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Chris_Dresbach
11-12-2009, 09:29 PM
On Saturday Noverber 28, join myself and a small car group for what will probably be the last offocial tour of Studebakers Building #85, the Foundry. We will meet at the foundry parking lot saturday morning around 9:30 AM South Bend time. I will be there along with Ed George and others. Drive your Studebaker so you can get past the gate house![:p] If you have never been in the foundry, or any studebaker building for that matter, it is really worth it. Building #85 even gives SASCO no justice, it's just HUGE! Also, I would advise you to bring a resealible container of some sort if you want some of the core sand, and/or a brick. Bricks are to be had as a casting room wall has partially been knocked down for storage. (Interior, done on pourpose. Ive seen it, the wall isnt a hazzard) We will also try to see the second floor, turn around and go below ground in the tunnels. If you want to see the tunnels, I would advise bringing rubber boots, maybe. I havent seen them and they sometimes have water in them I guess, nothing too extreme though, maybe 6" max where we are going. Bring a camera and above all, be safe and have fun. Emphasis on safety. Ive been in there since they cleaned alot of the misc. junk out, and Ill be the first to say that the aisle ways are perfectly clear, but still, it was built in 1928 so still watch yourself. It is really a place worth seeing! I hope to see ya there!:) Again, saturday november 28th at 9:30 AM, foundry parking lot. Any questions, please post them below and I will answer them. GO STUDEBAKER!!!:D

Chris Dresbach

studeclunker
11-12-2009, 09:44 PM
Wish I could be there, Chris. Sadly, I'm just a wee bit too far West. Take lots of pictures for me, okay? By the by, who's conducting the tour?

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Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

sweetolbob
11-12-2009, 09:49 PM
Chris

I can't think of anything I would rather do than explore the foundry on the 28th. However, I will not be able to drive either of my Studes by then from Central Michigan.

Would it be possible for someone like me to hook-up with the tour if I were drive a newer brand X down and ride in with someone?

Happy to pay for gas, buy lunch or liquid refreshments to join up.

Bob

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Milaca
11-12-2009, 10:42 PM
Why cant you drive a Studebaker then, Bob? Do your Studebakers suffer from high-blood pressure due to the road salt? [8D]

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

Chris_Dresbach
11-12-2009, 10:55 PM
quote:Originally posted by sweetolbob

Chris

I can't think of anything I would rather do than explore the foundry on the 28th. However, I will not be able to drive either of my Studes by then from Central Michigan.

Would it be possible for someone like me to hook-up with the tour if I were drive a newer brand X down and ride in with someone?

Happy to pay for gas, buy lunch or liquid refreshments to join up.

Bob

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/P1000416.jpg?t=1227109182, http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/031-1.jpg?t=1254424814


I was kidding about the only studebaker part. You could probably hitch a ride with somebody or meet us there. Last time, it was just a convoy of classic car and only 3 were studes, of about 10! So it dosent really matter. Except all but possibly a neighbor-? and I will be coming from west and direcly to the foundry. Ill make a few phone calls for you anyway. Thanks! By the way, refreshments and that kind of stuff would be great.:)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-12-2009, 10:57 PM
quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

Wish I could be there, Chris. Sadly, I'm just a wee bit too far West. Take lots of pictures for me, okay? By the by, who's conducting the tour?

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/december%2006/HPIM0234.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?


Oh yes, I will document every last corner in pics! Ok, maybe not that many...[:p] Conducting the tour? The foundry owner, Ed George, and Im the main "director", gosh, thats scary... LOL![:p]

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-12-2009, 10:59 PM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca

Why cant you drive a Studebaker then, Bob? Do your Studebakers suffer from high-blood pressure due to the road salt? [8D]

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.


No salt yet brent![:p]:) Thats mid december, last year they just slacked and was pothole city.[xx(] LOL

Chris Dresbach

Bill Pressler
11-13-2009, 02:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach


quote:Originally posted by Milaca

Why cant you drive a Studebaker then, Bob? Do your Studebakers suffer from high-blood pressure due to the road salt? [8D]

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.


No salt yet brent![:p]:) Thats mid december, last year they just slacked and was pothole city.[xx(] LOL

Chris Dresbach


Chris, we are going to be in SB that weekend, although we were going to take the South Shore Line into Chicago that particular day.

Maybe just the women can go...hmmmmmm.....!

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

raprice
11-13-2009, 05:03 PM
I'm sorry that I can't attend, too far away.
I hope that someone can take some photos of the tour and post
them on this forum
Have a great time.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Smithtown,NY
Long Island Studebaker Club

Milaca
11-13-2009, 05:06 PM
A video would be really nice also. You could post it on YouTube....lets call it 'StudeTube'. :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

Chris_Dresbach
11-13-2009, 05:34 PM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca

A video would be really nice also. You could post it on YouTube....lets call it 'StudeTube'. :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.


Cool idea! Anybody got a video camera, I dont and otherwise wouldnt know where to start![?][:p] LOL

Chris Dresbach

Mr Speed 53
11-13-2009, 05:35 PM
Chris it will be great to be in the foundry again.Last for me was in the 90s during a may meet with Bob Palma.Hope the snow holds off at least till then.Im sure John(Bordeaux Daytona) will be along as the official photagrapher,cant wait! Ed

Chris_Dresbach
11-13-2009, 05:40 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr Speed 53

Chris it will be great to be in the foundry again.Last for me was in the 90s during a may meet with Bob Palma.Hope the snow holds off at least till then.Im sure John(Bordeaux Daytona) will be along as the official photagrapher,cant wait! Ed


Snow should hold off, shoot, its supposed to be in the 60s this saturday! Indian summer. Usually it dosent get too bad until early december, but still bring some warmer clothing and coats.:)

Chris Dresbach

sweetolbob
11-13-2009, 06:14 PM
quote:Quote from Milaca

Why cant you drive a Studebaker then, Bob? Do your Studebakers suffer from high-blood pressure due to the road salt?

Naw!! Got 'em on Caduet and Levitra so it's difficult to get them to leave the pole barn for long.:D In reality, Interior is half out of the 54 and I don't know if the 83's new drive train will be sorted out by then.

Chris, I appreciate the effort so I'll drive the Impala down and crash the party.

Bob

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Chris_Dresbach
11-13-2009, 06:33 PM
quote:Originally posted by sweetolbob


quote:Quote from Milaca

Why cant you drive a Studebaker then, Bob? Do your Studebakers suffer from high-blood pressure due to the road salt?

Naw!! Got 'em on Caduet and Levitra so it's difficult to get them to leave the pole barn for long.:D In reality, Interior is half out of the 54 and I don't know if the 83's new drive train will be sorted out by then.

Chris, I appreciate the effort so I'll drive the Impala down and crash the party.

Bob

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/P1000416.jpg?t=1227109182, http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/031-1.jpg?t=1254424814


Cool! See ya there!:)

Chris Dresbach

sweetolbob
11-13-2009, 06:41 PM
Just a silly question, Does the foundry have an address? Might save me wandering all over SB in the early morning.

Bob

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DieselJim
11-13-2009, 07:22 PM
Sample St. past SASCO to the first stop light. Turn left. First big building on the left. Jim

8E45E
11-13-2009, 07:30 PM
quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach
Emphasis on safety. Ive been in there since they cleaned alot of the misc. junk out, and Ill be the first to say that the aisle ways are perfectly clear, but still, it was built in 1928 so still watch yourself.


I might also suggest one bring along a hardhat. Having been in there, I have seen how the brickwork is somewhat precarious, and several broken windows around with shards of glass looming ominously above where many could be standing around.

Craig

sweetolbob
11-13-2009, 07:40 PM
quote:Quoted from Dieseljim

Sample St. past SASCO to the first stop light. Turn left. First big building on the left. Jim

Thanks Jim, That's what I needed. I've been to SASCO several times.

Bob

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Milaca
11-13-2009, 07:57 PM
May I recommend that somebody bring along a first aid kit? I think Chris should watch a 'Hogan's Heroes' marathon so that he is prepared for tunnel manuevering. :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

Chris_Dresbach
11-13-2009, 09:37 PM
Ok, heres the address if anybody needs it: 1100 Prairie Ave. #1 So. Bend In. 46601-2840. I thought that was a little bit of a strange address, but thats according to google maps. So heres my directions, go down sample as if going to sasco, only go west past it and to your left you will see a HUGE brick building, its the last big building on that side of the plant. Some trees and overgrown shrubs around front, cant miss it. Also has mostly green windows and "S"s on the side walls eastern side of the building. Hope this helps.:)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-13-2009, 09:38 PM
quote:Originally posted by DieselJim

Sample St. past SASCO to the first stop light. Turn left. First big building on the left. Jim



Hay Jim, you guys want to go too?

Chris Dresbach

Bordeaux Daytona
11-14-2009, 04:56 PM
Sounds good, hopefully the weather will cooperate.
My digital camera can film video, I've uploaded some videos to youtube before but the sound isn't the greatest.
Looking forward to this, thanks!:D
John V.

Lark8girl
11-14-2009, 05:52 PM
Wow this sounds like fun, so much better that being "Mall ed"
and Christmas shopping.
Will be there with my hard hat work gloves flashlight, and steel toe boots.

Still trying to get Lark VIII girl to go but she is just not into this kind of thing. She wants to sit in the car and knit.

Husband Of Lark VIII girl.

Chris_Dresbach
11-14-2009, 10:08 PM
I was kicking around some ideas of what all we can do after the foundry. If we want to make a day out of all of this, I was thinking of calling over to building #84 and seeing if we can tour it too. Boss says the owners have an add on TV that they are using it for storage. Two buildings in one day? Any thoughts? And after that I was thinking the SNM. Havent been there since February '08 and need a "fix"!:)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-15-2009, 04:34 PM
Any ideas?

Chris Dresbach

COMMANDERPINK1
11-15-2009, 06:46 PM
Hey Chris this sounds great even if its a 5 hour drive. Is there a limit to my plastic container or is a 5 gallon bucket to big??;)

Chris_Dresbach
11-15-2009, 09:04 PM
quote:Originally posted by COMMANDERPINK1

Hey Chris this sounds great even if its a 5 hour drive. Is there a limit to my plastic container or is a 5 gallon bucket to big??;)


Limits a 2 ton dump truck.;):D

Chris Dresbach

R2Andrea
11-15-2009, 11:11 PM
But Chris, you left out the part where it has to be an E45E. And you can't use anything bigger than the 5 gallon pail to load it.


R2Andy

Chris_Dresbach
11-16-2009, 05:00 PM
quote:Originally posted by R2Andy

But Chris, you left out the part where it has to be an E45E. And you can't use anything bigger than the 5 gallon pail to load it.


R2Andy


Ya, only a Studebaker dump truck![:p] And load it with a garden trowl! LOL

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-16-2009, 08:19 PM
Well, got a call from Ed George today. Discussed what we should do after the foundry. Concedering the SNM and going to the local Barnabys pizza place. I guess the Barnabys is run by a fellow SDCer. Also looking at touring building #84. Any thoughts?

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-17-2009, 03:32 PM
...And the Studebaker National Museum.

Chris Dresbach

62SY4
11-17-2009, 07:45 PM
quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

posted - 10/15/2009 : 11:37:00 PM
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When I went the first time I got some pics, but next time will be even better. We plan on visiting the tunnels, upstairs, and the most important: blasting furnaces. I used a digital camera, Ill see if I can post them. Those casting rooms are just huge. Just unbelieveable! And most of it lust sits empty. My boss/race sponser/best friend and I know the owner/owner of Underground Pipe and Valve and thats how we got an "in." I will post when we go, but if you will be in the South Bend area, you are more than welcome to join us. I can get you some sand and/or bricks too if you cant make it. Just tell me where to send it! Ya know what?... If I get enough response of people that defionately WILL be there and not just "maybes", I will get ahold of the proving grounds, #84, #92, national museum, and Administration and see how many we could get in to. That is a big "IF", but if I can, weel see how many places we could visit. The foundry is for shure. My boss, dan, and I are going regardless, but heres a last chance plant tour if anybody wants to go. I really dont know, yet. Foundry is set in stone like I said. Only other thing to get you an "in" is I hope to see you in your Studebaker! I would mine, but I dont own one! (And the Lawn-Lark isnt street legal...)
Ok, something to think about...

Chris Dresbach


...I am Planning on coming from Pittsburgh, have you talked to Ed about touring #92, I'd love to get a tour through there; and/or as many buildings that we can. That would be the best day-early birthday present ever!;)

Jon Krimm
1962 Lark Sedan
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg440/62SY4/carstude.jpg
1961 Champ

sweetolbob
11-17-2009, 08:17 PM
Chris

Add my vote for the more old Studebaker buildings the better. Never know how long they may be around or available to visit. I've been to the SNM and could go back but that's second to the old facility.

Again let me thank you for taking the time and effort to set this up.

Bob

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COMMANDERPINK1
11-17-2009, 09:46 PM
Add my vote for more of the old Stude buildings. Ill just bring a trailor and remove some bricks so they arnt cluttering up the land fills in and around South Bend;):D

JunkYardDog
11-17-2009, 10:23 PM
I truly wish I could be there , I live way out here on the West coast , My Scotsman is not up to the challenge and unfortunately neither am I. Take lots of pictures I'd love to know more about all the remaining buildings.
I keep seeing the one picture of the Multi fuel engines all stored in the one building. Owning a Studebaker Duce and a half I often wonder what still is there I'd love to get one of those motors for my truck they would be a bolt in.

Chris_Dresbach
11-17-2009, 10:27 PM
Will do. Ill get the number to building #84 and call. Im not sure about #92 though, sign on the door: basically says "Go Away!!!" Ok, not that harsh but the same message. Ill talk to maxeys and see what I can do, but remember, both #92 and #84 are a huge maybe. I will do all I can to get in though, just no gurrantees, -if I spelled that right? I did call the foundry and told him to take cover, were a comein'!:) By the way, a trailer?! C'mon, get a couple 53' semis!!!;):D

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-17-2009, 10:32 PM
quote:Originally posted by JunkYardDog

I truly wish I could be there , I live way out here on the West coast , My Scotsman is not up to the challenge and unfortunately neither am I. Take lots of pictures I'd love to know more about all the remaining buildings.
I keep seeing the one picture of the Multi fuel engines all stored in the one building. Owning a Studebaker Duce and a half I often wonder what still is there I'd love to get one of those motors for my truck they would be a bolt in.


Ya, Ive seen that pic too, unfortunately all of those engines were in the stamping plant which was demolished in 2006.:([xx(][V]:( I think most were scrapped and the rest were moved to building #84. Im not really sure what those engines are though.[?] We will take lots of pics, and I think john is going to do some video! I think? So you will see as much as we do regardless.:)

Chris Dresbach

62SY4
11-17-2009, 10:38 PM
I can't wait, making reservations for some place to stay in the morning. I missed out on the track time at the international in '07, my car was about 3 weeks late (can only blame myself). Hopefully the weather holds out. Thank you Chris for taking the time to organize this.

Jon Krimm
1962 Lark Sedan
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg440/62SY4/carstude.jpg
1961 Champ

Chris_Dresbach
11-18-2009, 03:13 PM
Well, I talked to the foundry owner today, unfortunately Don himself cant be there for the tour, but dont worry. One of the employees over ther openly volunteered to stay and lead the tour!:D Im going to call over to building #84 sometime this week. Hope we can get in there too. Should be a fun day, see ya there!:)

Chris Dresbach

studebakerjen
11-18-2009, 04:15 PM
hi chris,

do we have to drive our studebaker or classic car to come to this? it sounds like fun, i'm only an hour from sb......would u guys mind a female newbie along?

my studebaker is with barnlark and kevin69bman: it's not driveable (yet), lol! :D

studebakerjen

Chris_Dresbach
11-18-2009, 04:37 PM
quote:Originally posted by studebakerjen

hi chris,

do we have to drive our studebaker or classic car to come to this? it sounds like fun, i'm only an hour from sb......would u guys mind a female newbie along?

my studebaker is with barnlark and kevin69bman: it's not driveable (yet), lol! :D

studebakerjen


You do not absolutely have to drive your Studebaker or classic car, but it is encouraged. In fact, it would be a good idea to bring along a couple modern cars as back up cars if somebody broke down. Also, yes you may bring along a guest. See ya there!:)

Chris Dresbach

studebakerjen
11-18-2009, 06:53 PM
oops, sorry chris, i meant that i AM the female newbie!! :D

studebakerjen

tutone63
11-18-2009, 07:06 PM
Maaaan!....*sigh* That is right up my alley. And I'm not too far away, a weekend trip no prob. Unfortunatly, it is NOT up my wifes alley.(and spending the weekend alone is even worse for her) Getting time for fun stuff like that for me is as rare as a four leaf clover. I will have to live vicariously through the videos and pictures that you guys take.

(and it doesn't help that my lark is getting its shocks replaced...if I could get that dang flangled automatic garage door opener to open more than 50 percent of the time:(

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh54/tutone63/63larkside-1.jpghttp://www.thelincolnforum.net/phpbb3/images/smilies/035.gif


1963 Lark, 259 V8, two-tone paint, Twin Traction. Driven often, always noticed!

Chris_Dresbach
11-18-2009, 08:40 PM
quote:Originally posted by tutone63

Maaaan!....*sigh* That is right up my alley. And I'm not too far away, a weekend trip no prob. Unfortunatly, it is NOT up my wifes alley.(and spending the weekend alone is even worse for her) Getting time for fun stuff like that for me is as rare as a four leaf clover. I will have to live vicariously through the videos and pictures that you guys take.

(and it doesn't help that my lark is getting its shocks replaced...if I could get that dang flangled automatic garage door opener to open more than 50 percent of the time:(

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh54/tutone63/63larkside-1.jpghttp://www.thelincolnforum.net/phpbb3/images/smilies/035.gif


1963 Lark, 259 V8, two-tone paint, Twin Traction. Driven often, always noticed!


Well that bites... Ole' well, weel take lots of pics for ya.:)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-18-2009, 08:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by studebakerjen

oops, sorry chris, i meant that i AM the female newbie!! :D

studebakerjen


Oh. Sorry about that! Sure, come along.:)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-18-2009, 10:06 PM
Well, sent an Email to R2Andy with some questions about getting into #92 and #84. Waiting for a response now. He would know the answers and/or have a contact to get into those buildings. Hope he comes along, knows the factory buildings rather well.

Chris Dresbach

62SY4
11-18-2009, 10:19 PM
Can't wait, changed the oil and topped off the fluids today. Wash and wax tommorrow. Have the 300 mile round trip to Reedsville this weekend, and the 800 mile round trip to Southbend next weekend. Thats lots of Studebakering in a weeks time:D[8D]

Jon Krimm
1962 Lark Sedan
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg440/62SY4/carstude.jpg
1961 Champ

Chris_Dresbach
11-18-2009, 10:42 PM
quote:Originally posted by 62SY4

Can't wait, changed the oil and topped off the fluids today. Wash and wax tommorrow. Have the 300 mile round trip to Reedsville this weekend, and the 800 mile round trip to Southbend next weekend. Thats lots of Studebakering in a weeks time:D[8D]

Jon Krimm
1962 Lark Sedan
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg440/62SY4/carstude.jpg
1961 Champ


WOW! Sounds like fun! Wish I could make it to Reedsville, but cant for two reasons: No street legal studebaker, I only have the Lawn-Lark. Number two is my grandmas list of chores...[V][xx(]:(:([}:)][B)] Have fun! Cant wait for South Bend! By the end of the night at the barnabys, the parking lot will look like a car show by itself! Cant wait!:D

Chris Dresbach

KentT
11-19-2009, 09:47 AM
Would appreciate lots of pictures posted of this visit. My '62 Lark Wagon was driven for the first time in 11 years on Tuesday. Regrettably couldn't start it after driving to a client. So it's back at the garage. Needs a starter rebuild. My neighbor rebuilds them and alternators and is rebuilding mine.

I arrived into this world in a Lark, might as well drive one!

Chris_Dresbach
11-19-2009, 04:59 PM
Will be lots of pics taken.:)
Well, Im going to call the guy who will be leading us through the foundry after dinner, his name is Tom. I hope it's the same guy who lead my boss and I through it last time, very knowledgeable guy.:)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-19-2009, 10:52 PM
Ok, I called. Talked for a few minutes and everything should go as planned! Only one thing, we may not be able to venture, at least very far, into the tunnels. We will defionately get to see the tunnel enterance and all that, just probably wont go down too far. Coulndnt anyway even if we wanted to. Major construction going on next door where the stamping plant and #78 was. I kinda dont want an earth mover to fall on my head so... ya. We defionately will get to see ALL of the foundry including the upstairs. I will call about #84 tomorrow (11/20).:) See ya there!

Chris Dresbach

Milaca
11-19-2009, 11:17 PM
Any idea what is being constructed where the stamping plant was?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

Chris_Dresbach
11-19-2009, 11:34 PM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca

Any idea what is being constructed where the stamping plant was?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.


Transpo (city busses) is building a new garage.

Chris Dresbach

Milaca
11-19-2009, 11:36 PM
Chris, what became of that Champ pickup that you saw at the race track? Did you contact the owner?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

Chris_Dresbach
11-20-2009, 04:12 PM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca

Chris, what became of that Champ pickup that you saw at the race track? Did you contact the owner?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.


Well, I havent taked to the owner about it, but I do know where it is. James asked at a wrecker company that sponsered it and said it was on western ave. Sure enough, from the road there it sits! James knows more about it than I do. At the moment, I wouldnt even know where to put it!:)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-20-2009, 04:16 PM
Well, I called the guy who runs the storage company in #84. He said he was a little leary about having a bunch of guys come in and tour the plant. If somebody else would call becides me, could probably get in. Heres the number to building #84: (574)-239-1310 (ask for Abe). Ed!, want something to do?[:p] LOL

Chris Dresbach

DieselJim
11-20-2009, 07:08 PM
Chris, all those engines you see in the pictures went to Venezuela. Also no tour in building 92 at this time. Jim

Chris_Dresbach
11-20-2009, 11:33 PM
Venezuela?! That must have cost some bucks to ship!
Well, 'guess that leaves the foundry. Did what I could. Only other two places I know of to go if you guys want to see other buildings is Bendix woods of the mansion.

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-21-2009, 02:10 PM
I just thought I would throw this out there, anybody who wants core sand and or bricks. Send me an Email WITH YOUR MAILING ADDRESS and I will let you know how much it cost to ship them. Also, I will only have about a large bucket or so of the sand, so I can only send about a fruit jars worth each.:)

Chris Dresbach

Milaca
11-21-2009, 04:38 PM
Chris, it would be nice if a group photo was taken in the foundry of all the members attending this event. Then you can post it on the forum. A group photo of any Studebakers attending would be nice also. Has there been any precise date given as to when it will be demolished?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

Chris_Dresbach
11-21-2009, 08:44 PM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca

Chris, it would be nice if a group photo was taken in the foundry of all the members attending this event. Then you can post it on the forum. A group photo of any Studebakers attending would be nice also. Has there been any precise date given as to when it will be demolished?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.


Dude, howd you do that? I was literally thinking EXACTLY the same thing as far as a photo of all of us and the cars at the foundry! (They saw great minds think alike...???) Ok, will do. Demo date? Sometime in the next couple years, maybe. The city was 6 months behind when they wanted to tear down the machine shop. Who knows?![?] You coming down brent? Just wondering because a few from Illinois and some from Pennsylvania and other states are coming.

Chris Dresbach

Milaca
11-21-2009, 09:16 PM
I would love to come Chris, but I need to keep looking for a job as I need money. If it was closer, I would be there. Perhaps that group photo and a little story of the events that take place that day could also be shared in an issue of Turning Wheels.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

Chris_Dresbach
11-21-2009, 09:27 PM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca

I would love to come Chris, but I need to keep looking for a job as I need money. If it was closer, I would be there. Perhaps that group photo and a little story of the events that take place that day could also be shared in an issue of Turning Wheels.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.


Need a job?! Shoot, 'round here we can put 'cha to good work! I know sum neighbors who need 'dem pig stalls clean before winter![:p];) LOL. KIDDING (but I am fluent in redneck[:p])
Ya, too bad you cant come down for the day. Well, if ya change your mind, its still open.
You ever get any more responses about #92 as a landmark?

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-21-2009, 09:28 PM
Just thought this would be cool. Does anybody have a flyer from about 1950 when Studebaker offered "A trip through the Studebaker factory"? That would be cool to take along.:)[?]

Chris Dresbach

R2Andrea
11-21-2009, 11:34 PM
I talked with Ed the other day, no tours through the Engineering bldg. till the move is done. There will be time to see the building during the Big Sale. As far as tunnels around the Foundry IIRC there is only one between the Machine Shop and the Foundry. It may or may not have been blocked up at the foundry end. The portion from the property line dividing the Foundry and Machine Shop to the north would have been removed during the demolition. There are (were) 4 tunnels running from east to west under the foundry itself that should be accessable. The construction activity to the east (TRANSPO Garage) would have no bearing on the Foundry itself.

R2Andy

Chris_Dresbach
11-22-2009, 05:24 PM
Tunnels in the foundry are "no go" unless we can see the Aviation plant

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-23-2009, 05:43 PM
5 more days!:D

Chris Dresbach

Mr Speed 53
11-23-2009, 09:00 PM
Chris looking forward to saturday!Will be driving my Avanti and a few friends will be in my 61 Lark wagon.John (bordeax daytona) will be in his 64 Hardtop and a few brandXs also.If anyone will be coming from IL and want to caravan with us let us know.Ed

Chris_Dresbach
11-23-2009, 09:16 PM
I would also like to add, everybody who shows up, wear the shirt with the least oil steins on it and clean up the cars a little. This was Brents idea, were thinking about lining up either inside or outside the foundry and taking a few deacent pics of that and all the Studebakers (and any vintage cars) that show up and submit it to turning wheels. Also, anybody driving a truck, Studebaker or not? I went and got two 5 gallon buckets with lids just to carry out some core sand and really dont want to put them in the lark, if he even drives lark.:)

Chris Dresbach

Bordeaux Daytona
11-23-2009, 11:18 PM
quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

Just thought this would be cool. Does anybody have a flyer from about 1950 when Studebaker offered "A trip through the Studebaker factory"? That would be cool to take along.:)[?]

Chris Dresbach


Just posted pictures in your other post.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=35181
John V.

Chris_Dresbach
11-23-2009, 11:23 PM
quote:Originally posted by Bordeaux Daytona


quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

Just thought this would be cool. Does anybody have a flyer from about 1950 when Studebaker offered "A trip through the Studebaker factory"? That would be cool to take along.:)[?]

Chris Dresbach


Just posted pictures in your other post.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=35181
John V.


Cool! Thanks!:)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-24-2009, 05:24 PM
4 more days!:D

Chris Dresbach

COMMANDERPINK1
11-24-2009, 08:40 PM
Chris how many more days now? Hours? Minutes? Yea cant wait ether:D
Tom

Chris_Dresbach
11-24-2009, 10:37 PM
4 days, 2 1/2 hours and 6 minutes, and 17 seconds! Or something, but Im probably completely wrong on timeing!:D[:p][8D];)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-25-2009, 09:37 PM
Ok, I have a little bad news. As I stated in the thread "Does anybody have this flyer?", I went over to the copying place today and it would have cost me $55 to get copies of the flyer for everybody going. So, for $25 I got three, one for me and the other two will go to the owner of the two best looking STUDEBAKERS in the foundry parking lot, and dont bring all of them, you can only win once! So, sounds like a plan, or something...:)[:p]

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-25-2009, 09:38 PM
3 more days!!!:D

Chris Dresbach

DieselJim
11-26-2009, 06:51 PM
Chris, James has to attend a drivers meeting Saturday morning. Bring your buckets over and we will put them in the Do**e. Jim

ChampTrucking
11-26-2009, 06:59 PM
Was the foundry used by anyone else as a foundry after Studebaker closed,or what was it after they shut down?

DieselJim
11-26-2009, 07:10 PM
Cummins Engine used it for a few years. Jim

R2Andrea
11-26-2009, 07:18 PM
It was used by Great Lakes Foundry from about 1964 to sometime between 1969 and 1971. Great Lakes was probably a division of Cummins Diesel.

R2Andy

8E45E
11-26-2009, 07:33 PM
quote:Originally posted by R2Andy

It was used by Great Lakes Foundry from about 1964 to sometime between 1969 and 1971. Great Lakes was probably a division of Cummins Diesel.


As depicted on the wall at the UAW Local#5 Union Hall.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2673/4137432770_f383b4a7b9_b.jpg

Also worth a visit to check out the artwork inside, and the piano donated by the Studebaker family during WW II.

Craig

COMMANDERPINK1
11-26-2009, 10:14 PM
Chris Do you have a gameplan for days events on Saturday and or refresh us to exactly what will and wont be happening.:)[?]

Tom

Chris_Dresbach
11-26-2009, 10:31 PM
quote:Originally posted by COMMANDERPINK1

Chris Do you have a gameplan for days events on Saturday and or refresh us to exactly what will and wont be happening.:)[?]

Tom


In this order: I will get up at 4:00am Saturday, scratch myself on the side of my bed and wonder what I was thinking getting up so early... Then at 9:30am Saturday morning we will meet in the foundry parking lot. We will then enter the foundry and walk around like zombies and stare and take pictures until Tom kicks us out. An uniflunced bystander will then pick out the two best looking Studebakers at the foundry, they will get a copy of the booklet "A trip through the Studebaker factory" (and yes, its a reproduction). We will then break for lunch, location to be decided at the foundry. After that I guess we will go to the Studebaker National Museum where I will make a large puddle of drool after seeing a 1940 Champion. After that we will follow Ed George and his fleet of three Studebaker to the Barnabys in downtown South Bend where we will have dinner. Ok, thats the recipe for disaster! LOL:)[:p];)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-26-2009, 10:33 PM
Oh, and as for wonts, probably the underground tunnels. TBA[?]:)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-26-2009, 10:34 PM
quote:Originally posted by DieselJim

Chris, James has to attend a drivers meeting Saturday morning. Bring your buckets over and we will put them in the Do**e. Jim


Ok, see ya then. Thats ok, a Do**e is alot better than a Ch**y!:D[8D];)[:p]

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-26-2009, 10:39 PM
2 more days!!!!:D

Chris Dresbach

COMMANDERPINK1
11-26-2009, 10:43 PM
What about a F--D with STUDEBAKER on the tailgate?[:0]:)

Chris_Dresbach
11-26-2009, 11:11 PM
quote:Originally posted by COMMANDERPINK1

What about a F--D with STUDEBAKER on the tailgate?[:0]:)


Thats like mixing oil and water![:p][:0]:):D[8D];)

Chris Dresbach

COMMANDERPINK1
11-26-2009, 11:15 PM
Yeah and the STUDEBAKER part of it always floats to the top


Tom

Chris_Dresbach
11-26-2009, 11:15 PM
1 more day!!!:D:D:D It is now officially Fryday morning South Bend time. It's now "Studebaker Foundry Tour Eve" LOL[:p]

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-26-2009, 11:17 PM
quote:Originally posted by COMMANDERPINK1

Yeah and the STUDEBAKER part of it always floats to the top


Tom


Yup! I hear it does the same thing to Do**e, Ch**y, G*C, Etc...[:p]

Chris Dresbach

COMMANDERPINK1
11-27-2009, 12:04 AM
If anyone wants to see what the Iowa Hawkeye Chapter put together for a calender for 2010 of the 45th Int Meet Ill bring mine to show and if you would like to I can take your order.

TOM

Chris_Dresbach
11-27-2009, 12:07 AM
quote:Originally posted by COMMANDERPINK1

If anyone wants to see what the Iowa Hawkeye Chapter put together for a calender for 2010 of the 45th Int Meet Ill bring mine to show and if you would like to I can take your order.

TOM


Sure:)


Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-27-2009, 09:15 AM
Well, for everybody going, I got a really neat Email last night that had the April 1951 issue of the "Studebaker Spotlight". It featured the people and operations of the foundry. I printed it and will bring it along. If you have this issue, I would suggest reading it. It is very informative. (whats wrong with me, I start this tour and now Im using big words... LOL...) Interesting reading with alot of pics that we will relocate where they were in the foundry.:)[8D][:p]

Chris Dresbach

sweetolbob
11-27-2009, 09:30 AM
quote:Quoted from Chris Dresbach

In this order: I will get up at 4:00am Saturday, scratch myself on the side of my bed and wonder what I was thinking getting up so early... Then at 9:30am Saturday morning we will meet in the foundry parking lot.

Yup!, Same schedule I'm on. Impala-baker gastank full, Road Best CD in the player, Channels 5-8 +24 in XM Favorites, GPS set to 1100 Prairie Ave and 32oz Coffee Mug ready to be filled at 4:30 dark o'clock.

ROAD TRIP!!!! :D:D

Bob

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/P1000416.jpg?t=1227109182, http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/031-1.jpg?t=1254424814

COMMANDERPINK1
11-27-2009, 10:01 AM
Less than 24 hours be standing in Studebaker history. Suppose there be any Studebaker ghost past with the holidays approaching?

Tom

Da Tinman
11-27-2009, 10:11 AM
Will be seeing yas in the am!

www.datinmanjay.com

http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/

Bordeaux Daytona
11-27-2009, 11:08 AM
Hope to see you all Saturday Morning.
I got the car out and gas upped. It was hard to keep it running since it was so cold this morning, a little above freezing[:0] but once it ran awhile it was ok.

Chris, I don't if your still looking for a steering wheel button for your Lawn Lark. If you don't have one yet I can bring one along for you. No charge.

John V.

62SY4
11-27-2009, 12:32 PM
Leaving here in about an hour and a half. See you all tommorrow!

Jon Krimm
1962 Lark Sedan
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg440/62SY4/carstude.jpg
1961 Champ

Chris_Dresbach
11-27-2009, 05:59 PM
John, did find a button, but can still bring one along.;)

Well, went to the copying place today and picked up the 3 copies of "A trip through the Studebaker factory". They are all completely black and white and really cant read them, but the pics are good. Still a neat thing to bring along. I put them and some other papers including a re-pop copy of the April 1951 "Studebaker Spotlight" featuring the foundry in the core sand buckets in the back of Jims truck. Ready to rock-n-roll! Its now 7:00 here in South Bend, so if you are one of the guys coming from way out in Pennsylvenia or Iowa and reading this, put down the computer, grab your keys and get your Studebaker now![:p] LOL. The tour will still be starting at 9:30ish, but I will be there early (9:00am) to great everybody along with Jim. See ya there! And if you are reading this and havent left yet, please travel safely.:)

Chris Dresbach

Mr Speed 53
11-27-2009, 06:06 PM
Our group will be leaving around 7.00 Chicago time and should be at the foundry at 9.30.The Studes wil be my Avanti,61Lark wagon and Johns 64 Daytona.We are planning to visit the Foundry and then go to Barnabys for lunch and then to the Museum.Wont be around town for dinner I think we want to be closer to home as it gets darker.We are all excited! my dad and son wil be with me so we will have three generations of Stude owners there.Ed

Milaca
11-27-2009, 07:42 PM
http://www.theavanti.com/images/loewy_egbert.jpg
If you see these guys lurking about in the foundry, please tell them that Brent says "Hi". ;)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

Chris_Dresbach
11-27-2009, 08:53 PM
Ok, looks like a slight change of schegdule. I thought we were going to barnabys for dinner, looks like lunch now. Only difference!

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-27-2009, 08:53 PM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca

http://www.theavanti.com/images/loewy_egbert.jpg
If you see these guys lurking about in the foundry, please tell them that Brent says "Hi". ;)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.


Wrong building brent.[8D];)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-27-2009, 10:22 PM
It's almost time!!!:D:D:D:D:D

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-28-2009, 06:49 AM
Leaving in a few minutes!:D

Chris Dresbach

StudeMichael
11-28-2009, 11:57 AM
Please take a lot of pictures

studebakerjen
11-28-2009, 02:43 PM
hi guys,

i am heartbroken that i couldn't join u this morning....having a bad time with a kidney infection, didn't think it was a good idea to be walking around too much not knowing if there was a bathroom around..... :(

hope u guys had fun! can't wait to see pics!

chris,
i'd like to have a brick, if i can still have one for not showing up!
email me please.

thanks!
studebakerjen

COMMANDERPINK1
11-28-2009, 07:20 PM
Just got home from the tour:D[|)]So glad I didnt miss it what a treat Thanks Chris and a BIG Thanks to Tom out tour guide:D

TOM

Mr Speed 53
11-28-2009, 07:30 PM
We have been home for a bit and were in the barn talking about the great day we had!The Studes did a great job of getting us back and forth and cant believe its over already.Thanks Chris and please also thank Tom for us!Will have to learn how to post all the pictures taken today.WOW what a GREAT DAY! Ed

Lark8girl
11-28-2009, 08:39 PM
The dirt, the junk, the peeling lead paint, walking thru water, mud, mold, animal tracks, rust, dangerous building
falling apart, sand, bricks and sunbeams through the holes in the roof!

Lark VIII girl and I had a great time, in awe of the glory of a Studebaker Foundry. A big Studebaker thank you to Chris and Tom.

And seeing Studebaker cars in the lot!

Husband of Lark VIII girl.

Bordeaux Daytona
11-28-2009, 09:06 PM
Yep, had a good time. Glad to finally get to see the place,
thanks Chris!

Here's some of the pictures I took, I have to upload some more and re-rotate some of the pictures, I rotated them before upload and photobucket rotated them back the wrong way. [:0]

http://s288.photobucket.com/albums/ll176/64daytona/Studebaker%20Foundry%2011-28-09/?start=all

John V.

Milaca
11-28-2009, 09:29 PM
Thanks for sharing the pictures John. :)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

jclary
11-28-2009, 09:42 PM
Went to Bordeaux Daytona's link and clicked on "slide show" to view the pics. Looks like you folks had a good turn out and had a great time. I couldn't help but feel great sadness of seeing the deteriorating remains of what was once a majestic enterprise populated by real people with hopes and dreams of a prosperous future. I feel that unless something changes (and soon) we are getting a look into the future. If we continue to "outsource" and treat heavy industry with hostility and disdain...the light industry it supports will continue to follow it to other countries as well. We hear that we are becoming a "service" economy. However, as manufacturing continues to die or flee...what's left to service?

John Clary
Greer, SC
http://i518.photobucket.com/albums/u346/jconln/HPIM0372-2.jpg
Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
SDC member since 1975

Chris_Dresbach
11-28-2009, 10:06 PM
Well, the tour is over and I'm defionately you all had a good time.:) The total head count for the day was 46 people! What a turnout! Also seems that mother nature gets along well with studebakers as we were supposed to have snow and rain today! If I can, I will try to organize something simiular to this tour in the future, no promises though.:)[?] Well worth the day! Then we went to barnabys and killed two pizzas between 5 people! Then the Studebaker National Museum.

Special thanks to:

Tom from Underground Pipe and Valve,
Don (owner),
Ed George,
R2Andy,
Jim Maxey,
James Maxey,
Devin Maxey (why not?!),
John (Bordeaux Daytona),
And several others who should be listed, but cant because I dont have enough space here or dont know their names.

Chris Dresbach

Milaca
11-28-2009, 10:10 PM
A similar fate came to my community over the last 25 years as the majority of dairy farmers are no longer in business. Low milk prices due to large corporate dairy farms drove them out of business. The creamery and feed mill have since been demolished in Milaca and new homes have been constructed where it was once farm fields and cattle pasture. Once proud dairy barns have been neglected and are falling in on themselves. The dairy production hasnt moved overseas, but it isn't a local product anymore therefor the consequences are much the same.

Chris, you got any interesting stories from today to share? Did you go into the tunnel?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

R2Andrea
11-28-2009, 10:42 PM
Well, it was certainly a fun day (as if poking around the mouldering remains of a former foundry could be anything else). It's sad to see the changes that have occured since early this year even. I had a long talk with Tom afterwards about the possibility about doing this again during the Spring Swap Meet. One of the biggest issues hinges on whether or not UP&V is still in the building at that time. If this happens, I'll try to put together some "educational content" to go along with the general sightseeing. It should help put what you are seeing (and not seeing) into how the foundry operated.
Thanks to Don for letting us in, Thanks to Chris for aranging things and a Special Thanks to Tom for coming in on his day off to wrangle a bunch of car nuts.

R2Andy

8E45E
11-28-2009, 10:48 PM
quote:Originally posted by R2Andy
Thanks to Don for letting us in, Thanks to Chris for aranging things and a Special Thanks to Tom for coming in on his day off to wrangle a bunch of car nuts.


Was Devon there this time? He the official tourguide for Mark and myself in '07, and did an excellent presentation of the old Foundry for us. It sounds like your tour this time went great as well![^]

Craig

laughinlark
11-28-2009, 10:56 PM
Glad to hear that you had a good turnout. Wish I could have been there. I know and feel the pain Milaca. Even though our dairy farms are hanging in there tough. Our logging and fishing suffer. The eco people here have a lot of people thinking that there is only one Salmon & one Redwood tree left.:( I had to search long and hard to find my rebuild parts made in USA for my daughters engine. Well worth a little extra money. She will be proudly racing her car. I don't think this country will ever get back to being an export nation. Oh, the good old days.


Gordon

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t60/laughinlark/gordsjsmk-1.jpghttp://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t60/laughinlark/11-28-07130-1.jpghttp://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t60/laughinlark/all283.jpg

Chris_Dresbach
11-28-2009, 10:59 PM
Well brent, Ill start with this morning and finish at the end of the day. Got up at 4am like a thought, scratched myself on the side of the bed and whonered what the heck I was thinking getting up so early. What the heck, so I got everything ready and at 8:45 headed down to Jim Maxeys to get a ride, even though it was a Do**e.[:p][:0] Anyway, we start off and were the first ones there, we wanted to be early to great everybody. So people start to show up. The road is now lined with cars for about 85 yards! At almost exactly 9:30 Tom from UPV shows up and unlocks the gate and we all moved into the parking lot and waited for a few more people to show up. One everybody was there, Tom closed the front gate and we were on our way into the foundry!:D We first went into the far end of the building that was the raw material and sand high bays. Tom took a head count, 46!!! WOW! Ever see about 46 people armed with coffee cans, buckets, and those small camping shovels, taking pictures?! It's quite a sight! So we filled all the buckets and cans to the brim with core sand. Sand as pure as... Ill get back to ya... Anyway, we had the option to leave our buckets there until the end of the tour and pick them up on the way out, I did. Two 5 gallon buckets filled with sand is rather heavy![B)][xx(] This was me after moving one ->[xx(][xx(][xx(] LOL. After that, Tom wanted us all to come back out of the high bay area and go to the front offices that UPV uses. We would go through there and back to their warehouseing area, then to the plant floor. (Dont let me confuse you, the high bays and the casting floor is all one building) On the main floor, we saw all of the towering blasting furnaces. I got to stand IN one! Glad it wasnt on... We then kinda scattered accross the rest of the casting floor, looking at the remainders of machines long out of service. Out of service.:( Once through there we went to the "Chop Shop" area. This was the cleaning room for all cast parts, kinda dirty now. It was called the "Chop Shop" because it is full of abandoned cars! (No studebakers, mostly old MGs and some Firebirds. Couple racecars). We then went back out through the offices and Tom took us in groups of 10 into the upstairs.:D:D:D. Most of it was surprisingly clean! There is an old locker room, still filled with lockers where the employees would change. There is also a shower room, which was almost spotless! Not even any mold! It looked cleaned recently, but hasent for 40 years! We then made is accross more of the second floor to the lunch room. I stole a coat hanger/basket that will be put to use.;) And those rooms were also surprisingly clean, but the floors had asbestos mixed in with the tile, so we didnt want to stay in that room long. Then when we went back down, another, and another, and another, and another group went to the upstairs. At this time another guy on the tour and I went back to the sand bays to go out the back of the plant because he wanted to get a wood block off a pile. On our way back we stopped by the adjacent blasting furnaces and looked at the now derrlect elevator that goes from the tunnel, to the furnaces, to the charging floor. We noticed the stairs going to the tunnels. We went to the bottom just to say we went in the tunnels, took a few pics, and went back up. Somebody dumped a bunch of factory carts at the bottom, nothing too special. (dont get any ideas about taking them out though, the evelator is toast and thats how they got down there and the only way they could come out.) After that, that was pretty much it for the foundry. We went back and got our sand and collected anything else we wanted to steal... I got a hand from one of the guys and got a light fixture off the sealing that I plan on cleaning, repainting, and putting in my bathroom... Or something. I gathered a hard hat, light fixture, about 10 bricks, 2 wood blocks, got 2 metal signs, a hanger basket, and other stuff. 2 horn buttons from Ed and John. We then gathered all the Studebakers by the foundry wall and took pics of them by the building, thes

R2Andrea
11-28-2009, 11:00 PM
No Craig, Tom was the only one. What happened? We waited for you to get here but you never showed. LOL!

R2Andy

Chris_Dresbach
11-28-2009, 11:08 PM
quote:Originally posted by R2Andy

Well, it was certainly a fun day (as if poking around the mouldering remains of a former foundry could be anything else). It's sad to see the changes that have occured since early this year even. I had a long talk with Tom afterwards about the possibility about doing this again during the Spring Swap Meet. One of the biggest issues hinges on whether or not UP&V is still in the building at that time. If this happens, I'll try to put together some "educational content" to go along with the general sightseeing. It should help put what you are seeing (and not seeing) into how the foundry operated.
Thanks to Don for letting us in, Thanks to Chris for aranging things and a Special Thanks to Tom for coming in on his day off to wrangle a bunch of car nuts.

R2Andy


Andy, if we cant get back into the foundry, how difficult is it to get into the Admin. building?

Chris Dresbach

Da Tinman
11-28-2009, 11:13 PM
Had a blast! Good to meet all or ya, and thanks for not making me feel any stranger than the rest of yas.

So when's the next one????

www.datinmanjay.com

http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/

R2Andrea
11-28-2009, 11:14 PM
It probably depends on who owns it then. Most people aren't as accomadating as UP&V.


R2Andy

8E45E
11-28-2009, 11:25 PM
quote:Originally posted by R2Andy

No Craig, Tom was the only one. What happened? We waited for you to get here but you never showed. LOL!


Well, Andy... I thought for my own safety, I better not this time, just in case an old engine block fell on my other toe!:D

Craig

kevin69bman
11-28-2009, 11:31 PM
quote:Originally posted by Lark8girl

The dirt, the junk, the peeling lead paint, walking thru water, mud, mold, animal tracks, rust, dangerous building
falling apart, sand, bricks and sunbeams through the holes in the roof!

Lark VIII girl and I had a great time, in awe of the glory of a Studebaker Foundry. A big Studebaker thank you to Chris and Tom.

And seeing Studebaker cars in the lot!

Husband of Lark VIII girl.


Iam glad you all had a great time!!

Chris_Dresbach
11-29-2009, 12:19 AM
quote:Originally posted by 8E45E


quote:Originally posted by R2Andy

No Craig, Tom was the only one. What happened? We waited for you to get here but you never showed. LOL!


Well, Andy... I thought for my own safety, I better not this time, just in case an old engine block fell on my other toe!:D

Craig


No engines in there craig, just where they made em'!:D

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-29-2009, 08:24 AM
Well, its getting to be that time that I have been dreading since the start of this, time to start shipping the core sand to whoever wanted it. ******Please note: I only have around ten bricks, so you may get one, may not. For those who specifically asked for one, will get them first.****** This is going to be a major chore around here, so please give me time. Thanks!:)

Chris Dresbach

sweetolbob
11-29-2009, 09:07 AM
Let me add my thanks to Chris for setting up the tour. We also need to add special thanks to Don (The Owner) for allowing us to tour this relic. Additionally, Tom was a great tour guide. He let us go about everywhere but still kept a modicum of control.

A great opportunity to visit a "soon to be history" building. It was well worth the trip from Bay City. My trip was nothing compared to the folks that brought their Daytona from Pennsylvania. I believe their name was Krimm (Sorry if I misspelled it). Really nice folks and I hope they made it home with the amount of Stude "history" they gathered.

In Fact, South Bend should reconsider how they demolish the building. What they should do is to hire Tom to lead tours every Saturday. By my calculations, it would take the group of pack rats I was with about six months to remove the entire site.:D It was a great day and met some nice people. Seems where ever I go and meet Stude folks they are friendly and outgoing.

Bob

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/P1000416.jpg?t=1227109182, http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/031-1.jpg?t=1254424814

COMMANDERPINK1
11-29-2009, 11:31 AM
Buckets of core sand, wood flooring blocks, rusted bent up signage, bricks, tons of pictures, and being there----PRICELESS[8D]:D

TOM

ChampTrucking
11-29-2009, 11:39 AM
Well I had fun,and so did my wife and friends.Thanks Chris and Tom,and nice to meet you CP1!!

Chris_Dresbach
11-29-2009, 11:58 AM
quote:Originally posted by sweetolbob


In Fact, South Bend should reconsider how they demolish the building. What they should do is to hire Tom to lead tours every Saturday. By my calculations, it would take the group of pack rats I was with about six months to remove the entire site.:D
Bob

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/P1000416.jpg?t=1227109182, http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/031-1.jpg?t=1254424814


I think I like that idea![8D]:)

Chris Dresbach

62SY4
11-29-2009, 03:09 PM
I would also like to thank Chris, Tom, and Don as well. It was nice to meet a bunch of you folks, I will get my pictures up ASAP. I also would like to echo

quote:Originally posted by sweetolbob

In Fact, South Bend should reconsider how they demolish the building. What they should do is to hire Tom to lead tours every Saturday. By my calculations, it would take the group of pack rats I was with about six months to remove the entire site.

Bob


I think we need decimal dude to step in here; by my calculations, it could be down that first day assuming a two shift 10 hour day!

Jon Krimm
1962 Lark Sedan
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg440/62SY4/carstude.jpg
1961 Champ

Chris_Dresbach
11-29-2009, 03:50 PM
Out of curiosity, did anybody take any video of the tour?


Chris Dresbach

Da Tinman
11-29-2009, 06:23 PM
No vids,,

Told ya I was gonna use it!
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/101_0683.jpg


www.datinmanjay.com

http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/

62SY4
11-29-2009, 07:25 PM
Nice! Now, Did you get those patches sewn on yet?


Jon Krimm
1962 Lark Sedan
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg440/62SY4/carstude.jpg
1961 Champ

COMMANDERPINK1
11-29-2009, 08:32 PM
quote: Originally posted by sweetolbob
In Fact, South Bend should reconsider how they demolish the building. What they should do is to hire Tom to lead tours every Saturday. By my calculations, it would take the group of pack rats I was with about six months to remove the entire site.
Bob

In the words of Sheriff Brody from the movie JAWS-- I'M going to need a bigger truck!

Tom

Da Tinman
11-29-2009, 08:54 PM
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/101_0682.jpg

My Mommy put it on for me as soon as we got back!!
The other one was for my Dad.



Heres the link to my Pics,,,

http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/RIP%20Steady%20Breaker/foundry/?start=all

UHHH ya know that last air compressor looked complete...........

www.datinmanjay.com

http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/

Chris_Dresbach
11-29-2009, 09:16 PM
NICE!!! Im going to do something simiular with the hanger/basket I stole, I mean found...[:p] LOL. I got some sand and one of those lights, some other stuff, want to describe what all else ya found in there ya got? Is that a fan of some sort?![?]:)

Chris Dresbach

62SY4
11-29-2009, 09:18 PM
Here is the link to my pics, sorry some are blurry.http://s542.photobucket.com/albums/gg440/62SY4/Foundry/
Tinman thanks again for the baskets, I need to hang mine and put my bump cap in the bottom shelf with some gloves, a pair of safety goggles and ear muffs on the top and a pair of greens on the hangers.

Jon Krimm
1962 Lark Sedan
http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg440/62SY4/carstude.jpg
1961 Champ

Da Tinman
11-29-2009, 09:41 PM
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/RIP%20Steady%20Breaker/foundry/101_0681.jpg

lets see here,,, left to right,,

Baskets, light from small room off high bay, (that involved a precarious jump off a bench and swinging from it like Pitfall Harry)
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/RIP%20Steady%20Breaker/foundry/pitfall.png

One basket has some small glasses out of chop shop, then a small vent door off one of the furnaces, basket of bricks, nutter basket, time card holder.

Second row, yet anutter basket, part of an air compressor belt, Air difusser from the shower room, aluminum side cover for a lift or winch, (not a stude thing, but its shaped like and will be the toilet topper at the shop.)

The roll is a plastic sheet covered with a grid, (see through graph paper) marked in one corner with bendix corp logo it was in the guard shack. 2 buckets of casting sand.

The light fixture is cleaned and hung, not gonna wire it but it looks like it should work. The furnace dorr and diffuser parts are already soaking in molasses to remove rust. I think the diffuser is gonna make a badass clock, and the funace door might become part of a safe.

If any of you wants a basket that didnt get one, I have a spare and some chains too. I'm stupid cause I should have asked when we were standing in the parking lot.


www.datinmanjay.com

http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/

Chris_Dresbach
11-29-2009, 10:46 PM
Well Tinman, they say great minds think alike, but that cant be true because Im just nuts, but have the same ideas sort of what you are doing... I got a light fixture too. I used wire cutters.[8D];) Im going to clean it up and maybe repaint it to its origional colors. (Not that a good wash wouldnt be good enough, I just dont want to eat lead paint) And rewire it, then hang it in the bathroom at the new house. (right now I live with my grandparents while mom splits from the old BF and were getting a new house:D) So Ill have 80 year old industrial studebaker factory lighting every time I take a shower.[:o)][:p] My hanger basket might go in the kitchen. Put my coat on the bottm, and fill the baskets with fruit.[?] (might have to take you up on one of those chains though tinman[?]) I got some wood blocks from the floor, paper weight... A hard hat. No idea what Ill use that for. It was in the locker room and had holes in it, fiberglass. Two signs. Two 5 gal. buckets of core sand. And whats left of part of a HO scale train car and building. And a pipe. Large plate of steel.

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
11-29-2009, 10:48 PM
Also Tinman, could you post some pics of your stolen, I mean found stuff when you make some stuff out of it or put it into use?[:o)]

Chris Dresbach

Da Tinman
11-29-2009, 10:54 PM
For sure!!

www.datinmanjay.com

http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/

Bordeaux Daytona
11-29-2009, 10:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

Out of curiosity, did anybody take any video of the tour?


Chris Dresbach


I uploaded two tonight and will upload some more.
I also loaded more pictures to my photobucket page, rotated some and used auto-fix on others so they could be seen better.

http://s288.photobucket.com/albums/ll176/64daytona/Studebaker%20Foundry%2011-28-09/?start=all



Walking into the foundry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErgQMLOQMbo

Ed's Avanti running outside the entrance, filmed from the inside
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIQiKUW-muc

John V.

Chris_Dresbach
11-29-2009, 11:08 PM
quote:Originally posted by Bordeaux Daytona


quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

Out of curiosity, did anybody take any video of the tour?


Chris Dresbach


I uploaded two tonight and will upload some more.
I also loaded more pictures to my photobucket page, re-rotating some and using auto-fix on some others so they could be seen better.

http://s288.photobucket.com/albums/ll176/64daytona/Studebaker%20Foundry%2011-28-09/?start=all



Walking into the foundry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErgQMLOQMbo

Ed's Avanti running outside the entrance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIQiKUW-muc

John V.




Ah yes, my debut to being in a video on you tube[8D][:p]

Thanks for all you help on this project john!:)

Chris Dresbach

Bordeaux Daytona
11-29-2009, 11:26 PM
quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach


Ah yes, my debut to being in a video on you tube[8D][:p]

Thanks for all you help on this project john!:)

Chris Dresbach


Ok, thanks again for everything you did to make it possible. :D

Here's another Avanti running video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yR5NXZ1gso

Studes outside the entrance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRFZt2Mgy1o

Studes outside the entrance #2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLheD6GBvk4


John V.

Chris_Dresbach
11-29-2009, 11:44 PM
No problem, I was happy to organize it.:)

Chris Dresbach

Da Tinman
11-30-2009, 06:49 PM
This was a big suprise!

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/RIP%20Steady%20Breaker/foundry/101_0684.jpg

and after some soap and water,
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/RIP%20Steady%20Breaker/foundry/101_0688.jpg

love porcelin, only a couple spots where the coating chipped.


www.datinmanjay.com

http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/

Chris_Dresbach
11-30-2009, 07:17 PM
Does it still work?

Chris Dresbach

Da Tinman
11-30-2009, 07:42 PM
probably, but I didnt wire it up, just a prop for now.

www.datinmanjay.com

http://s239.photobucket.com/albums/ff198/Da_Tinman/

Bordeaux Daytona
11-30-2009, 10:08 PM
Two more videos, I wanted to upload some more but I can't because YouTube is doing maintenance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zohyiJxQKgs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNxP0ji-qOU

Update....
Here's the last of the foundry videos and there's a couple from the SNM and one driving by SASCO.

Sand Bins...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5Xo2A9GH2s

Near Furnaces
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlMIlizcxBw

Driving by SASCO
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv84QxRm7B0

SNM '50 Stude Convertible Decorated for Christmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJnmT1RxoOY

SNM Forge Display
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc6nQCRJ6JQ

John V.

Chris_Dresbach
12-01-2009, 03:57 PM
Ill let ya know when I get a hold of Don for ya Tinman.:)

Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
12-01-2009, 10:23 PM
Cool! Took some good videos john.:)

Chris Dresbach

JunkYardDog
12-03-2009, 08:38 PM
Will I am willing to guess I never am going to have to honor of ever seeing South Bend. Too far away for me and as much as I love Studies I am not goin g to have old abandoned buildings on the top of my list for vacation time.
If I lived closer you bit I'd be there in a heart beat. I am very interested in whats there today and most of the pictures I see are never dated so please post some pictures and update everyone on what is there. Thank You. "JYD"

Chris_Dresbach
12-03-2009, 09:09 PM
quote:Originally posted by JunkYardDog

Will I am willing to guess I never am going to have to honor of ever seeing South Bend. Too far away for me and as much as I love Studies I am not goin g to have old abandoned buildings on the top of my list for vacation time.
If I lived closer you bit I'd be there in a heart beat. I am very interested in whats there today and most of the pictures I see are never dated so please post some pictures and update everyone on what is there. Thank You. "JYD"


The tour is actually over now, but I still have lots of pics to post when I get the chance. I am also working on an article that will go in Turning Wheels.:)

Chris Dresbach

Bordeaux Daytona
12-03-2009, 09:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

Cool! Took some good videos john.:)

Chris Dresbach


thanks Chris, I'd love to see those pics you took too.

John V.

Chris_Dresbach
12-03-2009, 11:37 PM
I want to post them as soon as I get them off the camera and on to Photobucket.:)

Chris Dresbach

Avantidon
12-04-2009, 06:35 AM
You guys have done a great job in not only sharing your pictures and videos but also in saving a piece of Studebaker history for all to enjoy. Thank each and everyone for their efforts in prserving for us who could not be there these pictures and videos

Chris_Dresbach
12-04-2009, 09:55 PM
...Hope to get my stuff from the foundry out of the truck tomorrow....:)

Chris Dresbach

DKing
12-05-2009, 08:48 PM
I worked for a company that leased/owned the Studebaker site back in the early 1990's. EWI was the name and I spent some time there in the main stamping plant. EWI went belly up in 1996 and some of the furniture that was used in the Southfield, MI engineering office came from the executive offices from the Studebaker executive rooms. I have a conference table in my living room that came from there. A very nice Stow-Davis walnut table.

David


David King
1964 Studebaker Commander
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham (615)
1966 Pontiac GTO convertible

Chris_Dresbach
12-05-2009, 09:54 PM
...Some guys have all the luck!:( LOL[:o)]

Chris Dresbach