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Making Cars in Canada: Chrysler-Dodge-Plymouth Factory Engine Photos

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Photos by Lawrence Monkhouse

Before there was a Chrysler Corporation, Maxwell and Chalmers built factories in South Walkerville, which was created by Hiram Walker and annexed by the City of Windsor in 1935. Chrysler inherited these plants, resulting in a complex of factories including engine, car, and truck assembly plants.

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The Maxwell-Chalmers factory on Tecumseh Road, later called “Plant One,”  started making trucks in 1931; in 1955, it expanded and took in a building across the street. The plant was closed in 1978, becoming the Imperial quality assurance center from 1980-83. We don’t seem to have any photos from it.

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Windsor Engine was Plant 2; it ran from 1938 to 1980, and was just south of the current minivan plant (Plant 3), which originally made cars. We will run photos from the engine plant later on. The photos on these page were taken in Windsor Assembly Plant, which is still running, albeit with none of the equipment you see here.

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Photos are by Chrysler Canada photographer Lawrence Monkhouse.

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Pillete Road, Plant 6, was built in 1974 to make B-vans; it made them until 2001, when it was permanently closed, to avoid competing with the Mercedes Sprinter.

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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 horizontal, then black and white vetical). 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 next two sections were labelled by Larry Monkhouse; after those come the unsorted photos which could be from the 1960s or the 1970s, or even, dare we say it, the very early 1980s.

1960s

1-valiant

1965-monaco

1970s

1973-dart-and-satellite

Unsorted

1969-dodge-polara

1971-dart

1971-dodges

1971-satellite

1976-77-charger-se

1979-maybe

1979-st-regis

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cordoba-6

cordoba-tail

cordoba-welding

cordoba

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cordoba3

cordoba4

cordoba5

cordobas-2

corrosion-bath

corrosion-dip

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plymouth-fury

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plymouth-suburban-wagon

plymouth

seats

unload

valiant

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All Windsor Pages

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

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: May 24, 2022 update

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