A close look at Highland Park workers building the oval gas tanks starts at 5:03 of the film.
R.V. I had to look TWICE to see it.
Oh! That's a gas tank they're hand forming! Very cool.
Thank you for posting that. :-)
NICE! Thank you for sharing, Bill
Simple,cheap,and fast! Thank's RV!!
Gotta love that big wedge soldering copper the guy uses on the side seam. Lots of tedious, boring work in an acid and lead infused atmosphere, to produce a beast of a tank good for 100++ years of duty. Thanks for posting this vid. jb
I had the pleasure of buying a nos oval tank at Chickasha several years ago. It's on my car. What amazes me in that film is the plating on the tanks. Rarely do you find a galvanized oval tank. They appear to be zinc plated to me, and it's rare to see one with any kind of plating at all.
R.V. Thank you for posting the link. I have seen small snippets of that operation before but never the amount of footage that the link shows.
John Stokes recently released book " FORD IN NEW ZEALAND" has a picture depicting part of that operation being carried out by the Colonial Motor Company in Wellington in N.Z.
I agree with Larry regarding the galvanised tanks.
Also you don't see that very distinctive mottled look with galvanising these days .One time it was the norm.
Thanks again it was great to see pretty much the whole process.
Best regards, John Page, Australia
the recycle part was a little hard to watch!!!!! charley
I'm with Charley. I thought I saw a few seconds of an '11 torpedo in the line. Sure looked like it.
Now if only some skilled craftsmen would start making NEW Improver Ford Cowl tanks. Model A crowd have the same problem.
I predict if/when repo cowl tanks are made they will be molded plastic. jb
Perish the thought!
Watching that, I found it fascinating how they made sure the tank didn't leak. I also felt really sorry for the guy brazing the bungs onto all that galvanized metal - either he was immune to the fumes, had a really REALLY strong constitution, or went though gallons of milk a day... My experiences working with Galvanized was it was nothing to trifle with!
It was more likely terneplate, a coating that was an alloy of tin and lead, not galvanizing. Still probably not the best stuff to breath, but different products. Unfortunately, it is no longer available today in its original form.