Saturday, April 8, 2017

Factory Whistle Power house #14.

This is Leith Street ,old Oakland, at the intersection of Division St. Built in 1920.  Original expandable. Link for more history.

Enlarged below.

The whistle shown below.
This whistle was removed in 1972 when the old power house was demolished. I took this picture at the Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Original 1957 Buick.

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, 36 and 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. 

 

Link to view manual.

 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.