We found rare news clip footage showing an automaker recycling 600 scrap cars a day in the early 1930s.
In the one-minute film you will see cars semi stripped, crushed and then pushed into the furnace to start
the cycle all over again. View @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=122482
Lots of noise, no video.
Works OK at this end of the world!!
"Lots of noise, no video."
Mike try a differnet browser, it seems to be working OK for everyone else.
I think this is Ford's famous "dis" assembly line that was created largely to deal with the problem of disposing of dealer trade-ins. I have a first-edition Ford book from 1930 that presents it in some detail.
I believe that the "wooden crates into floor boards" idea may actually have arisen from this. In detailing the recycling process, scrutinizing the myriad ways in which 99% of the derelict auto was put to good (re)use, the book states that "Floorboards are sent to the carpentry shop to be made into shipping crates."
So maybe it's not "crates into floor boards" but the opposite that is actually true and documented.
R.V., do you think maybee Ford was into an early case of 'greenwashing'. I would like to see the way the floorboards were cut longer to make the shipping crates in which the model Ts came to Australia.
I suppose somebody in the publicity department thought it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Allan from down under.
Sad to see now, but at the time, the workers and passerby would probably shed as many tears as you would seeing a worn out 1980s jap car being crushed at the local scrap yard today.
Allan, Ford had the Linderman automatic dovetail glue jointing machine to lengthen short wood pieces. Nothing was wasted at Fords shops.
Though I doubt they used floorboard wood scrap for the large shipping crates they sent whole autos in, they needed lots of smaller crates for internal shipping in and between Ford branches.
wow that crusher press looks a bit dodgy when in comes down.