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Chris_Dresbach
02-08-2012, 06:38 PM
Would anybody here be interested in going on tours of the Studebaker Body plant, building #84, at the upcoming Intl. meet? This is still in the planning stages, but a friend of mine and I are working on having a few tours put together. The cost would be $5 for the "brief" tour, and $10 for the "extended" tour. Dates and times are still TBA until we can get a rough idea of how many people to expect. Twenty percent of all the proceds will go to charity. Abe, the buildings owner, is being very gracious in letting us in the building. Building #84 was one of Studebaker's major assembly buildings and still stands directly next to the Administration building. It is currently used as an automotive warehouse and people can store their cars there for $48 a month. We ask that if you want to see the interior of this building, please sign up for the tour. Abe does not want any "stragglers".
Anybody in? Let me know.

t1003nl
02-08-2012, 06:42 PM
Chris,

I'm in. Just let me know when and where to meet. Sounds like a good time. Thanks. Extended sounds like the way to go.

Neil

starliner62
02-08-2012, 06:45 PM
I'm in for two.

mrelmtow
02-08-2012, 07:12 PM
Count us in for four.

Mike

Chris_Dresbach
02-08-2012, 09:00 PM
Cool, I'll have you guys marked down. We are still not sure on which day this will take place, but it will probably be during the day, as in noon or 1:00.
Also for those who don't know, the building I'm talking about is the large structure behind my car in my signature photo. :)

Milaca
02-08-2012, 10:17 PM
Count me as one more!

Dwain G.
02-08-2012, 10:35 PM
I'll plan on going. Hoping I don't have a conflict with another event.

Chris_Dresbach
02-08-2012, 10:50 PM
I'll plan on going. Hoping I don't have a conflict with another event.

The plan is to try and have this when nothing else is going on. I need to look at a meet book to get the dates and exact times of everything.

lynn fletcher
02-09-2012, 12:50 AM
I'd like to be in on this. I'm registered for the meet. Please keep me in the loop.

StudeDave57
02-09-2012, 01:01 AM
It sorta sounds like this may be one in the same...?

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?58934-Tour-of-Bldgs.-84-112-and-113.

Folks are gonna wanna know... :rolleyes: ;)

Bill Pressler
02-09-2012, 04:59 AM
I'd be in if it were on Wednesday sometime. Of course, don't let me dictate everyone else's choices (I don't think that will happen though! LOL).

BobPalma
02-09-2012, 06:17 AM
Good work on this, Chris. (A little poetry, there).

Having toured this building extensively for the series of Turning Wheels articles roughly 20 years ago, I'd recommend it. It's an interesting place; very "old factory" looking. I can't imagine it having changed much in the interim, so 'would expect it to be worth everyone's time who would like to see probably the last facility in which Studebaker components were manufactured.

Well played, Chris; thanks again for your efforts. BP

Jim B PEI
02-09-2012, 06:45 AM
Chris, count me in for one extended. I guess this means I should get busy and make my other reservations too!

Edit--see my comments about the other post above from "DeepinHock" about the booklet "Studebaker Factory Tours"

COMMANDERPINK1
02-09-2012, 07:15 AM
I too would be interested in this tour.
Tom

tjanowia
02-09-2012, 07:19 AM
This is the same as the one posted on the 2012 Int. site but after talking to Chris last night we figured this one would get better exposure. As far as I know this would be the first organized tour of the bldg. allowed and we don't want to blow it so please don't bother the owner with individual tours. He is doing this as a favor to Stude fans and to raise a little money for the construction of an regional athletic facility for handicapped kids called Miracle Park. Hopefully we'll impress him enough that we will be able to do this again in the future. We'll go back and talk to the owner again after we get more imput and we definitely don't want to disrupt the Int. Meet.

sweetolbob
02-09-2012, 07:40 AM
Chris

Count me in. Too many fond memories of the Foundry tour you organized to not go.

Thanks, bob

JRoberts
02-09-2012, 07:52 AM
I would be interested, depending on when the tour will be held. Tuesday for example is really full for a lot of folks.

irish
02-09-2012, 08:27 AM
I would be interested too!

Joe

GTCruiser
02-09-2012, 08:27 AM
One for sure.

tjanowia
02-09-2012, 09:48 AM
Please throw out some recomendations for days and times and I'll run them by the owner of the bldg. I would imagine the tours would take at least an hour. Thanks, Tim

STEWDI
02-09-2012, 10:17 AM
Chris, Thanks for doing this. Sign us up for three spots.

Retired
02-09-2012, 10:41 AM
Add me to the list. Question: Is the storage of cars all the building is being used for? Toured this building when they were assembling the '59 Lark. lots of activity e.g. fabrication of interior cloth pieces comes to mind.

Deaf Mute
02-09-2012, 10:46 AM
Sign me up for an extendede tour (providing it isn't on top of another event I need to be at).

tjanowia
02-09-2012, 11:08 AM
Bob Palma, Do you have any knowledge you would like to share for the tour. It could possibly also cover bldgs. 112 and 113. If you come up for the spring meet maybe we could do a dry run.

BobPalma
02-09-2012, 11:52 AM
Bob Palma, Do you have any knowledge you would like to share for the tour. It could possibly also cover bldgs. 112 and 113. If you come up for the spring meet maybe we could do a dry run.

Hi, Tim: Check out the May and July 1988 Turning Wheels. One of them (I forget which) details my and Don Galeziewski's adventures in Bldg. 84, with many photos.

Beyond that, which was contemporary, I don't have anything further to add. (In fact, if I went back and re-read those, I'd probably recall some older material myself!) <GGG>

'Will be up for the May swap, though. BP

tjanowia
02-09-2012, 12:05 PM
Will dig through my old TW's and see what I can find. Thanks

tj1852
02-09-2012, 01:10 PM
Count me in. I'd really like to go on this tour.

StudHawk60
02-09-2012, 01:14 PM
Count me in too!

57studesilverhawk
02-09-2012, 01:22 PM
I would love to , if I can when I'm not taking pictures for Turning Wheels, All the peoples cars. What would be more appropriate, Then and now.

8E45E
02-09-2012, 02:01 PM
As far as I know this would be the first organized tour of the bldg. allowed and we don't want to blow it so please don't bother the owner with individual tours. He is doing this as a favor to Stude fans and to raise a little money for the construction of an regional athletic facility for handicapped kids called Miracle Park. Hopefully we'll impress him enough that we will be able to do this again in the future. We'll go back and talk to the owner again after we get more imput and we definitely don't want to disrupt the Int. Meet.

I'd be interested too. This building was strictly out of bounds when Mark and I attempted to take a self-tour on the Friday morning of the International Meet in 2007. The owner was very uncooperative for going inside, but we were allowed to take some exterior photos.

Craig

Bullet
02-09-2012, 04:23 PM
I am in, I would love it to be on Friday as we won't get there until Wed pm. If so then two for extended.

Mark

stupak
02-09-2012, 05:26 PM
Chtis: Count me and my Son in, on the extended if that matters at this time. stupak

LarkTruck
02-09-2012, 05:39 PM
Count me in for the extended tour.
Jim

2moredoors
02-09-2012, 08:23 PM
I would also like to see the plant.

A_Race
02-10-2012, 06:54 PM
I joined just to get in on this tour! Put me in for the extended tour and I am looking forward to joining this community!

52 Ragtop
02-10-2012, 07:30 PM
Count me in too Chris, Actually, put me down for 2! as I'll bring Ron "rusty with oil" Johnson with me!

Jim

Jim

Steve T
02-10-2012, 08:00 PM
Yep, I'd be in too, probably for the longer tour...and yeah, I, too, need to get cracking on the rest of the registration process! My intention is still to drive down in the Lark, hopefully in convoy with a Hamilton Chapter group.

S.

RadioRoy
02-10-2012, 08:05 PM
Count me in for one deluxe tour, please.

okc63avanti
02-10-2012, 09:44 PM
Chris - You can add me to your list.

Avantict
02-11-2012, 03:41 PM
Chris please put me and Ernest Edwards down as well. John Hull

MCCAB1
02-12-2012, 11:51 AM
Put me down for a deluxe tour also. Thanks. Bruce.

Bill Pressler
02-12-2012, 12:00 PM
Put me down for a deluxe tour also. Thanks. Bruce.

I posted much earlier that I'd be interested in a tour, but if it were Wed., morning especially, I'd sign up four for it, right now.

Bullet
02-12-2012, 12:16 PM
I can do Wednesday, butt would have to be in the afternoon. For Two Deluxe.

Mark

lschuc
02-12-2012, 12:33 PM
Chris, Please add me to the list too. Sounds like a fun tour!!

JRoberts
02-12-2012, 12:42 PM
Wednesday sounds good. Friday might also be good depending on when the drag races are going to be held. Put me down for two.

9gwoman
02-12-2012, 12:49 PM
Hi Chris:
Put us down for two. Sounds like a great adventure.
Mimi Halgren

Bordeaux Daytona
02-13-2012, 01:06 PM
Put Ed George and family/friends and myself down for 6 please. Thanks!
John V.

Jim Nichols
02-13-2012, 04:50 PM
Chris I would like to tour the building along with my brother Gene who is 83 and worked in that building MANY years ago!

Chris_Dresbach
02-13-2012, 05:02 PM
DISCLAIMER:

I got an email today and apperantly there has been some confusion with who is actually putting this tour together. Like the foundry tour back in 2009, this event is not affiliated with the SDC, Inc. It is being put together by myself and local member Tim Janowiak. SDC is not responsible for anything insurance related while on this tour and it will also NOT be published in the meet handbook. The building's owner is taking care of insurance. Proceds go to the buildings owner who is giving 20% to "Miracle Park", a chairity in South Bend.

In English it's going to be a private tour for anybody who signs up.

64V-K7
02-13-2012, 05:03 PM
Put me down for 2

BobJ

dpson
02-13-2012, 06:29 PM
Thanks for organizing this.

Please count me in.

Deaf Mute
02-13-2012, 06:36 PM
Chris,
If this isn't "official SDC" how are you getting the word out as to time and day & where we park, enter, etc.?
Just curious.

Chris_Dresbach
02-13-2012, 08:55 PM
Chris,
If this isn't "official SDC" how are you getting the word out as to time and day & where we park, enter, etc.?
Just curious.

Here. I will have a time and day out well before the International is here. Parking will be directly in front of the building, there is a big lot there. We will most likely enter through the main doors that was Studebaker's train dock. I will post that information well in advance.

Dwain G.
02-13-2012, 10:49 PM
Chris, I'm guessing that nearly everyone is going to want the extended tours.

rocinante
02-14-2012, 11:21 AM
Chris,

Please put me down for two people for the extended tour. Thank you and Tim for organizing this.

Charles Schneider

Roscomacaw
02-14-2012, 11:36 AM
I want the extended tour too. I'm not even sure I'm gonna BE there, but if I am, I'll wanna do the tour.

mbstude
02-14-2012, 11:44 AM
You know you can count me in.

The biggest thing, is that you know a LOT of SDCers aren't on the forum, but will be at the meet.. They'll want a tour too. :)

plwindish
02-14-2012, 12:19 PM
Chris,
I also would like to do the extended tour. Paul Windish

sweetolbob
02-14-2012, 12:30 PM
Chris

As I signed up before the extended tour was offered, count me in for the whole deal.

Thanks again, Bob

2R5
02-14-2012, 12:50 PM
Chris , I'd like the extended tour as well but I really think you need to set the date because there is so much other stuff going on and its hard to say that ones going when you haven't got a date. It may conflict with somethign already signed up to do eg ....judging , drags , seminars ............you get the picture.

Stu Chapman
02-14-2012, 01:00 PM
Hi Chris. Put us down for 2 for the extended tour.
Stu Chapman

Welcome
02-14-2012, 01:14 PM
Chris,
If this isn't "official SDC" how are you getting the word out as to time and day & where we park, enter, etc.?
Just curious.

It might be easy to make it an "OFFICIAL SDC" tour and get the info out to everyone through the same channels as the rest of the 2012 IM info.

Option B: Print up X-number of colored sheets with all the pertinent tour info and ask your Chapter to place one in each "goody bag." Similar things were done for the 1997 & 2002 SB IM's:cool:

RareBird
02-14-2012, 01:19 PM
me too me too

JeffDeWitt
02-14-2012, 03:34 PM
Me too, for the extended tour, thanks!

TomB
02-14-2012, 06:10 PM
Count me in for two tickets! It sounds like a great idea-even though my '64 Commander was assembled in Hamilton!

Tom Burke

Bordeaux Daytona
02-14-2012, 06:53 PM
Put Ed George and family/friends and myself down for 6 please. Thanks!
John V.

Oops. I should have added deluxe tour to that. Thanks Chris!

jimmijim8
02-14-2012, 09:26 PM
Are you sure you don't mean 80% to charity?, and if not tell me this. What charity? Does someone need some new lawn furniture? chairs perhaps? Is the building handicapped accessible? Is Abe charging to open up the derelict building? If yes, How much if I may ask? Is Pizza and beer on the menu and is it free? I like my pizza loaded up with real cheese. Lite beer will do. Are there going to be any factory 2nd. C-K front fenders available for twice the price the cost of scrap metal?, or perhaps an auction for these pieces of near unobtanium? I don't mind a bit of surface rust. Thats why they make sandpaper. Why do we have to pay 48.00 for a months parking when most people will only have their Studebaker in South Bend for at most 1 week? Can we pay by the week only? Is it dead storage? Is this one of those Nigerian thingys? If the answer is no to even one of my questions, I think I'll pass. cheers jimmijim
Would anybody here be interested in going on tours of the Studebaker Body plant, building #84, at the upcoming Intl. meet? This is still in the planning stages, but a friend of mine and I are working on having a few tours put together. The cost would be $5 for the "brief" tour, and $10 for the "extended" tour. Dates and times are still TBA until we can get a rough idea of how many people to expect. Twenty percent of all the proceds will go to charity. Abe, the buildings owner, is being very gracious in letting us in the building. Building #84 was one of Studebaker's major assembly buildings and still stands directly next to the Administration building. It is currently used as an automotive warehouse and people can store their cars there for $48 a month. We ask that if you want to see the interior of this building, please sign up for the tour. Abe does not want any "stragglers".
Anybody in? Let me know.

jimmijim8
02-14-2012, 09:48 PM
I decided to read back a few posts and learned that the Benefitee is Mr. Abe. My hindsight has revealed to me that Mr. Abe is AKA 80-20.
Are you sure you don't mean 80% to charity?, and if not tell me this. What charity? Does someone need some new lawn furniture? chairs perhaps? Is the building handicapped accessible? Is Abe charging to open up the derelict building? If yes, How much if I may ask? Is Pizza and beer on the menu and is it free? I like my pizza loaded up with real cheese. Lite beer will do. Are there going to be any factory 2nd. C-K front fenders available for twice the price the cost of scrap metal?, or perhaps an auction for these pieces of near unobtanium? I don't mind a bit of surface rust. Thats why they make sandpaper. Why do we have to pay 48.00 for a months parking when most people will only have their Studebaker in South Bend for at most 1 week? Can we pay by the week only? Is it dead storage? Is this one of those Nigerian thingys? If the answer is no to even one of my questions, I think I'll pass. cheers jimmijim

8E45E
02-14-2012, 10:55 PM
Is Abe charging to open up the derelict building?

I will argue about Building 84/113 being "derelict". From what I saw of it on the outside in 2007, it appeared to be in very good shape. Unlike the rest of the buildings that have since been torn down, its present condition shows evidence of continuous mantenance from when it was occupied by Studebaker.

Craig

acandilas
02-15-2012, 10:25 AM
Count me in

Welcome
02-15-2012, 10:45 AM
Chris, please count all 7 of us in for the "DELUXE TOUR"!!! ...and should you need a DELUXE TOUR GUIDE ...or two ...or three to help out, I think I know where you can find them!!!;)

jimmijim8
02-16-2012, 09:01 AM
I had no Ideal what it looks like and used an incorrect term. I meant old building. 80-20.
I will argue about Building 84/113 being "derelict". From what I saw of it on the outside in 2007, it appeared to be in very good shape. Unlike the rest of the buildings that have since been torn down, its present condition shows evidence of continuous mantenance from when it was occupied by Studebaker.

Craig