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46  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: building a garage on: January 01, 2013, 05:22:41 PM
Can't you see the "Coors Light" on the refrigerator door?  Under the Ford sign.
47  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: building a garage on: January 01, 2013, 09:37:42 AM
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48  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: building a garage on: January 01, 2013, 09:36:00 AM
Wow - looking at all of the great ideas - I wish that I had waited to build my building!  A few somewhat uniqe features of mine - Clean Burn waste oil boiler that heats the building through hot water coils in the concrete floor.  Clean Burn unit & compressor & media blast cabinet are located in a seperate mechanical building.  Work bay has a work pit that is also heated with floor coils & ventillated.  Upstairs is an apartment for guests, missionaries, etc.

49  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: January 01, 2013, 09:14:35 AM
Great pic JohnZ!  That RR track went right by the front of the foundry and continued on (switched) over to the Chevrolet Forge.  All 3 plants were on the same property.  The G&A plant was across town.  Switch yard was across the street from the 3 plants.  We lost more then one ZL1 over in that switch yard!
50  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 28, 2012, 04:53:51 AM
"Their casting operation may have been efficient but the rest of Chevrolet was a mess. De Lorean devoted much of his 1974 book to the train wreck he took over in 1969. He turned it around; many people believe he was one of the best auto execs ever."
   I actually got to meet John De Lorean at the St. Louis Assembly Plant.  Real visionary, extreemly smart & personable - even took time to show us around the new company plane that he flew in on.  He dressed completely in white that day - looked like the man from Glad!  His ego finally got the best of him - IMO.   
51  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 25, 2012, 04:09:05 PM
Typical repairs were cosmetic welds on the valve cover rail for heads and on the intake rail on blocks - they often accumulated in finishing.  Sometimes hand stamping of castings that were missing a part number or date digit.  Also grinding of excess iron that would prevent castngs from going through auto grind equipment.  Scaling of cosmetic mold penitration - stuff like that.
52  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 25, 2012, 02:25:53 PM
The duration of Christmas shutdown varied with the casting demand.  The foundry was pretty maintenance intensive, so we tried to schedule a week shutdown in melt/mold to accommodate big projects.  The finishing/inspection area would generally work a limited crew through shutdown to catch up on casting repairs & rough casting backlog.  Also, personnel would be available to ship castings out of inventory to the motor plant.  Ugh - that's a real flashback - digging pallets of blocks out of snow/ice!  Under normal production though - the castings flowed pretty quickly to the motor plant (which is the topic of this thread).
53  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 25, 2012, 12:14:22 PM
Yep - the plants were on "rock & roll" back then.  We were pouring 2500 tons per day at Tonawanda MCP.
54  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 25, 2012, 06:46:22 AM
The best time possible at Tonawanda = 30 minutes on the pouring loop to shake out on lines 1 & 2 (block lines) + 4 hours in the cooling court + 20 minutes through blast, grind, chip & inspect.  The door to the Tonawanda Motor Plant was only about a 50 foot fork truck ride from the end of both block finishing lines.  Sometimes the blocks were pretty warm when they arrived at the motor plant.  At that point, the block could go right to the motor plant machining line.  So...it's clearly possible for a casting to be produced and assembled the same day.  We weren't "just in time" in those days though.  Most casting waited on pallets in inventory que.  If a block fell off of the conveyor in the cooling court it would sit up there until Christmas or Summer shut down.  So a casting date could be many months before build date.  The Flint motors would be pretty difficult to be cast & machined the same day due to the trucking required between Saginaw & Flint.
55  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Z10 on Ebay on: December 24, 2012, 09:42:13 AM
Curious - did April Camaros with factory stereo get the early style kick panels?  Maybe, due to low volume, GM didn't change the kick panels with factory speaker provision to the new style?
56  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How much does a Jerry Mac Neish certification add to a cars value? on: January 15, 2012, 08:15:39 AM
With all of the Z clones out there, a certification by JM makes sense.  It makes potential buyers more comfortable & you can also say that your car is certified by a recognized expert.
57  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Picture of actual random inspection audit sheet on: April 18, 2011, 05:51:17 AM
This may not apply to 1969, but in 1975 I was a senior engineer at Chevrolet research and development.  I took a bunch of engineers to do drive audits at the Leeds plant that Fall.  It was SOP to do central office drive audits when major changeovers occured.  We drove cars off of the assy line and took them around a pre arranged circuit.  Some may remember that KC had a big flash flood that year.  My company car actually floated away when Rush Creek overflowed it's banks while we were out to dinner!  We lost a lot of cars in the OK car lot at the plant that year too.
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