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Old 08-19-2018, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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(Video) Honda Factory in Ohio late '90s

Here is footage from the East Liberty Ohio Honda manufacturing plant in the late 1990s, maybe 2000. You see parts of the process of assembling a 6th Gen Civic sedan (LX or DX). Video identifies manufacturing process features that the videographers seemed to think significant for some reason: stamping the front fenders, laser welding, painting, door install, wheel install, and other topics. Much of it automated, much of it still manual labor.



Looks like there is an Acura on the line in some shots, too.

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Almost 2 decades ago.
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Almost 2 decades ago.
Right. That's the reason for identifying it as late '90s. I guess I don't understand your point?
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Bah! Bad signal where I'm at right now. I'll definitely have to watch later!
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Neato! I have driven past this plant a few times while trucking. It actually doesn't look like much from the road, but a satellite photo looks far more impressive.

By the tail lights and bumpers on the Civics, it's '96 or '97. I think the CL might have gone on sale in '97, so it might be that somewhere in the factory, my Civic was being built during filming! It was a 9/96 car, #3056 for the '97 model year.

It was cool to see the automated parts vehicles back then; it was equally striking to see the cars still being painted by an actual human. In a sense, though, I kind of liked seeing that there were humans actually feeling the stamped fenders and the how the panels met.

I sat and waited in a GM plant for some meeting to finish so they could check in a load of tires I was dropping. Union rules meant I had to wait for a certain person to get back to sign off on the delivery, which was frustrating, but in the meantime I got to watch the Equinoxes as well as the Traverse/Enclave/Acadia triplets roll by. It really is that quiet and orderly in an auto plant. The Americans also seem to have taken to heart the little tones you hear, which seemed to have meant a stoppage due to quality or something, the line stopped for about 5 minutes accompanied by really similar chiming sounds. It was fascinating. And the folks were some of the nicest I met at a delivery, a far cry from the gruff, grizzled Michigan auto workers I expected to find.
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At least the thumbnail (I didn't watch the video) makes me believe it's a 7th-gen, because the tail light slot in that coupé has a different shape.
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At least the thumbnail (I didn't watch the video) makes me believe it's a 7th-gen, because the tail light slot in that coupé has a different shape.
If you are seeing the same thumbnail I am, a partly painted white body, incomplete, with the trunk open... I think it is an Acura model.
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I think it is an Acura model.
Roofline still looks more like a Civic than an Integra.

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