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Report - Dunlop Wheels Ltd, Coventry

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. dweeb

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    Been waiting a long time for this one! The site is well over a hundred years, encorporaing 'SS Cars' (swallow sidecars) which we today know as Jaguar. Steel wheels have been made on the site for a century, once making bike and aeroplane wheels too. All that is in the past tho, and for the past 40 years it has been making steel wheels for Rover and Peugeot, as well as TATA abroard. Anyway after two takeovers the plant has finally been closed. The works is being stripped out over the following months, and evetually will be demolished.
    This one was an invite, by a fella who worked at the site for 27 years. I work with many blokes who served their time there, so have no end of stories of pranks and things! Once inside I was allowed to roam where I pleased, taking in the press hall, still fitted (for now) with it's pair of 1600tonne 'British Clearing' presses. Also the toolroom and paint shop were untouched from the last days of production.
    There was a wall in the press hall, decorated with one of every wheel made at the factory, with spoked and ornate wheels showing how diverse the products were.
    At the end of the day... how many cars have steel wheels these days. That is why the factory closed.

    Where Jaguar cars was born...
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    1600 tonne press
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    Examples of wheels made in the factory, even spoked wheels for E-type jags.
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    Last one is quite ironic
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    Press tool for the centre of a wheel
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    Flypress weight
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    Pin micrometer for measuring the inside thickness of wheels
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    Rim line, where the pressings are welded together
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    The toolroom
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    I've explored the factory this was made in!
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    Half finished wheels... they will never be finished.
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    Old wages dept
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    Paint shop
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    Wheel hopper
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