Factory documentation for Chevelles, Novas and Camaros

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Compared to the owners of “other” brands of classic American muscle cars, Chevrolet enthusiasts have been at a disadvantage when it comes to obtaining their cars’ documentation records. While Mopar and Ford fans have often been able to get detailed information on the build history and original factory options on their cars from the manufacturer or a third-party source, the build records for a great many Chevrolets from the 60’s and 70’s simply no longer exist or just can’t be located anymore. That’s the bad news. The better news is that the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) now has plans in the works to begin offering a number of Chevrolet shipping records to owners of classic Chevelles, Novas, and Camaros.

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OPGI’s 2014 Classic Car Show

2014 OPGI Classic Car Show

Celebrating 32 years of manufacturing and retailing GM restoration parts and accessories, Original Parts Group, Inc. hosted its annual free Classic Car Show at the OPGI headquarters in Seal Beach, California on Saturday, April 5th. The perfect early April weather combined with great cars, a variety of restoration and aftermarket accessory vendor displays along with some very good food, to create the perfect backdrop for a Southern California auto enthusiast’s ultimate day of fun in the sun. This is one car show that just keeps getting better each year as more people discover that this annual event always presents great classic cars in a fun and family-friendly, seaside location.

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1974-76 Cadillac Eldorado Bumper Reflector Lenses

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Electric tail and brake lamps were first introduced around 1915. Since that time, some of the auto industry’s best and most iconic design work has been housed in the tail lights of the classic cars from days gone by, and building a period correct car today means getting those details right. Although sheet metal repair and new paint are common and effective tools for most exterior restoration work, more model-specific items like tail light lenses and reflectors are not as easily restored. Those critical items are not easily replaced either, as new factory replacements are simply not available from General Motors anymore.
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2014 OPGI Catalogs Now Available

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Original Parts Group Inc., the industry’s leading supplier and manufacturer of restoration and high-performance parts for classic GM cars since 1982, is once again offering nine different editions of its free restoration parts catalogs. The new catalogs for 2014 include nearly every part needed to restore a classic Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, Skylark, Riviera, Cutlass, GTO, Grand Prix or Cadillac. From interior and body parts to engine parts, sheet metal, bright trim and everything in between, OPGI offers the widest selection and best prices on the highest-quality parts for your classic GM restoration project. Even if you already have an older OPGI catalog, you will still need a new 2014 catalog to keep up with all of the new parts and other invaluable information that have been added to each new OPGI Catalog within the last year.

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1963-65 Buick Riviera Custom-Molded Seat Foam

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Upgrading the seating inside your classic car is a critical part of an interior restoration job. Here at Original Parts Group, Inc. (OPGI) we know that your seats not only need to look clean and factory accurate, they also need to be comfortable and durable too. Although most interior restoration jobs involve recovering the old seats with new upholstery, if the existing seats have lost their original shape, even new upholstery will not make up for the presence of old, worn-out seat foam underneath the new covers. The only way your seating can both look and feel completely factory fresh is to replace the worn-out seat foam with new, accurately reproduced seat foam that fits your car perfectly.

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Future Collectibles from The 80s?

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Although most people are very familiar with classic cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s, classic cars from the 80s have not seen a lot of interest. Yet. That situation may be changing though, as certain vehicles from the 80s are now beginning to be seen as collectible items of pop culture and history. Some of them are pretty decent cars too. Prices have been climbing on many of the 1980s performance cars over the last three years and now the enthusiast daily drivers from the era are beginning to show signs of life too. Some people in classic-car circles have long suspected that the rise of the collectible 1980s car was inevitable, and now it looks that time may have finally arrived.

Those who grew up in the 80s as Generation X kids might have forgotten watching Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, using library catalog cards, and wearing acid-washed jeans with L.A. Gear shoes, but much like when the baby boom generation reached their peak earning years and were finally able to buy the muscle cars they lusted after in their youth, the Gen X kids are now coming of age in the enthusiast community.

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OPGI.com Goes Mobile

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Original Part Group Inc. is excited to unveil our new mobile website! Visitors to OPGI.com using mobile devices are now automatically directed to a specialized, mobile-friendly version of our comprehensive restoration parts website. Visitors on traditional PC’s and Macs can still continue to see the standard OPGI website of course, but to view the new mobile site, all you have to do is visit OPGI.com on your mobile device.

Leading industry analysts have projected that smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices will soon overtake standard computers as the most common way to access the Web worldwide, and OPGI’s new mobile site is designed to be super easy to navigate and to enable sharing of our site’s content on Twitter, Facebook, and other popular social platforms.

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GM Ready to Build Aluminum Pickup Trucks

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According to reports published in the Wall Street Journal, General Motors (GM) recently signed contracts with two of the nation’s largest aluminum suppliers, a move that will finally allow the automaker to begin building aluminum-bodied pickup trucks.

The newspaper reported that General Motors had wanted to begin building aluminum trucks to better meet fuel economy standards and stay competitive in the domestic pickup market back in 2008, but the company’s finances would not support it at that time. Now, with new contracts in place, suppliers Alcoa Inc. and Novelis Inc. are already ramping up aluminum production to help GM to get its next-generation pickup to dealers by late 2018.

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Legacy License Plate Program Still Needs More Pre-Orders

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Last January the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced some good news for classic car fans in the form of the Legacy License Plate Program. The announcement stated that the DMV was considering the release of a series of vintage style California license plates that would include the yellow plate issued from 1956 to 1962, the black plate issued from 1963 to 1969 and the later blue plate issued from 1970 to 1982. The department said it would reproduce the old style plates and make them available to enthusiasts if at least one of the three styles received 7,500 pre-orders along with a $50 deposit for each. The California DMV also specified a program cutoff date of January 1, 2015 for the last pre-orders and deposits.

As of January 2014, the Cal DMV states that it has not yet received enough reissue plate requests to make the Legacy Plate Program a reality. So far, the three different plate pre-orders have stacked up pretty well with the 60’s black plate with yellow characters being the most popular at 6,176 pre-orders. The yellow plate with black characters has seen 1,604 pre-orders and the blue plate with yellow characters follows with 1,257. With just 1,324 more pre-orders needed to meet the minimum requirement, the black plate obviously has the best chance of kicking the program into gear. Although the January 2015 cutoff date is still many months away, if you want a Legacy Plate and have not yet placed your order, now might be a good time to get that taken care of. To download the California DMV Legacy Plate Pre-Order Form (REG 17L PDF), go to http://www.dmv.ca.gov/legacyplates/index.htm.

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A Higher Purpose for GM Waste

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John Bradburn is General Motors’ (GM) manager of waste reduction efforts, an unusual position within the giant automaker that tasks him with finding new ways to use spent industrial materials to benefit the environment. In other words, Bradburn tries to give common manufacturing waste a second and beneficial life instead of just sending it all to the landfill. Things like turning leftover paint into shipping crates, making car parts from oil-soaked booms from the Gulf of Mexico, putting used cardboard into vehicle headliners, and turning tires and plastic packaging waste into vehicle air deflectors.

Every giant manufacturing facility generates waste, but GM hopes to trim its waste output through creative projects that help reduce its overall environmental footprint. Mr. Bradburn works with a large network of suppliers and GM teams to implement the company’s Landfill-Free Initiative, a group of 110 different facilities that try to recycle, reuse or convert their daily waste to energy. Speaking of the initiative, Bradburn said “The first step is to reframe how you think of waste, at GM, we view waste as a resource out of place. When we look at waste streams from our facilities, we don’t ask how do we dispose of this waste, we ask how can we find a better use for it.”
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