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« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2014, 11:47:19 AM »

As far as these car being sequentially, I thought John Z. said cars that required more labor are spaced out so the production crew have more time to do the extra work. If I'm not mistaken  convertibles require more labor. Terry
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« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2014, 01:50:15 PM »

As far as these car being sequentially, I thought John Z. said cars that required more labor are spaced out so the production crew have more time to do the extra work. If I'm not mistaken  convertibles require more labor. Terry
I believe the body numbers were assigned when the order was received....they could schedule the numbers in any order they preferred.
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« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2014, 06:18:16 PM »

convertibles took more time on the Fisher side of the plant.  Typical spacing for convertibles is in the 12 to 15 body range.  Vinyl top cars are in the 6 to 8 car range.  I had a buddy at work who working in a Pontiac assembly plant and he sai they could install a convertible top in about 15 minutes.  They worked in groups that travelled with the body for those 15 minutes and then went back to the beginning of the trim shop to pick up the next top.  There was usually 2 groups operating at one time.

If you placed an order for 10 identical Convertibles and the orders were all accepted and processed together they could have sequential body numbers, but the vins would be spaced out by a minimum of 12 numbers because Fisher would have spaced them out to even their work load and they would arrived at GMs side of the plant still spaced apart when the VINs were assigned.  People who say they've seen groups of convertibles going down the line one after the other on the Fisher side of the plant are smoking something funny.
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« Reply #18 on: September 19, 2014, 08:48:02 PM »

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He also wants to know if anyone can help him acquire a pretty rare option that originally came with his car.  He states that he has, "been trying to locate the fiber optic wire for the front turn lights to the fenders, no one in the after market offers that item.  Do you know of any outfit that might have that item!!! please let me know."

There is nothing to the fiber optic 'system' except for the indicators and the fiber optic itself (a coated glass fiber light conveyer)..  If he only needs the fiber optic line itself (if his is missing or broken in half), then a corvette supplier would be the best source, as all Corvettes built in several years between '68-9 and 1971 Corvettes had them.  Many people think they are more complicated than they are.     A response to a similar question on the Corvette Forum addressed this issue very well, which I will repeat here:
"There is nothing mechanical or electrical about fiber optics. They are very simple. Just fiber strands that transmit light very easily, from the light source to the individual lenses in the console. The purpose of these items was to show the driver if there was an external light bulb that was not functioning.

 Here are a few of the common reasons why a fiber optic does not work. Check to see if the bulb is burnt out. If the lights were removed to have the car repainted, it is not uncommon for the fiber optic end to get painted over and not allow light to travel to the console. The fiber cable could be broken as a result of a previous accident. Check inside the console to see if the fiber optic cable is connected to the console lenses. When I first got my car, I found some of the cables just not connected to the console lense.

 Anyway, this is very basic technology and it is not like trying to run down an electrical problem. As was previously stated, if you have a problem it is pretty easy to just re-run new fiber cable and re-tape it into the harness. IMO. "

ie.. to have them work, the fiber optic line must 1) be present, 2) be clean on the ends, and 3) be installed in the fittings of the console and lamp source.

Gary is correct, nothing high tech about fiber optics. When I worked on C5A aircraft in the USAF, in the cargo compartment by the main entrance/exit door there was an access panel that had a 1 1/2" diameter single strand fiber optics cable that we could see right down into the front landing gear compartment which was maybe 15-20 feet away. It was used to verify if the landing gear was in the down and locked position if there was a panel light out or some other landing gear malfunction. Very useful item to have there as a back up and along side it was a hand crank to lower and lock the gear by hand if no hydraulics.   
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« Reply #19 on: September 20, 2014, 03:29:27 PM »

Ruben, I too was working on a car with fiber optics, and like you missing some line. I found about two feet at a Corvette shop in Portland, Oregon about 6 years ago and that was all they had, and I was still short but made due with what I had. I know the telecommunication industries have been using fiber optic cable for years. It's a long shot but might be worth calling one up and asking some questions. Also if your chrome parts are pitted have them rechromed, the after market ones are crap and they need a lot of modifying to make them usable with the original optic parts, sorry I could not be more help finding the cable. Terry
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« Reply #20 on: September 20, 2014, 09:38:58 PM »

I have some cable, but I have to look and see which diameter goes to the front (there are 2 different diameter cables in the system).
Or even better if someone knows.....
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