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Old 02-10-2008, 02:33 PM   #1
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This is my first post and I hope I am placing it in the correct area. My concern is how to tie the Order Copy "tank sticker" to a car? Should there be a VIN on the Order Copy that would match the VIN on the car? The Model, Paint, option numbers and descriptions on the Order Copy match the car perfectly and the trim & paint tag also match. The date on the trim and paint tag is dated B24 and the Order Copy is dated 8/08/12. Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated.
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I think you date is mixed up "8/08/12"? It would be a good idea to post the year of the car you have. Early C-3 "tank" stickers are not available.I think late 80 are. These "tank" stickers were actuallay called manifest paper in the assembly plant. There were several copys distributed through out the assembly plant. This document was used by the assembly worker to let him know what was to be installed on the vehicle by RPO numbers.These documents were disguarded by the operator after he installed the part or finished a sub assembly part for the vehicle. The documents have been found by some in other areas of the car. Under the carpet, behind the dash,and under the seat. You have to understand these parts were built up ahead of time before the part was installed. Many sub assemblies were on a conveyor and the parts would be in sinc with the main line. The operator would check the manifest on the car against the manifest with the part the operator would install. Thus 'tank' sticker. The tank would travel on a conveyor usually overhead. The only way to affix the sticker was glue, so it could make the travel on the conveyor. And the operator would make his check to make sure the vehicle got the correct tank. This applied to seats, dash,carpet, And all chassis components.
Sorry for the winded post but I was one of those Assemblers.
Yes order copy and sticker should match
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I don't believe you'll find a VIN on a tank sticker. At least I've never seen one on the form.
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The last 4 digits of mine are hand written and circled on mine. You can barely see it in this picture it says 8830. It's just a tad right of center under where it says Tire PR Sticx.

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I think you date is mixed up "8/08/12"? It would be a good idea to post the year of the car you have. Early C-3 "tank" stickers are not available.I think late 80 are. These "tank" stickers were actuallay called manifest paper in the assembly plant. There were several copys distributed through out the assembly plant. This document was used by the assembly worker to let him know what was to be installed on the vehicle by RPO numbers.These documents were disguarded by the operator after he installed the part or finished a sub assembly part for the vehicle. The documents have been found by some in other areas of the car. Under the carpet, behind the dash,and under the seat. You have to understand these parts were built up ahead of time before the part was installed. Many sub assemblies were on a conveyor and the parts would be in sinc with the main line. The operator would check the manifest on the car against the manifest with the part the operator would install. Thus 'tank' sticker. The tank would travel on a conveyor usually overhead. The only way to affix the sticker was glue, so it could make the travel on the conveyor. And the operator would make his check to make sure the vehicle got the correct tank. This applied to seats, dash,carpet, And all chassis components.
Sorry for the winded post but I was one of those Assemblers.
Yes order copy and sticker should match
No mix up on the date as per the "Corvette Order Copy" that I have in front of me. It reads Date Received 8/08/12. The year of the car is 1969. But the big question is, how do you tie the "Corvette Order Copy"(that is what is printed at the top right) to the corresponding car once it has been removed from the car and you and anybody else you know was not there to see it being removed?
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I don't believe you'll find a VIN on a tank sticker. At least I've never seen one on the form.
Began in 71.
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Should there be a VIN on the Order Copy that would match the VIN on the car?
For 1969, no.
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I'm sure if I don't explain this right I'll be corrected, but here it goes. Below is a Corvette Order for a 70. The orders have the VIN. The copies do not. The VIN ends in 536. In the upper right of the Order is "36" hand written. The hand written number also shows on all copies and corresponds to the vin. I believe that all Orders and thus copies have that number in the upper right corner. The number in the upper right corner will match the last three digits of the vin for cars that end in 001-500. At 501 the upper number starts over so that vin XX501 would have 1 or 001 written. As an example, a 70 I owned was vin XX601. In the upper right corner of the tank sticker and the order copy I had was 101.

XX536


XX601

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MStanton,
Thank you, This is exactly what I was looking for and your explanation of the numbering system for your car is the same thing on mine. I, my wife and my son have searched for hours online and could not find anything to help shine a light on the numbering until your explanations. The last three digits of the VIN are 605 and the "Corvette Order Copy" is 105. Thank you once again. DRandal
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I'm sure if I don't explain this right I'll be corrected, but here it goes. Below is a Corvette Order for a 70. The orders have the VIN. The copies do not. The VIN ends in 536. In the upper right of the Order is "36" hand written. The hand written number also shows on all copies and corresponds to the vin. I believe that all Orders and thus copies have that number in the upper right corner. The number in the upper right corner will match the last three digits of the vin for cars that end in 001-500. At 501 the upper number starts over so that vin XX501 would have 1 or 001 written. As an example, a 70 I owned was vin XX601. In the upper right corner of the tank sticker and the order copy I had was 101.
A minor clarification...the hand written number "36" was used by the body shop to track body panels prior to assembly. As you point out, it conincides with the VIN for the first 500 bodies than the factory recycled the 1 - 500 number sequence. These numbers are commonly found on body panels on original corvette bodies.

Also note the Copy #7 on the Corvette Order on the 536 document. This is a unique document due to both the typed VIN in the lower left corner and the Copy #...can you scan that document? Attachment looks like a photo but contrasts nicely with the 501.
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Is there any way to get a "reproduced" order copy or tank sticker?
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No, not legitimately.
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Hi



But there are some very good reproducers that even have the correct endless mashinepaper with the unique side track holes .
You just need to tell them what options you like to have , your cars VIN and sent some money.
Some even offer this reproduced fake papers in aged version.

Nice to have for shows, but should not be misused to sell the car .

GŁnther

Edit: As of late 81 or so, a copy of the origonal can be had as official paper.
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A minor clarification...the hand written number "36" was used by the body shop to track body panels prior to assembly. As you point out, it conincides with the VIN for the first 500 bodies than the factory recycled the 1 - 500 number sequence. These numbers are commonly found on body panels on original corvette bodies.

Also note the Copy #7 on the Corvette Order on the 536 document. This is a unique document due to both the typed VIN in the lower left corner and the Copy #...can you scan that document? Attachment looks like a photo but contrasts nicely with the 501.
...Tom, didn't this go #1-#999, then started over? My very original '74 is VIN#01950(Sept. 8, 1973 build)and has "#052" on the commonly found body panels and floorboard as the job number.
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