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#1 northendmetalallstar

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:17 AM

Not sure if this is a repost or not. I seen this over at Live Leak and I thought it would interest some folks here. Quite an interesting vid, seeing all that old-time machinery going full-tilt.

http://www.liveleak....=5be_1336615948

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:23 AM

Thanks for posting this. I love these videos

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:24 AM

Thanks for posting, Jay. Pretty interesting stuff.

First there was man, then the machine, then man invented the computer, then the computer replaced the man and ran the machines . . . and that's the sad story we have today.

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:55 AM

Thanks for posting, Jay. Pretty interesting stuff.

First there was man, then the machine, then man invented the computer, then the computer replaced the man and ran the machines . . . and that's the sad story we have today.

....and then the computers became aware, and humans were not needed anymore. The terminator's and HK's are coming!!

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 01:18 PM

Very interesting video, I'm amazed at how much slower it was to assemble a car then compared to how fast they are assembled today...

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 01:26 PM

Very interesting video, I'm amazed at how much slower it was to assemble a car then compared to how fast they are assembled today...


Remember... there were a lot fewer customers back then than there are today!

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 05:43 PM

Very informative. A real window into automotive mass production in the 1930's.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 11:34 AM

Remember... there were a lot fewer customers back then than there are today!


And, fewer assembly plants as well. What is the real contrast is how much hand-work was necessary for mass-producing cars in 1936. Also noticed that the frames for those Chevy's were being assembled with rivets, not welded as became the case in the post-war years of the late 40's (electric arc welding was in use, but two issues remained: Relatively few trained welders, and a mistrust of the then-seemingly-exotic technology of welding steel. Also, the sheer number of die strikes to stamp out those huge roof panels (1936 was the year that Fisher Body Division of GM introduced the first one-[piece sheet steel "turret roofs" in the industry. Prior to that, all mass-production automobiles (and most custom coach-built luxury cars) had their roofs (and bodies as well) assembled from several sections, with wooden top bows and fabric top material filling in the center section (by contrast, the Cord 810 sedan, introduced in 1936, used no less then 13 individual stampings which were welded, then leaded over, to make their roofs).

Neat film though, for sure!

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 12:23 PM

....and then the computers became aware, and humans were not needed anymore. The terminator's and HK's are coming!!


Andy, you know exactly where I'm coming from. LOL!