1970 Van Nuys Camaro Build Question

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  1. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Was there a work stoppage in 1970 at the Van Nuys plant?

    I was looking through the registry and saw a few cars made in the early part of the year with low VINs. Makes sense. But there were some that were late in the model year with early motor and axle builds as well as an 'early year' VIN. This makes no sense to me.

    I am wondering how an LA car with a late year build could have an early year drivetrain?

    Any insight out there?
     
  2. 70lt1z28

    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    You may direct a "conversation" to 70COPO. He knows more about the goings on at the plant level at Norwood and Van Nuys than anybody. He does the "Echos of Norwood" thing.

    The Van Nuys plant only made about 1/3 the amount of Norwood. I think they tended to batch process more then Norwood, meaning they also made X-bodies (Novas) and I think the changeover resulted in bigger gaps between production. Still, there wouldn't be a large gap.
     
  3. ULTM8Z

    ULTM8Z Veteran Member

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    Mine was a Van Nuys car...
     
  4. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    The Van Nuys production numbers look fairly consistent from month to month.
    Below are the months with last production VIN for each month.
    January---502995
    February---508210
    March---514067
    April---519778
    May---524858
    June---529852
    July---532651
     
  5. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Interesting. Wonder how long between build and sell a car would be on average?
     
  6. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Thanks for reminding me...I bought a copy of his book from him.
     
  7. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Average time from build to sale would be impossible to guess. Some cars sat on the dealer lot while others went out the day they arrived at the dealer.
    My 70 was built on April 6 and I was driving it by April 21. That 15 days was likely shorter than most, but longer than the ones that didn't have to be shipped halfway across the continent.
     
  8. 1970_Z28_503

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    My 05D was sold Jun 1 1970
     
  9. 70lt1z28

    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    My 04B car was built on April 7 or 8 and the original owner picked it up on the 23rd. There may have been a delay as he was on his honeymoon. Then again, the dealer was ~50 miles from the Norwood plant so it never had to go on a train or anything.
     
  10. Ote

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    I believe there was a work strike in Oct and Nov of 1970 at Van Nuys
     

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