The lead assembly line image today was taken on the engine line at the Maxwell (1904 to ’25) factory located in Detroit, MI. on Oakland Ave. It appears that just before this spot on the assembly line, the cylinder heads were installed and the bolts hand tightened. If you follow the light-colored tracks on the floor left behind by the engine dolly wheels, the motors take a 180-degree turn here and begin down the next row where a worker is using an impact wrench to tighten the head bolts.
Please share with us what you find of interest in these photographs courtesy of the Detroit Public Library.
- The women at the end of the body assembly and paint line in 1930 at the Hudson factory located in Detroit, are applying pinstripes using “striping machines.”
- Workers on the assembly line at the Willys plant in Toledo, Ohio, are ready to install a crankshaft and flywheel assembly into six-cylinder engine block.