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Question about Plants & States
« on: October 18, 2013, 01:22:25 AM »
Which states did the LOS plant supply?

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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2013, 02:50:27 AM »
I would bet they were sent where ever they were needed. I have a 68z from LOS & a 69ss from Norwood. Both were sold new at Orielly Chevrolet in Tucson Az....Joe
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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2013, 12:40:32 PM »
I have often wondered the same thing. I have seen a handful of LOS cars originally sold through the midwest. Maybe since they had lower production runs it was easier to fulfill special order cars through at times when Norwood was super busy?
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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2013, 03:09:04 PM »
As several knowledgable people have said before, scheduling of the cars depended on availability of the parts necessary for building it, and it is logical to assume that one plant might have a specific part available when the other might not.   They also gave priority to *sold* customer cars, as opposed to dealer orders for inventory.   All things being equal, I'd suspect they built the cars in the nearest plant to the "need"... but all things are not always *equal*..  :)
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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2013, 06:15:11 PM »
Norwood supplied the east coast as a primary source.  When sales were strong then Los cars could routinely come to the Midwest. 

Norwood guys recalled looking at the local cincinatti GM dealers to see where the product for sale was built at.    If a Los car was observed then workers would look at the car close for finish quality.


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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2013, 06:24:19 PM »
Thats good info Festival. SO when the Norwood guys would check them out, what was the opinion were they put together any better or were there any differences noted?
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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2013, 06:30:28 PM »
I would bet they were sent where ever they were needed. I have a 68z from LOS & a 69ss from Norwood. Both were sold new at Orielly Chevrolet in Tucson Az....Joe

...  and ALL of the late year Camaros (August -Nov '69) were built in Norwood....  what is the build date of your '69SS?
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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2013, 07:05:09 PM »
Thats good info Festival. SO when the Norwood guys would check them out, what was the opinion were they put together any better or were there any differences noted?

Exterior paint.  The Nor guys were partial to the quality of paint.   That was the big thing for them.  This was one feature of the car that the body side  and the chassis side had in common on the finished unit.

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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2013, 07:21:44 PM »
So more orange peel on LOS cars, or just better paint quality in general on Norwood cars? When you say chassis side do you refer to painted finishes on parts? or how would the Chassis guys focus on the paint?
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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2013, 07:31:40 PM »
I think he's referring to Fisher body (who painted the firewall back), vs the Norwood assembly folks, or chassis (who painted the front clip).. :)
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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2013, 07:50:36 PM »
 I guess I will wait for him to sum it up   ;D sounds like Festival was on site at the time possibly??
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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2013, 08:38:44 PM »
So more orange peel on LOS cars, or just better paint quality in general on Norwood cars? When you say chassis side do you refer to painted finishes on parts? or how would the Chassis guys focus on the paint?

You hit it.. orange peel was the big thing.  Parts finish was not mentioned.  FB painted did the rear of the car CHEV did the front.  Paint match was always something both sides of the plant would look for.

FYI...A small group of NOR Retirees were just invited by GM to the Detroit area for a presentation.  When I see the group I can ask them to share a bit more on this topic.

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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2013, 08:57:08 PM »
Festival great insight. I figured you were part of that group! It is good to know people on the inside.... ;)
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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2013, 09:34:26 PM »
I would bet they were sent where ever they were needed. I have a 68z from LOS & a 69ss from Norwood. Both were sold new at Orielly Chevrolet in Tucson Az....Joe

I've seen paperwork for a 67 LOS sold new in New Orleans.

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Re: Question about Plants & States
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2013, 11:12:41 PM »
My 10B LOS '67 was purchased in Newton, Iowa. FWIW