Thursday, October 29, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
|This photo from the Buick Research Gallery (I believe) shows the Sloan Museums Flint Roadster being retrieved. I wish I had more information on this.|
|The articles from "The Wolverine Citizen" pertaining to the Hardy "Flint Roadster"|
|The Randall carriage works advertising in the Flint City Directory in 1881-1882.|
|This north east view of the Frank & Abner Randall carriage factory is the location where production of the first auto manufacturing began in Flint. It was located at Saginaw street and Third street. History also tells us that this was the location of the first carriage (mostly farm wagons) manufacturing done in Flint. William Patterson was actually the first true carriage maker in Flint, with the Randall brothers building farm wagons in the beginning. Maybe the Randall's should be credited with building the first wheeled vehicles in Flint. Link for Patterson bid as number 1 in Flint.|
|This is the Flint Hardy Roadster, owned by the Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan. The color is green with red accents and black leather upholstery. Hardy's company operated from 1902-1903.|
|This is Flint’s first auto manufacturer in 1939, A.B.C. (Alexander Brownell Cullen) Hardy. Even though he only produced about 52 Flint roadsters, he had the original vision. His history is well documented by others.|
This is Durant-Dort factory #5 which was the Flint Axle Works. This was the first factory built in the Oak Park Industries area at the location of the old Hamilton farms. Fred J. Weiss was the manager.
This east facing view of the Hamilton dam on the Flint river, clearly shows Durant-Dort factory #2 (at the left) next to the water tower.
Here is a list of factories inspected by the state of Michigan, in Flint for the year 1905. Originally Copeman/Heany was the Durant-Dort No.3 makers of high grade buggies etc. Durant-Dort show five factories at that time.
Closeup of the south portion of the Hamilton Dam
Closeup of the postcard shown below which clearly shows Durant-Dort #2.
Hamilton Dam with Durant-Dort #2 in the distance at left.
Here is a north view across the Flint river during the 1904 flood. At this time it was no longer used for buggy manufacturing.
This is the Durant-Dort factory after it was taken over by The Heany Electric Co. This photo is from 1910. After this building was torn down the Industrial Bank was built here, which is currently called the Northbank Center. The history of the Heany company and the ramifications that led to the first downfall of Billy Durant can be found in Lawrence Gustin's book "Billy Durant" Creator Of General Motors.
This west view from across the Flint river is during the 1917 flood. Looks like it still had the Copeman name on the rear of the building. Westinghouse corporation bought Copeman in 1917.
This is the Durant-Dort factory when it was used as The Copeman Electric Stove Co. Lloyd Copeman with the help of J. Dallas Dort established the Copeman Electric Stove Company in 1912. Dort and twenty-two stockholders raised $500,000 to start the company. Charles Stewart Mott was one of those investors. More on Copeman.
This is an artist's rendering of the Saginaw st and Second ave factory. This view is facing south east.
This shows the location of the Durant-Dort factory located at the corner of Saginaw street and Second Avenue. This was Durant-Dort factory #3.
This factory (on Mill Street) was just to the north west of the Durant-Dort factory located on Richfield rd. (now Chavez Drive) on the south side of the Flint River. This is a parking lot now. A whip socket is a device for holding your horse whip when not in use. The whip socket would be attached to the dash board of your buggy. I figure the term "DASH" refers to the swift movement of the buggy. The dash would keep flying debris from the horses hoofs from entering the buggy. We still use this term today in our modern automobiles.
This is a full north west view.
I believe this is the Whip Socket factory in it's original configuration. Either that or this is the factory in Fenton, Michigan, before it moved to Flint.
Durant-Dort #2 which became the wheel plant when Imperial wheel moved into this building after they left the Hamilton Avenue location. November 20, 1915.
Durant-Dort #2. Click on story below for the original 1915 source.
This is where the wheel work was moved to after the Hamilton Avenue plant became the first Chevrolet assembly plant in Flint during August 1912. William Durant of the Durant Dort Carriage co.had control over many factories in Flint even after he lost control of General Motors in 1910. Putting together the Chevrolet Company would lead him back to the leadership of General Motors by 1915.
This map shows the location of Durant-Dort factory #2 on (OLD) Richfield road in 1907. In 1924 Richfield was changed to Lewis street. After the I-475 business loop came through Flint it became Chavez Drive, and was drastically altered. The factory was located where southbound I-475 (north of the Kearsley overpass) is today. Also of interest is the location of the old Cornwall Whip Socket factory, located on Mill Street, also know as Flint Specialty Company. In 1916 they employed only 8 workers. The factory next door to the Cornwall facility shows the Peerless Heater Valve Company, the president of the Peerless co. was Clarence G. Booth. This was the final location for the assembling of the "Hardy Flint Roadster", built by A.B.C. Hardy.
This would be the north-east end of old factory #2 on the old Richfield Rd. This later became the Imperial plant after the move from Hamilton Avenue. In this photo it is being changed to an auto wheel factory and having it's number changed to NO. 1.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
|Building the Saginaw plant in 1910. This view is facing north-east across Sixth st.|
|Sheet music for the Buick song. The men pictured are: Louis Chevrolet, Lewis Strang, Bob Burman and the team manager William H. Pickens. It was announced in the New York Times of October 6, 1909 that Pickens was leaving the Buick team and joining the Benz Import Co. team as their manager. Go here for the sheet music.|
|Marquette racers lined up and revving their engines. This may be at the Saginaw, Michigan factory but I'm not sure.|
|This postcard shows the Marquette plant in color. The black and white photo is shown farther below.|
|This Buick is shown in 1959.|
|This is the same car as the two lower photos. I have read that there are only two known to exist, but it seems at least three are still around. I believe this is a model 10. My knowledge of the cars themselves is pretty sketchy.|
|Same car as below.|
|Another 1909 Marquette-Buick at a car show.|
|Another view of the model 16-b Indy Marquette-Buick. Link: http://usautoindustryworldwartwo.com/General%20Motors/buick.htm|
|I.M.S. museum In Indianapolis, Indiana.|
|The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Marquette-Buick.|
|This is a nice example of the 1910 Marquette-Buick, owned by Harrah's Automobile Collection in Reno, Nevada.|
|Another pose of the Buick team. (as seen below).|
|The Buick team on the test track at the Buick factory in Flint, Michigan.|
|Louis Chevrolet in a Marquette-Buick. I believe that is Lewis Strang behind the wheel. This is on Hamilton Ave. in front of factory #01 in Flint, Michigan.|
|Chevrolet in a Marquette-Buick in 1910.|
|No. 10 winner of Cobe Cup Race, June 19, 1909, Marquette-Buick, Chevrolet was the driver.|
|Louis Chevrolet at the Vanderbilt race in #29. Long Island, Oct. 1, 1910.|
|Check out the makeshift fenders on George DeWitt's car.|
|This is George DeWitt in a Marquette-Buick. He was not sponsored by the Buick factory team.|
|A close-up of Burman in a Marquette-Buick. Click on page below for easy reading.|
|This is "Wild"Bob Burman in a Marquette-Buick. Burman continued racing after the Buick team disbanded, and died in a crash at Corona, California April 18, 1916. He is buried in his hometown of Imlay City, Michigan. Burman killed story.|
|This is Louis Chevrolet in #42.|
|Here is #34 at the 1910 Indianapolis race.|
|This is the actual factory where the Marquette-Buick was built, viewed (at top) from the corner of Sixth and Washington, in Saginaw, Michigan. The lower view is facing south west, from the rear of the factory.|
|Shown on map above at lower left.|