Sunday, March 30, 2008

Weston-Mott Powerhouse #6

This is the Weston-Mott powerhouse #6 built in 1909. After Buick took over this building it became Buick building #36. This view is looking southwest from north of the Imperial Wheel company. This building was removed around 1936.

Powerhouse #14

Very nice profile of the old powerhouse. I did not know you very well.


This is what I seen when I hired in at Buick late in 1972. The view is facing north.

Powerhouse #07







A downed stack. 










Simpler times.
Same view during demolition. 





The new Buick powerhouse was built between 1971-1973. This area was where the “SEASONS GREETINGS” sign was placed for viewing from the I-475 freeway. Being correct it could not say “MERRY CHRISTMAS” because we were already on our way to being taken over by the “New Immigrants” to America who don’t want to assimilate with us. follow this link to see the Seasons Greetings sign now These photos are still shots taken from Leonard Thygesen’s film about the Demolition of the Buick plant. The bottom photo is from Don Bent’s book “A Place Called Buick”. 









A 1974 story on the powerhouse.







Leonard Thygesen

More Aerial Buick.
A Craig Charchan photo facing south .  1974 story about the new powerhouse.

Buick Powerhouse #07

This view from the south stack of #07 is from Don Bent's book "A Place Called Buick". I have the original in my collection but this was closer at hand. I remember when this came out. I was working on #16 rail dock. I was trying to figure this out when I noticed that the photo negative must have been reversed, You would need to flip this photo horizontally to see the true view.

This is a clip from my home movies at Buick. This view is from the parking lot for building #94 facing north on a cold November in 1995. I was listening to the Moody Blues "Key's of the Kingdom". This structure was demolished in 2004.

Champion Ignition Company 1908

The yellow star shows Albert Champion's first office in Flint which was located in Buick's factory #01. The red one shows the office of the Buick manager.
This photo from 1909 shows they were still going by the name Champion.   Link:   For more on A.C. and Champion.


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Albert Champion

Albert Champion was born in Paris France. His original sparking plug business was located in Boston and was called the "Champion Spark Plug Company". When Durant brought this company to Flint they were still operating under the Champion name, but because that company was still in operation (a legal dispute) they simply used Albert's initials, thus A.C. was born.  1927 death notice.    

Inside A.C.

Workers taking time out for a photo.

This is a display case at the Sloan museum in Flint showing the early types of spark plugs A.C. made.
Hard at work at A.C. in Flint, Michigan.


The two photos above show a typical production area at A.C.


A.C. On Industrial Avenue and the Buick Bug.

This is 1936 looking north from the roof of the A.C. plant on Industrial Avenue. That is the old W.F. Stewart factory #3 at the right. The background is filled with the Buick factory. Factory #08 garage is in the center with the old Weston-Mott at the left. There is much to see in the background.   Link for more on this.
Louis Chevrolet and his "Buick Bug".


Bob Burman in his "Buick Bug".


Louis Chevrolet and Bob Burman in their "Buick Bugs". Shown below is the original un-retouched photo showing the grandstands at Indy still under construction.


Louis Chevrolet after an accident in his "Buick Bug".  
The Bug at the Howard showroom.
This is in San Francisco during the early '20s after it was rescued from a barn at Bob Burman's widows farm. C.S.Howard had it stored at his San Francisco dealership for some years where it was seen by Buick engineer Charley Chayne who restored it at Buick engineering in Flint, eventually it was turned over for display at the Sloan and Buick Gallery in Flint, Michigan.


The Buick bug in White.


Two midget Buick racers.


An early magazine ad showing Bob Burman in his Bug.


Special "60" specs.


Louis Chevrolet in his Bug. The only surviving Bug is  "Wild" Bob Burman's car. It was rescued from his widows barn in the early '20s.


The "Bug" on it's way to a show.


Aerial view of A.C. on Industrial also showing Stewart factory #3 at upper right.


Original photo of the first A.C. plant on Industrial Avenue looking east.

Here's a rare shot of the "Buick Bug" painted white.


This is the Buick "Bug" at the Sloan Museum in Flint Michigan.


This view facing north east shows factory #04 body receiving behind the Buick Bug in 1971.


                                                                     
                                                                       A.C. War work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
This photo of the Buick Bug shows A.C. in the background in 1971.This view from the Main Office parking lot is facing southeast.


     
This great photo from Leonard Thygesen's collection shows the whole area of Buick including the surrounding area.
I made this rough overlay just to show the relative position of the A.C. factory in conjunction with the Buick factories along Industrial Avenue. The A.C. plant was built on either side of Industrial with bridge's connecting the east and west wings. This view is facing northeast. I don't remember when the A.C. plant was demolished but it was still there in the early 70's.  
The A.C. factory  when it was still named Champion Ignition Company. This is 1913. This view is facing north with Industrial Avenue on the left. The Buick plant  water tower is in the distance. W.F. Stewart factory #3 is on the right in the background. Link here for more. 


1918.
This rendering of the Champion factory is mostly correct but all the surrounding buildings are not. This view is facing southeast with Industrial Avenue in the foreground.