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Jerome81
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Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 1:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I hear this is where all the great mopar muscle cars started life back when.

Other than that, I know very little about the plant. Where was it located? Is it still there today? Photos?

Looking to learn more.
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Jams
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Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 1:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Check out the Old Car Factories thread, if not covered yet, it will be.

Happy Birthday OCF. One year old and still growing.
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Mikem
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Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 1:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Still there, east side of Mt Elliott, stretching between Huber and Lynch.

Start here: http://atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/5/40008.html#POST334840 , although the thread is mostly an exercise in historical geography of a local industry, without much discussion of what models were built there and when.
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Jerome81
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Is it still used or empty?
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Mikem
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http://atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/5/40963.html#POST338415

Not used to produce autos, and not owned by Chrysler anymore. It's still in use, but I don't know by whom or for what purpose. Like many of these former factories, it could be divided up into parcels and leased out to small companies...an industrial park under one roof. An industrial mall.
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Livernoisyard
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My former 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner (4-on-the-floor, 400 HP, 6-barrel carb, LSD differential, 4.10 rear end, etc.) was built in 1969 in St. Louis.
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623kraw
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It is used to build axles. Not all of what is shown still remains...

PlymouthAssemblyPlant.jpg
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Hamtramck_steve
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Part of it is the Parade Company's headquarters.
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Hornwrecker
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There are more photos on pages 2,4,& 6 of the OCF thread. Lynch Road Assembly was opened in 1929, not sure exactly when the last car was produced there. Anyone know? Desotos were also made there the first few years.
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Dodgemain
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The last vehicle made there was the 1982 Chrysler New Yorker and the Dodge St Regis.
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Jjaba
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Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 6:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chrysler's Lynch Road Plant is on Lynch Road.

General U.S. Grant is buried in Grant's Tomb.

jjaba.
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Fury13
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Posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 1:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The great finned Plymouths of the late fifties were made there.
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Drm
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Portland is in Oregon. So is the Oregon Trail.
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Crew
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I thought Portland was in Maine and the Oregon Trail was in Idaho but what do I know....I get lost finding Ann Arbor.
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Bate
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If your 1969 > VIN code 7th digit is an "A" your car is built at Plymouth Lynch Road. See http://www.stockmopar.com/mopa r-vin-decoding.html
My 70 Road Runner was. Enjoy
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Bate
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Other VIN info http://users.erinet.com/30561/ vinbreakdown.htm
62-65 4th digit "1", 66-68 7th digit "1", 69-74 7th digit "A" = Lynch road.
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Fury13
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Posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 11:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What about pre-'62?
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Dday
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quote:

The great finned Plymouths of the late fifties were made there.




How funny that I should read this as I just changed my work laptop to show a red '58 Belvidere coupe. For no other reason than my grandfather worked at Lynch Road for years assembling Plymouths.

Truly one of the most most underrated car designs ever made. They would blow the doors off any GM of Ford product of that time. Power, handling, amenities, you name it. Unfornately, QC wasn't exactly the best for Chrysler back then and they practically rusted on the showroom floor.

It's funny how many of my co-workers are shocked when I tell then what the picture is of and no one knows. The reaction when I ask what you would rather have....that Belvidere or a 57 Chevy is also similar. Not one vote for GM.
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Fury13
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Damn straight, Dday!
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Fury13
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Photos of '58 Plymouths being built on the assembly line; very possibly taken at Lynch Road:

http://www.forwardlook.net/195 71958Plymouth/58Plymouthassemb lypics.htm
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Jjaba
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Da day, you are funny about Plymouths rusting. It was common to see the pavement through the floor boards of a Plymouth in the 1940s, 1950s. We drove down to Cass Tech. in rust buckets like that.

jjaba, Class of 59.
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Fury13
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Jjaba is right. The engineering was advanced and the styling was stupendous on the '55-'59 Plymouths, but the quality control/workmanship was lousy. And then there was the whole issue of the Japanese steel (supposedly made from iron that was irradiated during the '45 atomic bomb blasts and therefore substandard) that was used to build these cars, but that didn't come out 'til later.

The result: rustbuckets. Floor, trunk, and headlight "eyebrow" rust was common early on; then the rear quarter panels went. Many Chrysler products of the fifties aged prematurely and were sent to the salvage-yard crushers by the late '60s. And hey, those soaring fins were just too much by then, too. Outa style.

GM cars of the day were more durable, but by the late '50s, the styling was passe (the '57 Chevy had only moderate fins and was an attempt to extend the decent '55 design one more year). Then, Harley Earl tried to outdo Chrysler's Virgil Exner with the outlandish '59 GM models (batwing Chevys, delta-finned Buicks, bullet-taillights right in the fins of the Caddys). And GM cars always handled like Chris-Crafts going around corners.

Not so the Chrysler cars, especially after '56, when they all got the excellent-handling torsion-bar suspension. And Chrysler had the best auto transmission in the Torqueflite.

Fords of the era? They were somewhere in the middle. Average, safe styling (except maybe for the nice '57 design, all-new that year). Engineering was passable; handling was almost as bad as the GM's. Quality was a little below average; those babies rusted pretty good too.
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Dan_cluley
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65 300

Okay, maybe it's not a "Muscle Car", and maybe I'm a little biased ;) but Jefferson Ave turned out some nice rides too. :-)

Seems like they had the rusting a little more under control by '65.
On the one hand, it has a LOT of rust, but on the other hand, getting anything to survive 40 Michigan winters is a miracle, and I'm pretty sure any modern car with this much rust would have snapped in half by now ;)

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