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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 11:12 AM
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On a different 'learning' (and this will be of interest to @wspohn )...

Anyway, after the talk I went over to him and his buddy Tom, who also worked at the plant, and asked him the age old question of why the windshield surrounds were silver rather than body color. He said (and Tom agreed) that it was easier to produce that way, rather than over-paint the silver chassis with a particular body color and have to match the chassis to a body on the line.
Not sure I buy that explanation, but it is nice to know we will be getting a new book. I wish Witzenberg had done a second edition of his book with the 'rest' of the story through to the end of production.

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.........Secondly, Wilmington had been producing perfectly color matched cars for 60 years prior to Solstice production, not to mentioned they matched all the other RPO options those cars had.

And lastly, there are a whole bunch of convertibles that don't match their windshield surround to body color for aesthetic reasons. Typically they go with black these days, but silver (chrome really) was popular for a long time too.
I don't think that this has anything to do with being able to track parts. The windscreen surround is part of the main chassis, so the two options are that it be body color or a color that would work with everything. Making all of the chassis the same color is a distinct cost savings, since the paint line would never have to change over and any chassis could be used for any color car. This is a valid argument for silver, and the public justification could be the tie-in with vintage roadsters. Or not.

Most of the cars I have seen with non-body-colored windscreen surrounds have some sort of cladding on the structural frame. Usually for black, and always for chrome. That cladding is an extra cost for both the added parts and the assembly labor required, so eliminating it is another valid cost savings. Paint is also the most durable material, as it seems that a lot of the cladding fades peels or chips and ends up looking like crap. So I guess that is three votes for silver being less expensive.

The bottom line is that none of us know the real story, so it is all speculation until someone who was part of the decision-making process speaks up.

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The bottom line is that none of us know the real story, so it is all speculation until someone who was part of the decision-making process speaks up.
And the likelyhood of that happening is quite small. How many "someone who was part of the decision-making process speaks up" are on this board?

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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 12:33 PM
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Hi! I would ask a question. Not the windshield frame. I would be interested in how the raw body foundation was done. Has it been dipped in a cataphoric bath, or perhaps it has just been sprayed with a primer. Is there a primer in the cavities dipping into the bath? If anyone knows, thank you.
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there are lotsa duel clutches....the trans has little to nothing to do with the duel clutch. but yes it's sad obama killed our cars. just think what if....pensky ( Rodger penske) had bought it like he tried to do....or even gm, look at where they are now with their performance programs, 2.0l cammarow for 1 and much more stuff that is so far supperior than any other chevy/gm has ever been. yes we missed out.so sad. I could of had a 2014 solstice that flies....instead of a 2006 pretty turd....( still looking at turbo systems to unturd mine)....Ill build a header and see if I can live with it or not. new cam accuator did wake it up.but still....
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I could of had a 2014 solstice that flies....instead of a 2006 pretty turd....( still looking at turbo systems to unturd mine)....Ill build a header and see if I can live with it or not. new cam accuator did wake it up.but still....
There's a guy who was posting on the forum off hand I can't remember his name mad something I believe anyway he's in your part of town and was building his own system . I have a Hann system on mine and would recommend it to anyone .
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