I’m completing a study on how quickly the U.S. economy transitioned after WWII from a wartime economy with strong elements of central control to a relatively free-market economy. I’ve got all that. What I’m missing is stories such as, “The Ford plant at River Rouge transitioned from producing airplanes, military trucks, and tanks to producing x thousand civilian cars in 1947.” I’ve read some of the basic books on the auto industry and they tend to devote only a few pages to the transition.

My request: Can anyone direct me to some good data or even some good stories for the auto industry? Are there any other industries on which there are good data and/or stories?

Thanks in advance.