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THE END OF AN ERA HERE IN HAMILTON- THE WRECKERS HAVE BEGUN DEMOLITION ON THE STUDEBAKER FACTORY!!!!

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  • #16
    Originally posted by Stu Chapman View Post
    So much for a happier ending. The owners had agreed to allow us to schedule a final homecoming event before demolition but then cancelled our planning meeting. We have been unable to get anyone in control to return our calls but I'm trying again. I'll keep you all posted. If anyone is in the area please keep a daily watch and take as many pictures as you can.
    Stu Chapman
    Stu and Roly went back today and I have added more pictures of the plant.. You can check this link,
    http://s1011.photobucket.com/albums/...%20Demolition/ I will add more pictures as time permits.
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    Susan Lusted, What's Happening Turning Wheels
    studenews@outlook.com

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    • #17
      Thanks for the pictures, SusieQ.

      I can totally understand what Deepnhock is saying here, but I also do lament the decay and neglected of older factories. Having spent time in Detroit, I can say that the sight of the lost potential and ruins of what once actually was a thriving area is pretty painful. I don't know what the scale of the Hamilton Plant was (still being fairly new to this area of study!), but the jobs lost -however long ago- are lamentable in themselves.

      That such nifty cars are no longer being made, well, I think we can all agree that that's a loss.

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      • #18
        It's always sad to see a once vibrant facility being destroyed. I would love to think that the Canadian Studebaker facility in Hamilton had a chance to survive. It's just that the board of directors chose to shut down the automobile production. It's my understanding that, in 1966, Studebaker reached the break-even point in production. Who knows?
        I think I'll go for a ride today in my Lark. That'll make me feel a little better.
        Rog
        '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
        Smithtown,NY
        Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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        • #19
          Originally posted by SusieQ View Post
          Stu and Roly went back today and I have added more pictures of the plant.. You can check this link,
          http://s1011.photobucket.com/albums/...%20Demolition/ I will add more pictures as time permits.
          In case you were wondering after viewing the pictures, Roly and I had to drive down a cart track adjacent to a rail line, then burrow our way through very dense brush in order to secretly gain access to the property since we weren't supposed to be there. Sort of like attempting to explore the old Studebaker graveyard at the South Bend Proving Grounds.

          For those familiar with the Hamilton plant layout, the wreckers have started at the north side facing Burlington Street and have collapsed the exterior wall and roof in the area of the body float, metal repair, bonderite wash and paint oven. The west wall and truck bays are still standing. Next week I expect they will moving eastward where the body-in-white and panel assembly was located. For those of you who have a copy of Turning Wheels, October 2002 issue, turn to page 9 and you can follow the demolition route I have described. More later.

          Stu Chapman

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