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What 1,000 Cars a Day Means.

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

What 1,000 Cars a Day Means.

The New York Times
April 12, 1914


The fact that an automobile factory is turning out 1,000 complete cars per day is big in itself, but it grows in bigness when contributing facts are given.  On the basis of an eight-hour day, 120 cars must be completed each working hour; and as 250 men are employed on the assembling job, each man completes four cars per day.  In completing the 1,000-car daily quota, these 250 men handle a total of 500 tons of materials.  This quantity is made up of 4,000 tires, 1,000 gallons of gasoline, 1,000 pints of oil, 5,000 pounds of grease, 3,000 gallons of water in the cars' radiators, 2,000 springs, 5,000 lamps, 48,000 wheel spokes and no less than 200,000 cotter pins.

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