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    Thread: Some Mk1 history tidbits I wasn't aware of...

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      08-03-2011 04:41 PM #301
      I have an '81 'ruck as well....

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      08-09-2011 05:44 PM #302
      Quote Originally Posted by dubdaze68 View Post
      Oh, and I found my picture of all the MKD's lined up at the factory before it opened....All I need now is someone to scan it. Reporter friend gave it to me from the Pittsburgh Press archive.
      We talked about this at Madness, has it been scanned yet? Take it over to the Captain's place, he's got a scanner now

      Here's another neat piece that Morgan dug up - this is the Meister's jacket he wore on the assembly floor at Westmoreland:



      He gave it to me this weekend saying "It doesn't fit me anymore"; oddly enough it fits me perfectly

      I looked through all my scans but couldn't find a example pic of someone wearing one of these for verification but I'll keep looking, I'm sure I've seen one somewhere.

      Morgan also got a batch of VW+Porsche magazines from the mid to late 70's that have some really good information, including one project car that was built from one of the MKD cars and another that talks about the early diesel motors & hints that the NA and TD motors were developed at the same time (I didn't know that one, I always assumed the TD came later). Now that Morgan's got a scanner, I'm hoping we'll be seeing them soon
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      08-10-2011 09:59 AM #303
      Keep it coming

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      08-11-2011 06:29 PM #304
      Epic want on the coat....Does it say "Iron City Uniform and Towel Service, 661-2001" on it somewhere?

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      08-12-2011 12:04 AM #305
      Quote Originally Posted by dubdaze68 View Post
      Epic want on the coat....Does it say "Iron City Uniform and Towel Service, 661-2001" on it somewhere?


      It sure does I knew I shoulda had Morgan autograph it while I was there...

      Morgan - what kind of name badges did you guys have? I'm noticing there's no name patch on the coat, and no pin marks from a 70's style laminate badge...

      I came across this older Vortex thread about the Westmoreland assembly days while looking for a shot of someone wearing a coat like this on the line:

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...nd-PA-VW-plant
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      08-17-2011 04:38 PM #306
      Hey dubdaze68 - got any idea who would have done these nametags locally for the plant?

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      08-17-2011 04:42 PM #307
      I'm guessing in house at HR or something, but I'll ask around.

    8. 08-28-2011 08:46 PM #308
      Fantastic thread! I really enjoy checking back time to time and reading what is going on here. I think this is the appropriate place to share my small piece of Westmoreland history. It is a T-shirt that was given to attendees of the key ceremony upon the opening of the plant. A friend of mine (avid automotive memorabilia collector) passed this along to me as an addition to my VW memorabilia collection. Enjoy! Thanks for the good read.








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      08-29-2011 03:25 AM #309
      Someone needs to make replicas of that awesomeness.

    10. 08-29-2011 09:35 AM #310
      Amazing

    11. 08-29-2011 01:44 PM #311
      Quote Originally Posted by dubdaze68 View Post
      Someone needs to make replicas of that awesomeness.

      I couldn’t agree more. Now would be a fitting time to have these shirts. When I get a moment, I’ll take a better picture of the graphic, isolate it, and place it on a pure white background to make things a little easier. On a side note, once I get access to a nice flatbed scanner, I will be sharing the rest of my memorabilia with the community. MKI dealer catalogues, The weathervane VW employee news letter, Victory VW motorsport magazine, Volkswagen world magazine (precursor the current “Driver” ), etc….

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      08-29-2011 07:56 PM #312
      Way cool install. What you have displayed predates the plant itself as at the time of presentation the plant sat empty with the largest dirt floor under roof in the world.
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      08-30-2011 12:22 AM #313
      Was just posted in the ,mk2 forum... thought you guys might like to see it.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRR3MGHbMA4

      Notice there are still Golf Mk1 bodies on the shelf, this was very very early in Mk2 production I guess. Also, "As you know, the new Golf is being produced right here in America. And though the assembly process isn't as automated as Wolfsburg, the objectives, as well as many of the techniques, are the same."

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      09-03-2011 12:05 AM #314
      Quote Originally Posted by dubdaze68 View Post
      Someone needs to make replicas of that awesomeness.
      X1000!
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      09-05-2011 09:42 PM #315
      Excuse the crap nature of these, I just used my phone to take pictures out of these books I have, or other material.

      From the Pittsburgh Press, a picture from inside New Stanton of the first MKD's coming down the line. Note the covered ones in the background, and the german marker lights.



      Annnd that's all you get right now, because my phone is being recalcitrant.

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      09-06-2011 07:15 PM #316
      Great picture Sir, What you are viewing is a near the end build due to lack of interior. The small group of floor management that i was part at the time got to view the first build. during the final inspection stages. We were al encouraged to go an review the car and also review the areas on the car that we were responsible and how it fit with the final product.
      But the fanfare came later when the first Westmoreland Car left the line. A wonderful day. Thanks again for sharing.
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      09-06-2011 07:59 PM #317
      I have the picture of Gov. Shapp and Schmucker from VW. As soon as my phone lets me upload it, that is.

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    23. 09-26-2011 01:47 PM #323
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      10-04-2011 05:22 PM #324
      Quote Originally Posted by buzbomb4 View Post
      Here's a shot of the sign-off stamp he used to OK a car to go on to the next level of assembly:
      I have a co-worker/friend who's father worked at Westmoreland and his last name is Barclay. I wonder if there's a relation?
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      10-04-2011 08:27 PM #325
      Wow, that stamp is mine and I was the only Barclay at Westmoreland from dirt floor to 1984. It is interesting that your post is from California. What a small world. As a note those marks where made and distributed only to line supervisors before the beginning of production. Your friend might be my son.
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