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Old 01-22-2013, 10:34 AM   #1
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Chevrolet assembly 1936

Keep in mind, this film was made in 1936 !!!

1936 Chevrolet Assembly Line

This is an amazing video !! 1936 Chevrolet Assembly Line This is really awesome footage. A 1936 Chevrolet assembly factory. Note the automation that was already in place, the workers lack of any and all modern safety equipment, glasses and helmets, and they ALL know exactly what to do and its getting done. Check their sizes, you can tell it requires labor. Note also that when the body comes together with the chassis that it is in FULL trim, Interior, windshield, all glass etc. is already in place as it is dropped onto the awaiting rolling chassis,

"AMAZING".

Simplicity at its best. Note that while the metal finishers are checking the sheet metal for minute and tiny flaws and defects that they are wearing heavy leather work gloves? How would YOU like the repetitious job of placing 3 rivets in the 3 holes on the chassis for about 35 to 40 years?

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Old 01-22-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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Allen, I hired into Pontiac Motors in 1968, and believe it or not, they were still doing many of the jobs the same as when that film was taken. Things have changed a lot since then though and car manufacturing doesn't look like that at all now. I will also say that the film shows many safety violations, and it was very common back then for men to loose fingers, hands and arms in some of that equipment, especially the sheet metal presses. You will also notice there weren't any women. Women weren't hired until WWII broke out and there weren't enough men to run the plants. As for your comment about doing the same thing day after day, it definitely isn't for everyone. I hired in with a dozen people, and by the end of the first week, over half had quit. I was lucky though and got into the apprentice program where I learned the Tool and Die trade, so not only was my job not repetitious, but I was well paid.
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Very cool. I guess I didn't realize they had that much automation in place back then.
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Cool thanks for sharing.
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Great video. Thanks.
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Very interesting video;
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Very interesting and informative. Thanks!
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That was a great video. Some of the others before and after were also good. Thanks for sharing.
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quote:Originally posted by Tom S.

Allen, I hired into Pontiac Motors in 1968, and believe it or not, they were still doing many of the jobs the same as when that film was taken. Things have changed a lot since then though and car manufacturing doesn't look like that at all now. I will also say that the film shows many safety violations, and it was very common back then for men to loose fingers, hands and arms in some of that equipment, especially the sheet metal presses. You will also notice there weren't any women. Women weren't hired until WWII broke out and there weren't enough men to run the plants. As for your comment about doing the same thing day after day, it definitely isn't for everyone. I hired in with a dozen people, and by the end of the first week, over half had quit. I was lucky though and got into the apprentice program where I learned the Tool and Die trade, so not only was my job not repetitious, but I was well paid.
Tom, I also hired out at GM in Lansing and after 3 months of doing the repetitive thing I walked off the job to never return. I could not stand being couped up inside all the time and the constant same thing day after day. So I am one of them dozen you talk about. In reality if I hadn't been so young and dumb I should have seen the possibility of doing just what you did. Instead I walked out the door and walked in the door of the Grand Trunk RR and after 42 yrs of service with them I am now retired. Also worked there in Pontiac at the loading dock for the trucks going on rail.

Assembly line work isn't for everyone but it was a great paying job and was always secure until 2008, then all hell broke loose in MI.

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