Indianapolis is a busy auto making town – 1909

As reported in The Automobile, November 18, 1909 – Indianapolis was a busy auto making town.

1909 Parry
1909 Parry

Wheeler & Schebler, makers of the Wheeler & Schebler Carburetor, are now melting down two railroad carloads of ingot copper per month, not counting other ingredients as lead, tin, and spelter, in the production of carburetors, and not a few shipments are being made in carload lots (approximating 5,000) to individual companies. The plant is in full swing, and ground will soon be broken for a new addition, which will add 59,750 square feet of floor space, of which 8,000 square feet will be a new foundry. The power plant, using gas engines and producer gas, will have a 250-horsepower engine in the new acquisition.

George Schebler of the Wheeler & Schebler Carburetor Company, recently completed a 12-cylinder motor, and having placed it in a chassis suitable design, started on a jaunt overland. The motor, which is of the water-cooled V type, performs extremely well, and the compactness of the power plant is one of the wonders of Indianapolis.

The Diamond Chain Company, besides the regular line of sprocket chains as used in automobile work, is handling a wide line of chains, and, contrary to the usual expectation, chain work is increasing with such rapid strides that the company is hard pressed in the matter of handling all the trade it is offered. New additions of machinery are being made as rapidly as possible, and many improvements are being added. A new garage has been built for the officers of the company, and the electrical equipment of the plant includes a complete charging equipment of the latest design to handle electric vehicles.

David M. Parry, of the Parry Auto Company, is banking on the permanence of the automobile, and among other interests is making every preparation to manufacture cars on a large basis. The Parry cars, of which there are two models (roadster and touring car), are being pushed out with the idea that the serial number 5,000 will show up on the production dial before the end of the 1909-10 period. Besides the large plant now available, the company is adding more floor space by way of new buildings.

1909 Marmon
1909 Marmon

Nordyke & Marmon, in their well-equipped plant, are making their own cylinders, aluminum castings, brass, bronze, and in fine everything of the moment. The new models are well in hand; cars are being put out at a rapid rate, and the quality of the work being done is up to the well-known standard of the company. The engineering office is practically through with 1910 designing, and the able “staff” is now in a position to carefully check up on every detail of the work as it comes through.

Fred W. Spacke Machine Company, parts maker, is doing a vast amount of work for automobile makers throughout the country, and when the representative of The Automobile called he was entertained in a most interesting way, having had the pleasure of seeing more kinds of grinders doing accurate work than is usually found under one roof. F.W. Spacke, himself a tool designer of wide reputation, recently perfected a grinder which will grind (all over) such irregular shapes as cams for integral camshafts, thus saving much time doing the work far more accurately than seems to be possible in any other way.

Twelve Auto Makers in Indianapolis Apparently, the only limit to building automobiles in this city next season will be the ability to get sufficient parts. Present estimates base next year’s production of local factories at 25,000 cars.

Another new company has just been added to the list, making 12 concerns in the city now making automobiles. The new company is the Star Motor Car Company, which has an authorized capitalization of $100,000, of which $75,000 is paid in. A plant will be built at once and a line of runabouts and touring cars to at about $1,000 will be made, together with delivery wagons and trucks.

In addition to this, there will be two other practically new local companies in the field during the 1910 season. These are the Cole Motor Car Company, and the Empire Motor Car Company.

I believe this article tells an interesting story of Indianapolis’ leadership in the early automotive industry. For more information on Indiana cars & companies, follow this link.

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