BTW... There is a 68 SS396 car on ebay right now that has a buick interior, if you were interested in pics...
The Teal one, http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-...m290236413809&
is from Fremont too according to the VIN. FWIW, and probably not much, he quotes a GM strike as the reason.
The recent article in CW seems to lend some credence of riots in Baltimore & KC in early April and even says a late March (03D) build sheet was found inside a seat with 4-11-68 hand written on the back leading one to believe the interior of the car wasn't completed until April 11.
I have some questions on the theory though:
* First, I assume the seats built in the assembly plant and only fabric supplied to the assembly plant. Since build sheets have been found inside seats or attached to the hogrings, it would seem that the plants only received the material from an outside source and built the seats in-house, If that's the case, then other plants wouldn't have the shortage or material since there were no riots (as reported by the article). This questions the authenticity of the Fremont car above with an original Buick interior - but that's another item.
* Second, although the sampling of tags I have is small, all are for black
bucket (765) & bench seats (766) only. Was black the only color affected or were all colors of vinyl bucket & bench seats affected? I don't have any April tags from Atlanta, Framingham or Fremont to compare and the only April tag I have that doesn't have 765 or 766 seat codes is a single KC 764 code.
Anyone have a tag from any plant in April with black bucket (765) or black bench (766) that's not a Buick (-158) interior...or...any other color vinyl interior from any plant in April?
* Third, assuming the riots affected only the Baltimore & KC final assembly plants, what were Buick and Oldsmobile doing in Baltimore & KC during this time for their interiors if they were shipping their interior material across town to the Chevelle plants? Was their production so low that they could simply (1) hold their own orders, (2) cut them some percentage, (3) or what in order to supply Chevelles? Why didn't the riots affect their plants?
I know KC had the Chevelle plant in Leed's, MO. and a Buick/Olds/Pontiac plant in Fairfax, KS., not 12 miles apart so that was a possibility. Wonder why Pontiac interiors didn't wind up KC Chevelles? Not familiar with the Baltimore setup so I can't comment on them.