Posted 2017-10-04 6:22 PM (#549775 - in reply to #549773) Subject: RE: 1955 Plymouth assembly line
Location: northern germany
yes Joe, but working on the prettiest cars in automobile history made up for that and its not much different than when i was restoring my cars and painted them with red lead... (shortly before this stuff became illegal).
Posted 2017-10-04 6:49 PM (#549778 - in reply to #549775) Subject: RE: 1955 Plymouth assembly line
Location: northern germany
over the last couple of years i really developed a love for the early plymouth/dodge forwardlooks that i before didn't consider really as FL. i changed my mind, which is rarely the case and i even love them as convertibles, a body style i never liked.
i think they carry the pastell colors, whitewalls and fenderskirts particularly nice.
Posted 2017-10-06 5:38 PM (#549900 - in reply to #549771) Subject: Re: 1955 Plymouth assembly line
Location: Vancouver, BC
Noticed that the people painting the cars wore respirators. Apparently some painters at American Motors did not even wear face masks. One fellow who worked there in 1955 or 1956 wrote in an article for Collectible Automobile about his experiences at AMC. He believed they were using water-based paints and thus did not need therm. AMC was actually using the same enamel paints as Chrysler at the time. No water-based paints until the 1980's. He also stated he would start coughing and the stuff that came up was the same colours as he was using to paint the cars. He apparently never had any lung problems in the years since. Scary stuff.
The February, 1956 issue of Popular Mechanics had an article on the building of the new 1956 Rambler. The article shows the building of the car from the assembly of the body through to driving the completed car out of the plant. In the article the primer was applied to the car by two workers without face masks or respirators. In the painting area two of the workers are using respirators while the worker painting the rear of the car has no protection. And later the worker applying the paint for the two tone roof had no protection.
The "tour guide" in the film mentions the plant could build 190 cars an hour. That means the assembly plant they were showing off was the Plymouth Plant on Lynch Avenue in Detroit. The Lynch Road plant had three separate assembly lines and thus each line could produce over 60 cars an hour. Bodies were built at the former Briggs plant on Mack Avenue and trucked to Lynch Road. V8 engines for the 1955 models were Dodge engines with polyheads and built at Dodge Main. Again, trucked over to Lynch Road. The A block poly went into production for 1956 and they were built at the new engine plant on Mound Road, north of Detroit. The property on Mound Road was one of a number of plants acquired with the purchase of Briggs Body.
Posted 2017-10-06 6:12 PM (#549902 - in reply to #549771) Subject: Re: 1955 Plymouth assembly line
How do you paint and bake 190 cars an hour, or maybe they baked overnight all night? Would explain the black guys breathing paint and working night shifts. I bet none of those guys made it to their 50's... they wore "Nose" breathers... "no no its safe, trust us!..." laughable protection, probably took a bath in lacquer thinner on the way out...
How heavy is a hood? I am thinking of removing mine so I can paint it standing up. I know I would need help but can two guys easily remove a hood (and then install it back again)?
Indeed, it is easy for two to handle the removal and installation of a hood. But a third person could hold the hood up in the front to keep the hood from falling. Hint - remove the rear most bolts on each side last. That way the hood will not drop down off the mounts until these bolts are removed.