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Old December 14th, 2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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I got this from a GM engineer. I guess it was posted at GM today. Pretty cool if it's true.

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Deborah Kyles-Williams, Quality Systems manager: This past weekend I was driving one of GM Powertrain Toledo's test vehicles - 2010 Chevrolet Camaro that is HOT! It is dark blue with white racing stripes on the hood. You can imagine the number of looks this car attracted. Saturday morning before 9 a.m., I stopped into the Arborland Starbucks off US 23 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There was a gentleman in line directly in front of me that seemed to know all of the Starbucks personnel. I didn't pay attention to the person then, but when I came out of the Starbucks, he was standing beside the Camaro. I asked him if he liked the vehicle and he emphatically stated "yes." The gentleman and I started talking about vehicle response times, design and general car talk for about ten minutes. He stated he was with the competition and gestured toward a red Ford pick-up beside the Camaro. I told him I did not view Ford as the competition as we are all in the same boat - trying to stay solvent in this economy. I made a couple of statements concerning Ford's positive financial status and said I hoped both Ford and GM continued to improve. The gentleman leaned into the Camaro and I asked if he would like to sit in it. He looked surprised and said "really?" I replied "sure" and offered to hold his coffee. He got into the vehicle and we talked about what was really working and he stated the only thing he did not like was the blank space on the dash and the type of plastic used (he thought a softer plastic would have looked better). The gentleman got out of the vehicle and asked me my name. I introduced myself, stated I worked at the Toledo Transmission plant as Quality Systems manager and was proud to say, Toledo produces the transmission for the Camaro along with launching a front-wheel-drive. The gentleman said "I know." We shook hands as I asked him his name, to which he replied, "Bill Ford." I was visibly taken aback when I asked "The Bill Ford?" He smiled and answered "yes." Bill Ford Jr. and I talked another five minutes. When parting he stated "I hate to say this, but you guys (GM) did good!" Remember to use all the tools available to you as you perform your jobs. We at Toledo are integral in GM's success by ensuring defect free transmissions that are in GM vehicles everyone admires and wants to drive - even Bill Ford Jr.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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really, he didnt know who Bill Ford Jr was?
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Old December 14th, 2009, 01:40 PM   #3
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Nice story. I live in close to Arborland mall and bill ford frequents the businesses in there quite regularly.

While in high school, I worked at the Petco in there, and him and his son would come in once or twice a week all dressed up in their Lions gear, lol.

He's a very nice and personable person. I talked cars with him several times. (I had a Ranger that had airride suspension on it, I was like 17 at the time, and he poke fun at how I ruined his truck. lol)
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really, he didnt know who Bill Ford Jr was?
the first word in the article is "Deborah".... so I would gather that it was an uneducated woman.

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I got this from a GM engineer. I guess it was posted at GM today. Pretty cool if it's true.
From my interactions with him, I would just about guarantee that it would be true.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #6
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Nice story. I live in close to Arborland mall and bill ford frequents the businesses in there quite regularly.

While in high school, I worked at the Petco in there, and him and his son would come in once or twice a week all dressed up in their Lions gear, lol.

He's a very nice and personable person. I talked cars with him several times. (I had a Ranger that had airride suspension on it, I was like 17 at the time, and he poke fun at how I ruined his truck. lol)
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the first word in the article is "Deborah".... so I would gather that it was an uneducated woman.
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From my interactions with him, I would just about guarantee that it would be true.
Knowing my source that I got the note from quite well, I knew it had to be true. I put that in there to release myself from any liability from the know-it-all's here.
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You did.
It was a joke, and it actually won a ton of mini truck competitions, both locally and Indy Truck Bash, and well as other large respected venues. I suppose you're the only person that never did any 'modding' to their first vehicle? It was done tastefully and professionally, not some hack job.

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Knowing my source that I got the note from quite well, I knew it had to be true. I put that in there to release myself from any liability from the know-it-all's here.
Good point, I forgot about the assbag clause.
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I I suppose you're the only person that never did any 'modding' to their first vehicle?
Not the only one. I didn't do anything to my first vehicle except some front end damage and left side dirt rubbing.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 02:38 PM   #11
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It was a joke, and it actually won a ton of mini truck competitions, both locally and Indy Truck Bash, and well as other large respected venues. I suppose you're the only person that never did any 'modding' to their first vehicle? It was done tastefully and professionally, not some hack job.
Geeze sally, change your tampon. Smiley = funny, joking, light hearted....
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Bill Ford Jr. is about as down-to-earth person as you will ever find.

I enjoyed working for his company when he was "running" it.
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Geeze sally, change your tampon. Smiley = funny, joking, light hearted....
i was just givin you a hard time. i dont take anything around here too serious.
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