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Old 02-26-2019, 10:37 PM
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Great observation about the exhaust painted black and it would be nice to have an explanation.
See post # 45
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Old 02-26-2019, 10:45 PM
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See post # 45
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I wonder why that a black exhaust system is not addressed in any judging guide.
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Old 02-26-2019, 11:21 PM
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I wonder why that a black exhaust system is not addressed in any judging guide.
Dunno - thatís waaaaay above my pay grade!
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Originally Posted by tuxnharley View Post
Dunno - thatís waaaaay above my pay grade!
Same here, inquiring minds want to know though.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:39 AM
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Jack Gerbic - Production Superintendent
Ed Teske - General Superintendent (Corvette Plant Manager)
Lou Biskach - St. Louis complex manager
Bob Blubaugh - Chief Inspector (after John Evans), followed by H.D. (Dale) Johnson.
George Barlos was actually the Tooling General Foreman.
Phil Hawkins was actually a Process Engineer.

Jeez, that (1967) was a LONG time ago!
Are any of them still alive John?
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by ricks327 View Post
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I wonder why that a black exhaust system is not addressed in any judging guide.

Would the black burn off while testing at the end of the assembly line (rendering the as-delivered exhaust cooked raw)?


Great thread.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:57 AM
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If anyone know I would REALLY like to get ahold of Jack
I have two cars that he personally walked thru the plant / with photos he took and documentation
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Jim Hall, a Michigan NCRS member, worked in the paint section. I saw Jim several years back and he appeared to be in declining health. Haven't heard anything lately.
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by ricks327 View Post
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I wonder why that a black exhaust system is not addressed in any judging guide.
In the 63/67 Noland Adams corvette restoration guide, it's stated that the exhaust system was coated with a black preservative. Although all the exhaust systems left the factory coated with this preservative, it was soon burned away after 100 miles.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:33 PM
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Not sure what time of the year you visited the plant but white was what we called a forgiving color. Sometimes start with white to get started before some harder to paint colors. Easy color to paint and would batch build when possible if we had the orders, especially if we were having paint system or color issues.
In those days we built all that we could (two 10 hour shifts Mon thru Fri, two 8 hour shifts on Sat) and usually cancel orders at the end of the model year.
That was line times, we ran the repair areas typically thru the night between shifts. I had many double shifts. working in the repair area as a inspector.
After the repairs were performed it was my departments job to inspect the repairs and approve to ship. Not a popular job to approve a repair mans work. Telling a person his work was not right was not always accepted. Many emotional discussions to say the least.
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Jack Gerbic is alive and well living in Nashville TN as of 2/26/2019.
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Originally Posted by MOXIE62 View Post
In the 63/67 Noland Adams corvette restoration guide, it's stated that the exhaust system was coated with a black preservative. Although all the exhaust systems left the factory coated with this preservative, it was soon burned away after 100 miles.
So,then it should be in the NCRS judging guide.
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Ralph I think the time had to be around January or February of 77. We as a club took a bus trip there instead of cara vanning our Vettes there.
The way they had painted them was interesting as I can remember. All open with a air system that let the painter paint without a face mask.
My 75 Vette was built sometime right after Christmas of 75. Was interesting to say the least.
The operation has really changed quite a bit from how they painted them back then to now.
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Jack Gerbic is alive and well living in Nashville TN as of 2/26/2019.
Ralph do you know how to get ahold of him or can you pass phone numbers to him ?
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Originally Posted by csherman View Post
Ralph do you know how to get ahold of him or can you pass phone numbers to him ?
I got you the number for Jack Gerbic, have you tried to call him yet?
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This website has great pics of the St. Louis plant from the late '50s and early '60s.
https://rarecorvettepics.com/
NCRS Driveline has a story about them in the current issue.
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