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Engine assembly shop at Plumstead #749424
09/16/18 9:42 pm
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AMC were totally proud of their operation at Plumstead,
and pics of almost every dept were in the press, for many years.

But, not a single photo have I seen of the engine assembly area.
During the Commando era too, photos of halls filled with bikes are legion,
but nothing of the engine building process.

Are there any, anywhere. ?

You don't see much of the AMC boxes being machined or assembled either, are there any ?

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Re: Engine assembly shop at Plumstead [Re: Rohan] #749429
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There is a little bit about the gearbox production in the chapter" The Machine Shops " in the book " Motorcycle Apprentice " which you have seen. Interesting that when AMC retooled in the late '50's ( at odds how the "knowledgeable " prattle on about worn out machine tools in the British motorcycle industry !), the machine tools were supplied by Alfred Herbert Ltd. of Coventry, who were part of the BSA combine !

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Video below of the Alfred Herbert factory in coventry, which was once one of the biggest in Europe someone told me. There seems to be very few pictures or film of any of the motorcycle factories. Even the gigantic BSA has only one very grainy film from the late 50's.

https://youtu.be/paov0KcgLyU

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Someone has mentioned a possible video on Norton manufacturing in the early 1950s, if they can get some technical difficulties resolved - apparently the film is in poor condition.
It may even be my dommie they are showing being machined up up (joke).

AMC got lot of press coverage during the war (as did the other bike factories), images of lines of bikes ready to 'fight' were regularly splashed about.
Most of the factories featured on the front cover too, guess it was all good PR.

Re: Engine assembly shop at Plumstead [Re: Rohan] #751642
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Originally Posted by Rohan
AMC were totally proud of their operation at Plumstead,
and pics of almost every dept were in the press, for many years.

But, not a single photo have I seen of the engine assembly area.
During the Commando era too, photos of halls filled with bikes are legion,
but nothing of the engine building process.

Are there any, anywhere. ?

You don't see much of the AMC boxes being machined or assembled either, are there any ?
Have you dug through the photos here http://archives.jampot.dk/

I've seen pics of final assembly area, but maybe there's a photo of the engine assembly somewhere in the archives.


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