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1936 Chevy Assembly Line Footage

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  1. Bad Brad

    February 6th, 2013

    I only watched it for 2 minutes and counted 497 OSHA violations.

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  2. Claudia

    February 6th, 2013

    About half way through I realized my mouth had dropped open. Dang, I done got mesmerized.

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  3. Menderman

    February 6th, 2013

    Really, really cool vid, but wathcing a digitally enhanced 1936 vid is like watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” in color. It just ain’t what the artist made.

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  4. conservative cowgirl

    February 6th, 2013

    Don’t roll your eyes, but parts of the assembly reminded me of a complicated 18th century baroque dance.

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  5. pdwalker

    February 6th, 2013

    It’s amazing to contemplate the level of mechanization and technology involved in that production line from almost 80 years ago. It’s incredible!

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  6. Send a link

    February 6th, 2013

    To Iowahawk

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  7. Name Redacted™

    February 6th, 2013

    Wow. So even then, robots were doing most of the work. I’m amazed how advanced the factory technology looks.

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  8. old_oaks

    February 6th, 2013

    The music accelerated my buzz too much, this made me happy again.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VvAH-Yskyio#!
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  9. Wow

    February 6th, 2013

    I thought they were still using horses in the 30′s

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  10. Reaganite Republican

    February 6th, 2013

    How bout ‘snake fascinated’, is that ok

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  11. Mr. Pinko

    February 6th, 2013

     
  12. JimBob

    February 6th, 2013

    They missed a bolt on my Jeep and it will take all day at the dealer to be replaced.

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  13. Bad Brad

    February 6th, 2013

    Mr. Pinko, Back in the 60′s TRW was given permission to sell the Ball Grinders to Russia. End result, made their ICBM’s accurate enough to be a threat to any target in the U.S. That’s no bull shit. Apparently those Gyro’s work better with perfectly spherical surfaces other then rocks. True story, you can google it.

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  14. BigFurHat

    February 6th, 2013

    I look at all of what it took to build one car and I have no idea how it was profitable.

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  15. Unruly Refugee

    February 6th, 2013

    BFH, they were not near as greedy back then.

    Very nice video! I miss cars that were designed so you could easily work on them.

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  16. Unruly Refugee

    February 6th, 2013

    Here’s a shot of a muslim assembly line around the same time period:

    http://www.asergeev.com/pictures/archives/2012/1017/jpeg/24.jpg

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  17. MaryfromMarin

    February 6th, 2013

    @Unruly–

    Is “assembly” the correct word to use in that context?

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  18. Unruly Refugee

    February 6th, 2013

    MaryfromMarin, nothing about islam is “correct.”

    Compare and contrast. We should have never drilled oil over there.

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  19. Slaphappypap

    February 6th, 2013

    This part of America is dead. Honest, hardworking, and working your way up is finished. Thanks liberals!

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  20. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 6th, 2013

    Video was fascinating.

    Background music was unbearable. I expected Fittycent, Poopdogg, Beyondsay or some other rapcrapper to pop into view at any second.

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  21. PaulS.

    February 6th, 2013

    Hey BFH,
    It’s the other way around. It was the mechanization that allowed them to sell them for something that was affordable to more people. It was the investment up front for the machinery that meant the labor costs during the production run were lower, in addition to the machines then didn’t need much more money to keep working.

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  22. Sapper Chris

    February 6th, 2013

    I guess the video preceded the Turbo Encabulator days, I didn’t see it represented in the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac7G7xOG2Ag

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  23. Moe Tom

    February 6th, 2013

    Brilliant. That was way before Danny Glover’s time.

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  24. NOMOBAMY

    February 6th, 2013

    A return to the days when jobs and unions actually meant something.

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  25. voted against carter

    February 6th, 2013

    Some of the first robots. R2D2′s GREAT grandparents.

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  26. Anonymous

    February 6th, 2013

    1. You didn’t build that.

    2. We’ll sell each other our debt.

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  27. Jethro

    February 6th, 2013

    I didn’t see any one-armed men at the large stamping presses. What do they do with them after an accident?
    At the 8:40 mark – notice the door fitters had hammers. What they didn’t show were the 8 lb hammers for the “stubborn” ones…

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  28. Plain Jane

    February 6th, 2013

    Old Oaks…awesome video – TY

    DH pointed out much of the equipment, noting that much of the equipment was still in use in the steel mills in old machine shops, etc.

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  29. yourfavoriteunkle

    February 6th, 2013

    That was cool and all…. but it didn’t show us where did they put the Flux Capacitor.

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  30. yourfavoriteunkle

    February 6th, 2013

    I need to quit drinking cough medicine….
    It didn’t show us where they put the flux capacitor.
    I guess looking like a dumb-ass is what I get for trying to be a smart-ass.

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  31. woody

    February 6th, 2013

    Funny. Not one of those men looked Mexican.

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  32. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 6th, 2013

    The amazing thing was Ford’s Rouge River plant. Iron ore went in one end and cars came out the other.

    The reason there are fewer workers needed in today’s auto factories is because the robots are much more efficient due to computerization.

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