Freddie Ford isn't very old, but he can see, hear and answer questions. He is also an awfully big fellow, standing eight feet six inches tall in his bare feet and tipping the scales at almost 500 pounds. His chest measures 126 inches and his waist 120 inches. Freddie, a second-generation mechanical robot, is one of the highlights of the Ford Division exhibit at auto shows around the country. Freddie is almost a replica of his popular predecessor who delighted spectators for three years. Like the earlier model, the new Freddie Ford is made up largely of parts from Ford Division products. He even has a television camera in his nose so he can see whom he is "talking" to.
Car parts comprising Freddie include oil filter caps and radio antennas for ears; Mustang parking lights for eyes, and a Thunderbird backup light for a mouth. His upper arms are Ford muffler resonators and the lower portions are formed by Mustang shock absorbers and disc brake assemblies. Wheel caps serve for shoulders and elbows. Embedded in Freddie's chest are such items as a Mustang speedometer with an odometer that registers miles as he talks; a Ford stereo AM/FM radio; Mustang convenience panel lights, and a seat belt. Mustang gas caps are used for knees, and a pair of engine oil pans give Freddie the biggest feet in town.
Freddie is also equipped with a console panel. Pushing any of 12 buttons on the console will provide an answer from Freddie to such questions as: "What is meant by, 'Walk softly and carry a big stick,'" Answer: "The quotation is really, "Drive softly and carry a big six.' You see, a new bigger 250-horseppwer six is standard. on Torinos, optional on Mustangs for '70. You drive softly because it is such a smooth, quiet performer. Thrifty, too." Question: "Are those oil pans really your feet?" Answer: "Yes, sir, these are 390 V-8 oil pans from the biggest V-8 that uses only regular gas. And remember....oil changes are only needed every six months or 6,000 miles." Question: "Why ao you have disc brakes for hands?" Answer: "They grip faster and better and 55 per cent easer than manual brakes. For 1970, power front disc brakes are available on all models and standard on some."
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