Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Flint Photos: Buick, July 1984


  1. Reminds me of a (much bigger and better looking) addition I was involved in designing for the engine plant at Buick around 1981. They had recently bought back the manufacturing rights to an aluminum v6 that they had sold to Jeep decades before, but Buick produced so many rejected engine block castings, (endlessly filling multiple gondola cars), that they found it necessary to invest in a dedicated, enclosed scrap dock, with its own internal railroad spur, to continually load and haul them all away. – Never could comprehend the plant management's view of what they must have seen as 'efficient inefficiencies' of the kind I witnessed there in those days.

  2. South east corner of Fact 36, that door would take you to block test.


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