Thanks for sharing, this video is particular special to me because I have a â€™60 Impala 2drht that I purchased 51 years ago this past Sept. and am in my 2nd, 3rd, 4th or maybe 5th attempt at finishing the resto of it. I am a retired pipefitter by trade and worked for outside contractors at all of the GM & Ford assembly plants around Atlanta starting in â€™65. I could hardly get anything done for watching the cars and trucks being assembled at the different phases. In â€™69 I was working as a pipefitter apprentice at the Lakewood Assembly Plant in Atlanta which made Chevy & GMC trucks and at one point we were working close the area where the new trucks were cranked up and driven out. As usual I was watching this and picked out the truck that I would have bought if I could have afforded it. The Journeyman that I was working for told me if I looked long enough that I would end up buying one which I knew that I could never afford something like that, he was right, 12/4/69, I did buy one that I couldnâ€™t afford for $3,260.84 and still have it today and it is next to be restored after I finish my â€™60.
I noticed something in the video that has been talked about on CT and that was the exhaust headers were painted orange and also something else that I noticed was in most cases if not all the workers were using TWO hands to perform the task and that fact alone will leave MOST people today almost useless because of the electronic gadgets that are permanently attached to the those two hands and that leaves nothing else to work with including command sense. JM2CW. Lamar
And another I just found... "Up From Clay, a car is born" ... 1959. Shows other GM models, but mostly Chevrolet for 1959 model year. Interestingly, one shot shows a HUGE endmill cutting a stamping die for a '60 Buick quarter panel. Also shows the Impala interior being sewn up, door panels being dialectric stamped, floor pans being stamped and assembled, etc.
1959 El Camino - 1960 Impala Sport Sedan - 1960 Impala Convertible - 1960 Buick Convertible
Edited by Nostalgic Dave on 12-09-13 04:34 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.