I also found the show vwey interesting but I thought it downplayed the importance of the Dodge brothers to Ford.
When Henry Ford wanted financing to start Ford motor company no bank would give him any money because his first two companies went bankrupt. The Dodge brothers already had a large machine shop and foundry supping parts fpr many cars including engines for the curved dash Oldsmobile, America’s first mass produced car, and the first one to use an assembly line. Contrary to what the show said.
The Dodge brothers offered Henry Ford $75, 000 to start his company and pledged between two and three time that to build a new plant and build parts exclusively for Ford.In exchange they got 25 per cent share of Ford Motor By some accounts Dodge made all parts for the model T except the seats. Ford was also making parts but the Dodge factory was larger and had many more employees.
Henry Ford disliked anything about making his cars not being under his control an planned a new huge plant that would let him make everything without Dodge. Dodge had a contract with Ford to supply parts but when the new River Rouge plant got up to speed, suddenly the Dodge parts “no longer met specification”. Lawsuits ensued.
The Dodge’s had seen this coming for a long time and were ready with plans for their own car in 1914.Ford had tried many schemes to drive down the price of his stock so he could buy out the Dodge brothers cheaply and when the stock price dropped, they started buying more. Ford feared if this kept up could lead to the Dodge
s getting control of his company so he stopped manipulating the stock and bought them out at a fair price.
For the rest of his life had a irrational dislike of redheads because of the red haired Dodge boys…He also hated changing anything about “his” car and kept non hydraulic brakes until 1939.
All this and more is from a fascinating book about the history of Dodge that I wish I could remember the name of.