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My build sheet, was under the vette tonight removing my power anteena so i could rebuild it. happened to look up and on front of the fuel tank and there it was :D But, their always has to be a but, how the heck do i get it out of their. I can reach the bottom of it, but it seems to have some glue or something on it and i can't get my hand up there high enough to get it loose.:thud: any suggestions on how to get that sucker out'a their in one piece.

BTW: the anteenna was a pain in the you know what, but it is back together and working fine.
 

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Drop the fuel tank :huh:
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IT's been there since the car was built, so the paper is in sad shape and the glue is like, uuummm, stuck.

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:agree:

IT's been there since the car was built, so the paper is in sad shape and the glue is like, uuummm, stuck.

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i was afraid somebody would say that. me think's the build sheet will have to stay there a little longer. :thud:
 

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You'll definitely have to drop the tank.
Just did it last week on my '81. It really
was not that bad of a job to do.

The tank on my car had a pad between the tank
and body. Half the sticker was under the pad which
ruined it. The rest of the sticker was in very sad shape.

Mine had dirt all over it and when I tried to brush it off,
(with a soft paint brush) the print on the sticker wanted
to brush off along with the dirt.

So be very, very careful with it.

The info I was hoping to retrieve was lost.:(
 

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You'll definitely have to drop the tank.
Just did it last week on my '81. It really
was not that bad of a job to do.

The tank on my car had a pad between the tank
and body. Half the sticker was under the pad which
ruined it. The rest of the sticker was in very sad shape.

Mine had dirt all over it and when I tried to brush it off,
(with a soft paint brush) the print on the sticker wanted
to brush off along with the dirt.

So be very, very careful with it.

The info I was hoping to retrieve was lost.:(
sorry to hear you did not get all the info you wanted.
can you give me more detail on what had to be done to remove the tank. i can see the spare tie carrier has to come out. is it an all day job or more than one day to do, any suprises you did not expect. thanks for the info.:thumbsup:
 

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Drop the fuel tank :huh:
Yep. That's the safest way to get to the sticker. Tugging on it will only tear it to pieces; it's as old as the car and has been exposed to the elements. It's very fragile.

I agree I probably would not drop the tank just to get to it, BUT if the tank needed to come out for other reasons, getting the sticker would be a priority.

Don't be too very disappointed if the information on the sticker is hard to read or even illegible. Be careful trying to clean it and don't use solvents.

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sorry to hear you did not get all the info you wanted.
can you give me more detail on what had to be done to remove the tank. i can see the spare tie carrier has to come out. is it an all day job or more than one day to do, any suprises you did not expect. thanks for the info.:thumbsup:
I dropped the exhaust, spare tire carrier, and cross brace that the spare tire
carrier is riveted to.

Best to have an EMPTY tank. An empty tank is light and much easier to work
with. Before you remove the cross brace the carrier was riveted to loosen
the hold down straps that run over the tank. Look at the rear most cross
brace between the rear bumper shocks you will see where the tank straps
are bolted to the brace.

You also have 3 fuel lines and two wires that must be disconnected.
They can be accessed through the filler neck by removing the gas lid
assembly. If you don't run into problems getting bolts loose the whole
job shouldn't take more than a couple of hours with basic hand tools.

I found this last night while browsing this site:
http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/infosearch/index.php?cmd=area
This may work as well with the info you need.
Looks like all may not be lost after all for me since starting in '81 GM
kept the build sheet records.:D
https://store.corvettemuseum.com/services/buildsheet.asp

Hope this was of help.
 

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...I found this last night while browsing this site:
http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/infosearch/index.php?cmd=area
This may work as well with the info you need.
Looks like all may not be lost after all for me since starting in '81 GM
kept the build sheet records.:D
https://store.corvettemuseum.com/services/buildsheet.asp

Hope this was of help.

Allied-Vaughn was contracted by GM to microfiche some of the factory invoices for the 79-81 models. I was able to get a copy of the invoice for my '80!! The informaton on the invoice was complied from the build sheet BUT includes prices, the dealership the car was delivered to, the date it was shipped and the day it was expected to be delivered, etc.

The NCM has copies of build sheets for most (but not all) of the Bowling Green built cars. No use contacting the NCM if your car was assembled at St. Louis.

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mine was built in st.louis. so no easy way of getting info on the car other than the build sheet. darn. oh well maybe someday i will have a reason to drop the tank or just bored and need something to do.it would be interesting though to see all the info about the car and where it was shipped to, they do show the dealer that the car is going to right?
 

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mine was built in st.louis. so no easy way of getting info on the car other than the build sheet. darn. oh well maybe someday i will have a reason to drop the tank or just bored and need something to do.it would be interesting though to see all the info about the car and where it was shipped to, they do show the dealer that the car is going to right?
You might still try the "Owner Research Center". According to the web
they go back to '77 with the Chevrolets.

Remember....No Corvettes were built in Bowling Green till 1981. Some in
St. Louis, some in BG. Then in 82 ALL Vettes were BG cars.

My 81 is indeed a BG car.
All 2-tone 81s were built in BG to my understanding.


"NEW GUY"
The build sheet lists all the factory installed options.
It is important when proving what car came with.

EXAMPLE: An original '69 convertible with L-88 427.
The build sheet would prove it's legit.
 

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I went to that web-site and was going to try it, but there is that word again (but) you have to know dealer info, such as dealer name, code,city,state. and i have none of that. i am the 2nd owner of the car,the original owner has lived in asia now for some 14 years, not sure where though. this car had been in the underground storage here since 1993. im pretty sure the car is all original all the numbers match up on the motor,frame,and body. the car has low mileage, would just like to have the sheet so like you said i can prove it. according to what i can find about the car some 3,200 L82's were built in 78 with the 4spd muncie m21, so that makes it kinda rare i suppose.:thumbsup:
 

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...My 81 is indeed a BG car.
All 2-tone 81s were built in BG to my understanding...
Not true. This is the St. Louis line in December 1980 for 1981 production.



Two tone cars were assembled at St. Louis.

Early tank stickers (68-72) in portrait format usually did not show the dealer where the car would be shipped. Later stickers (73 and up) in landscape format show the dealership to which the car was to be delivered.

Factory invoices show the delearship where the car was to be delivered.

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Hummmmmmmmmmm.......

I was going by the info at:

http://www.l81vetteregistry.com/
-L81 Corvette-
-Production Information-
-Color-


Thanks for the heads up:thumbsup:
Their information is straight out of the older edition Black Book. Early on it was thought all the two-tone cars were painted at BG while only solid colors were painted at St. Louis. 2004 edition of the Black Book says St. Louis built two-tone cars have been reported. The 81 model St. Louis assembly line pics currently on the internet were made available after 2004. They show two-tone cars on the line at St. Louis.

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I just got my build sheet down.....without dropping the tank. I took an old license plate and curved it slightly to get around the curvature of the tank. Very carefully used it as a scraper to break the glue seal and the sheet fell right out. I also contacted Allied Vaughn with the VIN and for 50 bucks got an original copy of my invoice.
 

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All Vettes are hotrods, by daffy nition....

so who cares if they are all GM or not?? or in just what configuration??
 

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Mine fell off but all the writing has lone sence faded and is not readable need CSI to read it.
 

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All Vettes are hotrods, by daffy nition....

so who cares if they are all GM or not?? or in just what configuration??
Personally........I agree with you for the most part.
But.........if it were something really special like a '67 L-88
then yes I would want it all GM. I think that the majority of
early Vettes were short of their full potential in stock form.

I'm going to do a frame-off on my '81 and in the end it will
probably be a resto-mod. But..... I would still like to know the
full history of the car regardless. I intend to keep any and all
original parts I might remove, just in case.:thumbsup:
 
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