Ford and the fa­ther of na­tion

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE -

The ‘Road to Sangam’ Hindi movie fea­tures a World War II era Ford pick-up. The movie is based on a sim­ple story of a God fear­ing, de­vout Mus­lim me­chanic named Hash­mat­ul­lah. He stays at Al­la­habad, and is en­trusted with the job of re­pair­ing the V8 en­gine of the Ford pick-up not know­ing the his­toric sig­nif­i­cance of the ve­hi­cle. The Ford pick-up is por­trayed in the movie as the one that once car­ried the ashes of Ma­hatma Gandhi to the Triveni Sangam. As­sum­ing speed as an imag­i­nary set of se­quences lead to the time when Ma­hatma Gandhi’s grand­son comes to know that one of the 20 parts of his grand­fa­ther’s ashes are ly­ing in the locker of Or­risa State Bank. He ap­proaches the govern­ment, which de­cides to hon­our his re­quest to dis­perse the ashes in the same way as the other parts, and by us­ing the same Ford pick-up that was used in 1948. The ve­hi­cle is shown in the pos­ses­sion of the re­spec­tive state govern­ment. As Hash­mat­ul­lah starts work on the en­gine, obliv­i­ous of its his­toric im­por­tance, communal un­rest breaks out in his city. He al­most gets dragged into it. When a me­dia re­porter ap­proaches him, and he is told of the sig­nif­i­cance of the ve­hi­cle whose en­gine he is re­pair­ing, Hash­mat­ul­lah is caught be­tween hon­our­ing his com­mit­ment to re­pair the en­gine, and to stop work be­cause a Mus­lim leader in his city has called for a strike. After learn­ing that Gandhi held the peo­ple of Mus­lim com­mu­nity in his coun­try with high es­teem, Hash­mat­ul­lah de­cides to re­pair the en­gine. He is in­sulted by peo­ple of his com­mu­nity for not hon­our­ing the call of strike. Even­tu­ally, he wins their hearts.

The World War II era Ford pick-up fea­tured in the movie is a half-tone Ford truck. It is a light-duty truck that marks a de­par­ture from con­tem­po­rary car shape, and fea­tured head lamps that were com­pletely faired-in and mounted in­board of the fen­der with end-park­ing lights. The truck came with a heavy hood mould­ing and side hood lou­vres. Door han­dles and head­light bezels were of chrome on early ex­am­ples. Struc­tured on a rugged, lad­der-type chas­sis with four cross-mem­bers, which pro­vided greater strength and more body mounts, the pick-up truck em­ployed semi-el­lip­tic leaf springs at each cor­ner. A part of the sus­pen­sion were the hy­draulic, dou­ble-act­ing shock ab­sorbers. A tubu­lar pro­pel­ler shaft and open Hotchkiss Drive were a part of the driv­e­line. The eight-cylin­der 79C en­gine pro­duced 100 hp, and was mated to a four-speed trans­mis­sion. In pro­duc­tion from 1942 to 1947, the Ford pick-up, start­ing 1946, came to fea­ture self-cen­ter­ing brakes. While stake and pick-up bod­ies were built in 1945, in 1946, a sedan de­liv­ery and panel trucks were added to the range. Wheels were black.

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