Go Inside the GM Paint Lab to Paint a Corvette, Pt. 1
Painting a car is serious business, especially
when it's an automotive icon. To go inside the paint lab requires stringent
preparation to ensure that each person brings in nothing that can not
contaminate the painting process. Everyone goes through a security check
called the Crater Test.
World Debut of Rinspeed sQuba, First Underwater "Flying" Car
Get the complete story at http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2008/02/14/077713.html
Thirty years after the movie thriller "The Spy Who Loved Me" hit the silver screen, 'sQuba' is the first car that can actually fly under water. The Rinspeed sQuba will have it's world debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.
ZR1 Vette vs Jet! - Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Races A U.S. Navy Fighter Jet
MT Editor at Large Arthur St. Antoine pits Chevy's awesome "Blue Devil" -- the Corvette ZR1 -- against its toughest adversary yet: a Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.
Shot By: Jim Gleason & Terren Lin
Edited By: Jim Gleason
Read the story here:
Dodge Assembly Line (1950s)
Scenes from the Dodge Brothers assembly line circa 1950's. "Gonna take my two hands and build an automobile". View thousands more classic ads at www.adclassix.com.
GM Pittsburgh Plant Flex Hood Assembly
I was a tool & die troubleshooter at the GM metal stamping plant in West Mifflin, PA (near Pittsburgh) before it closed. This is a video of me getting back from lunch in Mid-November, 2008. I'm getting ready to go down to the plant floor to continue troubleshooting the FLEX HOOD Line. This was one of the last runs of the Flex Hood line before the plant closed.
Why Cut Up a C4 Corvette?
When the fourth generation Corvette was introduced in 1984, many innovative build techniques were implemented. Early Corvette amenities were becoming standard equipment while new options filled every available inch of dash space. The 1984-1989 C4 dash had more modules and controllers to integrate behind an already tight dash area. 1990-1996 Corvettes added more modules along with airbags to the already restricted dash space.
After years of working with C4′s, it was apparent that any one without good information would have a difficult time diagnosing electrical issues. Repairing would also be difficult because many internal dash components can not be seen. For example, anyone that has had the daunting task of replacing a heater core in a C4 knows how tough the dashboard is to work on.
C4 body and chassis construction was another area that was new to the automotive industry. Stranded fiberglass body panels were no longer used, as Sheet Molded Composite (SMC) panels were implemented. The SMC panels were similar in construction with the exception of two epoxy panels sandwiched as a mat material. In this application, the epoxy panels and mat are pressed under high pressure in a mold to form body panels. Chassis and body are then integrated as uni-body construction, requiring different repair techniques for both body and chassis. We often wondered if anyone at GM had to replace a taillight bulb or service an antenna.
For more information visit our blog post at http://blog.corvettecentral.com/2010/10/why-cut-up-a-c4-corvette/.
See the passenger's side at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQRKjYvsdyA.
Buick Roadmaster & Arlington, Texas B-Body plant footage
This is just about the only non snooze fest clip from one of my "Buick Know-How" tapes for the 1995 Buick Roadmaster. It's short but it's got some great footage of the Arlington, Texas plant showing Roadmasters and other GM B-Bodies on the assembly line.
WATCH HQ VERSION http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72sa-p2SSDs&fmt=6