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Chrysler Asked Its Interns To Identify These Parts On A Car. Could You Ace This Test?

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Back in the summer of 2012, Chrysler was booming. With Fiat’s support, it had roared out of a recession, and was now looking to the future, hiring over 300 interns in southeast Michigan. I was one of them. It was one of the most fun summers of my life; I’d driven from UVa in my 225,000 mile 1992 Jeep Cherokee because there was no way I was going to show up to my dream job without my beloved Jeep, even if it was burning quite a bit of oil. Keen to impress, Chrysler treated us interns like kings, inviting us to swanky events and making sure we were entertained. One method of entertainment was a game called the Chrysler Intern Scavenger Hunt. It asked interns to identify over 40 parts on two vehicles sitting on hydraulic lifts. Here’s a look at that challenge.

I cannot express the sense of wonder I felt that summer. I’d been dreaming about working at Chrysler since I was a child. I’d read all about the headquarters in Auburn Hills, I’d devoured every review of every Chrysler product since 2003, I’d learned more about Jeep than any human should — and to finally head to Michigan for the first time to be in this hallowed spot that I’d dreamed of for so long, well, it’s something I’ll be grateful for the rest of my life.

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Detroit in the summer of 2012 represented the fulfillment of my biggest dream, and the things I saw there blew my mind.  Here’s me at the Woodward Dream Cruise, amazed by all the incredible iron cruising down that fabled highway:

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Here’s me in front of the Renaissance Center:

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And, because I’m starting to feel kinda weird about showing you pictures of me, here’s the last photo of me you’ll see in this article: It’s me at the Concours d’Elegance of Michigan in Plymouth:

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The 1999 Dodge Charger concept car was there:

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It was a beautiful day; I felt like I was in heaven:

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This is a photo of the Dodge Dart (remember those?) prototype we interns drove way up north one weekend. The 1.4 turbo mated to a dual clutch transmission was rough, particularly in traffic:

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I explored lots of Detroit’s abandoned structures, like the Packard plant here:

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Wait OK, just one more photo of me — this time in front of what was once the abandoned Michigan Central Station, but what is now Ford’s Future of Global Mobility.

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We also drove lots of fast cars; Chrysler had an intern day that involved all 300+ of us driving pretty much any Chrysler product around the Chelsea Proving Grounds’ high-speed oval. We were told to keep speeds below 75 mph, but there was no way in hell we were doing that with 470 horsepower Dodge Challengers and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRTs.

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I remember one intern friend of mine got a manual Challenger RT for the weekend. We spent the whole night just ripping burnouts and donuts in suburban Michigan. It was absolutely epic.

Anyway, because Chrysler was in growth-mode, it treated interns like Royalty, holding fancy events at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Max M. Fisher Music Center, at Chrysler’s now-departed museum in Auburn Hills, and on this rooftop near downtown Detroit:

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Plus there was a speech from leadership; here’s the late Sergio Marchionne speaking with us interns. I got there early so I could sit near him and Ralph Gilles.

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Other events included the Chrysler Intern Scavenger Hunt. I wasn’t exactly sure what this was; I figured we’d have to run around and find things, but then we were told that the event was in the basement of the Chrysler Technical Center, in the south wing. This was where all the engine dynos and vehicle hoists were.

I arrived to the meeting spot to find two vehicles on lifts: One was a Ram pickup and the other…well, I can’t remember the other one. Underneath and inside the car were a bunch of stickers with numbers on them. The intern coordinator sat at a table with a bunch of sheets that had over 40 vehicle components in a list. “You have to walk around these two cars, and when you find a part that’s on the list, write down the number on the sticker that’s on that part.”

I spent the full 30-ish minutes trying to find all the parts. I remember being super intense about it rushing, looking closely, and having absolutely no chill whatsoever. Other interns thought I was a weirdo, but this was my element. And I was a little confused; where the hell was the distributor? I’d just swapped my Jeep’s distributor cap a few months prior, but I don’t see a distributor cap anywhere! What the heck is a Knuten Valve? (I later realized that this, and that muffler bearing, were nods to the famous Chrysler Turbo Encabulator).

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So all the parts that I didn’t recognize — instead of guessing them — I just left them blank or put a question mark.

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I’m glad I did, because Chrysler had tried tricking us with parts on the list that one couldn’t find on either vehicle!  As such, I scored 45 out of a possible 45 — perhaps the only intern out of the 300-ish to score a 100 percent. Chrysler offered a free pizza lunch to interns who scored well on this scavenger hunt. I recall being rather late to that lunch.

Anyway, let me know how you’d do if you had to identify the parts on the above list.

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Pedro
Pedro
1 year ago

dang – so what led you here, was it drink? Was it a girl? It’s always a girl…

Denis Maina
Denis Maina
1 year ago

Nice, remember Chrysler invited my uni’s solar car team, back in 2014. They took good care of us. ow I work in the climactic tunnels. lol Also, the powertrain side does get a smell or burning oil whenever they do a bunch of engine runs.

FloridaNative
FloridaNative
1 year ago

Easily would have scored 44. 45 if one of the cars was old enough to have a distributor. Am not familiar with adjustable turning loop or maybe know it by a different name?

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AKA Rukh
AKA Rukh
1 year ago

I’m amazed they didn’t include a turbo encabulator on the quiz.

D-Dog
D-Dog
1 year ago

For me it was “muffler bearing” that told me Jason was working as in intern at Chrysler, writing tests for other interns.

Fredzy
Fredzy
1 year ago
Reply to  D-Dog

I’d have immediately interpreted that as a rubber exhaust hanger and killed myself looking for it

Hotdoughnutsnow
Hotdoughnutsnow
1 year ago

What, no radiator chain? Blinker fluid?

Chris D
Chris D
1 year ago

“Blinker Fluid” is made up of the tears shed by someone who regrets financing full MSRP on a Chevy Citation, or Pontiac diesel of that same era.

Pisco Sour
Pisco Sour
1 year ago

Joe Namath could have helped you with that last one.

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 year ago

Looking at that list, I’d be able to locate about 35 out of 45 on most cars without having to look anything up.

Thirdmort
Thirdmort
1 year ago
Reply to  Toecutter

That’s about where I’m at. I’d get about 75% of them, but I also work as an engineer for one of the Big 3, so it’s kinda my job (even though I’m in interiors).

Baron Usurper
Baron Usurper
1 year ago

Idk why but it’s blowing my mind that I’m a year older than David. Dude has 60+ years of experience shoved into a young man’s body.

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 year ago
Reply to  Baron Usurper

That is a testament to his intelligence. You can also see it in his writing. We’re also close in age.

Jakob K's Garage
Jakob K's Garage
1 year ago

I would get vapor locks in my muffler bearings if I’d had to answer that quiz 😉

Geoff Buchholz
Geoff Buchholz
1 year ago

I am here for “Jim Henson’s David Tracy Babies” content. Your enthusiasm is all over this site, and it’s one of the reasons a lot of us are here. Thanks for sharing this!

R4D4R
R4D4R
1 year ago

Semi related note: I had that same Nurburgring t-shirt in the same red probably in 2010-2012 era as well.

Loren
Loren
1 year ago

I wouldn’t have been able to find the Knuten Valve, would have guessed on the ATL, and read too fast and got “malfunctioning switch”.

Thomas Metcalf
Thomas Metcalf
1 year ago

Wow, look at the young lad with a full head of hair and only one pair of shorts!

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
1 year ago
Reply to  Thomas Metcalf

COTD!!

Widgetsltd
Widgetsltd
1 year ago

In 2012, I would have gotten 45/45 on that quiz, because at that point I had spent the prior 18 years working for Chrysler corp/DaimlerChrysler/Chrysler LLC. But in 2012 I was enjoying life as a contract worker at the not-bankrupt Jaguar Land Rover organization. The Supercharged V8 Jaguars & Range Rovers were almost as fun as the Vipers or SRT-8s. Good times…

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
1 year ago

“Wait? That kid took our stupid pop quiz, nailed it, and is still enthusiastic about being here..? Somebody give that man my job.”
-Chrysler Executive-

Manuel Verissimo
Manuel Verissimo
1 year ago

Man, it looks like Chrysler was hot for its new interns. Where I worked, the best day of the internship was when some coworker brought croissants for his birthday.

All my previous employers treated me like I should be happy to be working for them, which I was, but pizza would have been nice.

Fix It Again Tony
Fix It Again Tony
1 year ago

Seems like this could’ve been an interview question instead of a game. Guess they really needed the head counts.

Bizness Comma Nunya
Bizness Comma Nunya
1 year ago

I love how enthusiastic DT was/is regarding chrysler specifically. I feel that (A LOT) of companies need to focus on not killing the dream inside of young engineers who just want to do good at their first jobs out of school.

I’ve seen it with brilliant/enthusastic engineers who came from other big 3 automakers and both of the large domestic EV companies where they were (purposely) forced on some project that was souless and wasn’t mission critical… and they moved on to greener pastures faster.

Last edited 1 year ago by Bizness Comma Nunya
Taxi maniac
Taxi maniac
1 year ago

Dave was jacked in college!

What a great article. Sure beats my engineering internship at the Sony TV plant in Pittsburgh in 2004.

This looks like the coolest summer ever.

I woulda maybe scored 30 outta 45 in college, probably 42 out of 45 today.

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