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Dave69x33

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Body Sequence Numbers marked on firewall and front clip?
« on: July 12, 2006, 02:48:17 PM »
For a Norwood May 1969 built Camaro, were three digit body sequence number marked on the firewall?  Was the sequence number applied as the trimmed out bodies left the Fisher Body Shop, or when the bodies were "released" from the Chevrolet Assembly Body Bank Operation where the sequence number was "broadcast to many printers thought out the plant?  (Ref. CRG Research Report - Camaro Assembly Process, pp. 6 - 8).

I have seen restored Norwood cars with a three digit sequence number marked on the firewall, on the inner lower surface of the valance panel, and on the inner rim of the spare tire.  I must assume this was to mate the proper completed front end sheet metal and core support subassembly with the body, and to include the proper spare tire.  It has been reported that Norwood built 912 Camaros per day, so was a new start of sequence numbers applied each day or shift?

Any help on this topic would be appreciated. 

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Re: Body Sequence Numbers marked on firewall and front clip?
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2006, 02:04:49 PM »
Fisher Body had their own internal sequence numbers, which had no meaning to Chevrolet. When the body was "broadcast" out of the Chevrolet body bank into the Chevrolet assembly system, it was assigned a Chevrolet Broadcast sequence number, which was how the entire Chevrolet system was synchronized. That number went from zero to 999 and rolled over back to zero after 999; that's the number you see on the inside of the valance panel and wheel, and on numerous other parts and subassemblies that Chevrolet installed.
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Re: Body Sequence Numbers marked on firewall and f
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2006, 01:10:11 AM »
Some guys could not read, so they had to mark numbers on things so they knew where the parts went.  LOL

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Re: Body Sequence Numbers marked on firewall and front clip?
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2006, 04:07:05 PM »
Some guys could not read, so they had to mark numbers on things so they knew where the parts went. LOL

Actually, there's more truth to that than you might think - in those days, around 10% of the hourly workforce was functionally illiterate and couldn't read; they had to be trained to read Broadcast Copies and to rely on other "clues" from the cars and from co-workers.

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Re: Body Sequence Numbers marked on firewall and front clip?
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2006, 10:10:27 AM »
JohnZ:

Believe it or not, that is where I got started in the Auto Industry. I came out of the Service in '73 and began working for AMC in the "Broadcast or Scheduling Dept". Scheduling the cars for Trim and Final Assembly. We had a couple of option we had to watch pretty closing as to not cars to close together with Mag Wheels, 4 Spds and V8's. Also had to watch cars with "Dynoc" exterior trim. If I spelled it correctly, that is fake wood trim for those to young to remember!!!!!!! There were a few times I shut the Final line down because of getting them to close together. Spent almost 20 years in the Auto Industry before they (Chrysler) closed the Kenosha Plant. Some pretty fond memories.

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