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Old 07-17-2019, 04:37 PM
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About 1964, I purchased a set of brake shoes for my 1956 Chevrolet. Then I went to a Montgomery Ward auto shop to get them arced to match the brake drums. I had a set of brake shoes arced to match my brake drums at the same place a couple of years before.

The manager said, “Sorry Pal, brake shoes are not arced any longer. We don’t even have a arcing machine, because brake shoes come “pre-arced” from the factory” (?)

The reason why you cannot arc brake shoes is because of asbestos brake dust. Well nuts... I left the store and installed the so-called “pre-arced” brake shoes right out of the box.

The same guys thought of that are the ones that tried to ban the 1972 Indy 500 during the Arab gasoline production crisis. That was another goof made by the U.S. government because Indy cars burn alcohol, not gasoline.

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The irony of it all; Montgomery Ward died a long time ago as did Western Auto. Watching Sears Roebuck and Penny's die has taken a painfully long time. Might be a sign that modern investors and bankers have such a limited understanding of business that they don't know when to stop lending money. Or there's money to be made just milking the extended death spiral.

Probably Radio Shack's demise is easier to understand with a very limited product line to start with aimed at a small field of geeks. Once TV's stopped using tubes and flyback transformers the do-it-yourself TV repair market dried up which was probably half or more of their sales. That mixed with today's young people who think of electronics as a box that does stuff not a bunch of parts that does stuff. So for them the term 'Radio Shack' has no meaning.

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