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From First to Last, Documentary, 1962 IMDB

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dsl SX

2014-08-10 20:03

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"Another industrial processes film, this time tracing the construction of Ford cars from the factory to the road." Not very exciting - very formulaic and self-promoting, full of smug messages about how importantly Ford take quality control, which gives an amusing contrast with the footage of fairly primitive assembly and painting processes.

I'd guess it was mostly filmed in 61 - there is a bit of footage showing Mk2 Consul assembly in the background, and almost all the Mk3 Zephyr/Zodiacs (launched Feb 62) have some pre-production features. Also there is absolutely no glimpse of anything Cortina-ish (launched Sept 62) anywhere. Not even a teeny glimpse.

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Sunbar UK

2014-08-10 20:32

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I'm impressed how they use an actual shoe for the Dipper switch test...

In fact they are obviously only for the documentary. Having seen banks of 10 or 15 or more dip switches (we never call ours dipper switches) plus brake light switches in cycling tests operated by cams and rockers. Don't recognise the mnaufacturer, therefore probably Lucas.

dsl SX

2014-08-10 20:41

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It's a nice shoe as well - probably cost at least as much as the optional heater on an Anglia. "Dipper" and "Trafficator" made me wonder if the film was made for Ford US internal use.

johnfromstaffs EN

2014-08-10 20:50

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It's odd that the 109E Classic had a foot dipswitch when the 105E had a column stalk.

Sunbar UK

2014-08-12 12:31

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dsl wrote It's a nice shoe as well - probably cost at least as much as the optional heater on an Anglia. "Dipper" and "Trafficator" made me wonder if the film was made for Ford US internal use.


I don't know about the usage of "trafficator" but the UK foot operated "Dip switch" (generally Lucas as here) was I believe known as a "Dimmer switch" in the US (made by Delco-Remy etc.). I suspect the marketing-publicity department at Ford just used the term they thought the viewer would understand without consulting the engineers.

Buc84 US

2014-08-16 18:19

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"Trafficator"....Turn Signal lever?? (aka "Turn Predictor","Blinker Switch",etc?)

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