<VV> Bad Paint not from China (Minimal Corvair Content)

Ron ronh at owt.com
Mon Jul 15 01:37:59 EDT 2013

Ford may have embraced Deming's QC system but the result sure doesn't show 
in Consumer Report's frequency of repair records.  If in doubt, look at 
Ford's record compared to that of Toyota.  It's a night and day difference.

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To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>; <Shelrockbored at aol.com>
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Subject: <VV> Bad Paint not from China (Minimal Corvair Content)

> SVS,
> I don't get the point.
> Over the decades, quality control in all levels of  manufacturing above
> "garage shop" has been improving.  Even in the garage,  this must be a 
> concern
> even if the parameters are not scientifically  quantified.  After WW2 when
> W. E. Deming first proposed zero defect  manufacturing as not only an
> achievable goal but a true cost saving philosophy,  all industrial 
> countries and
> their manufacturing entities have embraced quality  control as a 
> prerequisite
> to success.  To this day, The Deming Award is a  highly coveted
> international recognition of this applied  science/philosophy.  This 
> includes China.
> As an aside, Deming first proposed zero defect manufacturing  in the US
> auto industry.  I think it was Ford at first.  He was  universally 
> repudiated
> for what were considered to be "crazy" proposals here in  the US and went 
> to
> Japan where he is still worshipped.  They embraced his  philosophy and 
> most
> of us know that we are still recovering from the stigma of  poor quality
> manufacturing in the US as compared to Japan.  (Corvair  content ...)  As 
> you
> can see from the list of my toys at the end of this  post, I truly love
> vintage US cars, especially Corvairs.  However, my love  of these cars 
> does not
> stem from the quality control the auto industry had in  place back then.
> Yes, the quality process can get out of control but more often  than not,
> the problem has its roots in the failure to define the important  control
> parameters.  You may recall the outrage a few years back when  sources in 
> China
> supplied children's toys to Mattel with lead based paint.   Mattel
> eventually admitted that it was their fault.  They failed to inform  the
> manufacturer in China that lead based paint was not acceptable.  The 
> supplier simply
> used the least expensive products that did not violate the  specifications
> they had in hand at the time.  The folks at Mattel wrongly  assumed that 
> the
> folks in China knew that lead based paints were banned in the  USA.  Of
> course, the products were recalled at great expense to Mattel, not  the 
> Chinese
> manufacturer.
> I do not pretend to know what transpired between Eastwood and  its
> suppliers, nor do I know what Grant's specific needs are.  However, I 
> assume that
> Grant has expressed his needs to Eastwood and how the more recent 
> products
> do not meet them.  In my experience, suppliers (and their  suppliers) want 
> to
> correct any problems as quickly as possible.  Its just  good business.  To
> get proper response, sometimes you must take the  complaint to a higher
> level than the first person in Customer Service who  answers the phone or
> receives the email.  The supplier can't fix a problem  they are unaware of 
> at the
> proper management level.
> Just to stir things up, I have seen situations where quality  levels that
> were too high caused a problem for a customer.
> Regarding computer upgrades, this is not a quality control  issue.
> Advancements in PC capability (and other technologies) is a good  thing. 
> Each
> advancement of various PC technologies allows development of  improved 
> software,
> processing speed, storage, communication, etc.  If you  need or merely 
> want
> that expanded capability and your present PC can't  support it, "ya gotta
> do what ya gotta do."  I have 3 computers ... my  laptop for visiting 
> clients
> and working on the road, my quite OLD tower PC for  general data storage,
> writing letters and proposals, etc. and a higher  capability tower for my
> technical stuff.  The high level PC can support all  my needs but I do not
> permit it to have direct internet communication for  security reasons.  As
> necessary, I transfer files after  scanning.
> Doc
> 1960 Corvette, 1961 Rampside, 1962 Rampside, 1964 Spyder  coupe, 1965
> Greenbrier, 1966 Canadian Corsa turbo coupe, 1967 Nova SS, 1968  Camaro 
> ragtop
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> In a message dated 7/12/2013 7:46:38 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> virtualvairs-request at corvair.org writes:
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> Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:04:12 -0400 (EDT)
> From:  Shelrockbored at aol.com
> Subject: Re: <VV> Bad Paint not from  China
> To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
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> Although we probably should not use  China as a scapegoat (they do have
> their shortcomings) the general gripe  is about the decline in the quality 
> of
> manufacturing, among other  things.  Cost being sited as the usual 
> culprit.
> My question is how  long will it be before cost drives out any kind of
> quality.  We all  talk about a disposable society yet everything today  is
> disposable.  Where does it end?
> The newest computer I own is seven  years old so there are things I cannot
> do.  I should upgrades but do  I have to buy a new computer every two
> years!!!?
> I think everyone  gets the point.
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