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Thirties Automaking Turned Into an Art Form at Chevrolet

1936 Flint Michigan Chevrolet Production Line

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.

1936 Chevrolet Assembly Line Photo

5 responses to “Thirties Automaking Turned Into an Art Form at Chevrolet

  1. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was a frequent visitor to the US, including a stint at Harvard. He was fully aware of the type of industrial prowess possessed by the US as shown in this video and accordingly, he was reluctant to start a fight. When duty compelled him to go along with the war seeking Army factions who believed the “spiritual” superiority of the Japanese military would make up for any material deficiencies, he devised plans for Pearl Harbor and Midway, seeking a fast knock-out before industry such as shown here could be converted to military use. He knew that would be overwhelming. I am also surprised at the level of automation shown here. Impressive!

  2. I believe this was produced by Jam Handy and I saw it many,many years ago while in grammer school. It was fun to see it all over again. Thanks.

  3. That’s the kind of job that if you dwelled on how mind-numbingly monotonous it was, it would become totally
    unbearable so you kind of have mentally detach your brain from what your doing or else.
    But at the same time you always have to have safety in mind.
    What a drag

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