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Old 04-09-2007, 06:32 AM   #71
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Originally Posted by Jim & Susan
OH, YEAH! First of all, China is one of the last COMMUNIST contries left on earth....
with France...

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Old 04-09-2007, 08:19 AM   #72
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I remember in the early 1970's three Chevrolet cars that came into our shop, all new, or almost new.
1- 1974 Caprice with a 350 V8 that died on the way home from the dealer, with 12 miles on it--only had six pistons and rods installed in the engine.
2- 1972 Nova with 8,000 miles on it, had a funny rattle. I found a 3/8" nut tied with fishing line to the window regulator, it would touch the inner door panel with the window rolled up, when driving over a bump, while goinjg around a right hand curve. Took me forever, couldn't find it, the shop foreman finally found it.
3- 1973 El Camino with a wierd rumble when going around curves--had a golf ball mounted inside the spare.
I am sure the other "Big 3" manufacturers had the same pranks going on, I just never saw them. Because of this, though, I went to Ford to find a job...

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Old 04-09-2007, 08:59 AM   #73
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Originally Posted by doorgunner
Mr. Thompson: Truly the way you used Semper Fi really set me off. It is a "thing " we Marines say to one another, our brotherhood of warrior's. My initial post was about import lack of quality, mostly a rant on the chinese. I have no problem with our Canadian neighbors. I have their rubber on my Excella now. I read your post about 16" rims and tires, nice job. As a vietnam vet yourself I was then amazed at your miss use of Semper Fi. Trust me, I can afford to put whatever wheels and tires I choose on my drainage pipe. Why change out my nice 15" aluminum rims for no good reason. The debate will continue long after I am gone. For those of us that have seen combat and had our fellow Marines die next to us there is a very special meaning to Semper Fi. Thanks for your service to our great country. Tim
My military experiences in 1969-1971 Army was a bit different than what doorgunner represents. We were in mixed units where there we a number of Marines. At that time, "Semper Fi" was uttered to our brothers at arms as a sign of respect for their committment to the occupation of soldier. I would have thought that if it was disrespectful, they would not have always responded a hearty "o-rah". I guess we all get different pictures of life depending on where we were and what we were doing.
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Old 04-09-2007, 02:04 PM   #74
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A couple of weeks ago I was in a spot when I went to pick up the trailer - I needed tires. There was a Goodyear store in town - Hey I'm all about supporting the American worker when I can. (I admit I usually go out of my way to find domestic products).
Needless to say I was extremely dismayed when I paid a premium for Chinese goods. I was in a spot so I had to purchase the tires.
Usually I purchase tires for the vehicles made by Cooper Tire - They are manufactured in Ohio. They also have off brands that are made in China.

Anyway I agree with many folks here - we can be our own worst enemy of why the middle class is shrinking and also because of the high taxes - that's a totally different topic.

I have often wondered about the profits from the Chinese manufacturing going to the Chinese gov't which is building military weapons - to sell to places like North Korea and Iran............ It's indeed a sad story.
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:32 PM   #75
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Hi, I also experienced some new car problems while doing new car get ready at the dealerships. Chevrolet: one six inch string tied to a body hole in the right quarter panel with a nut tied to the other end. [nice rattle] A nut placed in the secondary ports of a quadrajet carburetor so when you hit full throttle it would suck the nut into the engine to destroy it; The nut got stuck in the butterfly holding the throttle open at high speed. I was able to take it out before it got into the engine and destroyed it. Rear main bearing lower half left out. Nuts and bolts put inside of the frame on both frame cars and unit body cars. Ford: double rear radio mounts bent over so radio can't come out as designed. Broken rear window left on the floor of pickup, found after removeing seats, carpets, and insulation. Both companies, broken glass and coke bottles found inside front doors. And many more. These acts were done by highly paid, and with many benfits, UAW union workers.

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Old 07-06-2009, 05:22 PM   #76
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Well Bob, "Semper fi" is sacred to Marines. You missed USMC boot camp or USMC officers basic training . You are forgiven.

Just possibly not a good choice of words in this case, my friend.

Thanks for the good tire info on B. F. Goodrich. I also agree with your clear headed logic...

Your friend,

Came upon this thread when looking for/at GY and Chinese tire info.

However - I think somebody has a "holy-er than thou" attitude about
a innocuous use of "Semper Fi"!
(Or maybe has their head where the sun don't shine DI's & TI's had a more direct way of expressing that)

There was no disrespect to the US Marine Corps -or Marines - intended or implied in Mr. Thompson's original post.

Latin has been around lots longer than the Marine Corps!

Because Semper Fidelis is the (Latin) Marine Corps motto - does that mean nobody can use this term - long or short version?

Think that attitude runs counter to the very "being" of the Corps - and all of our military - which *ALSO* goes back further than the founding of the Marine Corps . . .to the US Constitution.

Here's a true 'Nam story for the "Doorgunner".

During the Nam era, we young guys were sitting around a coffee shop BSing. Something came up about the ongoing war.

Now - to set the stage there were two guys at the table who didn't know each other. A gung-ho US Marine (John), and a rather small, quiet Army guy, Chuck). Chuck had completed his 2 year Army commitment.
Most of us knew both.

(The Marine liked to drive around with his dress uniform hanging on the
overhead hook in his car - making it visible through the back window).

When the subject was on Nam for a bit, the Army guy -Chuck- kind of jokingly made a machine gun sound. Our Marine, asked him what service *HE* was in.
Chuck simply said, "Army".

At that our Marine - who I might add never went to Nam - or further than San Diego, says,
"What were you . . . . a cook?"

Chuck said politely, "No, door gunner in a Huey. Shot down twice."

The topic changed.

Fast forward. Chuck had a beautiful girl friend back then. A real sweetheart. She had Melanoma.

When she died from that - the Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome caught up with him. Never was the same again.
Guess it was a -"Semper Fi"- love story.


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