Vintage Cars In Vintage 3D: Assembling a Model T at Ford’s Highland Park Plant

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We just showed you how a Model T comes apart with a view of the Henry Ford Museum’s famous “exploded” car. Earlier, we featured images of Model T assembly from the Keystone Mast collection at the University of California – Riverside but after trying another term in their search engine I’ve found even more stereo images from what I believe is an entire series of photographs of the assembly line at Henry Ford’s Highland Park factory, where he moved his operations to in 1910. Starting with manufacturing the fenders, wheels, springs, frames and dashboards, and then painting the bodies, you can then see frames being assembled, axles and other components added to the frames, the engine and transmission being lowered into place with the help of a block and tackle hoist, fuel tank and muffler added, and finally the “body drop”.

Photo credit after the jump.

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