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HBC
« on: February 23, 2011, 03:39:02 AM »
Does anyone know the guy who owns HBC?  I've tried to talk with them and e-mailed him directly about the radiator tags they make.  I don't know about other models, but the one for the 68 Z28 is wrong.  He says he modeled it after one he took off an original car, but they have IM for one of the tanks and it's supposed to be IH.  I've gotten no where with him and he's blown me off.  It's obviously wrong and I told him to check on here but I'm sure he thought I was nuts.  I'd like to get one from him, but what's the point of an incorrect one?
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Re: HBC
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2011, 02:19:14 PM »
I talked with a COPO owner last night who tried unsuccessfully to speak with Jim Stubbings multiple times over a MN coded COPO engine HBC had for sale, guy just couldn't believe Jim would not come to actually speak on the phone about a $12,000 engine, he ended up giving up on the purchase. Makes no sense to me...
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Re: HBC
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2011, 10:55:22 PM »
Well, if he's selling any of the tags as made (incorrect) some people are going to be pissed when they find out.  If he's not selling many, an astute business person might want to know why.  He personally e-mailed me back but blew me off and basically told me I didn't know what I was talking about.  I said that might be true, but the folks at CRG know what they're talking about and no tank on a Camaro radiator was labeled IM.

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Re: HBC
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2011, 01:55:09 AM »
I've spoken to Jim quite a few times about the purchase of various parts.  He has always been willing to talk.  Any time I have called outside of their normal business hours, Jim has personally picked up the phone.
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Re: HBC
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2011, 04:36:27 AM »
Well, have him look at the radiator tags and tank usage codes on CRG and show him no Camaro had an IM tank on it like the one he has for 68 Z28.

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Re: HBC
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2011, 02:45:34 PM »
It seems strange that he would make a tag wrong on purpose.  Anyhow, just because info is on the CRG doesn't mean that it's the only way something could have been.  So, instead of trying to tell the guy that he is wrong, why not ask him if he can make the tag you are looking for?  Offer to share in the cost if you really want it badly.

What really bothers me is the parts/services vendors who are active with the CRG who make up the 'rules' about what is correct or not.  Some of them base their 'rules' upon their opinions & what they have seen, but they certainly haven't seen everything.  People will blindly believe them, and if someone tries to call them out on a mistake, well, I won't even go there.
 

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Re: HBC
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2011, 03:41:56 PM »
In 1968 my cousin Jerry S. moved to Cinn. Oh. and got a job at the Norwood, Oh. camaro assembly plant. He work at that plant untill they closed the doors. His job was keeping parts to the guys doing assembly on the line. Jerry said in all his years at that plant he never heard the word "quality" used, it was always "production" get em out the door and be quick about. He said his boss always said keep those guys parts that will fit and work o.k..

I believe our camaros were not all built alike. On any given day if parts were short they stuck on them anything that would work to get them out the door. Jerry always drove a Pontiac he said the camaros were just a little to junkie to suit him.

Big Jim up at HBC has been around along time and knows the first gen cars pretty good. Of course he doesn't know it all and if you run into a guy that says he does, better keep a sharp eye out for that fellow. DRIVE EM, ENJOY THE HOBBY, HAVE FUN!!!

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Re: HBC
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2011, 02:45:28 AM »
I've been round and round with it.  I asked about making one and was asked "Why', the one that we sell is correct."  It's not a matter of opinion, it's a fact.  There was no camaro that had an IM tank.  There could be no IM tag unless it was a typo.  See other thread.

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=3727.0

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Re: HBC
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2011, 11:30:55 AM »
The UZ tag he makes is wrong also. It should have tanks CH & IO. He has IE & OO. Why make the wrong ones if you're going through the trouble of making them...Joe
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Re: HBC
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2011, 12:33:34 PM »
His 1969 350 automatic tag is also wrong - he shows the tag for a manual transmission and sells it as a tag for automatics.
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Re: HBC
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2011, 03:01:53 PM »
Maybe there was some misunderstanding on the point I was trying to make.  You guys are taking what the CRG says as the only way something could have been.  There are exceptions to almost every rule.  I believe the accuracy of the CRG data, but the CRG makes no claims that their data reflects the only way a car was made.  Maybe someone from the CGR should contact Jim and ask for his help with identifying all possible radiator tags. 

Now, if you don't like what he sells, then don't buy it.  If you approach the subject of having a tag made to match your car and he's not interested, then invest your own time & money into having the correct tag reproduced.  I understand starting this thread to try to warn others that these tags may not match the way their specific car was made, but it seems to have turned into a bit of Jim-bashing.  Guaranteed if a thread was started specifically to point out the faults of a vendor & CGR member it would have been shut down by now.

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Re: HBC
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2011, 04:09:03 PM »
Jeff,
That may be applicable to which radiator went into a car, but the 68-69 radiator tags define how the radiator is to be assembled. There's no wigggle-room on what the tag should say.
68 Z is IH. I have one.

Also, there's no vendor-preferential treatment. I think I've only had to shutdown one thread ever - the 69 RS Z rebody thread.
We don't have vendors that advertise on the site, so it's a non-issue, thankfully!

The UZ tag he makes is wrong also. It should have tanks CH & IO. He has IE & OO. Why make the wrong ones if you're going through the trouble of making them...Joe
UZ had IL & OM in 68. UZ had IO & CH in 69. Maybe that's a later version, but it's wrong for 68/9.
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Re: HBC
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2011, 05:14:19 PM »
OK Kurt, I'll just let it go. 
After receiving many incorrect "correct" parts over the years as well as incorrectly restored components that will "pass with flying colors in any concours class", it seems that there is often a blurred line between what is correct and what someone thinks is correct.

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Re: HBC
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2011, 05:24:28 PM »
I agree with that!

Rad tags are one of the few that has a clear line. :)

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Re: HBC
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2011, 08:03:09 PM »
Kurt
Your statment about CH & IO are different from what the chart says on your site for curved neck, 4 row w/auto
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