This 1936 film has been floating around the internet for some time and even if you have already seen it, the mesmerizing production is well worth watching again (turn the sound down). It was filmed at various Chevrolet and GM’s Plants, and at the end of the post are links to related films made of other manufacturing processes by the automaker.
It all begins with the frame stamping, pressing and production line consisting of an amazing array of automated machinery, and workers that place some of the frame components in position and run the riveting machines. After it is completed, the chassis assembly line is shown.
Next up is the very impressive body sheet metal pressing and stamping department. There you will view the press and trimming operations involved in the one-piece “turret top,” and the deep drawn front fenders. GM first offered the new top with the Oldsmobile in 1933, and the Chevrolet “Master” series in 1935.
The final scenes show the installation of the radiator and grille, the front fenders and running boards, followed by the body drop and final assembly operations.
Three related earlier articles you can view are: a 1936 “Chevrolet Leader News” film with fourteen bathing beauties demonstrating the durability of the “turret top,” “Master Hands,” a film showing the manufacture and assembly of mechanical components, and the United Autoworkers strikes against GM and Fisher body plants starting in 1936 due to poor working conditions and pay that took an ugly turn for the worse in time.