|One of the first streetcars that ran the rails in Flint. This one was on the line going to The Buick complex.|
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
|This is a nice color photo I found that matches the one shown below.|
|These two pages from a 1938 press release shed some light on pre WW II assembly operations for Buick.|
|This is the Fremont, California plant which opened in 1962 as a G.M.A.D. (General Motors Assembly Division) plant. This particular facility would become the General Motors and Toyota joint venture plant after the original facility ceased production in 1982. It would reopen in 1984 as the Nummi (New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.) factory, and is now scheduled to close in March 2010. Shown on the assembly line here is a 1964 Buick Skylark just receiving it's body being followed by a Pontiac. The car in front of the Buick is an Oldsmobile F-85. A good story from 1983.|
|This rather rare dust jacket (not as rare as the hardback) for the 50th anniversary book of Buick shows the locations of the B.O.P.plants in 1953.|
|Contrary to some written histories, here is a B.O.P. assembly plant in 1939. Most histories I have read claim 1946 - 1959 as the span in which these plants were constructed. Terry Dunham, the co author of: "The Buick: A Complete History" has corrected me pertaining to the first California B.O.P. plant. "Buick's first production on the West Coast came out of a plant located in South Gate, California down around Los Angeles".According to Wikipedia the South Gate plant opened in 1936 and was the second B.O.P. after the Linden, New Jersey plant. General Motors did establish the B.O.P. Sales Company in 1932. In this photo we can clearly see first, the rear quarter of a 1939 Pontiac coupe, the car receiving it's body with the unmistakable grille is a 39 Buick, and the car after the Buick is an Oldsmobile. The Linden N.J. plant was home to GM automobile assembly operations from 1937 to 2005, they assembled nearly 9 million vehicles in its 68 year history, including Buick's, Cadillac's, Oldsmobile's, Pontiac's, the Chevrolet Blazer and the GMC Jimmy. During World War II, they produced Grumman Wildcat fighter planes. Automobile production resumed in 1946. L.A. Buick plant 1936.|
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Just a different source of the photo below. Link for 1922 Buick's. 1922 transmission advertisement.
A 1922 look inside the Buick assembly plant #01 where the body’s are just being “cut in” with paint around the door jams and seats. Pretty much the same as today, except the seat part. The car body’s at this time would have gotten their seats in either 16-b or factory #07 on the second floor and then passed through the west bridge in the courtyard (heading south) between assembly and factory #01. Then they made the return trip to factory #06 assembly’s second floor through the east bridge of the courtyard, only this time heading north. The body’s were then lowered to the first floor to mate with their prospective chassis. As far as the seat stuffing department at any given time is anybody’s guess. Things were always moved around. In my time you never knew from year to year where any departments new location would be. The engine dress line was one that was always on the move. So if you have better information than I do, please leave a comment.
I've had this photo for years and never realized it was Buick in Flint. It is dated the same date as the photo below. I know I have a better copy, and will post it when I locate it. I also have another one of this same view, only the workers have changed positions. I also located the photo at the bottom of this post in the book "Our Day's Together At Buick City". I guess you really can't see the forest for the tree's. I have way too much stuff in my archives.
Inside factory #06. I would say at least 1923 because of the size of the rear axle.
This addition known as 06-b built in 1915 is where I now believe this photo was taken. This is a north view between factory #06 connected on the right and #07 connected on the left. These were numbered (north to south) as 06-b, 06-c and 06-d. Factory #09 is connected at the north-end. When the photo below was taken the roofed over area at the left between #07 and #10 did not exist. This is the only addition with three floors, which is obvious this building had. The second floor was the seat stuffing department. You can see the stairs in the right background of the enhanced photo below. If this assumption is correct, that would mean in the photo below the photographer was facing south, as evidenced by the light entering through the windows in the background.
Enhanced for more background detail.
Here is the "New for 1922" 4 cylinder engine very similar to the 6 shown below.
This photo dated November 17, 1922 shows workers have just installed the tires. Note the different tread patterns used on the front and rear. You can also see the fixture being used to align the running boards. The only other pillars I ever saw at Buick that were round were in engineering #84 the old Part's and Service building built between 1938-1939 and factory #05 enamel plant which were of a little bit different style.
. see the following link to view the 1922 body being assembled in the old W.F.Stewart plant
W.F. Stewart Inside + Postcard
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
All these photo's were taken from the overhead crane. The operator in this photo is facing east.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
|This view facing north from the main office in 1947 shows body receiving at factory #01. Building #16 has just been built and would become the new factory #40. The old transmission plant #40 is on the right. The area where the construction sheds for building #16 are located would be the future site of the Chemical and paint "Tank Farm" which would be built in the early 1980's. Looks like a mix of every model Buick made for 1948 except a convertible and Wagon. I see a Super Sedanette entering factory #01, a 4 door Sedan going up ramp and a couple of Special Series cars on the top and lower level of the Fisher Body delivery truck. The ones on the truck are both Sedanette models. Buick had three series that year: Special (2 models), Super (4 models) and Roadmaster also with (4 models). News story on Buick lineup.|
Sunday, September 13, 2009
|This is the body drop inside the old factory #19/#07 factory built in 1908. Notice the wooden pillar. This area was near the east wall.|
For more on this location at Buick follow this link or simply type in #62 in the search box at the top left corner of this blog.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
|The 11 millionth Buick built would be this "NEW" for 1963 Riviera.|
| The photo 'link' below showing the Buick factories, includes what would be the Riviera assembly plant in Flint. It is the tall building on the right. This appears to be the body receiving area in Buick's factory #04 mezzanine. |