Here is a video of Model T assembly...perhaps it has been seen before...but it is new to me.
Click here: http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?video_id=S4KrIMZpwCY
Some of the narration is true.
Did you notice how they clobbered that steering wheel on the 15 millionth car while lowering the body on the chassis?
Did you notice he cranked it with his right hand?
I have night mares about that poor bugger putting the spokes in the felloes. Can you imagine doing that for 8 hours a day? Never mind 10. His hands must have moved like that in his sleep.
Sort of reminds me of my youth. My first "real" job was at a local cannery forking 303 cans from the line to a pallet. I lasted about a week or 10 days then learned to drive a forklift as an escape and because it paid about $0.10 an hour more.
Did anyone else notice that when the narrator was giving the list of Model T body types he included "stationwagon"? I don't think I've ever seen one....
Henry - Not only did Ford never build a "station wagon" during the Model T era, I don't believe that the term "Station Wagon" even existed during the Model T era. The first during the "T" era were depot hacks and they only came about by some hotel or resort that bought a Model T chassis and had a coachmaker build a wooden depot hack or huckster body. I'm pretty sure that because of the success and popularity of such depot hacks, when Ford came out with the Model A, they decided that they should build a factory built one and it THEN became known as a station wagon.
Just as an "aside", it is amazing how many people that have been using the term "station wagon" all their lives, had no idea what they were saying, and that the "station" was actually a railroad station or "depot" and that the name station wagon was a direct descendent of the term "depot hack". Actually, there were many "hacks" that were horse-drawn "hacks" long before automobiles.
Did you notice that the body types included tourings, roadsters, and convertibles?
I guess all open cars are "Convertibles" to the average person nowadays. I think Ford did use that term for the A-400 (or was it 400-A) in the Model A years.
Actually, the term "station wagon" pre-dates the automobile. The station wagon or depot wagon is a form of the horse drawn carriage known as a Rockaway.
Below is an ad showing a Studebaker station wagon. Although the ad dates to 1908, the term station wagon has been around since at least the late 1800s.
and here is a 'horseless' station wagon.
1908 Pope-Waverly Electric
An observation, when they are driving the cars out of the factory, the first part shows right hand drive and the guy leaning agenst the building on the right hand side of the door. then in the next piece the cars are left hand drive and they are turning left and this time the guy is leaning on the building on the left side of the door. Did they splice the film and get the first part upside down? Am I seeing things? Jim