vault, broad jump and shot-put as a member of Stanford’s track & field squad. Much to his father’s chagrin, Harley excelled on another type of track as well.
A favorite story of Earl’s friends is the time when Harley’s dad was calmly reading the newspaper with morning coffee. His shiny new Mercer was resting calmly in the driveway, giving no hint of what had happened to it the day before. Turning to the sports page, the senior Earl glanced at an item concerning a week-end stock car race. "Harley Earl, son of the owner of Earl Carriage Works, won the 100-mile race for stock cars here yesterday with a special new Mercer recently purchased by his father". Earl also had a penchant for “test-driving” newly-bodied cars through downtown Los Angeles to test the crowd’s reaction to his father’s latest handiwork.
Originally Posted by Barry2952
I take it she's holding the inner tube.
This photo shows how flat tires were repaired and pumped up on the road with a Model T Ford. Demountable rims became an option on Model T Fords in 1919, but demountable rims weren't standard on open cars yet on this 1923-25 era Model T Ford Roadster. This was even a less desirable task in the dark or mud, as there weren't many paved roads yet, anywhere.
This was the first factory to build the Model T--Ford's Piquette Avenue Plant, which produced the cars from October 1908 to December 1909. In 1910, production moved to the expansive Highland Park Assembly Plant. The initial price of the Model T: $850.
Model T Paint shop
A 1914 Model T gets its coat of, in all probability, black paint. It's up for debate as to whether Henry Ford ever actually said of the car, "You can have any color you want, as long as it is black," but it is true that through much of the Model T's run, buyers had little choice in the matter. According to The Henry Ford, the car was available in various colors until 1914, when the company switched to the one color exclusively because the black enamel paint it used dried faster than other paints, which made for faster production. In 1926, spurred in part by a sales slump, Ford once again began to offer a variety of colors.