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Old 04-08-2018, 09:50 AM
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ST.Louis Corvette plant personnel

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Fred Dudley.. paint supervisor
Roy Johnson..chassis supervisor
George Barlos..Quality control
Phil Hawkins..Quality control
Ray Barnes..trim tags
Jim Harding..paint booth
Renny Diehl..assembly line
Jerry Mathews..touch up paint
Jack Knudsen..
John Evans.. Chief Inspector
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Interesting list. I wonder how many are still with us? Dennis
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Fascinating list. Iíd love to ask Ray Barnes if all Ď66 427 fender emblems were installed not level. Fixiní to put mine on new fenders.
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Originally Posted by Mailbu Beach View Post
ST.Louis Corvette plant personnel

Can you add to the list?

Fred Dudley.. paint supervisor
Roy Johnson..chassis supervisor
George Barlos..Quality control
Phil Hawkins..Quality control
Ray Barnes..trim tags
Jim Harding..paint booth
Renny Diehl..assembly line
Jerry Mathews..touch up paint
Jack Knudsen..
John Evans.. Chief Inspector
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!
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This is great subject but I feel it’s worthless as if they are not dead they couldn’t remember too much.
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This is great subject but I feel itís worthless as if they are not dead they couldnít remember too much.
You would be surprised........ There are some things a person will never forget.

I may forget the day now and then, or more easily lose my train of thought, but I can still remember ALL the things I did to my 50's and 60's cars including settings and torque values.

That is why I love my 1967 car............when I take it out for a drive with the top down, side pipes roaring, engine revving, and rowing thru the gears I am 19 years old again. Best fountain of youth ever found.

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Larry if those guys are still around I would love to ask some questions.
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Originally Posted by Nowhere Man View Post
Larry if those guys are still around I would love to ask some questions.
As far as I know, all of them are gone. Production is a tough way to make a living.
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Originally Posted by JohnZ View Post
As far as I know, all of them are gone. Production is a tough way to make a living.
Hi John maybe you know who the Jim is on this parts tag that has resided in my 66 spare tub for over 50 years.
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Hi John maybe you know who the Jim is on this parts tag that has resided in my 66 spare tub for over 50 years.
I found a tag just like that in dadís 65 door

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Originally Posted by Nowhere Man View Post
This is great subject but I feel itís worthless as if they are not dead they couldnít remember too much.
Ask John how much he remembers, since he is one of them.
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I agree! I was just about to point out that John Z was there. Is his info worthless?
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Those who post most seem to know the least, while those who post least often know the most.
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Originally Posted by ricks327 View Post
Ask John how much he remembers, since he is one of them.
John Z is a great example that stereo types donít work about my comment. But if those guys started there in late 50ís in there 20ís they would be in their 90ís by now.
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Larry Galloway was a quality engineer and wrote a small book about his dealings with St. Louis, as well as A O Smith's factory in Ionia. Some 63-67 stories you probably don't know. The wrong dimensions for the mold that made all the coupe roofs was news to me.
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It is unfortunate that those who worked on the line when the C2s were being built and would have been there from '63-'67 are no longer with us.
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13 years ago I was working at the GM plant in Wentzville, Mo which is outside St. Louis. Back then there were a few old timers from St Louis plant still working even though all were eligible to retire many years before.
One guy told me he worked on the bonding adhesive dispensing equipment at St Louis and one test to see if the proportions were right was to make a big glob of adhesive let it dry and drop it from the roof. If it didn't shatter they figured they figured they had it right. Not sure if that was urban legend or not. Cant remember his name...

Drove by the old plant one evening and the gate was open and i drove in. What was left of the Corvette building was a paper recycling facility. I think it's all changed now.
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Originally Posted by mikelj View Post
It is unfortunate that those who worked on the line when the C2s were being built and would have been there from '63-'67 are no longer with us.
I know a few of the guys that worked on the line in the 63-67 era but I haven't talked to them for a three or four years.
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Originally Posted by JohnZ View Post
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!
I video tape interviewed Ray Barnes 25 years ago. Ray printed and installed trim tags and VIN tags. He knew plenty.

He told a story about a guy that a had a heart attack and died at the plant the he was retiring.

Another story about repaints ..colors that might bleed through were sanded down if not they were painted over the wrong color.

And much more
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Originally Posted by Nowhere Man View Post
John Z is a great example that stereo types donít work about my comment. But if those guys started there in late 50ís in there 20ís they would be in their 90ís by now.
Where is it noted by the OP that the list was from the 50's?
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