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Joe Lyddon

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08-07-2011 06:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: good ole days old assembly lines assembly lines old cars

1936 Pontiac Assembly Line

This was happening in the year I was born!

Just think about this when U watch this, 1st there were no Computers, IC’s, fancy electronics, etc. everything was Relay, Pneumatic, or Hydraulic logic.

Notice every man had a neat haircut, also there is no female workers, also all American workers.

Excellent footage. More automation in 1936 than I thought.

Would be neat to have one of those old beauties in new condition.

Wow, imagine doing this every day for 30-40 years??

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#1 posted 08-07-2011 06:55 PM

Joe They only did the 1936 version for 1 year, then they went to the 1937 version,

Thanks for the link.

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 09:38 PM

Great video Joe; Thanks; Also great cars GM.

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 02:52 AM

I noticed no saftey eye or ear protection….................... Interesting film.

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#4 posted 08-08-2011 03:17 AM

Really neat. I was watching a TV program the other day about restoring old cars. It is hard to imagine any of todays new cars being restored in the future with all the plastic involved.

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#5 posted 08-08-2011 03:29 AM

Dat was cool! So many comments I’d like to make, so many things to point out. But no, just wow.

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#6 posted 08-08-2011 03:29 AM

Thanks for the link Joe. I enjoyed it.

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#7 posted 08-08-2011 06:50 AM

That took a lot of Engineering…!!

It had to be ‘simple’ to a nice bunch of people just to get it ALL working together!

Can you imagine the labor involved that it would take to ADD a forgotten step in that Assembly Line?

The Perfect Planning and execution, to me, is mind boggling… especially without COMPUTERS of any kind!!

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#8 posted 08-08-2011 09:32 AM

It’s mindless work, in kenosha, we are the home of Nash,AMC, Renault, then Chrysler.

The plant closed for good last December. The Automation in the flick did not amaze me,

plant’s like that set a hole war machine in motion in WWII. The men and materials poured

out everything back then. But I know 3 generations of people who did this work, my son

will never know about these things. Americans don’t build things anymore-not on that scale,

not in his time…it is sad that we are in such a manufacturing decline.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 08-08-2011 02:41 PM

Yes there was one guy that was putting a bould in a hole and another where some guy was whacking a part on every car trying to round over something that didn’t fit right.

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#10 posted 08-11-2011 01:27 AM

That was before Robots! It is cool to see how they used to do it, but those days will never return and neither will the jobs that have been shipped off shore.

Thanks for the video, Joe!......................Jim

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#11 posted 08-11-2011 02:47 AM

For what it’s worth, 2 great books:
1. “The peoples Tycoon”.....Henry Ford
2. “My Life and Work” An autobiography of Henry Ford

He was producing 4000 Model T cars a day in 1921…... and paying the outrageous sum of $5.00/day to the workers.
He kept reducing the price of the car every year as innovations in manufacturing reduced costs.

A genius yesteryear.
We could use him today.

They talk about German, Japanese being models of competent manufacturing….....He wrote the book on it.

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#12 posted 08-17-2011 10:06 PM

Really fascinating stuff. That music however gave it a very ominous feel. However you are right, much more automation than one would think. I wonder if this was before the analogue computers. I know technology did exist by ‘45, such as was used in the B-29’s turrets for the controls, however I wonder if that is similar to what was in use in some of these applications.

Pretty Scary however, the guys who had the jobs such as at “3:30” in that video, who were working within inches of machines that acted on a timer, either you put down what you needed and got out of the way, or you were becoming part of what was needed. Back then, there was no barrier between you and the automation, no glass wall, no OSHA. I hear those factories were dangerous places. It was the age where the factory just kept on moving, it would roll you over if you didn’t move with it, but it would keep that assembly line moving.

But you’re right, back then it was American Labour in American Factories. However there was no shortage of jobs. People came here and were almost guaranteed a job, which was what made America great. My great grandparents on my mothers side immigrated here from Ireland in probably the 20’s or 30’s, apparently he was IRA, and they were fleaing the tyranny of the “Blacks and the Tans”. My great-grandmother got a job working in a factory, I believe textiles. Like many others. And yet there were still jobs available. When my grandmother became of age, she got a job, and the parents would take most of the paycheck towards “room and board.”

Yet nowadays, we’re sending all of our jobs overseas. Children aren’t being forced to work at 14yo, heck some states even make it illegal. Children get allowance even in their adult years. And “room and board” is extinct.

I think America needs to take Ten(10) steps backward, and re-examine history, apparently they did something right that we’re not doing.

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#13 posted 08-18-2011 01:18 AM


I couldn’t agree with you more.
Nicely said.
I worked in Tool & Die starting in 1965 and I have to say things could be pretty dangerous. No guards on grinders, little use of safety glasses, punch presses jury rigged to run for convenience rather than safety, long sleeve shirts, and even neckties!
Somehow we survived but many had industrial accidents that could easily have been prevented.
OSHA and the insurance companies finally put their foot down and made the workplace a lot safer.
Unfortunately China has no such safety concerns and it is one reason of many why our costs are not competitive.
If we want meaningful, well paying jobs/ (think “professions”) back, the useless in Washington need to pass laws that we will not trade with any country that doesn’t have the same standards/laws that put our businesses on an uneven playing field with regard to safety, health and welfare. All of the far east countries would be persona non grata.

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#14 posted 08-18-2011 06:43 AM

The government will never impose such requirements on foreign manufacturers. A- Walmart and Target have excellent lobbyists. B- Americans are hyper-price-conscious and will cry rivers if the price of an iphone were to increase by $20.

I have really tried to start buying American made goods whenever possible. When I needed nails last week i went to Lowes and was shocked to find they carry 150-200 different nail products. Of those, less than 5 were made in the USA. Most were made in China or the United Arab Emirates. I ended up with a box of 8d made by Maze (USA), and a box of 10d from the UAE since an American product of that size was not offered.. For the record, a comparison of the two showed the American product to be noticably better in that the nails had perfectly shaped points and seemed to be made from a superior metal. However, the American product was also nearly twice the price ($4.50 vs $2.75). My initial reaction was to put them back on the shalf and opt for the foreign product. I had to make a consious decision to let go of an extra $1.75 for a domestic product made by an American worker/taxpayer. I actually feel bad that I almost sold out for $1.75.

I think the government/retailers/manufacturers could vastly improve internal demand for American goods if they’d make American goods easier to identify. All hard goods sold in the US should be required to have its country of origin conspicuously displayed on the packaging and/or display shelving. While many people would still shop soley by price; many others would begin to add-in the country of origin to their buying decision- IF it were easier to determine. Microscopic font on the bottom of a box does nothing to improve the consumer’s consiousness of how much crap they buy from foreign manufacturers.

I wonder how many consumers heard about China’s first aircraft carrier that was recently completed….....which we bought for them. I’m going to keep paying the extra $1.75 for nails in the hopes they don’t get another.

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#15 posted 08-18-2011 02:42 PM


Excellent points.
I needed a new phillips screwdriver, and took a trip to Home Depot. I could have bought a Chinese made for $3.95, but instead bought a Klein Tools one (made in Skokie, IL) for $7.95. You can visually see the difference in quality.
Why did I need a new one? I replaced a stripped Chinese piece of junk.

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