Name That Part: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Edition

The cigarette holder is a nice touch. Very classy. FDR was such a pimp.
The cigarette holder is a nice touch. Very classy. FDR was such a pimp.

In our last Name That Part, we blatantly used the article for a bit of gratuitous self-promotion. We’d like to say that we’re ashamed of it, but let’s face it, we’re not. it’s the UberBird, and it’s awesome. Okay, maybe it’s not the fastest car on the LeMons track, but it’s beautiful and we love it. And by “beautiful”, we mean… uh… “blue”, and by “love”, we mean “have”.
On to today’s Name That Part!
There is a great deal of debate in the United States about the impact of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or FDR, on the Great Depression. This debate, of course, is fairly new, and rather puzzling to those of us who are genuine students of History. Indeed, FDR is becoming something of a living experiment in the school of Historiography; after decades, his legacy is slowly being selectively rewritten in the United States, to the great bewilderment of the rest of the world.
Looking back, however, it was major portions of Roosevelt’s first New Deal legislations — the FDIC, for instance — that kept our current financial situation from being far, far worse than the original Great Depression. The most important thing, however, was that FDR gave the public impression that he clearly had a plan, and a path to follow, that would bring the United States out of the Great Depression. It was this outward confidence and certainty that made the difference. As a result, the press agreed to a handshake agreement; he’d be open and honest, and speak frequently with them, and they, in return, would keep his paralysis as a result of polio a secret from the American people. They would work very hard with the President to ensure that each of his photos was taken from either a creative angle, or carefully posed so that you could not tell that he was a paraplegic. The press kept a civil, friendly relationship with the White House through all three terms of Roosevelt’s presidency, and through the presidency of Harry Truman. Never since has any Administration been able to keep such a tight reign on the information that was allowed into the press; and, given the dramatic deterioration of the quality of reporting in the press today, it’s unlikely any Administration will again, unless they can somehow manage to monopolize the market on fart jokes and police car chases.
What does any of this have to do with today’s Name That Part? Well, with that many tips, you should be able to figure that out in less than five minutes. On your marks, get set, GO.

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  1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Plasma interchange for an 1956 interocitor. Probably didn't have the flux inverter, but I'd have to see serial numbers to be sure.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      "::thud thud thud:: Are you kids cooking up there?
      "Are you building an interociter?"

      1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

        I think we did something wrong, it's not supposed to look like that is it?

  2. Tanshanomi Avatar

    I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say that it's a combination intake and exhaust assembly. Otherwise, it's got too many comings and goings. It's looks as though an updraft carb fed into some of the runners, and others went upwards into an exhaust manifold that dumps out that big end closest to the camera. At first I thought it was an inline six, but then I realized that the wording says "Firing Order" with the cylinder numbers below it. I can't make them out, but there are definitely eight of them.

  3. P161911 Avatar

    I'll vote Cadillac V-16 Series 90 Intake/exhaust manifold.

  4. Tanshanomi Avatar

    My official guess is that this is the intake and exhaust manifolds from a 1933 Studebaker President Eight Convertible Sedan.

  5. citroen67 Avatar

    "Well, with that many tips, you should be able to figure that out in less than five minutes."
    Is it where they store the top secret cure for polio!?!?
    I suck so bad at this game.

  6. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    sorry… still thinking about LeMons…

  7. joshuman Avatar

    Mid-1930s Studebaker? That's all I've got.