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Old 06-20-2007, 08:27 PM
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Automotive icons of days past.

I was thinking about some of the big names in the automotive business that have come and gone. Anybody remember the yellow smiling Bear for Bear Alinement (that's how they spelled it) and Balancing? I worked for them back in the 70's just before they were sold and eventually went under. I got to build and calibrate one of the wheel balancers for the 1978 Indy 500! That's my 15 nano seconds of "almost" fame I guess. They were an industry leader for years and now they're all but forgotten. How many others have fallen by the wayside that were once household names
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Not to mention Packard, Nash, Rambler, Willys-Overland,....

A whole bunch of parts suppliers.....

Oldsmobile.....
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When I was a kid...and into model cars....it was "Auto World"....

What about "Honest Charlys".............."Hisself"
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:45 AM
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packard... the stude and packard national is in town this wekend...
two of my customers cars are there....
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How about the gas stations when they were still the little guy on the corner Sinclare with their dinosaur!
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When I was a kid...and into model cars....it was "Auto World"....
OH YEAH!!!! When the new "Auto World" catalog arrived I'd disappear in my room for days drooling over all the cool new models.



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I was thinking about some of the big names in the automotive business that have come and gone. Anybody remember the yellow smiling Bear for Bear Alinement (that's how they spelled it) and Balancing? I worked for them back in the 70's just before they were sold and eventually went under. I got to build and calibrate one of the wheel balancers for the 1978 Indy 500! That's my 15 nano seconds of "almost" fame I guess. They were an industry leader for years and now they're all but forgotten. How many others have fallen by the wayside that were once household names
I still see the sign on small business owners alignment shops so I did a search...

http://www.nwequipmentsales.com/Bear...0Alignment.htm
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