I recently acquired a stereo view of the '15 assembly line photo, where the guy is installing a radiator on a chassis. It is an early view, as the cars still are using bulb horns. What I believe hasn't been noted is the steering columns are not painted, but I think they must be, and the column is wrapped in paper to prevent the horn bracket and tubing from scratching the paint. Being a stereo view, it is spectacular in 3-D.
Assembly line photo. I must have been looking out the wrong eye. What photo?
The steering columns are wrapped in brown paper Larry.
Appears to be a protective wrapper on the steering column tube.
In later production, think that brown paper wrapper became a cardboard tube, split for removal.
Hate to be picky, but those look like crowned fenders and the car right behind it looks to have a black series radiator cowl. This would be '17 or later.
Noted in the caption 'later production', this 2nd photo isn't 1915 but later, and the chassis have pressed steel running board braces, so dated after mid-year 1920 assembly line.
Just showing the different ways the painted steering column was protected before body drop.
Looks like oval gas tanks and certainly demountable wheels too. That looks like a metal firewall as well so, much later.
I think the first assembly line photo shows a wide-track car being assembled. Note the width of the rear fender and the distance between the spring perch and the yoke of the front axle.
Dan, yeah, later on I looked again and noticed that. My bad!
Another view showing the columns wrapped in paper at the HP assembly plant.