Originally Posted by cboy
So much so that personally, I would be cautious about the recent entry of SB Insider into the discussion. Some of his/her statements don't quite add up. For example, the claim that "100's" of SB workers were laid off.
If we take prior SB claims as accurate, SB was producing about 50 kits per month prior to these layoffs. After the layoffs, according to Insider, they are producing 5-7 kits per month. Doing some quick math, Insider is saying they can currently produce 7 kits a month with a total of 7 workers. If we apply that same worker-to-kit ratio, then prior to the layoffs SB would have had a total of 50 production workers. (Roughly on kit per month per worker.) So why would there have been "hundreds" of workers on the payroll to produce just 50 kits?
The other immediate problem is that one of our own member saw first hand the factory operation (seemed to be in full production) at the period in time Insider says all the cars were being made somewhere else. This needs some clarification.
These and other discrepancies might all have logical explanations. But until there is some clarity I would advise against repeating these claims or taking them as gospel. I hope Insider understands that even if he's on the up and up, due caution needs to shown here.
And, on another note, when I was there, there was not 100's of employees even there. It was during the week. I am trying to figure out what year it was, when I was there.
I too am not saying insider is lying, but there were a stink load of kits being put together, bodies, frames, etc being crated. Not just 5 or 6.
P.S. I love my frickin car, she is wild and crazy, or is that who is actually behind the wheel. Again, I am not saying I did not have problems - by all means I had plenty. I do not believe ANY car is being built from the ground up is going to be easy for a novice, its not. I remember when my Dad first got me started when I was young.
By the way, even with all of the beautiful street rods that I and the car are around on Saturdays, sitting next to Outlaw cars, steel cars (street rods and muscle cars), etc, it really does get tons of compliments. Even the "is that a Street Beast, it looks great" - this coming from "REAL OLD" guys, (maybe in their 50's & 60's, but not real old) that have absolutely beautiful cars themselves. Anyways, just thought I would share that.
P.S.S. - the comment above, "old guys - 50's & 60's, just messing with you... Don't be grumpy, I do that to my Dad too...SMILE