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  • tjanowia
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    Anybody want to play Barney Fife?

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  • Studebaker Wheel
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    When you get that guard house reconstructed you will have to have a real life guard posted 24/7. He will need to have the authentic guard outfit with appropriate hat and badges etc. This photo from 1926. Note no badge on jacket but that was not the norm. Back in the 20s Studebaker decided to name the gates after long serving employees rather that referring to them as nos. 1 and 2 etc. This was the Armour gate.

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  • BigBillyHawk
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    Thanks Tim for keeping the restoration project a priority with the leaders in South Bend!!!

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  • tjanowia
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    Great pictures and information Richard and Craig as far as the foundry guard house I'm afraid it went the way of the foundry except for the pieces scrapped by Chris Dresbach.

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  • Studebaker Wheel
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    Here is a photo of the original wooden guard house at the Sample Street location (c1923). This would be before the Engineering building (No. 92) was constructed in 1928 and before the machine shop (No. 72) was built in that same year. The scene looks south toward building #78 built in 1919. For the record the brick guard house now under discussion was built in 1928 and had 122 square feet.

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  • Bordeaux Daytona
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    Originally posted by tjanowia View Post
    Thanks John, great pictures of the wood trim under the overhangs which will help a lot as I don't see any wood pieces left. Looks like it was in a little worse shape than I remember but nothing that can't be repaired. The guard house on the north side of Sample St. I am told was also saved but no one seems to know what happened to it. Been trying to track it down.
    Cool! Thanks!

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by tjanowia View Post
    The guard house on the north side of Sample St. I am told was also saved but no one seems to know what happened to it. Been trying to track it down.
    How about the Foundry gatehouse? http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...-2-The-Foundry

    Craig

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  • tjanowia
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    Thanks John, great pictures of the wood trim under the overhangs which will help a lot as I don't see any wood pieces left. Looks like it was in a little worse shape than I remember but nothing that can't be repaired. The guard house on the north side of Sample St. I am told was also saved but no one seems to know what happened to it. Been trying to track it down.

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  • Bordeaux Daytona
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    Here's some pics I took in 2008. I'm glad I took them when I did. Nice to hear that they'll be restored again. There was a pic on here before of the guardhouse on the other side, Newman Altman. I think I saved it if no one else has it. I don't know if that guardhouse was saved, I thought that it was.
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  • rkapteyn
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    Fantastic project!

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  • tjanowia
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    Thanks Richard, I was hoping you would chime in and if worse comes to worse we could count bricks and figure out the dimensions. I have contacted the Tribune, Historic Preservation Commission, Michiana Drivers Club and the Museum who hasn't responded yet and have been told to check the archives at the Library. It would also be great to get some photos of the inside and interviews with anyone that worked there. Can't even find anything on what year it was built but the bricks look like they match the old motor plant next door of which I have a pallet of bricks to replace any damaged ones. Be a great addition to the Studebaker Trail and unveil at next year's International. Mr. Quinn, I will be contacting you before long. Please keep any information and photos coming and this will happen. Thanks,

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  • Kurt
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    Cool pictures.

    I hope they they get this done.

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by HAWK64 View Post
    Dick,
    That last image is impressive & I believe most of the Forum members enjoy you sharing with us. Thanks for your efforts.
    That image was a commonly used one from the late summer of 1952 when they were readying that overhead conveyor seen in the background for 1953 models, comparing it with 1952 bodies being trucked to the storage facility south of Sample Street. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ll-want-to-see

    Another close-up of the guardhouse here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ears-ago-today

    Craig

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  • HAWK64
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    Dick,
    That last image is impressive & I believe most of the Forum members enjoy you sharing with us. Thanks for your efforts.

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  • Studebaker Wheel
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    Guard house on right. 1952 looking east on Sample Street from the power house. Overhead body conveyor near completion but not yet in service.
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