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DOOR PILLAR DATA PLATE (Read 5227 times)
Dec 19th, 2008 at 10:42am

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Before I painted my car if I remember right I think I posted somewhere about weather the data plate on the drivers side door pillar should be body colored or left natural.  I think I remember the general concencious was the data plate should be painted.  Any way Looking at the ebay post today showing the orange corvette it's plate was unpainted and I have a buddy with a 71 thats unpainted.  Which is correct?  It will be no big deal to chemically strip my plate if I need to. Rick
 
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Reply #1 - Dec 19th, 2008 at 11:04am

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RICK,
PAINTED IS CORRECT FROM FACTORY! SINCE THESE METAL PLATES WERE NEVER PREPPED OR TREATED WITH ANY SORT OF PRIMER/BONDING AGENT, THE CAR WAS PAINTED AND THESE WERE ALSO. AFTER TIME THE PAINT WOULD "FLAKE" OFF BUT I REMEMBER A LONG CONVERSATION I HAD WITH BOB BECK AND IN FACT MY YELLOW SHOWED SIGNS OF PAINT IN THE RIVET HEADS, THEREBY INDICATING AT SOME POINT THE PLATE WAS PAINTED. IF YOU READ M.F. DOBBINS 1973-1977 CORVETTE FACT BOOK HE STATES  THE DATA PLATE WAS NOT PAINTED BUT THAT INFORMATION IS NOT CORRECT. BOB (AS WE KNOW) IS ABOUT AS KNOWLEDGEABLE AS YOU GET WITH THE 1977 AND EVEN THE NCRS CONSULTS BOB AND HIS MSO 1977 CORVETTE FOR CORRECT INFORMATION, CAN'T GET MUCH MORE AUTHUORITATIVE THAN THAT!
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Reply #2 - Dec 19th, 2008 at 12:36pm

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Thanks.  It kind of worried me when I look at different years of corvettes that the data plates are unfinished.  I am trying very much to keep my car all original looking except for the aftermarket Volvo electric fan and aluminum radiator.  Thanks as always.  Rick
 
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Reply #3 - Sep 22nd, 2009 at 1:08pm

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with Jack's newest aquisistion, he said the data plate is missing, i wonder why someone would remove such a valuable piece of history from the car?? especially since it is riveted in place!!! these plates give color, interior choice (cloth/leather) of color, and approximate build date of the car!
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Reply #4 - Sep 22nd, 2009 at 1:38pm

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The one on my yellow one is very shiney chrome.  Is that how it is suppose to be??  The one on the bllue 77 has been painted over and I will have to strip it down to see the writting on it.

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Reply #5 - Sep 22nd, 2009 at 2:13pm
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Bob, actually it should be painted.  I got my new and it was painted at that time, though after all these years some of the paint is now flaking off.

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Reply #6 - Sep 22nd, 2009 at 5:09pm

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Rick
Mine has paint on it. This is due becuase of when it was applied at the factory. The second coat was was applied after the plate was put on so yes. Would you like a picture of mine?
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Reply #7 - Sep 22nd, 2009 at 5:24pm

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Dont wory about sending me a picture.  Before I painted the car you see so many corvettes over on the other forum showing nice shiney pillar plates I kind of questioned which was right.  I did paint over the plate just like good old GM did.  It was just so weird that they did that because it sure makes them hard to read.
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Reply #8 - Sep 22nd, 2009 at 7:10pm

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Bob,
yours is shinny because i was going off information from m.f. dobbins' 1973-77 fact book where he states the trim plate should be free of paint, after numerous conversations with bob beck, i found that information to be not factual (already stated above) and if you look closely at the rivet heads, you will see yellow paint on the inside of the rivet.---painted from factory IS correct!!
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Reply #9 - Sep 23rd, 2009 at 7:37am

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That's cool.  Thanks for the info.  Being un painted makes it easier to read for old eyes.  Smiley
 

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