We’ve been spending more time indoors than usual, and we’ve found some real nuggets of vintage gold on the never-ending information-superhighway route known as the ‘Tube. We recently came across this little snippet that documents various processes in the building of some 1960 Chevrolet vehicles. The scenes are part of a nearly half-hour-long video titled, “American Maker 1960”.
While the video documents many aspects of American manufacturing in the ’60s, the part that really catches our attention is a section that shows various processes in the building of 1960-production Impalas. There are numerous scenes that were shot inside production facilities, and they give a glimpse into the mentality and mindset of those who worked on, and oversaw, the assembly lines. If you have the time and want to check out the full-length video, feel free. We’ll warn you though, Safety Sams may get a rash simply watching some of the “standard operating procedures” back then!
Keen-eyed viewers will quickly note the lack of much of today’s safety equipment, a fact that is brought out in excruciating detail in the comments section. And, while the video drives home the “quality and eye for detail” marketed by the manufacturer, the underlying fact of, these folks were, “simply building cars” for a living shines through in the video.
One comment noted that even those folks toiling on the assembly line were better dressed than some CEOs today! While the video could just as easily highlight the fickle winds of fashion, we’d much rather gaze at the techniques and assembly processes utilized by those inside the factory than what they were wearing. And we’d for sure rather have one of the cars than one of their outfits!
While only a short glimpse into the assembly of early Chevrolet iron, this snippet gives us a much-needed distraction from many of the tyrants that attempt to dominate our psyche and hoard our focus today. Those not old enough to notice would do well to note there’s not one individual kinking their neck to gaze at their cellphone, and “selfies” were the last thing on anyone’s mind — imagine that.
Without all of the technological wonders that we enjoy today, somehow, someway, stuff still got done! Don’t believe us? Watch this video and the larger “American Maker 1960” and see what a little ingenuity and a “can do” attitude can do!