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Cord L-29 Manufacturing Photos

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19 Mar 2019 16:43 #36873 by RandyEma
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This photo is one of the prototypes taken at Auburn as it departs for the California road trip .R

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19 Mar 2019 22:33 #36874 by Curtis Bartell
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You know Terry, you are right. When I first looked at that photo it looked like the rear axle was actually built into the machine. Upon closer inspection of the photo and looking at my axle which is out of the car, it looks like they were boring the spindle holes on the axle. I guess I should wear my cheaters when I'm on the computer. Curt

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20 Mar 2019 04:31 #36875 by Terry Cockerell
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Hi Curtis, I too am floundering around in the dark without my glasses. Perhaps in the Ford plant the differentials were used as a cheap drive gear solution?
Many, many years ago my father built a tip truck using a T Model Ford differential with the gears welded up and one axle removed to use as a hand winch to raise the body. It also had a chain drive to lower the overall ratio and make it easier to wind up. This was a common practice before hydraulics became readily available.
Going back to the L29 pictures it is incredible what goes into making each and every part as well as allowing for interchangeability in the design tolerances.

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29 Mar 2019 18:04 - 29 Mar 2019 19:36 #36910 by KALIYATSIAYA
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johnmereness wrote: "Cord front drive loaded in freight car ready for shipment to western distributor."

Interesting to note, the first photo seems to Vidmate iTunes Notepad++ have an L29 rear axle incorporated into the construction of one of the machines. Ford assembly line photos are rife with model T rear ends etc. used in making the machines on the line. Must have been a common practice. Why not?
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14 May 2019 22:57 #37198 by jivanty
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Terry Cockerell wrote: They are a remarkable set of pictures Mike ,especially the ones taken in the machine shop where you can see some of the various jigs and fixtures needed to hold the parts for machining operations. Each and every jig had to be designed, drawn and accurately made before "production" could begin. Eventually all of it would have ended up as scrap metal. Glad we have some pictures saved.

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