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.
Last edited by AxlMyk; 05-20-2010 at 10:24 PM.