buickman2https://buickman2.wordpress.comThe original purpose of this Blog was as a quick retrieval point for my research data. "It grew out of control rather quickly". I do not hold claim to everything here. As with all history I build and hopefully expand on other peoples efforts. I spend many hours trying to ensure the accuracy of this history which is always evolving. I have worked at many different G.M. plants in my 30 years with the company. I've spent time at the old Chevy V8 plant in Flint, Michigan in 1970 going to night school in the dynamometer room, then onto Buick in 1972, followed by 9 months at the Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, known as Chevy In The Hole. I was called back to Buick after the economy picked up in 1974. In 1997 I went north 50 miles to Bay City Powertrain, which was another old Chevrolet plant. Like most GM. employees I worked some special assignments at other plants in north America. I welcome feedback on anything I post, pertaining to the General Motors Factories. I especially like corrections or new information.
Hello Gerry, some info on the Buick. This car has been in our family since 1981. Dad was the third owner. It was built in Atlanta, Georgia and delivered to Adcock Motor sales in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dad bought from a gentleman in Almont, Mi. Dad worked at Buick in Factories 4,36and 10 where he retired from in 1988. Dad passed away in November of 1996. The car is mostly all original with 90% of the original paint, I repainted the blue around 1985. Other than a carpet change in 1985 the interior is all original. The drive train is all original with just normal maintenance done to it. Still has one of the original tires in the trunk. It’s been in numerous parades including the UAW 50th Anniversary parade and a lot of car shows over the years. I was invited to display it in Factory 36 during the Buick Centennial in 2003. The guy setting up the displays knew my dad and ask me if the car was still around since it hadn’t been out since dad had passed. I told him I had it and would more than happy to bring it in. Dad would have been very proud to see his Buick on display in the plant. He worked in 36 for a few years and a lot of the guys knew him and his car he talked about. It’s also been used in a lot of family weddings over the years. The car has Factory Air Conditioning, power Windows, Seats and power antenna. With just 79,000 miles still drives like a new car. We treat it as a family heirloom and my job is to preserve for the next generation.
Al Rogers with just one of his pride and joys.
That is my youngest granddaughter Shelby, she’s six years old now. I think most of my nieces, nephews and their kids have had their picture taken in that car seat .
That is the key the dealer included when it was new.
I was invited to display it in Factory 36 during the Buick Centennial in 2003. The guy setting up the displays knew my dad and ask me if the car was still around since it hadn’t been out since dad had passed. I told him I had it and would more than happy to bring it in. Dad would have been very proud to see his Buick on display in the plant. Al was primarily a repairman at the Buick factory in Flint Michigan. I loved watching him work. I once observed while he removed and installed a complete dash assembly on the repair floor at Buick City. Believe me when I say: he knows as much as anyone about building Buick’s.
Still has one of the original tires in the trunk.
As is said: There only original once.
She’s a real Beauty Al. Thanks for all the memories.
We are facing east looking at one of the many Weston-Mott factories that rose up alongside the Buick factories. This particular one would go on to become Buick #34. The photo below is after it became #34 and the description at that time follows. Link: The Weston-Mott factories at Buick.This factory was built in 1909 and ( partially) demolished in 1939. “First steam” in this plant was December 16, 1909. This plant made hubs and rims. The original cost of this factory was $20,000.
In 1939, the south half of this building was demolished, making room for the new“Buick Service and Parts”. This view of Weston-Mott #04 was taken from the access road that ran north along the “Pere Marquette” rail line. This would be the future site of Buick #84. The story of this factory can be seen below.
We are facing east looking at one of the many Weston-Mott factories that rose up alongside the Buick factories. This particular one would go on to become Buick #35. The photo below is after it became #35 and the description at that time follows. Link:The Weston-Mott factories at Buick.A north facing view of Weston-Mott #5 (Buick #35). This is the axle plant thatHarry Bassett , Weston-Mott General Manager,requested to be built next to factory #4 in his letter dated July 31, 1909 to William “Bill” Little (Buick Manager). It just ended up a bit farther north. These factories back then could be up and running in as little as 3 months from the time you contacted the builder. “Not as much red tape as today”. At the time of this photo I believe it was still an axle plant but when this was published in “The Factory Behind The Car” Buick labeled it as to it’s then current use.
This view of Weston-Mott #05 was taken from St. John Street. This would be the future site of Buick #94. The story of this factory can be seen below. Link:Factory #35 and #94.
On the left isWeston-Mott #6which would become Buick #36. In the distance, beyond the courtyard, can be seen the “Imperial Wheel Co.” which would become a Chevrolet plant in 1913. It Then was purchased for the Monroe Motor Co. in 1914. About 1915 it was taken over by Buick and was #18.designated building It would eventually become the site of the Buick Parts and Service in 1939. Now, on the right you can see the east wall of Weston-Mott #4, whose story has been given at the start of this post.
Weston-Mott office at left. Judging from the size of the bushes, compared to a dated photo, I would put the date at about 1911. Buick factory #01 and office beyond. The man leaning on the rail, would be looking at the Bank, in the photo below. Links:
The north end of factory #12. This is the intersection of Industrial Ave. and Leith St. This is the winter of 1910-1911. I spent many hours in this factory after the creation of Buick City in 1985. Link:
Buick #04 looking south-east across Hamilton Ave. and Industrial Ave., in 1911, at the body plant. This was the original W.F. Stewart plant #4 until it was absorbed by Buick in July 1908. Don’t confuse this with the 1947 Buick factory #04.
Factory #06 about 1911. We are facing north with Division St. off to the right. The #03 foundry is visible in the distance. Link: Factory #06 Assembly.
This is the “Oak Park Power Company” and I think this is late 1909. We are facing west in the courtyard between Buick factory #01 & Buick #06 and #07. That is Weston-Mott #1 in the background. Link:
This is the “Oak Park Power Company” and I think this is late 1909. We are facing south-west. in the courtyard between Buick factory #01 and Buick #06 and #07. That is Weston-Mott #2 with the sawtooth roof. Link:
This is a view of the new “Michigan Motor Casting”factory from the south-west in 1911. This factory would become Buick #38 in 1916.That is Industrial Avenue with the trolley tracks in place. This is where Buick factory #04 would be built in 1947. Link:
This photo inside the Kearsley St. plant shows William Beacraftat the right, next to the improved engine (pushrods on top). This was 1904. The worker behind him with the old style engine is known only as Randall. The first man at the left is only known as Morse. The worker behind him is known only as Hiles. The next in line is W.H. Wascher. Beyond him is a worker known only as Daikin. The man at the center (3rd from right) was known as Mr. Green. Written on back:View of workers posing with machinery at the Buick Motor Company factory. Handwritten on back: “Left to R. 1. Mr. Morres; 2. Mr. Hill; 3. Wm. Washer; 4. Wesley Daken; 5. [blank]; 6. [blank]; 7. [blank]; 8. [blank]; 9. David Randell with Buick over 40 yr.; 10. Beacraft, Wm. Factories–Buick.” Link: Original Sorry but this is the best information I have, from two sources.
The old “Flint Varnish Works” has now become “The Flint Varnish and Color Works” in 1911. Link:
This is the first floor of factory #08 after the cement work that is seen being performed below.
“The Buick Garage” getting ready for cement. In this east facing view we can see the “Flint Axle” factory. The unique smoke stacks of the “Flint Varnish Works” are off to the right. At the far left, across Hamilton Ave., can be seen the “Imperial Wheel Works”. Links: Oak Park IndustriesImperial Wheel Company Had Many Faces