Factory #09 Inside

From the photos I have seen I suspect the finished car would sometimes be brought into factory #09 as a finished car and disassembled there for shipment.
Here are front and rear spindles and brakes.
These inner rear body panels are packed 12 to a crate.
If I’m seeing right these parts are headed for Osaka, Japan.
Crates of Buick parts at the rail dock of factory #09. This view would be facing south at the east wall of the factory along Division street.
Inside factory #09 in 1929.
Many different parts packed in groups of four as usual. I see pistons, gaskets lug wrenches, piston rings etc…….
Here are all the wood body supports for 4 complete Buick’s. This particular shipment is headed for Port Elizabeth, South Africa for final assembly. Many factory’s did this back then.  Shipments to south Africa began in 1913 with the assembly starting in 1926.
One whole chassis and cowl ready for shipment. This would probably be going to a custom body maker.
Four six cylinders per crate just like the other crated parts.
Here are some top of the line 1930 Buick’s  lined up along Division street in front of  the old train shed #02 where I spent some of my final year at Buick. This was the main shipping point at that time. That is #03 forge in the background. This view is facing west.
The major sheet-metal parts for assembly of 4 new Buick’s crated for shipment to another assembly facility. There were other assembly points in other country’s and also other locations in the U.S.  
This is factory #09 shipping.
Here is a 1924 Buick crated up for shipment to some far off land.

Factory #09 export crating. Like small streams, everything trickled down to this building.

Here’s a view of export shipping in #09 before this operation was moved to #02.

This view facing north east at the same corner of the building shown in the previous post (only later) after the wall was changed, shows two workers aligning the headlights sometime in the 20’s. Back then the cars did not change significantly year to year as they did in the 50’s and 60’s when people had money in their pockets in post war America and changed cars simply as a status symbol due to simple sheet metal changes. The cars of today seem to be built that way now but if you notice when times are good they will start changing the appearance of new cars more often. I miss those days when you could tell a ford from a Buick or Chevy from three blocks away. Now you cant tell until you see the name on the car and that’s even hard now due to the imports trying to use American names to fool us into buying their product. The photo at bottom is from Don Bent’s book: A Place Called Buick.


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