Saturday, April 12, 2014

Buick City Training Diploma.

This shows my one time committee man Harold Blakley as the union rep. and Wayne Elowsky as the Buick City rep. Harold played drums in a long time country band from the Flint area. I once bought his Public address system that he used to mike his drums for all those years. I just recently sold it to my son in-law. Wayne was one of my first supervisors when I joined the materials group in 1975. He is mentioned elsewhere in this blog. This training took place in several Flint area schools and Buick City over the summer of 1985.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fordite Jewelry.

I posted a story on this same thing being done at Buick's paint shop factory #11 located on the third floor of factory #04. I love coincidence because I just got this article out of Hemmings Muscle Machines May 2014 issue and am posting it exactly six years later to the day.  Link: for the original story from April 2, 2008 at lower left. Open images in a new tab and enlarge for reading.

Factory #04/11-14

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Cindy Dempsey  

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Factory #36 South.

An old photo of the south truck dock of the Buick engine plant #36. I did not like it when the name changed from BUICK MOTOR DIVISION. This is a Leonard Thygesen photo. Location of photo shown here.  
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December 25, 2010 Buick Demolition Last Remnant Of Factory #36 Powertrain Flint North expected to end all production Friday, shutting down last plant at historic Buick City site 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Seasons Greetings

This is the Seasons Greetings from the old Powerhouse #07 at the Buick complex. It is now proudly displayed by Buick documentary film maker Leonard Thygesen.  MERRY CHRISTMAS! Link: 

Leonard Thygesen  Powerhouse #07 Leonard Thygesen Demolition Videos and Buick Prints.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Factory #01 1906

This I believe shows the lawn sprinklers being installed during landscaping in 1906. This is facing north with the photographer on the roof of the Stewart body plant #4.  Link: 

Buick Factory #01.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Buick Badge.

This photo collage was sent by Scott Cummings who was seeking information on this rare piece of Buick history.
This information is from Don Bent's book "A Place Called Buick".


Inside Factory #27

Factory #27 The "Liberty Engine" 

Liberty Engine Test Sheds 1918

  De Havilland DH-4

Friday, October 18, 2013


A Joseph Dennis photo showing factory #31 during demolition. Go to the following link to view all of Dennis' great photos. FLICKR.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

View Of Factory District

This is the Buick main office viewed closeup from the same perspective as shown in the Birdseye view farther below.
Closeup of the card above.
Birdseye view of the Oak Park factories as viewed from east of the Flint river. Notice the suspension bridge over the river leading to the factories...this would be removed in 1911. It looks like the river is just receding after a flood. Link: 

Suspension bridge at Hamilton Avenue

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