This early 1940s black and white film is about the 1941 Chrysler Plymouth. A couple rides in a 1924 Chrysler Six. Seen up-close are its blue ribbon logo and winged radiator cap (:06-:12). An engineer checks off car-making objectives. The progression of car shapes is animated. The Chrysler Corporation and Engineering Building signs are shown (:13-1:00). The film superimposes scientists working in a lab on top of the factory building. Room #237 “Chemical Laboratory Ferrous Metals” sign is shown. Men in lab coats work on tables that have instruments and test tubes (1:01-2:13). A woman uses a spectroscope (2:13-2:50). A densitometer is shown in use (2:51-2:58). Polarized light is used to see inside parts (2:59-3:21). An x-ray diffraction machine records structure images. Atomic changes in the metal are shown (3:22-3:47). A Chrysler is shown in a wind tunnel. The propeller spins and the whitewall tires spin on a large dynamometer (3:49- 4:19). A rooftop sign says Oilite Oil Cushion Bearings. Parts created through powder metallurgy are shown. Fine copper and tin are poured onto a scale using a folded paper. The mix is stirred with a pestle, made into forms, and baked with oil to create a spongy Oilite bearing. Pressure causes small oil beads to come to the surface (4:21-6:11). The steel body is shown. Vibrations are tested using an oscilloscope. (6:12-6:32). Chemicals are poured into a machine to bond rubber to metal to make floating power engine mountings. The engine is shown up-close to explain how they work (6:33-7:24). Components made of plastic are shown. A scientist pours chemicals into a machine and a plastic component is made (7:26-7:50). Chrysler workers in 1940s clothing leave the building. The camera focuses on their legs with a shock absorber super-imposed (7:51-8:15). A bird’s-eye view is shown of Chrysler cars on a highway (8:16-8:21). A car mechanic in a sleeveless underwear shirt works under the hood in a controlled temperature environment. A researcher uses a Fulscope Indicating Controller to manipulate the temperature. A mechanic wears a winter parka to check repairs at -10 degrees. A metal bumper is subjected to salt spray (8:22-9:18). A top-secret floor shows engineers drafting concept drawings of future interiors and exteriors. “New” 1940s steering wheels and instrument panels are shown. Models shown are made of clay (full-size, just the front, and a smaller size) and one out of wood (9:19-10:50). The lab tests headlights. Aerodynamics are tested in a miniature wind tunnel. The lab has many mechanical testing stations, with some shown up-close. A machine pounds on seat cushions. Fabrics are stretched and exposed to blistering light. A car door is repeatedly slammed. Other testing machines not defined are shown. A completed car is chained to the “Belgium rolls” for testing. Shown inside the car is a device measuring vibrations under extreme conditions (10:52-13:50). 1941 Chrysler Plymouth Special De Luxe cars are tested on country dirt roads and on paved highways (13:52-14:12). A view inside the factory is shown (14:40). The Plymouth is shown again (15:08).
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