"Have your buddy read my "1st Generation Camaro Assembly Process" report if he doesn't believe how the body and sheet metal were painted; the Fisher Body/Car Division assembly plants painted the body and front sheet metal in different plants for 50 years. "
Good example and case in point: I own 55 and '57 Nomads, both assembled in the Atlanta, GA assembly plant. but ALL Nomad bodies were build in Cleveland ('55 thru '57 at least). The Cleveland fisher body plant delivered the bodies (from firewalll back) painted and complete with interior in place, in Atlanta (and other assembly plants as far away as LA), the bodies were placed on the chassis along with engines and drivetrain, front sheet metal etc.. so in these (and lots of cases) the front clips were painted not only in different (adjacent plants) but also in different STATES with a train ride in between...
Gary / 69Z28-RS