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VIDEO: 1940s DODGE TRUCK PROMOTIONAL FILM "BUILT TO 'TAKE IT"

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This late 1930s/early 1940s black and white film Built to "Take It" about Dodge truck dependability provides an extra thousands of miles without valve grinding. It is produced for Dodge Brothers Corporation, a division of Chrysler Corporation by Metropolitan Motion Picture Company. It is directed by Arthur Hoerl and features actor Robert Strange as the customer. The film opens with a Dodge 6 1½-ton stake truck in slow motion completely off the ground as it speeds over a pile of dirt. The truck speeds down a country road through snow. Another slow motion shot has it diving through a sand pile and bouncing across a bumpy field.

It also carries double the load to prove its durability (:40-1:45).

A Dodge salesman talks to convince a potential buyer at his office (1:46-3:15).

A brochure of dodge trucks is shown (3:17).

The camera pans down on the Dodge Truck manufacturing plant (3:51-4:00).

A large metal bucket of iron, lime, and coke swings into the furnace at the foundry. Buckets of molten metal move through the air and pour out. A mold is cast (4:01-5:28).

Metal workers in the factory mill the ends of cylinder blocks. A machine that melds the top, sides, and bottom is shown. The milling cutters spin around up close. The piece is moved to the gang drill (5:30-6:35).

The salesman explains the manufacturing process for a valve seat insert. Holes are drilled for the alloy rings. Another worker installs it and a freezing temperature gauge is shown. The ring is shown being pounded in smoothly while it is cold and therefore smaller. Trying to install one at room temperature is a fail (7:20-8:38). The inserts are shown being ground. The valve seats are tested, installed, and submitted to the final grinding (8:39-9:35)

The salesman shows the client a cast-iron type piston and a Dodge piston made of aluminum alloy (9:57-10:20).

 

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