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cobravenom71
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From: Poinciana, Fl USA
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 12-19-2005 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
Found this cool site with interviews with lots of Ford designers and such.

http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Oral_histories.htm


It's a lot of reading but there are some interesting things to find out!

Such as:

Apparently, Bunkie Knudsen was not as disliked around Ford as has been the general feeling over the years. The designers generally loved the guy, for he was a real 'car guy', and spent a lot of time with them and encouraging them, and not so much time being an 'executive'. HFII supposedly got rid of him becuase he was engendering far too much support from the 'troops', which always tended to bother him.

Most surprising to me was the stuff about Larry Shinoda. He was not well liked within the Ford ranks. He was thought of as a good designer, but very uncooperative and not a team player. Did not work well with others, and had a very rigid and limited idea of what he thought was the right way to do things.
Considered a 'whiner', when he didn't get his way, he would go directly to Knudsen, his old buddy from GM, and plead his case, ignoring his direct supervisors. This must have really pissed them off.
When Bunkie was fired, Shinoda's boss couldn't wait to fire him. Shinoda was at a company function in Germany, and he was called at a car show presentation and told he had been fired, and that his expense account was cancelled and that he had to find his own way home. He wasn't allowwed on the company flight!

Gail Halderman and Larry Shinoda had such bad blood between them that when Shinoda was given the 71 Mustang design (Halderman's) to do the final trim design work, he purposely left almost all 'FORD' nomenclature off of the car, signifying that he didn't think was a car Ford should be selling! Shinoda supposedly claimed he was going to become head of design (or something like that) and bring all of GMs design 'rules' into play at Ford. Clearly, a lot of Ford guys didn't care for that!


Check out the site, it's cool.

SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
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posted 02-23-2006 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
That is cool, thanks for posting this.

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mustangs68
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posted 02-23-2006 11:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68        Reply w/Quote
Good one,
I dropped in my Favorites file
Sam

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