Q: Assembly Plant Questions
Had some questions I could not answer today and wonder what the correct answers were:
1. Fisher body plants put the bodies together. Were these plants part of the Pontiac assembly plants?
2. Did the Fisher plants put more bodies together than just the ones supplied to the local plants?
3. If the Fisher plants were not part of the Pontiac plant complex, where were they located and who did they service?
4. What production cars did Lordstown put together (Camaro and Firebird)?
5. How about Van Nuys?
1. Yes. Usually an adjoining building.
2. No. Fisher was responsible for the BIW (body in white)- bare shell. Just as there are separate parts of a Mfg. Plant today (Stamping, BIW, Paint Trim, Chass, Final), the Fisher Body Division was responsible for the assembly of the welded body back in the 60s/70s. Each facility supported that particular vehicle.
3. They were a part of the ‘Plant Complex’. In other words, for example- the Firebird ‘shell’ was not made in one state then trucked to another.
4. Lordstown was Firebird only from at least late 66 – into the 70s for the Firebird only. At some point, I think they produced other Pontiac models there.
5. Van Nuys, CA started producing Firebird’s in March of 1968 and continued to do so up into the 80s I believe. Early Firebirds did not share the same Final Assy Plant/Line at Lordstown, Van Nuys or Norwood. This did happen later.
*The above answers should not be deemed ‘the final word’. This was a quick answer.
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