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Dad has been reading a big book lately.

The book he has been reading is about FORD; THE MEN AND THE MACHINES.  It is interesting to see him read it and find out that Ford was a farm kid who loved machinery and loved to tinker and build machines to do jobs around the farm and that he took apart watches when he was a kid.  Dad told us about his father who was the same way but took apart a grandfather clock when he was a kid…. it is interesting to see him find out that old Henry Ford was in many ways like his father background and mechanically wise….

However, us collies are a curious lot…

Whats in the book now dad?

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whats going on now dad? Did he have any collies?

Henry Ford played ball with his dog dad!!!!

Dad I got a brainstorm!!!  You know how the Ford is black?  You need a logo to put on the front of it…..  like this one.. oh by the way.. you dont need that page.. I do! *Rip* heheheeh

Ginger says this black car needs the following logo on the front…

Think about it dad…. the batmobile…. mom drives it… sort of a inside joke.. hehehehe

GINGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

notice the car at the end dad… looks like it dont it?  Perfect me thinks.. the old “BAT”mobile… hehehehe

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the collies are now battling over makes of cars.  The battle roars and rages on just like the Celtic/Rangers, Yankees/Cardinals, Browns/Packers and Reds/Magpies wars…..

Chevy, Ford, Chevy, Ford, CHEVY!!! FORD!!!!

Dad, we the Collie Ford Lovers of America present the proof that collies have always loved Fords….

Dad, We the Collie Chevy Lovers of America present our proof that collies have always loved Chevy…

I Ginger will settle this….I have proof which car collies have always loved…..

It is Hupmobile!!!!!!!

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Clara Bow in Chevy– Do you know who is driving this car?

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Pickford & Fairbanks with Model AWho is this famous actress with her Model A, the first in California, sent by Edsel Ford.

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They are my favorite Silent Actress and Actor!  They were funny and married to each other….

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Terhune’s first champion!  Who is he?

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-My favorite Footy team…..  Do you know these? Let us know! 🙂

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I Ginger have stolen the computer today and have taken a break from my plots for world conquest and domination to talk about my heroes! My heroes are grumps with attitude and for those who are happy enjoy it while it lasts for I Ginger, future world dictator will end all this happy stuff.

You see, I take great delight in grumpiness and evil plots and well, Happy  just doesnt fit in my world scenario.

The one thing I do like about my slave… er dad… is that he is a grumpy person.  Funny, I was told he wasnt a grump at all and then I arrived…… hmmmm…..  but he a a grump and that part I love about him.

One of his heroes is Henry Ford and the stories he tells about old Henry is that this guy was one big grump….. I like Henry Ford…. here is a picture of old Henry with his son Edsel, their daughter and son (William who owned some cat football team in Detroit city) and his wife.  Notice they are all smiling except for Henry… I can understand why he wasnt smiling for they were watching some other stinky cat team from Detroit play baseball…. but I have to admit Henry Ford is a hero of mine also for the guy knew how to rule things with a Iron Fist. (note-like dad though there are some things about Henry Ford I do not like, but  we wont talk about them here.. but if you know Henry Ford you know what we are talking about).

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Way to go Henry… who needs to smile needlessly…..

My next hero however, turned out to be a traitor to the cause of grumpiness.  He is a world class sellout……  I love his statement; “Let them starve and decrease the surplus population!”  Yeah, my kind of guy…. its logical and it works without any effort (plus more for me!)….. so while I liked him early on in the story by the end I despised this sellout…

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Ebenezer Scrooge…… hero turned traitor….

My next hero who turned out to be a even bigger traitor ruined my Christmas as I watched the story on TV with dad while eating and throwing popcorn….. hehehehe…. the cats sure looked horrible with all those white bits in their fur!!!   My favorite song of all time comes from this movie and here it is;

-Who couldnt love someone who is more foul than a seasick crocodile?

So, of those three only Henry Ford passed the test of being a true grump and never selling out.  I love how he ruled with a iron fist and was grumpy…..  my true hero and the image of how I like to see ppl treated when I rule the world!  Muwahahahaha

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One should only smile when they see this face…… and then only briefly….. unless I say otherwise of course… you have my permission to smile.. NOW!

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For all his faults and greatness one thing that Henry Ford was years ahead of his time in was animal care and energy.

His home Fair Lane completed in 1916 was a wonder.  It had over 500 bird baths that were heated in the winter for the birds.  He loved birds  all his life and not only built over 500 bird houses on his land but also threw his support behind the migratory bird protection laws of the early 1910’s.   He installed bat homes to control mosquitoes and when he would build at a new site he tried to make sure the local wild animals were captured and relocated safely.  Sort of interesting isnt it? His  water supply came from a well and rain water and to dry your hands or hair there were built in electric blow dryers….. in 1916!!!

But, Henry Ford was not only a animal lover he was one of the earliest alternative energy people. You see he built at Fair Lane a Hyrdo-power damn electric plant that not only ran Fair Lane but was the main energy source for Dearborn, MI for many years.  Henry Ford in 1941 developed a car that today would be innovative.  You see he felt that a car should be grown from the ground, used and then recycled back into the earth when through.  So, using Soybean oil, hemp, flax, wheat he developed a plastic car built of these things and for the fuel used hemp ethanol to run the Ford V-8.  The plastic was 10 times stronger than metal and weighed a lot less than metal.  His ford car even had the back trunk lid build of this material and there is a film of him and the film below of someone else  hitting it with a sledge hammer with no cracks, scratches, dents or any damage even though it is in the middle of winter…..

He also had a suit built from soy beans and it is not well known but in the 1930’s Ford started painting their cars with soy oil based paints and used the oil in the shocks for fluid.  Henry Ford was also into recycling. When the Model T was being built the wood chips from the manufacturing were sold to a new enterprise run by his cousin named King.  There in a joint venture it was made into Charcoal…. the name is Kingsford!

Henry Ford also when he had parts shipped from other companies requested they be sent in crates with holes in certain places on each side of a crate a certain size. When the crate arrived the the crate was disassembled and the crate sides used for floorboards for the Model T and the pedals fit through the pre-made holes……

Below are a couple of  You Tube Films about the Plastic Car… now the Hemp supporters claim it was made of hemp but it was mostly soy and hemp was used also but more so in the ethanol according to one of his associates who worked on the car…..
remember this was in 1941…. what killed it?  WWII……

 

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Henry Ford… we collies like him!

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We are putting together an image of our readers with our recent posts… your favorite collie color was yesterday and we will be asking questions about your favorite cars, hobbies, books, religions  and such and we will then present what our readers like and prefer…. 🙂  Its all anonymous unless of course you choose to share in the comment section which we would love…..

Today….

Our collies love to ride around in their Collie Transport Unit#1 and #2 which of course are a Chevrolet and a Ford.  What is your favorite automobile?

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Does it have a Blue Oval or a bow tie?

Or perhaps it has portholes on the side as in  Buick?  Or perhaps you like Chryslers or are a Japanese fan of Toyota, Nissan or Subaru.

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Or perhaps you like European cars like VW, Audi or Mercedes?

We are not asking for your favorite model and year, but what brand you would buy above all others…..

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What do you mean there is no car called a Ginger!!!!!!!

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As I was working on the Case tractor today I was listening to the radio when they announced that William Clay Ford, aged 88, last surviving grandchild of Henry Ford and last surviving child of Edsel Ford passed away today.  As you all know I am a big fan of Fords, Henry and Edsel Ford and although I despise the Detroit Lions I do sincerely wish they had won a Championship during his ownership.

The collies and our family send our deepest condolences to the Ford family and want to take this moment to thank Mr. Ford and his family for all they have done in helping others not only through jobs, fine cars and tractors, but in their giving away millions of dollars to charity and to rebuilding downtown Detroit.  They, like all other ppl have their problems and shortcomings, but their gifts to humanity have far outweighed any of the perceived problems their family may have had.  We salute the Ford family for all they have done and we want them to know they are in our prayers and we ask that God guide them, bless them and keep them through these sad times.

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_Edsel Ford Family… William is on the end on your right….

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This is a non-collie post, unless one of them sneaks in here. So, do check out our earlier post from today where Ginger is being a brainiac and taking action… sigh…

The highlight of my year every year is the third Weekend of August.  My father, who is 75 years old and I go up to Buckley in Michigan to the Old Engine and Tractor show.  It is so much more than a tractor show though… its about American life from the horse era through the early mechanical era.  Everything is done with old machines and by hand up there and as you can see in this film, there is much more to do… like the Flea Market where we buy lots of tools.. used ones.. old ones.. for cheap!  There are Antiques of all kinds there.  We eat homemade Ice cream that is made using old hit and miss engines, go for steam engine train rides, watch plowing demonstrations, see old printing presses, swmills, old FORDS!!!!, farm machinery in use, see tools most people today do not know what they are in use, talk with lots of interesting people, see demonstrations of horse farming, see how people used to do everything from dig wells, cut their lumber using tractors or hit and miss engines with homemade saw mills, see how old candy was made, see cider being made, and well it just goes on and on.

Of course for me its the tractors although I find the whole thing fascinating.   Here are a few films of the show and I saw these machines in action…

This film a guy drives around the grounds to show some of what is there.. he is driving a Farmall Cub tractor… I have a soft spot in my heart for them for that is the first machine I drove at the age of 8… so as you see him drive it you can see what I experienced at the age of 8. 🙂  Do watch for you will so many old things as he drives by.. watch for the Model Ts!

This film shows some of the machinery plus some of the old crafts such as handmade broommaking, blacksmith, leather working and more…..

this is a long film of different things.. you see some horse around 20 minutes… the thing I like about You Tube films is you can scroll along the timeline and get miniture previews of what you see on the film so you dont have to watch boring stuff….

Now its time for some of my likes…

Threshers!!! I love watching them!!!

Now when they announce the plowing demonstrations by the huge steam engine tractors I run to go see….

So, thats some of what I love to do up to Buckley. Something different for sure…. but if any of you are up there for the show let me know we could arrange to meet in person! 🙂  I have a lot of fun up there and its like a walk into the past…… and there is more than just tractors there as you saw…

To my Old Allis… my hero this winter….

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70 years old and still kicking butt… my hero!

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Now you knew I would make an appearance.. why look at that junk when you can look at me?

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For those who would like to see a bit more of what goes on at the Meadow, you can read my other blogs here….

For Old Allis go here;

http://myoldallis.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/16-degrees-windchill-30/

For other items from a tractor’s point of view.. go here….

http://1941allischalmerswc.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/the-winter-blues-2/

For All things Ford go to:

http://fordsofthepast.wordpress.com/

Don’t forget our earlier Collie post from today where Skylight woos….. and schmoozes…..

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hmmmmm….. skylight is passed out… wonder if I used too much saltpeter!  Oh well….. more food for me…. muwahahahahahaha   Now back to world domination….

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dscf8021As you know everything here at the Meadow is for the collies. You have seen our collie indoor plumbing unit, our collie transportation unit #1, our collie entertainment unit, our collie food preparation unit.

Today we wanted to show you our Collie Transportation Unit #2.  While Collie Transportation Unit #1 fits more of us in it, we look very stylish in our Tuxedo Black Collie Transportation Unit #2.  Since it is smaller only a few of us get to go in it at a time.

We look good in it too.. we look like some wealthy show collies riding around in Collie Transportation Unit #2. The one thing we really love is the inside is black also and the darker tinted windows allows us a lot of privacy.

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We love the collie seat belts that keep us safe, the collie heating unit that keeps us warm in the winter and the collie air conditioning unit that keeps us cool in the summer.  Most of all we love the four doors that allow us to easily enter and exit, especially as we play Chinese Tag at a stop light where we get out and run around the collie transportation unit#2 and pile back in before the light turns green.  It is nice having our own collie chaffeurs… er.. mom and dad drive us around.

WE enjoy immensely the collie musical entertainment unit that keeps us with beautiful music as we travel with songs like Lassie, How much is that Collie in the Window and other  wonderful collie entertainment.  So, that is our Collie Transportation Unit #2.

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While all those things are nice what I Ginger like the most about Collie Transportation Unit #2 is the huge trunk it has.  A great place to store things, like food, treats, machine guns,  the remains of those who refuse to accept one of my deals they can’t refuse!!!  That reminds me…. Mick bring a shovel with us on our next ride…..   Now, we are off to some cat named Guido to make him a deal he cant refuse…. Muwahahahahahaha

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