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: Have you added CNC machines here?

EI: Yeah. For making the master cams, and the valve spring retainers, and rotor tappets, and things like that.

: You still make all of your own parts here?

EI: yeah, pretty much. We job out some parts, like screw machine parts. We don’t want to have our own screw machines. That’s a business of its own.

: Well, thanks for your time and I hope we get another ten, twenty, thirty years out of you.

EI: Well we were lucky when we were kids. They still had auto shop in junior high school and electric shop. Not machine shop, but in high school at Poly High School, machine shop and forging shop and all these things. And now they’ve taken a lot of that out of the schools. You know, even when we were in grammar school, in, I think, about the third grade, we’d get to go in to sloid. What’s sloid? We worked with wood with a coping saw and we made a little duck with wheels on it you could pull around. That was fun, getting to work with your hands. A lot of these poor guys, they go all the way through high school, they didn’t fit in college with all that fancy stuff, and they never got a chance to work with their hands. Why if they had, they’d have developed a skill. There’s a great deal of satisfaction working with your hands and making things. I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve got problems (in this country). A guy can’t even fix his own plumbing or washing machine, or work on his old car. Of course the cars have gotten so complicated now that all the old mechanics that used to fix their own cars have to take to the car agency!

: Well, thanks very much for your time.

 

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