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Photos and text by
Richard L. Benner, Jr.
Used by permission.
Here are some pics of the last Chrysler
Lebaron Convertible built in the St. Louis plant. Some were taken on the last days before
the plant’s closing.
is me behind the wheel (above). It is being driven off of the final
line and out to the yard for shipping. I was the final inspector. I
would check the vehicle over, check the paper work and then put the
final sticker on the door jamb (the silver sticker with the VIN and
the MDH (Month/Day/Hour).
These photos were taken in
1991 in the St. Louis assembly plant. Some have been retouched to remove the green tint from the fluorescent lights.
This is the final line, all final inspections and paperwork was done here:
(Richard Benner) and my work station. This is were the final sticker
and inspections were done. Note flag, we didn't need anything special
to fly it.
Inspectors who did the final interior and exterior inspections.
Inspectors and the supervisors.
More inspectors, including the under body inspector.
This is the empty dolly area. The vehicles are
transported on these dollies before they have any wheels and
suspension. The over head area has empty cradles. These "carry" the
unit thru the plant when it is suspended overhead.
car plant was closed in 1991, right after these pictures were taken. It
opened again as the van plant in 1995, I believe, and stayed that way until it closed. The plant behind it built the Dodge Ram pickup. [Both plants have been closed and demolished.]
Bob Feeley, of Elkton, Maryland, added one final photo, of the last Lebaron Coupe made at Newark.
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