A press photo dated June 29, 1948, showing the Tucker engine assembly line and its workers. The original design for the Tucker engine design did not work out so he ended up modifying the Franklin air-cooled flat six which was made by Air Cooled Motors. This 334 c.i., 166 h.p. engine was originally intended for the Bell model 47 helicopter. Tucker’s engineers made many changes to make it compatible with an automobile installation along with converting it to liquid-cooling.
After successful testing, Tucker bought Air Cooled Motors for a reported $1.8 million and canceled the aircraft contracts. Since this appears to have been an established assembly line it is possible this photo was taken at the Air Cooled Motors plant. At the bottom of the post is a color film produced by the Tucker Public Relations Department in two parts. The Old Motor photo.