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DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!!
"This is a great video showing the first assembly lines at the original Ford auto plant.
Neat to see those guys making the old wooden wheels, by hand mostly...
The places that car could go...is amazing!"
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Hey that was totally awesome thanks ...
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Wow, I really enjoyed that video, mostly because my grandfather has recently restored his Model T and it's really cool looking back on how everything was done. Very interesting indeed. Thanks

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What a gem Deb, did you notice how some of the production staff were dressed!

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A little more "formally" than todays workers?

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I liked the "line inspectors", that's a long lost craft. The wooden wheels were very interesting, especially with all that "modernization" seeing things still being done by hand.
The roads those vehicles had to maneuver, sure gives "off roading" a whole new meaning.
The guys on the little floor dollies working under the cars, now that would have been a fun job!

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It is neat to look back at how things were done. Henry Ford once said "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right." I believe Henry thought he could.
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I used to work in the Highland Park building many years ago, after transferring from the Livonia transmission plant. It was 4 floors, and my job was on the first floor. Pallets of truck engines were brought in and put on the moving lines. They were the original assembly lines Henry Ford invented, but we had to push the pallets by hand. They were only 40-50 feet long. We would install things like generators, carburetors, wiring, etc.

The 2nd and 3rd floors were used for parts storage. An elevator was used to carry a hi-lo to get the parts. At that time the 4th floor was abandoned. The roof was being held up by 6x6 posts from the floor to the roof.

In the day of the model Ts and As, the bodies were painted and taken to the 4th floor, where they stayed for 4 weeks for the paint to dry. It was a very slow drying lacquer.

While I was working there (1969-1970) the Army Willis jeep was made in another building. A small dirt test track was in the front where they test drove each one as it came off the line. Another building was the Ford farm tractor assembly.

I left the plant in May 1970 to start my Apprenticeship at the Rouge Powerhouse in Dearborn. The same one that had the massive explosion in 1999. I have many fond, and not so fond memories of my 35 years with the company.

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