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Old 05-15-2017, 08:36 PM   #21
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Default Re: Ford authorized sale of "imperfect" model a engines.

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Gypsy
Tom,
Be CAREFUL, some of us "might" be part Gypsy!
About 12 years ago, I found out that I am 1/8 PAWNEE INDIAN
NOW, when I watch Old Western Movies, I'm CONFUSED???
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:45 PM   #22
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it means a cheap non ford part, a cheap reproduction, ford motors had some advertisement warning about buying gyp parts
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:55 AM   #23
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Tom,
Be CAREFUL, some of us "might" be part Gypsy!
About 12 years ago, I found out that I am 1/8 PAWNEE INDIAN
NOW, when I watch Old Western Movies, I'm CONFUSED???
Bill Heinz
Bill, if you are an employee at a Pawn Shop, does that qualify you as a Pawnee No pawn intended.
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:40 PM   #24
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Without hurting any feelings of minorities, It is a reference to Gypsies being non citizens in many countries of Europe (origins from Romania) and disdained by xenophobes and ethnic purists and nationalists.
Some were known to cut the purity of salt with gypsum, of lesser value in days of yore.
Good synonyms would be counterfeit, knock-off, look-a-like, fake etc.
so getting gypped meant paying for the real deal and getting a knock-off.
Interesting history, I knew getting gypped was getting ripped off or not getting full value, thought that it might be an acronym for something. Now I know where it came from Thanks
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:14 PM   #25
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Thanks for the responses.
Jim / Alabam : I have this Chicago Branch Letter on File. I picked it up years ago from a FORD dealer in Western Indiana.
Tom Wesenberg : I think FORD meant for these to be "put to a good use" and to be used for a display of sorts, or where they would see limited usage and/or not be subjected to heavy loading. We probably will never know what his definition of "FOR EXPERIMENTAL AND MANUFACTURING PURPOSES" really meant. But the Letter is clear "on what they SHOULD NOT be used for".
On The Block markings: The "S" marking "probably stood for "SPECIAL". I would like to think (but do not really know) that some of these engines were actually sold, and found their way back into the public's hands.
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