: Watch your V being built?



Squirlz
07-06-11, 08:40 PM
We live near Lansing MI where these things are built. One Cadillac salesman, at a dealership we have ruled out, said some of his customers watched their cars being built, or maybe it was just roll off the line. Anyone do this? I'd like to learn the details. Thanks!

neuronbob
07-06-11, 08:47 PM
Car and Driver did it and documented on YouTube. There are no stories on the board of anyone else doing it. It would have been cool to watch my V roll off the line, however.

A tip of the hat to the gentle folks of the LGR plant who bolt our Vs together. :thumbsup:

M5eater
07-06-11, 08:49 PM
a tip of the hat indeed. I must have watched the car and driver bit 5 times now. I only wish something like ultimate factories would do an episode .

newcadman
07-06-11, 09:02 PM
We live near Lansing MI where these things are built. One Cadillac salesman, at a dealership we have ruled out, said some of his customers watched their cars being built, or maybe it was just roll off the line. Anyone do this? I'd like to learn the details. Thanks!



As a matter of fact, one of the forum members was indeed present inside the Lansing plant and not only watched ( along side the assembly line) as his V was being built but took 88 photo bucket pics of the event that he made available for a while!

MReiland
07-07-11, 08:32 AM
The initial phases of your cars being built it is very hard to identify a specific vehicle until the VIN is assigned, it happens in different stages for different vehicles. It may be fun for many people though to see the robots building up the "Body in White" before paint, the synchronization is incredible, and from little parts transforms a full car shell, minus the hood, doors and trunk which are built in different cells in the plant. In the bodyshop, you must wear Kevlar sleeves and safety glasses as sheet metal at this stage is razor sharp and weld flashes jump out from some of the cells as the vehicles go down the automated line. Then the vehicle disappears to the paint shop for a while. Visiting the paint shop is a somewhat special event as you have to get into a special suit to be in there, little things such as the type of deodorant you use become important in the paint shop due to the effects on the chemicals being used. Then it comes back to Chassis/G.A. where it resembles something like your vehicle. I would think this is the stage that someone would try and follow a car as it gets the drivetrain and interior and finally rolls off the assembly line and gets a dynamic vehicle test. Having a guest at the plant watching the specific build, I wouldn't say is impossible but it is indeed very rare for a non-gm employee to do it as it usually will tie up someone from the plant to be their escort while they are there to keep them safe and guide them around lines, crossing conveyors etc... An easier visit would be during an open house that the plants have been hosting for the general public. Pictures are a whole different issue and typically require a special camera pass and sometimes the pictures even require approval of someone like the plant manager to make sure no proprietary information is visible in any of them. (This is very important to the company as future work is tested out at the plant far ahead of the public introductions)

Squirlz
08-17-11, 12:35 PM
I just spoke with Jennifer at the Grand River plant and we will be there next Thursday the 25th to see our wagon on the line! She said there was a guy from CA who would also be there to see his wagon. Who might that be?

js615
08-17-11, 02:04 PM
Car and Driver did it and documented on YouTube. There are no stories on the board of anyone else doing it. It would have been cool to watch my V roll off the line, however.

A tip of the hat to the gentle folks of the LGR plant who bolt our Vs together. :thumbsup:

Here is the link to the C&D video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osfnC1EWbmA

neuronbob
08-17-11, 08:23 PM
\ An easier visit would be during an open house that the plants have been hosting for the general public.

LGR's open house is 9/30/11. Registration is not yet open. Thinking about going since I live only 3 1/2 hours' drive from the plant. It's too bad it's on a Tuesday, though, makes it tougher.

http://media.gm.com/Facilities/Unitedstates/English/gm_plant_news/Open_House_Dates.html

ChicagoV
08-17-11, 08:30 PM
I just spoke with Jennifer at the Grand River plant and we will be there next Thursday the 25th to see our wagon on the line! She said there was a guy from CA who would also be there to see his wagon. Who might that be?

Very cool- please post a report after your visit.

Squirlz
08-17-11, 09:04 PM
Very cool- please post a report after your visit.

Definitely! I was pleasantly surprised that she called and said I could come watch. She had already said it wasn't possible and she could have left it at that.

GMAN12
08-17-11, 11:03 PM
I had a 96 Eldorado in pearl red followed by the chief engineer, my car was supposed to come off the line around 6:00pm, I got to the Hamtramak plant at 4:00 pm, looked at the broadcast # and my car was already gone, got home at 6:00 pm and had a message from the dealer that my car had arrived.