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@ToyotaMatt, I learned a bit of history the other day you may be interested in. Perhaps you’re already aware of this?
I started work at at Gibson USA this week as a new career path. Yes! I make guitars for a living, finally!
In our orientation we learned that during WWII 90% of Gibsons staff joined the armed forces and their production was devastated. Not only that but all the manufactures had the same problem. What to do? We didn’t have the strategic advantage to win the war so the USA needed an other approach.
The women and young men who were not quite fighting age were hired. But they were unskilled and needed to be brought up to speed in a matter of days. So Gibson developed a step by step process for teaching someone a new skill that they could apply to other skills as well.
People were mastering their jobs in record time and the production numbers went through the roof despite having no experienced employees. The guitars manufactured by those women are some of the most sought after and prized instruments ever made starting at $75,000 today if you can find one.
The rest of the nation picked up on what Gibson was doing and they shared their methods with the entire country. We had something like 5-6 tanks to every one German tank. This is how we won the war (arguably) we simply outgunned the enemy.
When the war was over and the soldiers returned home it was seen as condescending to teach a Marine veteran how to pop a rivet using a step by step card (step 1. Pick up the rivet gun. Step 2, pick up a rivet) yeah that’s wasn’t gonna fly with these hardens vets so the country got away from those practices and relaxed a lot.
The Japanese and Germans, after the war, were so amazed by how much America produced that they approached us and asked how we did it. Well, Gibson shared their point by point training mindset with them.
Japan went on in the 70’s and 80’s to out manufacture everyone else using this method developed by Gibson. Toyota was leading the way in developing an even more in depth training mindset and came up with the concept of building people who make cars.
This was the birth of T-Ten! And it goes deep as you know…
Gibson and many other American manufactures were suffering in the 80’s and 90’s and approached Toyota to ask how they were performing so well. Surprised, Toyota told Gibson “you taught us this method”… haha!! So Gibson gave Toyota the brainchild that turned into T-Ten and then later took the Toyota method and applied it to guitars again.
So here I am, an American luthier and a Toyota nut working for the company that started it all. If it weren’t for Gibson we would be living in in a different world and Toyota wouldn’t be a part of it.
So far Montana is awesome! It can’t decide if it’s winter or spring though. That’s the mountains for ya though.Man…just read your whole thread. Was a great read in between coats of paint . What an awesome journey you’ve had with your truck. And killer side kick you have. Keep thinking I need to get another pup. How are you liking Montana?
I've got a question about the air injection nozzle block off plugs I bought some from bellmetric that are 14mm X 1.5 and they won't thread in more than three revolutions. The old oem part will easily go in 7 turns. Under a dissecting microscope there is something off about the new hardware. Has anyone had success with another source? What about the plugs that JimC sells? I almost bought those when I ordered a secondary air pump idler pulley from him.Here are some pics of that area cleaned up as best I can without disassembling the sniper.View attachment 2982304View attachment 2982305 @g-man I don’t see any cracks where you pointed. I believe that was dirt build up that was scratched at some point. I did the carb cleaner around the manifold trick and didn’t experience any rpm changes so I don’t have any vac leaks to note. I have found a few vac port plugs that have cracked due to heat. I’ll go find some new ones for high heat applications just to make sure there’s no leaks. I’m wondering if there’s just not enough air flow when I’m really asking her to work hard. I can hear the sniper sucking like crazy through this edelbrock air cleaner.View attachment 2982310
Has anyone had success with another source?
Awesome thanks. BTW I talked to some guys I work with and we found that the old hardware threads perfectly into a 9/16 X 18 die. My tap and die set at home only goes up to 12mm or 1/2. 9/16 is the eqivalent of 14.28 mm so maybe it is slightly lose. The new allen plugs still could only thread into the 9/16 x 18 die a couple of turns and then get stuck.Toyota makes the plug specifically for those holes and they fit perfectly.
Still available new.
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Yes, we have had this realization many times. I just can’t leave well enough alone!The Sniper is AN AFTERMARKET PART. Aftermarket parts have a horrible track record for reliability for every component they attempt to replace.
Yes —get it all warmed up and try again.
Man I hate to hear about this. I’m pulling for you and wish we were closer to actually lend a hand. Glad to send you a carb core for a quick rebuild. If you go down that path you might be able to sell the EFI system to fund any other expenses getting your 60 back on track. I truly don’t know if there’s a market for used Sniper systems.Yes, we have had this realization many times. I just can’t leave well enough alone!
Maybe I’ll get a Japanese carburetor without the smog provisions and install it in the spring if I get this thing running again. Maybe I’ll just sell it like a smart person!