The completed engine is being swung down upon the frame, which has been picking up parts as it moved along. The engine will be fastened securely, and then the frame will go on to have other parts attached. It may soon be called a chassis, which is the French word for “foundation.” It means the whole of the running parts taken together, while the remainder is called the body.
It takes many steps to transform the raw metal surface of an automobile body into the lustrous surface seen in the showroom. Here we see the first: blast cleaning with an abrasive much finer than sand, forced through a nozzle under great pressure. The workers wear helmets because of the stinging spray.