So here’s how the story goes: Henry the Deuce’s grandfather established Ford of France in 1929. In 1949, Henry II commissioned Italian coach builder Stabilimenti Farina (not Pinin Farina but Pinin’s brother’s company) to design and build a luxurious sports coupe on a Mercury chassis. That Farina Mercury became the prototype for the French Comete (Comet) built by Ford of France with bodywork supplied by Facel Metallon (yes, as in the Facel Vega).
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From 1954 to 1994, Ford improved its engine casting process in many ways, as we can see from these two Ford-produced videos showcasing the cast-iron engine manufacturing at the Cleveland and Windsor plants, respectively. Computerization! Ergonomic work stations! Conference rooms? A gym?
But once you get past the preambles and the shiny new office furniture in the latter video, you start to see just how unchanged the process remained at its core (get it?). Molten metal still flows into molds; massive machines still bore, hone, grind, and polish raw castings; precision instruments adapted for mass production still ensure tolerances and consistency; line workers still put in long and arduous days.
Published by Ford’s public relation company, the film “Technique For Tomorrow” displays progess in automation of car fabrication in a production site of car maker Ford in Brook Park, Cleveland, Ohio. Jerry, McMechan, Pat Powers, Doris Reichbart