Sunday, July 20, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

1938

In this large aerial view of Buick probably taken in 1938 you can see the test track (at far right) located where factory #27 (Liberty Engine Plant) was at on Stewart. Don Bent stated in his fine book "A Place Called Buick" that this track was built in 1937 and demolished in 1942.  Largest steel order story.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Buick 1932


This view across the Buick site is probably from early 1932 as evidenced by the old foundry #20 being fully demolished and building #85 the new engineering works has not been built yet. You will also note that factory #35 and #37 are now gone. The east wing of factory #01 has been removed and the main office #07 on Hamilton has been extended to the east.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Buick 1975

Here we see a load of Buick body's just arriving from Fisher Body at the Hamilton Avenue gate located at south Division street. That is building #44 in the background.

The red arrow shows the location of the "tank farm" during construction .This was the new centralized receiving area for all the paint and other chemicals used for painting an automobile. The yellow arrow is where the paint dept. #11 was located on the 3rd floor of factory #04. The green arrow shows factory #44 the future paint facility which was originally the engine dress area on the 1st floor. When you enlarge this photo you can see a Fisher Body hauler just under the red arrow.

This is the Buick site in 1975.