GM and Profitability in the Emerald City

I suspect GM will need to do something more drastic than change its logo to return to profitability. They might start by seeking to recover the lost art of making head gaskets and intake manifold gaskets that don’t leak. My Mom just had to fork over $700 to fix a leaky gasket on the lemon they sold her. The mileage, you ask? 30,000!

All the evidence I can gather on this issue seems to indicate that the ancients actually found a solution to this problem, but the knowledge was lost during the ensuing decades. I recommend an archeological expedition to recover it. New generations of highly sensitive metal detectors could be used to find ancient dump sites. If an intact fossil of a Model T could be found, the key to the gasket riddle might be rediscovered via reverse engineering. GM would truly have taken a giant step back on the road to economic recovery.

Author: Helian

I am Doug Drake, and I live in Maryland, not far from Washington, DC. I am a graduate of West Point, and I hold a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin. My blog reflects my enduring fascination with human nature and human morality.

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  1. And did Mr. Goodwrench put the head gasket on backwards? I came from a devoted GM-owning family until my father’s 1976 Impala 400 V-8 needed a new head gasket at some 42,000 miles. We had to have the new gasket replaced about 10,000 miles later because of the backwards issue (it might have been installed upside down; I don’t recall which). When we got rid of the car at 69,000 miles, it was showing signs of an urgent need for another head gasket replacement. And Mr. G, throw in a transmission gasket while you’re at it.

    At least the engine block turned out not to have been cracked–a common problem with ’70’s GM V-8’s. The repairman stated bluntly that if the block was cracked, there’d be no assurance he’d be able to reassemble the engine after replacing the gasket.

    Meanwhile, my badly rusted 1968 1.1 liter Opel Kadett still runs–just barely–and is living proof that General Motors does indeed know how to build a good small car. If only the company’s management(s) were aware of the fact.

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