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    How exciting (emotional too) to see the C8 from a distance of just 10 feet in the shaker booth at the end of the BGA tour today. This thread obviously has no pictures for as all know, no cameras are allowed to be taken within the Plant.

    Here are some thoughts/info from tody’s Plant tour. I will add more info to it as I remember. However, the tour was focused just as it was announced, “a sharing of the new Plant system and process implemented during the fall, 2017 thirteen week plant shut down, focusing on the improved production procedures.

    This is a picture we saw in New York City two weeks ago today, and is included here for reference only.

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    Production of C7’s was in full force today, at the regular rate of 11.6 units/hour, with each of them employee work areas on the primary assembly line being designed around a 4:30 completion time.

    What was massively massive, is the paint shop and the manifold storage buildings. One super positive fact were learned when we were met by BGA Body and Paint Shop Manager Chuck Valentini, is that the paint quality coming out of BGA is now # 1 of all GM plants — an absolutely major achievement due to it being so much harder to paint SMC rather than metal panels.

    What we also saw today was the beyond huge, beyond gigantic, expanded Powertrain Build Center area. To say its current size is more than double the old PBC area is an understatement.

    Which leads me to what we saw at one end of that area, a podium with about 200 chairs set up for what we now know will be Mary Barra’s announcement of more jobs with BGA. Rumors are that 300 skilled trade jobs will be created.

    Question: Why has PBC grown so much, and why are the chairs within PBC? Many are conjecturing that a specific part of Ms. Barra’s announcement will be to discuss additional motors being made at BGA.

    Back to the C8, there was one other area within the Plant in which we saw a very camo’d C8, and that was within the Paint Shop.

    As to our being able to stand there, looking through the window at the side of the shaker booth separate room, all that separated with from the C8 was one layer of glass.

    However, starting at it from that roughly 10’ away area to the car, and we were allowed to stand there for about ten minutes, was that the car as pre-revealed in NYC, which was very similar but not identically camo’d from the one we were looking at, was massive amounts of camo. There is camo on top of camo. It is obvious that we are in for a massively positive shock on 7.18.19 when it looses over 100 pounds of its current fake weight, — including its fake panels.

    However, there was one area in which the car we saw today was different than the once in NYC, is that the side scoop paneling was less in thickness. Though it still appears that there is so much more padding even in that one area yet to be removed.

    We are in for such a treat on 7.18.19! IMO, this car is going to look like that day as if its is massively sleeker than what we are used to. It is going to be one long, low, mean machine!!!
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    Awesome John thanks for the updates!!

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    • #3
      Thanks so much for the update John... very exciting to hear!

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      • #4
        It was a real treat to be able to see the C8 in person...along with all of the new GA components including the new paint shop! I was honestly more impressed with the C8 that we saw very up close and personal today than I have been with any of the photos I have seen to date. Same was true of the C7 when I saw it for the first time in person.

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        • #5
          All excellent news...keep it coming, you guys got my anticipation level in overdrive!

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          • #6
            Glad to hear there's still lots of obvious camo on there. While I really like most of the renders, I think some of the lines appear too bulbous, or bloated. When the camo comes off, those concerns should disappear with the camo!
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            • #7
              This is awesome John, thank you for sharing! 84 days cannot come soon enough!

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              • #8
                Great news John. Very disappointed that I couldn't be there.

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                • #9
                  thanks for the news. I cancelled on coming last week.
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                  • #10
                    Hello Everyone,

                    Long time lurker over here. Finally decided to join the discussion.

                    I don't think I can properly express how excited I am for this reveal. I suspect that front grill center portion is in fact fake. With Chevy's lesson on how important cooling should be on the car, I don't think they would design it with anything short of optimal or even excessive cooling (similar to how the ZL1 Camaro has 11 cooling components packed into it after the issues with the Z06). I suspect that is the part that's hinted at in John's post. But we shall see...this will be the slowest 84 days ever...

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                    • #11
                      You guys are making it real John and Jag. Your excitement is palpable.

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                      • #12
                        very exciting... Looking forward to the reveal.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by john View Post
                          how exciting (emotional too) to see the c8 from a distance of just 10 feet in the shaker booth at the end of the bga tour today. This thread obviously has no pictures for as all know, no cameras are allowed to be taken within the plant.

                          Here are some thoughts/info from tody’s plant tour. I will add more info to it as i remember. However, the tour was focused just as it was announced, “a sharing of the new plant system and process implemented during the fall, 2017 thirteen week plant shut down, focusing on the improved production procedures.

                          This is a picture we saw in new york city two weeks ago today, and is included here for reference only.

                          click image for larger version name:	eed28993-4573-46ae-9951-0dcd80d57b63.jpeg views:	0 size:	130.6 kb id:	33747

                          production of c7’s was in full force today, at the regular rate of 11.6 units/hour, with each of them employee work areas on the primary assembly line being designed around a 4:30 completion time.

                          What was massively massive, is the paint shop and the manifold storage buildings. One super positive fact were learned when we were met by bga body and paint shop manager chuck valentini, is that the paint quality coming out of bga is now # 1 of all gm plants — an absolutely major achievement due to it being so much harder to paint smc rather than metal panels.

                          What we also saw today was the beyond huge, beyond gigantic, expanded powertrain build center area. To say its current size is more than double the old pbc area is an understatement.

                          Which leads me to what we saw at one end of that area, a podium with about 200 chairs set up for what we now know will be mary barra’s announcement of more jobs with bga. Rumors are that 300 skilled trade jobs will be created.

                          Question: Why has pbc grown so much, and why are the chairs within pbc? Many are conjecturing that a specific part of ms. Barra’s announcement will be to discuss additional motors being made at bga.

                          Back to the c8, there was one other area within the plant in which we saw a very camo’d c8, and that was within the paint shop.

                          As to our being able to stand there, looking through the window at the side of the shaker booth separate room, all that separated with from the c8 was one layer of glass.

                          However, starting at it from that roughly 10’ away area to the car, and we were allowed to stand there for about ten minutes, was that the car as pre-revealed in nyc, which was very similar but not identically camo’d from the one we were looking at, was massive amounts of camo. There is camo on top of camo. It is obvious that we are in for a massively positive shock on 7.18.19 when it looses over 100 pounds of its current fake weight, — including its fake panels.

                          However, there was one area in which the car we saw today was different than the once in nyc, is that the side scoop paneling was less in thickness. Though it still appears that there is so much more padding even in that one area yet to be removed.

                          we are in for such a treat on 7.18.19! Imo, this car is going to look like that day as if its is massively sleeker than what we are used to. It is going to be one long, low, mean machine!!!
                          thanks john!!! My heart is racing!!!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dolfanlon View Post

                            thanks john!!! My heart is racing!!!
                            They make pills for that!

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                            • #15
                              There aren’t enough pills in my CVS pharmacy to calm me down after reading this. Thanks John .....I’ll find a way.
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