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Username Post: Cool Late 1920 Managers Gadget from Fisher Body Chevy Pontiac Oldsmobile GM        (Topic#324188)
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05-03-15 06:45 AM - Post#2544249    

Anybody ever see one of these or have great GM Fisher Body historical facts? (like the whole labor Elliot Ness riot thing ) Pictures of the Managers of that day?

This gadget is like a mechanical "computer" from the assembly factory.

Here is a link to more Fisher Body Coit Avenue Cleveland Counter pictures.

In use 1928/29 through 1931. It might have been in use before that as the plates could have been swapped out. You can see the body job numbers on this boxes affixed placards are (as far as I could figure) 1929-1931 vehicle frames. A period where a new numbering system was implemented. New numbers began with a two digit year prefix. Old numbers like 8870 is a 1929 Chevrolet Coach & 8900 1929 Sedan Delivery. 1930 and later numbers prefix the year. Eg 31570 indicates 1931 bodies the last three numbers is the edition 570 a closed body.

I want to test it but I am not sure what volts/amps it takes. Suggestions?

Here is the inside. These are mechanical counters.

...and the electric solenoids in the back throw the counter arms.

Is there is an expert or museum curator who would know the maker of these "new fangled" devices way back when?

Feel free to share these photos or use them in historical education displays or whatever nonprofit thingy. I don't know if many people know how advanced factories were getting even by the late 1920's early 1930's standards.

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05-03-15 07:11 AM - Post#2544252    
    In response to BinaryCanary

Welcome to ChevyTalk. Never seen something like that, but never worked in a factory that would have used it.

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05-03-15 07:06 PM - Post#2544375    
    In response to Keith_Knox

Thanks for welcoming me.

I think it sat many years in a closet because even the guys who worked there in the 50's and 60s never saw it used. Probably was retired when Fisher Body started gearing up for war (WWII) production and it never made it back out again.

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05-04-15 06:58 PM - Post#2544702    
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  • BinaryCanary Said:
I want to test it but I am not sure what volts/amps it takes. Suggestions?

If you must, you could take some resistance readings and make an educated guess. I would first make sure the movements are free and then use a variable DC power supply to slowly ramp up the power just enough to make things work. Don't let the smoke out. It's too hard to put back in!

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