I just stumbled onto this video on YouTube:
I had to replay it several times as I could not believe what I was seeing.
Do any of you have a guess where this was filmed? I have never heard of a gizmo such as this. Could this have been an experimental setup to try out a new procedure?
The car does appear to have a starter, but perhaps no battery. I suppose that the battery was installed later but before the body was installed.
Lousy job on a rainy day or in the winter.
Nice images of a fresh chassis, anyway. Your input is invited. Bill
That is the Highland Park assembly plant.
It's how Henry did it. It saved time and money somewhere along the line. I suspect it had something to do with putting a battery in to start it then pulling it back out to ship it. Just a guess.
I think they started fordsons the same way? Bud.
I noticed the tank was oval so it was in the twenties. In other videos I have seen them using floor mounted rollers. That was indoors, more like a real production line. This video was outside, so I doubt it was part of the main production line. IMHO
The cars are being moved by hand and chain, not driven. Are they really starting those engines, or just splashing the oil around for lubrication so they'll be ready to run?
The first car you see the worker adjust the levers for a start and run.
Frank is right - guy is definitely setting the spark and throttle on the first car for starting.
He leave the spark advanced as he pushes it forward.
Fascinating clip. Note the little lever. When the car hits it it releases the track and drops the car down for starting. Steve, in the beginning you can see the chain with dogs to pull the cars along. So this is on the moving assembly line. The car moves onto the inclined track and is released from the pull chain. They then push it into place where it drops down for starting, then the next dog picks up the car and moves it down the line!
It's almost like you are there!
The cars have steel firewalls and a starter button on the frame. I didn't/couldn't see a battery but the method was also used later down the assembly line after the bodies were on. (As shown in factory photos.)
Perhaps the method was used to move the car to a different area of the assembly line.