By Dave Ashton
Do you know how a modern-day Dodge muscle car is assembled from start to finish? Most muscle car fans would answer sort of, kind of, of course, not at all. This video runs through the processes used to produce the Dodge Challenger, Charger, Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Durango.
Admittedly the video is aimed at the newby to these vehicles for the broadest reach. A more broad overview, than a component-by-component fitting. But, this also means basic information isn’t assumed. Such as the basic power output of each vehicle.
Luckily, nearly half the video is dedicated to the production run of the Dodge Challenger and Charger. The video recounts the full production cycle from pressing the basic steel panels to final inspections. Being able to see a Hemi engine roll down the production line is a thrill in itself. But more than anything, it’s a new appreciation for the efficiency of the modern car production line, all the safety measures, and the most ergonomic and easiest ways for the workers to operate.
The part of the video dedicated to the Dodge Viper is interesting in itself as it focuses on the designing of the initial models and wind testing. It’s nothing like the old days of designers having to sculpt clay models by hand to bring their ideas to life. These days, it’s about 3-D modeling and CNC machines to produce real-world designs. However, it still takes a bucketload of people to hand-apply all the metal mesh to the basic model for wind testing. For those who haven’t seen that section of the video yet, the process is like applying glass fiber sheets with all the gunk involved, layer by layer.
In total, the video is worth a watch even for a brief glimpse into the modern-day vehicle production line.
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