Answered By: Archives & Library Staff @The Henry Ford
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017 Views: 219

The Ford Motor Company engineering parts drawings that we have in our collection are microfilm copies of the original blueprints. During the 1940s, the Ford Motor Company copied all of their parts drawings onto microfilm and destroyed the blueprints. We understand that this was done for storage purposes because microfilm takes up less physical space and has a longer lifespan than paper, and also as a guard against espionage during wartime production. The parts drawings include Ford passenger vehicles and trucks, military vehicles, and more. Please see our website ( for more information on how to obtain copies from the Parts Drawing Collection.

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