Factory #05 War Work.

The final end to factory #05 on March 1, 2012. This is the north-east corner of the factory, located at Division Street and Stewart Avenue. The green arrow in the photo below, shows the area and direction. Another updated photo from Leonard Thygesen.

Here is factory #05 in 1955. It is all gone now. “Lets hope we wont need any of these experienced workers or factories again”? Only time will tell. This post deals with the intake pipe built here during World War II. The Pipe was used on the Pratt & Whitney R-1830 radial engines which were used on the B-17 and B-24 heavy four engine bombers.

The intake pipe starts out as a flat piece of steel. As it makes it’s way through this machine, it is turned into a tube and continuously welded.

Bending the pipe in a mandrel.

Forcing the steel balls through the pipe to eliminate any unwanted obstructions in the bends. Shown also below.

Forcing the steel balls through the pipe to eliminate any unwanted obstructions in the bends. Same as below.

Forcing the steel balls through the pipe to eliminate any unwanted obstructions in the bends.

Putting on the flange in factory #05.

Spraying on the black protective paint in factory #05.

Replacing an intake pipe. This just happens to be the exact plane I went on board during Buick’s 100th birthday celebration.

A closeup of an intake pipe in place.

This photo shows everything in place, (including the exhaust) which shows why the different shape of the engine cowling was needed on the B-24 only.

This collage shows the arrangement for the B-24 version with the turbo-supercharger which was the reason for the elliptical engine cowlings. The engine cylinder at the lower right shows the location of the intake pipe.

A head on view showing the intake pipes. Fourteen pipes

(of different configuration) were required for each engine.

A side on view showing the locations of the intake pipes. These pipes went directly into the Supercharger. As you can see in this photo, this engine is not destined for a bomber. This would be the same engine configuration that was used in the four engine B-17 Heavy bomber (which did not use the “TURBO-SUPERCHARGER”) that was used on the four engine B-24 Liberator. The Liberator B-24 lent it’s nickname to this engine.

This diagram (overlaid) on a real R-1830 Pratt & Whitney engine, shows the intake pipes in their relative locations. This also shows the exhaust ports without those pipes in place. The exhaust pipes were made by Fisher Body in DetroitLinks:

World War II Archeology in England

B-24 Liberator

Friends in England

Factory #05 The End

Buick Powertrain North Site Demolition

Demolition View 2012

Stewart and Selby Gate 2012.

Leonard Thygesen Demolition Update

Almost A Memory 2-21-2012

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