When I got my first job in a dealership, the 1955 Buicks were
selling so well the plant in Flint was working 3 shifts.
(Hassan named me "Buckeye John")
Raised on Buicks, always will be a Buick
Graduated from The Ohio State University
Graduated from General Motors
Institute, Flint Michigan
Drafed into the US Army where I
taught NATO troops how to repair RADARs on our
Nike Guided Missles, aimed at Russia and Red China.
The only Buick Motor Division Service Rep for
all of New
York City except Brooklyn (included Brooklyn sometimes)
Taught at the GM Training Center in
Tarrytown, NY, when needed.
44 years a Buick and Pontiac dealer.
Now we lease cars to local people who
rely on us as their only source.
Invited to join the Conference Call by
Bob Savo. Remember him?
I enjoy the Conference Calls
92 Union Turnpike - Rt. 66
Hudson, NY 12534-2616
Here is what it looks like when Isuzu gives you $3460 for your
'99 Rodeo with 157k miles that no longer passes State Inspection due to rust.
Silvia Elkin presents me with Isuzu's check, thank you very
Statue of Liberty is over my left shoulder, down the Hudson River about 120 miles.
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Age 5, checking out my Dad's 1937 Buick, on the beach of Brevoort Lake, Michigan.
My good friend Jerry Flint died Saturday
August 7, 2010. He was the Forbes Magazine Auto Editor. What a loss.
With my friend Jerry Flint, Auto Editor for Forbes Magazine and many other
Jerry Flint and me, Dec. 30,
WE ARE the "Honest Dealer" Jerry Flint refers to
in this Forbes Magazine article. Below are photos of Ken and his wife
in our showroom, on February 15, 2006
"My Memories Of Jerry Flint" Presented 10-16-2010 at a
service at St.Chardin on Hudson, Stuyvesant, NY
I'm John Noecker. In the early 1960s I was the "Buick Factory Man" in New
York City, and after that I was the Buick and Pontiac dealer in Hudson, NY for
44 years. Now I lease used cars to local people and we include all the
servicing and maintenance at no extra charge.
OF Jerry Flint for many years, but had never met him. Then I read an
article that he wrote on August 16, 2006 about my customer, Ken Hummel.
Ken, as many of you know, died while polishing the wheels on his beloved
Pontiac Solstice. I was Ken's dealer and had sold him the car on Feb 15,
2006. I brought along 3 pictures of Ken and his wife taking delivery
of their new car.
Jerry wrote in his article, "Ken had an honest dealer."
I contacted Jerry and told him I was the "honest dealer," and offered to buy
On December 30, 2008, Jerry walked into my showroom, and I immediately
felt as though I had a new friend. Our ages were less than 3 years apart.
I brought 2 pictures of that day with me today. They are back on that
Jerry spotted the Ohio State logo on my wall and started telling me about
a King Midget car built in Athens, Ohio, that he had driven from coast to
coast, and wrote an article about. I owned a King Midget that I
bought from the same factory in Athens, Ohio for $850. New. The King Midget
was a 2 passenger car that looked like a WWII Jeep. It had a Briggs and
Stratton one cylinder motor, a 2 speed automatic transmission, and a top
speed of 35 mph. I drove my King Midget to Alabama, where I was
in the Army. My job in the Army was teaching NATO troops how to repair the
RADARS on our Nike Guided Missile sites in Europe, aimed at Russia.
Jerry served in Europe in he Army. I taught European troops in Alabama.
Jerry graduated from college in 1953 from Wayne State University. I
graduated from college in 1955 from Ohio State University.
Also in my showroom, Jerry spotted my telegraph key and Ham Radio station
that I use when I'm talking with Hams around the world by Morse Code. He
told me of his Morse Code experience in Europe where he decoded messages for
his Army Intelligence Unit in Germany,
Jerry was a General Motors history buff. I am too. He
was on the outside looking in at GM, and I was on the inside looking out.
Several times he commented that he liked spending time with me because I
was the only one left who knew what he was talking about.
"John, you're the only one left who knows what I'm talking about."
Believe me, I enjoyed every minute.
When he would pick me up to go to lunch, he'd always hand me the keys to
whatever Press Car he was driving that weekend, so I could try it out and
tell him what I thought of it.
The last lunch we had together was with Kate, at the Plaza Diner in
Jerry had some important information to give to Bob Lutz, but Bob had
retired from GM, and Jerry didn't know where to find him.
Fortunately, I knew Bob's personal e-mail address, and I gave it to Jerry.
The next day I told Bob what I had done, and he said he had heard from
Jerry, and thanks for the help.
A month later, I was about to send Jerry an e-mail to set up our next
lunch when I got the bad news. I noticed my wife suddenly started watching
me real close and giving me a lot attention. I could not get
Jerry off my mind, and his memory will always be right here in my heart.
When Kate invited me to come here and say a few words, she specified no
more than 2 minutes. I asked Bob Lutz what I should
say, and he said to keep it up-beat and keep it short.
Kate, thank you so much for inviting me. And thanks to all of
you for letting me share some of my memories of Jerry Flint my
To Celebrate Jerry's 80th Birthday, Kate invited 40 of his
best friends to come on June 18th, 2011, to drink a toast to Jerry along the
Hudson River, in front of their house:
"When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced.
When you die, the world will cry and you will rejoice."
We are blessed with two good, honest,
hard-working New York State representatives.
They are NY State Senator Steve Saland and
Assemblyman Mark Malinaro.
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I love to say "I'm a Buckeye"
I recently got the following e-mail from a
young lady in Kansas, who is connected with the GM Smart Auction:
From: Boone, Cassie <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: 2010 LaCrosse & Regal plant
To: "'Noecker66'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 9:56 AM
Just a question, from
beginning to end who long does it take to create and then build and ship
My answer follows::
In a typical GM
plant, cars come off the end of the line at 55 an
From a dealer
standpoint, we have ordered a new Buick and had it
delivered to us off the truck in as little as 10
days. That is the exception, and probably the
factory needed orders badly, so they actually
started to build the car before they even got our
order for it.
If nobody had
ordered it, it would have been built and sent to a
regional warehouse, and the "factory men"
(District Sales Mgrs) would then have to get on
the phone and try to cajole their dealers to help
them out and take a couple more cars (that are
already built and in storage).
As a car is going
thru the process of being built, its many
components and sub-assemblies may be made in
locations far away from the final assembly plant.
Dash assemblies, electronic components, wiring
harnesses, gas tanks, brake parts, seats, carpets,
tail lights, etc etc. They all have to be built
and and sub-assembled and shipped on a very
precise time schedule, so they reach the assembly
plant (like Fairfax), only minutes before they are
needed. It's called "Just-in-time", and the
Japaneses are the ones who came up with it,
to save money.
So at the assembly
plant when a certain car is destined to be
assembled at an exact time, first the frame starts
moving on the line. The tires are unloaded from
the railroad box car that comes right into the
plant, and they are stacked in the exact sequence
so the right size tires are mounted onto the exact
wheels and sent on to be mounted onto the car.
Basic components are mounted to the frame, and the
body has to be perfectly timed to meet the frame
and be bolted to it, as it travels down the line.
Each component in turn meets the car, and is
assembled to it. Each part has to be the exact
correct one for that particular car.
Now back to the
original question. As the dealer, I order
the exact car my customer wants. Up until the
time the body gets painted, the color can be
changed to match my order. Up until the time the
interior trim color and quality choice must be
specified, I can change it to match my customer's
wishes. Same with the sound system, and all the
options, etc. So when I ordered that car that
only took 10 days to get, much of the car was
already built, and the factory compared my order
to what was in production and un-spoken-for, and
did a match-up.
Someone did a study
a few years ago, and decided GM could build
100,000 cars, with every one of them being
different from all the rest, because there are so
many combinations of options.
If you stop and
think about it you'll conclude that it can't be
done. Yet every day Fairfax cranks them out
at 55 per hour, and they are beautiful and almost
perfect. Impossible, but there they are.
I was the Buick "factory man" for NY City, I
would drive to work down the
Side Highway, and I would look at all the
tall buildings, the heavy traffic, and everything
that goes on in New York City every day, and I'd
say to myself, "This is not possible". Yet
every day it functioned. Millions of people did
their job, went home, and we all made it thru
The same thing
applies at the
Fairfax Assembly Plant. Every piece of a
new LaCrosse, every nut and bolt, every stitch in
the upholstery, every connection in the wiring
harnesses, every person on the line, everything
comes together at the exact precise time,
positioned and tightened to the exact torque,
installed exactly in the right place, and at the
end of the line, the next driver jumps in, turns
the key, and it starts. He drives away to the
storage yard, where the repair crews will read the
inspection ticket that tells them what the
inspectors said about the car. They will
take care of the imperfections before the car is
shipped. Maybe a little scratch from an "OOPS",
maybe a defect in the windshield glass that will
have to be replaced, maybe a seat trim that
doesn't match the car. The final repair people
are skilled in everything, much like the people in
a dealership who have to fix whatever is wrong.
So the long answer
to your question is, it takes years, it
takes months, and it takes a couple
of hours to build a new LaCrosse, depending
on how far back from the final drive-off at the
end of the production line you want to go.
How do I know all
I can show you a
picture of me at age 5 looking under my dad's
Buick, trying to see how it works.
In High School I
was the only boy who some of the mothers would let
their daughters go to out-of-town ball games
with. I worked hard to keep that reputation, and
I always had a car full of good lookin babes.
Never ever an accident, ever. Even to
I graduated from
The Ohio State University, with a degree in
Marketing in preparation for the future. (GO
I graduated from
General Motors Institute in Flint Michigan, where
I sometimes worked on the production line at the
Buick plant, to prepare for the future. (Go
U S Army made me an Electronics Instructor for 2
years, and finally Buick Division of GM made
me their Factory Man for NY City.
Many times I had
to go to various GM plants to get quality problems
fixed as quickly as possible
And finally I got
my life long dream of being a small-town Buick
I'm still part
of a weekly conference call with the
biggest and best of the Buick dealerships
nationwide, still pursuing reliability and
quality control concerns on the cars being built
today. Having a hand in contributing to Buick's
reliability and quality control reputation is more
than satisfying. It's a way of life.
At assembly plants (like Fairfax), the quicker we
fix potential problems, the better. Helping
to keep little problems from becoming big ones is
what we do.
So the next time
you see a new Buick, think of all that went into
it, and all of the dedicated people who spend
their life making it a great car.
I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and would ride
my bike to the Ohio Stadium with my friends, and run up and down the steps, just for fun. The Ohio State University vs University of Michigan rivalry brings out the best in each.
Go Bucks, Go Blue!
With my BSc Degree from "The Ohio State
University" and my 2 year Certificate from General Motors
Institute in Flint, Michigan, I was heading for the University of Michigan
in Ann Arbor, for a Masters Degree, but Uncle Sam had other plans, and I was drafted
into the US Army, to train NATO troops
and our own GIs, how to repair of our Nike Guided
Missile System radars, on-site, where ever they were deployed.
Fortunately, just our deployment of those
surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles in Europe facing Russia and
on the islands of Quemoy and Matsu between China and Taiwan was enough, and no hostile missiles had
to be fired.
Buckeye video I really like. Click here
"John's Philosophy 101"
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I talk with radio Hams all over the world via short wave,
usually by Morse Code. On a recent "Round Table", one Ham commented: "Everyone walks around
complaining, miserable, head down, and negative, while John walks
around with the sun shining on him, with something good to say, every time."
T U OM (that's Morse Code
for "thank you old man").
I am truly blessed in so many ways.
Our Carolina "Home-Away-From-Home"
Uses for WD-40
(We spray the underside of every car we
own with WD-40, before selling or leasing it out.)
silver from tarnishing.
road tar and grime from cars.
3) Cleans and lubricates
4) Gives floors that 'just - waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
flies off cows.
6) Restores and cleans
8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
10) Removes stains from
stainless steel sinks.
11) Removes dirt and grime from the
12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta
garden pots from oxidizing.
tomato stains from clothing.
14) Keeps glass
shower doors free of water spots.
Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.
noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
18) It removes
black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD - 40 for
the nasty tar and scuff marks on
flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the
finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.
Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed
quickly! Use WD - 40!
20) Gives a children's
play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21) Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on
22) Rids kids
rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23) Lubricates tracks in
sticking home windows and makes them easier to
24) Spraying an
umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25) Restores and cleans padded
leather dashboards in vehicles, as well
26) Restores and
cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27) Lubricates and
stops squeaks in electric fans.
28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on
tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for
Lubricates fan belts
on washers and dryers and keeps them running
Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
splattered grease on stove.
bathroom mirror from fogging.
pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35) Removes all traces of
36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees
37) Florida 's favorite use is: "cleans and
removes love bugs from
grills and bumpers."
38) The favorite use in the state of New York WD - 40
Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39) WD - 40
attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you
will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper
than the chemical attractants that are made
for just that purpose. Keep in mind though,
using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are
not allowed in some states.
40) Use it for
fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately
and stops the itch.
41) WD - 40 is great for removing
crayon from walls. Spray on the mark
and wipe with a clean rag.
42) Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed
and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the
lipstick spots with WD - 40 and re - wash. Presto! Lipstick is
43) If you sprayed WD - 40 on the
distributor cap, it would displace the
moisture and allow the car to start.
44) Every mechanic worth his salt probably has a
few more uses for WD-40. Best you remember to
"Don't leave home without it."
I had a neighbor who had bought a new pickup. I got
up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted
red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason).
I went over, woke him up and told him the bad news. He was very upset
and was trying to figure out what to do; probably nothing until Monday
morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbor came out and told him
to get his WD - 40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint
beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I'm
Water Displacement #40. The product began from a search for a rust
preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD - 40 was
created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical
Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a "water
displacement" compound. They were successful with the fortieth
formulation, thus WD - 40. The Corvair Company bought it in bulk
to protect their atlas missile parts.
Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is
nothing in WD - 40 that would hurt you.
When you read the "shower door" part, try it. It's the first thing that
has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works
just as well as glass. It's a miracle! Then try it on your stove top...
Voila! It's now shinier than it's ever been. You'll be amazed.
Health Care Bill HB 3200. ("Obamacare")
Consider the following:
1) Page 50 / Section 152
HB 3200 will provide insurance to all non U.S. residents, even if they are in
the US illegally.
2) Page 58 and 59
The government will have real-time access to an individuals's bank account and
will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.
3) Page 203 / line 14-15
The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as tax.
4) Page 241 and 253
Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government
will set all doctors' fees.
5) Page 272 / Section 1145
Cancer hospitals will ration care according to the patient's age.
6) Page 317 and 321
The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion.
7) Page 425, line 4-12
The government mandates advance care planning consultations. Those on Social
Security will be required to attend an "end-of-life planning" seminar every five
8) Page 429
The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.
HB 3200 will not apply to members of Congress as members of Congress are exempt
from the Social Security system and have a special private plan that covers
their retirement needs.
Judge David Kithil
Marble Falls, Texas
At age 76 you are not eligible for cancer treatment.
HB 3200 Online: