Sure from having seen it. I toured Longbridge in the early 70s, possibly late
60s. Amongst many other things saw them dip-priming body shells, with Minis
they put a huge shaft right through the body and rolled it through the tank
like it was on a spit. Huge steam hammers banged out crankshafts from plain
billets in just three blows using progressively more accurate dies. Induction
heaters got the gears on cam shafts glowing red hot in 2 or 3 seconds. In
those days while they bought small components in the rest of the cars were
built virtually from scratch, from stamping out crankshafts as I say to the
upholstery shop where they cut and stitched all the interior trimmings.
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Wow! Are you sure? First time I've heard of that.
Paul Hunt wrote:
> Even BL, bless their cotton socks, used to put their engines through a
> break-in cycle in the 70s. At the end of the production line they were
> with some kind of oil and bolted to a moving platform that engaged with
> end or the other of the crank. As they went along the crank was spun at
> couple of thousand rpm or so for several minutes, then drained at the
> Not as comprehensive as this, but better than nowt.
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