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Making Mopar Minivans in Windsor: Factory Photos

Photos by Lawrence Monkhouse

Chrysler cars were made in Ontario before there was even a Chrysler Corporation. At one point, Chrysler Canada had an engine plant, car plant, truck plant, and van plant, all close to each other.


Minivan on a surface plate, with key dimensions being measured by a Computer Measurement Machine (CMM). (Note the strut towers)—identified by Chris Vitale

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The minivan plant, shown above, used to make all nature of rear wheel drive cars before its 1983 conversion; since these photos were taken, the entire plant was basically gutted and rebuilt with flexible, modern systems.

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We do not have the names for most of the people pictured here. These pictures are not in any particular order, for the most part (color comes first, then black and white). We welcome your input on who is in these images, and if anyone wants to volunteer to put them in order, we'd certainly appreciate the help.

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The minivan book

If you worked at Chrysler and have stories for the second edition of Mopar Minivans, please let me know! It’s being finished now. If you just want to buy a copy, knowing a second edition is coming, you can find the minivan books here...

All Windsor Pages

Making Mopar Vans in Windsor
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Making Cars in Canada: Factory Photos
A pictorial with some captions

Making Minivans in Windsor
Chrysler factory photos

Mopar Engine-Based Windsor Factory Photos
Putting engines together in Canada

Off the Line: People Doing Other Things in Chrysler Canada Plants
A pictorial of the labs, factory, and computer control areas

Other Chrysler plants and such

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  • Building Trenton Engine: to Make Classic V8s and Air Raid Sirens

  • Building and Running the Slant Six Line at Trenton: Making the legendary Leaning Tower of Power

  • Innovation factory: Chrysler Technology Center (CTC): The most advanced engineering facility in the world for years

  • Making V8 engines: Trenton in pictures

  • Dodge Main: Sturdy car creation complex: Multi-story car factory

  • Making Mopar Vans in Windsor: Dodge B-van factory photos

  • Making Cars in Canada: Factory Photos: A pictorial with some captions

  • Making Minivans in Windsor: Chrysler factory photos

  • Creating the Chrysler Technology Center (CTC): The long story of the massive complex

  • Mopar Engine-Based Windsor Factory Photos: Putting engines together in Canada

  • When Chrysler made cars in LA: The westernmost Mopar plant

  • Trenton Engine milestones: 1964 Hemi to Pentastar

  • Off the Line: People Doing Other Things in Chrysler Canada Plants: A pictorial of the labs, factory, and computer control areas

  • Trenton Engine: Building New V6 Lines in 2000: A pictorial with explanations and stories

  • Mopar plants: rumors, what they make, and what they made: Updated now and then

  • Tales From the Factory: Matching Pistons and Blocks: How the factory managed precision problems, back in the day

  • What was in a 1950s Chrysler factory: A partial listing of all the things that Chrysler factories needed - especially Dodge Main

  • The Walter P. Chrysler Museum, 1999-2012: Inside the museum which recalled Chrysler’s many accomplishments (and some of its follies)

  • Trenton: V8, Slant Six, and Trans Four Engines By Year: How many did they make? By model year, 1957 to 1989

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