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here's a hint: A 200 mph tire had a tread thickness of .100.

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The tires were designed for a target speed of 420 mph. Dave is on the right track.
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Tire treads

I am just guessing here - no idea where/how to find the info - I'll try - 0.050?
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We're up to 300 mph, actually .044. A 400 mph tire was .025 and the tire designed to meet the 420 mph target had a tread thickness of only .020. Other tread thicknesses were tried in the lab and developed standing wave distortion at or before the target speed. Read all about it in the December 1959 issue of Hot Rod.
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Who pioneered the all steel auto (as opposed to the "termite's lunch boxes" approach) and which auto manufacture was the first to commit to all steel construction (in what year?)
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hmm...

I'm gonna have to learn to phrase my questions better

What I was looking for is more along the lines of "One man is generally creditted with making it possible for manufacturers to come up with all steel bodies. Who is he? And of major manufacturers, which one was first to get away from all the wood that was the normal way of constructing bodies until then" (Hint - this nameplate is still around)
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another hint

OK- here's another hint: The man who's name I am looking for is also credited with pioneering the "unibody" approach to car manufacturing
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That was Budd wasn't it?
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Edward Gowen Budd to be exact.
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Yes - exactly right! And the first car that went "all steel" was the 1916 Dodge

Budd was most famous for his work with stainless steel and railroad passenger cars. He was also instrumental in car manufacturing for many European cars like Citroen, Audi etc as well.

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This one is a little tough.

We all know the Delco brand from GM. The man that founded that company, also founded and principally organized two powerhouse companies that still operate on a massive scale today. One in the retail industry and one in the aircraft industry.

What was/is this mans' name and what were the two major, currently existing companies, that he was responsible for creating.

Hint: A good one never goes unnoticed.
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