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The Paint Process

Eleven black and white photographs used in St. Thomas Times-Journal article published June 5, 1968 (p. 7-F) with captions:

C8 Sh4 B2 F1 43a
"After a trip on an overhead delivery conveyor, the Falcon bodies enter the paint department where they are given a six-stage zinc phosphate process."

C8 Sh4 B2 F1 43b
"The body is immersed in a large tank for the application of the electro-coat prime paint. This process guarantees total corrosion-resistant paint protection."

C8 Sh4 B2 F1 43c
"The unit emerges from the electro-coating dip tank and moves on to the paint ovens where the unit is baked and sealers applied."

C8 Sh4 B2 F1 43d
"Under the guns of the spray painters, the Falcon body receives one of a total of four coats of paint. Only after careful inspection is it permitted to leave the paint department."

C8 Sh4 B2 F1 43e
"Looking resplendent under its shiny enamel, the units, still attached to the skid carriers, emerge from the paint department."

C8 Sh4 B2 F1 43f
"Transferred to a large storage mezzanine, the bodies enter a 60-unit paint bank where they are given a serial number. It is placed in the right hand corner of the windshield opening."

C8 Sh4 B2 F1 43g
"One of the early operations in the chassis department is the installation of electrical equipment. Here assembly line workers fit the tail lights and associated electrical wiring."

C8 Sh4 B2 F1 43h
"The instrument cluster and the under-the-dash-board components are installed at this stage. These include wiring, brake and clutch assemblies."

C8 Sh4 B2 F1 43i
"An automatic fixture used to install the windshield exerts prescribed pressure for a given time interval and then automatically releases to complete the installation."

C8 Sh4 B2 F1 43j
"The gleaming, chromium-plated bumpers are added to the Falcon at this stage. Here the rear bumper is attached."

C8 Sh4 B2 F1 43k
"Here the Falcon body is being lowered or 'decked' to its power train components. These include the rear axle, the drive shaft, etc."

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