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  • #16
    I believe Steve Blake had a lot of good ideas but tried to do too much, too fast for the level of capitalization he had. While certainly commendable, the racing effort could have waited until he had the company on firm financial ground first. The change in body making and the change in paint should have gotten a thorough test on a limited number of cars rather than convert all production to it, and the problem and bankruptcy could have been averted. Of course, that's hindsight and quite obvious looking back.
    Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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    • #17
      The big 3 had similar paint issues and had Blake been able to ride it out, the paint suppliers would have had to make it good as they did for the big 3. Again, undercapitalization, the bane of companies everywhere.
      Jim
      Often in error, never in doubt
      http://rabidsnailracing.blogspot.com/

      ____1966 Avanti II RQA 0088_______________1963 Avanti R2 63R3152____________http://rabidsnailracing.blogspot.com/

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      • #18
        My understanding is that the paint issue was not actually the paint...it was the change in body process. Supposedly the new body process required far more curing time than the previous process. The paint sealed the glass and out gassing of its solvents couldn't occur normally, so the paint began coming off.

        I guess there was no thought there might be a difference between fiberglass processes...fiberglass is fiberglass. It must have been an easy conclusion that the new paint must have been the problem.
        Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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        • #19
          GUNSLINGER ,

          I may be right , and I may be wrong , but from what I

          have read about the Paint problem , the process involved affected the

          cars where a filler had been used to smooth out the body finish . Very

          open to comments on this !

          CRUISER

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          • #20
            There was a change in the paint system coinciding with other changes in Blake's attemp to "modernize" the finishing system. Blake was caught up in trying to be as progressive as other companies and the big push was to catalyzed systems. Not just pinholes, but entire areas sheeted off requiring total repaints (on some cars, several). Corvettes suffered similar failures, even though they stayed with the same fiberglass system they had been using, but GM dealers charged back warranty work to GM, where pockets were deep enough and business was large enough to command more immediate response from the chemical companies involved. GM had moved production of the Corvette to Bowling Green by this time but still followed the move from lacquers to catalyzed enamels with the rest of the company.

            Of course, it could be the egg nog fogging my recollection.
            Last edited by jlmccuan; 12-25-2012, 06:51 PM.
            Jim
            Often in error, never in doubt
            http://rabidsnailracing.blogspot.com/

            ____1966 Avanti II RQA 0088_______________1963 Avanti R2 63R3152____________http://rabidsnailracing.blogspot.com/

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            • #21
              Originally posted by rockinhawk View Post
              I know the top 4. Who was 5th?
              It might have been American Honda.

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