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12/1/10 1:30am - Original Message: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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1974 White 350 Corvette, TH400 Automatic 1972 Tangerine /Go Mango Convertible 383 Stroker, 2004r Automatic

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I dropped the tank down tonight only to find no build sheet. I kinda expected that since it looked like the tank may have been replaced before. While its down I will be able to paint the underneath back end and then replace all fuel lines before going back together. Probably also change the rear while I have everything out. Are there any other ways to get a build sheet? my dash is out so I know its not there either!
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12/1/10 11:00am - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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Oh well, Rodney, half of the time the real old ones are unreadable anyway. Joel said that sometimes they're under the carpet, but yours is already out, I think. This way you can make it what you want, and not worry about accuracy!
 
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12/1/10 5:07pm - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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The gas tank is the most common area for the build sheet, but sometimes they're under the carpeting as Joel already was quoted, and I've also heard they've been found behind the dash or stuck under a seat.  I guess a lot depends on who was on the assembly line and where each guy there liked to leave it.

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12/2/10 12:05am - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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They have been found under the seats, and even stuffed in the seat backs, behind the back panel. On  a few '78s, they have also been found folded up neatly, and placed between the rear strut rod bracket and the differential. They have been found stuffed between the tach and the speedo behind the dash, and behind the pass side dash panel/map pocket. They have been found stuffed up inside the frame rails, which, btw, is what they do with them now. They started doing that in '97, when the C5 came out.

Chances of finding one anywhere but on the tank is slim, but it never hurts to look! I've had my '74 apart several times, and have yet to find any part of a build sheet...


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12/2/10 9:02am - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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 There is a shield around the tank on some cars. Take the shield down the encases the gas tank, it MAY be on top of that sheet metal safety shield. That is where I found mine, unreadable of course.

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12/2/10 10:21am - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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I found one glued to the gas tank and one rolled up behind the dash. Would you believe that the gas tank was much more legible than the one in the dash!! Wacko
 
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12/2/10 11:23am - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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Kendall Park, NJ - USA

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Mine was in the ACduct! go figure
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12/2/10 12:13pm - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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New Albany, OH - USA

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1980 Coupe / Snowcrest White / L48, 350 / Comp Cam / Edelbrock Heads / Cyclone Intake / Holley Carb / Holley Fuel Pump / Patriot Headers / Dual Exhaust / Magnaflow Mufflers / 1964 Coupe / Riverside Red / L76, 327, 365hp

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I've told this story before but I found the Build Sheet in my car under the carpeting.  Trouble is, it was not my Build Sheet.  Obviously the guy (or gal) who was in charge of distributing the Build Sheets that day wasn't paying attention and placed the wrong one in my car.

Anyway, the Build Sheet is for VIN 1Z878AS408371.  (Mine is 408530.)  I would be happy to send it to the rightful owner.  It's in pretty good shape.


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12/2/10 5:26pm - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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Thats too wierd! I think thats the first time I've heard of the wrong build sheet in a car.
 
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12/2/10 8:04pm - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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1978 Indy Pace Car. All original. A true survivor. 2nd owner Only 300 miles.

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So what's the story on the build sheets anyway? I know what they are but why did they end up somewhere in the car?

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12/3/10 12:02am - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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Build sheets(order copies) were taped to the tops of the fuel tanks for the assy line workers to see, to make sure the correct components/options were installed on the car.Once the car got to the body drop area, the sheet was glued to the tank. Other copies of the sheet could have been placed in various areas of the car for no real apparent reason. There was more than one copy of the build sheet, since the interior area needed one, the paint shop needed one, the chassis line, etc. The tank sticker was the main one, and was mandated to be placed there, which is why it is glued on. The other sheets, if there are any, are the ones that one of the assy line workers put there just for grins...or they were too lazy to throw them away. Who knows?
You can find all sorts of stuff(that ain't supposed to be there) inside an original car if you dig deep enough. I found a sanding disc unde the carpet, under the pass seat on my '74...it has a GM part # on it. It apparently just got left laying on the floor when the interior was installed at the factory. There were also about 15 un-used aluminuminum rivets under there.


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12/3/10 8:59am - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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 Found a few rivets under my carpet as well.

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12/3/10 8:12pm - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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68 COUPE 454 HAS MOTION HOOD SCOOP, REVERSED GILLS ZL-1 FENDER FLARES AND MOTION REAR SPOILER, LEMAN'S GAS CAP, BUCKET HEADLIGHTS. CAN-AM FRONT RACING SPOILER. CHROME HOOKER HEADERS AND SIDE PIPES! 4 SPEED M20, LOOKS FAST STANDING STILL !!

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Ya know,
I bought my car with nothing on it.
Had to buy everything and put it together.
Can I create my own build sheet?
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12/3/10 11:22pm - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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I have changed my crpets, put in new seats and looked all over my car for a buildsheet.  I cannot find one.  From what I understand there is little hope of finding one.  My vette was built in St Louis, before the fire!!!
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12/4/10 7:39am - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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Talking about buildsheets and talking about builders. Now I'm also a NCRS member and right in front of me (normally under my pillow) lies the Assembly Instruction Manual 1972. Page 209 'Fuel tank, supports & straps'; so no problem for a 72. OK, 72 is not 74 and I suggest you join NCRS (besides C3VR of course) and put this problem at their Forum. One warning: Christmas won't be anything like a silent night...!Star


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12/4/10 5:51pm - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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New Albany, OH - USA

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1980 Coupe / Snowcrest White / L48, 350 / Comp Cam / Edelbrock Heads / Cyclone Intake / Holley Carb / Holley Fuel Pump / Patriot Headers / Dual Exhaust / Magnaflow Mufflers / 1964 Coupe / Riverside Red / L76, 327, 365hp

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If anyone is interested in a pretty good article explaining Build Sheets go to this link.
 


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12/5/10 2:49pm - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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Hillsborough, NJ - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary, red leather interior, 17000 miles, AM/FM/8-track player, L-48, auto, mirrored T-tops, alloy wheels, Goodyear GT Radial tires

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My leaf spring broke on my '78 Silver Anniversary about 5 years ago. When it was taken down for replacement the build sheet was tucked between the spring and the body...and it was mostly legible.

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12/5/10 2:56pm - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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Great Web Site Charles !!!  Good information also!!  Thanks
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12/5/10 7:46pm - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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HOWELL, NJ - USA

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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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[QUOTE=manchestershark] Found a few rivets under my carpet as well.[/QUOTE]

I found a dead mouse inside of the ebrake housing, no GM part # though...Disapprove


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12/5/10 9:43pm - Reply: 'Gas tank Down - no Build Sheet'
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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

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[QUOTE=lukesvette] [QUOTE=manchestershark] Found a few rivets under my carpet as well.[/QUOTE]

I found a dead mouse inside of the ebrake housing, no GM part # though...Disapprove
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