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In this video we go behind the scenes at British Motor Heritage Limited, to show you the processes of manufacturing an MGB bodyshell.
A small sporty car was being produced in England that would help the world rediscover the joys of the sports car once the fighting ended. The MG’s moment was not too far away. The MG TC emerged as the first post-War Sports car hit. The popularity of this mild mannered, conservatively styled auto launched the British sports car onslaught. The early MG’s were simple machines with few creature comforts and a few nagging mechanical problems. But many were charmed by or in spite of their quirks. The MG helped people discover what fun it was to drive, if you had a car that was fun to drive. EP 212
Title reads: "The Gift" Devised and Produced by Morris Motors Limited - Cine Department Cowley. A man buys his daughter an Morris 10 motorcar and describes to her how it is made. Mother and daughter see Father arrive with a new car. Daughter is proud of her present. Father and daughter sit down in garden and he talks of his visit to the Morris factory. Factory scenes as steel is made in furnaces. Metal workers pour out molten metal. Metal is poured in moulds. Red hot steel ingots are taken to the rolling mill to be flattened out. It is finally turned into a sheet of metal and cooled. The sheet is further rolled and squashed until it is quite thin. The sheet is finally stretched and cleaned. VS presses shape the metal panels for the cars. Pressed car parts move off to the body assembly shop. Parts of the cars assembled. Flash welders are used to make some joints. VS assembly of the car. Parts are brought together and welded into place. More part are put in place and the car starts to take shape. Many of the welds are now sanded down. Hot solder is now used to fill in the many joints on the car body. VS of the near completed bodies being moved along on a conveyor belt. The doors and other parts are fitted. VS of cars being painted and rubbed down until final coat is applied. Body trim and interior is fitted. Windscreens, seats, lights etc are fitted. The axles and exhausts are fitted from underneath. The engine is lowered into place and fitted. Various components are taken from stores alongside the production lines. The radiators are fitted and then the electrics. The final bits of body work are fitted and then the wheel are put in place and it rolls of the line. On the finishing line the seats and carpets are put into place. Father goes back to the new car and daughter says how nice it will be to know you are surrounded by steel. FILM ID:2761.01 A VIDEO FROM BRITISH PATHÉ. EXPLORE OUR ONLINE CHANNEL, BRITISH PATHÉ TV. IT'S FULL OF GREAT DOCUMENTARIES, FASCINATING INTERVIEWS, AND CLASSIC MOVIES. http://www.britishpathe.tv/ FOR LICENSING ENQUIRIES VISIT http://www.britishpathe.com/ British Pathé also represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 120,000 items from the news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1979. All footage can be viewed on the British Pathé website. https://www.britishpathe.com/
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This silent documentary sponsored by British sports car manufacturer MG (Morris Garages) shows how they construct their vehicles in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1931.
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Film begins with a large MG logo. M/S of a woman sitting in a living room reading a magazine. Intertitle reads: "Hurrah, our M.G. Magna is ready!" A man comes into the living room and shows his wife a letter. They leave the house together.
L/S of a building with a sign on the outside: "The MG Car Co." A car drives past the building towards the camera. Interior of the building. The couple come in and are greeted by the salesman. He speaks into a stick style telephone and another man comes in and shakes the hands of the husband and wife. "On our way to get the car let us go round the factory."
"The Assembly Lines" High angle shot of the factory floor with MGs under construction. Various high angle shots of cars being assembled. C/U of two men working together on part of the car. Screws are tightened, axles are attached, wheels are affixed etc. The radiator is lowered onto the front of the car, the bodywork is attached, steering wheel is put in place etc. We see the car taking shape through dissolves. Panning shot of the factory floor as men work on the assembly lines. Cars are moved along as each stage is completed. High angle shot of long line of assembled cars without bodywork.
"Where chassis frames are built up" A different part of the factory is featured. Two men work together building up a chassis. Various shots of men at work.
"The Test Department, where the chassis receive final adjustments." High angle shot of men at work testing the cars. Brakes are tested on a machine. M/S of the car running on a testing machine. C/U of wheel turning in place. Wheels are tested for alignment. A man drives one of the cars onto the machine. C/U of wheel alignment gauge.
The car is driven backwards and forwards to test the alignment.
"With a temporary body fitted the car now goes for its road test." L/S of the temporary body being fitted. A number plate is screwed onto the front of the car. A machine called "The Comparator" is used to ascertain the maximum speed of the car in various gears. A man climbs into a car and puts it through its paces. C/U of the special speedometer. Another man stands by the car with a clipboard. He makes notes on various speeds. "All speedometers are tested for accuracy on this machine." C/U of man checking speedometers on the machine.
"The Power Unit Shop, where engine subassemblies are carried out." M/S at men assembling engines. Various shots of the men at work. Panning shot of men testing engines. We then see footage of the Machine Shop. Chassis frame side members are drilled and small components are manufactured. Panning shot of the factory floor. "Sheet metal blanks are cut to shape by Oxyacetylene plant." C/U of metal being cut then hammered through the sheet.
"In the Paint Shop, where workshop grey is changed to cheery colours." L/S of man painting MG with a spray gun. C/U of the spray gun. Various shots of bodywork being sprayed. Bodies are prepared for mounting in the Body Shop. Panning shots of men at work. We then see the "body finishing lines."
"One of the famous Montlhery Midgets." M/S of two men checking the finishing of the car upholstery. Wing mirrors and the boot are checked.
"Service. The reception department, the factory consulting room." A woman driver and her female passenger arrive in the servicing department. A man opens the bonnet of the car, looks inside and makes some notes. High angle shot of the Service Repair Bay and the Dispatch Department. The husband and wife seen earlier are taken to their new car. They climb in. Intertitle reads: "Goodbye, and many happy "Safety Fast" miles. Salesman shakes hands with the couple. The couple drive off, we see them moving out of the factory from behind. Film ends with company logo title.
"The MG Car Company Ltd. Abingdon-on-Thames."
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