In today’s world we revel in the incredible technology used to build our cars and trucks. 70 years ago, virtually none of that existed so actual human beings with skills, a trade, and a family to feed did the work. This 1940s Dodge promotional video is an amazing look at engine production from that time and we were blown away by it all.
The premise of the video is that there’s a Dodge salesmen in the office of a fleet operator telling him about all the cool stuff that sets Dodge trucks apart. The beauty of the video comes into full scope when the camera go to the factory and we see valve seats being driven in by hand, engine blocks being hustled around milling machines, and molten metal being smelted and poured.
There are still many people in this country who make their living working in car factories. We’re not taking anything away from their hard work putting the stuff we drive around each day together. Watching these guys measure the trueness of seats, blocks, and other components and then assembling the mills by hand it amazing. The gang drill machine, the fact that Dodge switched to aluminum pistons, all of this cutting edge technology more than 70 years ago. Just fun to watch.
The start of the video with 1.5 ton Dodge trucks being jumped and just beaten half to death is worth the price of admission alone. Serious.