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06 Feb 2008 16:10 #9443 by Bill Hummel
Bill Hummel replied the topic: Why?
OK. You have a pretty high regard for mechanics ....

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06 Feb 2008 16:34 #9444 by balinwire
balinwire replied the topic: honor
Mechanics are the life blood of this sport. They are the doctors of these buggy's we admire so much.

I was always amazed as a kid when the corner filling station could patch my bicycle tire with a black patch that that they would light with a match to heat the rubber and make the patch stick good.

And hey, they had a electric machine that could pump my bike tires up. And tools!

They had chrome crescent wrenches and even fancy socket wrenches that we would surely never be able to afford to buy. Oh, the way the bays had roll up doors to keep out the bad weather.

With a ice box that held sodas there was hours of listening to the tires running over the bell to tell there was a customer reddy for a fill up.

And even a private privy.

Oh, the days.

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06 Feb 2008 16:40 #9445 by Bill Hummel
Bill Hummel replied the topic: Re: unknown heros
Don't get me wrong. There's a lot to be said for hard-working, clean-living people who put in an honest days work. I am sure these men contributed to keeping ACD cars on the road.

I just think this statement was a little over the top....

balinwire wrote: These guys names should be as well known as Buehrig, Cord and Jenkins. There should be a walk of fame in front of the ACD museum with there names in marble club logos.

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06 Feb 2008 16:56 #9446 by balinwire
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Of course, no offense taken, and yes I will have to concede that comparing at that level of accomplishment was an overstatement, I stand corrected.

I just learned of there contributions and was surprised there was no info on these men.

OK, and the answers, left to right are,
Russel Silberg, Ora Shoudel, Ralph Butler, Howard Carper, John McQuown, Dwight Batdorf.

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06 Feb 2008 17:43 #9448 by tractiondk
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I can see I was to late, but they are
Russel Silberg, body man
Ora Shoudek, engine
Ralf Butler, upholsterer
Howard Carper, engine
John McQuown, mechanic
Dwight Batdorf, shop foreman and transmission

Torsten Vig
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06 Feb 2008 19:56 #9450 by hportz
hportz replied the topic: "The Factory" mechanics
In 1948 Dwight Batdorf rebuilt the transmission for my 812 Westchester. In 1952 Ralph Butler , who was the Cord parts man & very talented trimmer, made & installed a complete new interior & top on my S/C Cord cabriolet. Ralph was also a very nice person. This car was featured in the September 1956 Motor Trend magazine. Joe Bortz has owned this car for many years & has kept it in good condition. It was on display at the museum 2006 Labor Day week end. I got to drive it , first time since 1956 ! Ran great ! Met John McQuown at that time (he was the youngster in the picture next to Batdorf & doing the valve job on the Cord engine)! We enjoyed the get together. 31631F Henry

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