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Production Day 240

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:41 pm

Wednesday, August 16th, 1978
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78 4H07 U 476693
74C A51 15L 15U
08C. 74X. 40-5838
424107 X9BLK

Here we have a very late production Buick Skyhawk. Body number total's (including Van's stamped in the Fisher Body plant, but sent to a different final assembly plant on the same property for final assembly) were in the 476693 range. Thats alot of cars for one piece of property. @ 2000 a day.

Maroon interior, Silver Paint.
3rd week of August Production day 240- Final assembly slot # 5838

#24,107 of 24,589. 0nly 482 unit's from the end! "X9BLK" Special decal / trim package. From what I can remember the car had black hawk decals on the fender's. The tag was pulled from a car at "Harry's U Pull It" wrecking yard in Hazelton, Pa.

Buildsheet from another special edition!!
This time a Pontiac notchback Sunbird (2HM27) This little black Sunbird was found in a Junkyard in Revere Pa. It had the "Widebody" decal package on it in gold.
Some of the buildsheet is missing.
It was Body Number 467908 (see the variation's in body number's on the same day) sitting in a body bank waiting to be scheduled into final assembly will do this.
40-5596 some 242 unit's before the above example or about 4 hour's apart.

This cool little sunbird was loaded with options... Roof Vent, rocker moulding, whl opening mouldings, A/C, 4cyl auto,P02 deluxe wheel cover's, Am/Fm, W50 special 55A Gold stripe, YR2 deluxe seats. Delivered to Stacey Pontiac inc, Morrisville, PA.
1978 Monza Spyder V8 4speed, posi
1978 Sunbird Formula V6, 5 Speed, Hatchback
1980 Sunbird Hatchback 4cyl, 4spd.
2006 Chevrolet Aveo 5 speed Hatchback
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Production Day 241

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:41 pm

Thursday, August 17th, 1978..
1978 Monza Spyder V8 4speed, posi
1978 Sunbird Formula V6, 5 Speed, Hatchback
1980 Sunbird Hatchback 4cyl, 4spd.
2006 Chevrolet Aveo 5 speed Hatchback
Yes, you can refer to me as Mark
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Production Day 242!!!!

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:50 pm

Friday, August 18th, 1978..

We've reached the end of the line for the 1978's!! On this day, the last Monza, Sunbird, Skyhawk, and Starfire for the model year 1978 roll down the line. The 1979 models would begin production on Monday morning.

If known sales records are accurate, and if no production line rejects caused the final stamped vin to be a higher number. Then the last 1978 Monza should be monza #138,832 (Stamped 238,832). However, do to the nature of a fast production line, and error's beyond anyone's control the last vin may be found to have an even higher VIN.

Sunbird's reached 86,789 Or @ 358 per day
Skyhawk's 24,589 102 Per day.
Starfire's 17,321 71 per day.
*Courtesy, Bryan's Monza site.. http://monza.homestead.com/Production.html

Bear in mind, daily production numbers ramped up through the year, so there would have been less than these numbers at first, and more towards the end of the model year. These #s probably represent the line speed about mid way through the cycle or about late Jan. /Feb./March time frame.

To be sure, the line never slowed and that next Monday morning the line started up with all new 1979 date codes, and any; trim, chassis, or drive-train upgrades introduced for 1979.
Here's some examples of the changes made in short order;....
Paint color's were changed.
A new 'Dual-Jet' carb was introduced for the V6 and v8's.
The 4 cylinder engine had a new cylinder head. A new Sunroof ('vista-vent') meant new roof stamping procedures.
Buick and Olds models used slightly restyled front nose pieces, & Pontiacs got revised grill inserts.
Interiors had new fabric's.
Monza Spyder Decal theme, had a very slight change... to be brief..color choices (the script and highlight color) correlated to interior color. Main color selection of black and gold and overall size and shaped remained identical to '78 and 77.

Wanted:
Any build information from this day would be great. Check build tags for codes 08D and "42"-1234

Hope you enjoyed! Should we start 1979? 1980? All years????????
1978 Monza Spyder V8 4speed, posi
1978 Sunbird Formula V6, 5 Speed, Hatchback
1980 Sunbird Hatchback 4cyl, 4spd.
2006 Chevrolet Aveo 5 speed Hatchback
Yes, you can refer to me as Mark
Please visit my blog... http://chevymonza.blogspot.com/ Follow if you like!
Featuring special guests; Carl Beraytor and Ray D'atore

My Red spyder now has a youtube channel please Like and Subscribe!!!
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