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Cord L-29 Manufacturing Photos

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24 Feb 2019 19:00 - 24 Feb 2019 19:02 #36721 by johnmereness
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Here is a factory photo of one of the sedans that does not sport parking lamps with caption: "Cord Front Drive being driven from assembly line for rigid road test before shipment."

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24 Feb 2019 19:01 #36722 by johnmereness
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Notice it sports a manufacturer license plate

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24 Feb 2019 19:05 #36723 by johnmereness
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"Cord front drive loaded in freight car ready for shipment to western distributor."

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24 Feb 2019 19:09 #36724 by johnmereness
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In making available to America the first passenger front drive car Auburn has drawn into its organization most of the outstanding front drive engineers and experts in this country. Such authorities as Harry Miller, C.W. Van Ranst, Wade Morton, Earl Cooper, Jerry Wonderlick, Reeves Dutton and Johnny Seymour are now associated with the company. Even the larger Cord distributors have surrounded themselves with front drive experts. Photo shows Barney Oldfield (left), of race-track fame, and Earl Cooper, with a Cord front drive car. Inset shows the Christie front drive car, built by Barney Oldfield in 1906 and piloted by Ollie Savin. This was America’s first front drive racing car and held a record of 100 miles in 74 minutes. Savin, who was one of the prominent race drivers some fifteen years ago, is now service manager of the Auburn-Graves Company, Auburn-Cord distributors at St. Louis.

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17 Mar 2019 17:45 #36867 by Curtis Bartell
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Interesting to note, the first photo seems to 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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19 Mar 2019 07:01 #36872 by Terry Cockerell
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Curtis, I disagree with your comment. Each of the axles is undergoing one machining operation at a time. My background is mechanical engineering and I have worked in the auto industry designing machines to make parts.
They are a wonderful set of pictures showing just how things were made.

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