READ THIS STATEMENT CAREFULLY
This page is going
to show the correct items your AAR or T/A should have had from the
factory. In NO PARTICULAR WAY am I saying I know it all or this is
gospel nor am I a self proclaimed "AAR & T/A Guru" and
these parts or options should be on your car, and for anybody to take
a stance that things are cut and dried is wrong. My conclusions
have come from looking at several UNTOUCHED cars over the years and
from the various people I have known over the years who have owned
these cars and restored them and also by an extensive amount of time
just looking at cars overall. I am always learning something new about
these cars and I will never say that a particular car did or did not
come with an option or a part. Nobody can, nor should make such a
statement. These cars were built by humans and also built mid year
so they did leave the plant sometimes with things they weren't supposed
to. If you have any questions please e-mail me. Thanx
Having made my statement
above I received an e-mail about how I came to this conclusion. What
you are about to read is from an employee who worked at Chrysler since
1970 and this is what he had to say about parts and their use on the
Jeff, I was asking about the
exhaust manifold. I have seen a good number of AARs and TAs both "original
and restored" which had exhaust manifolds with and without embossed
part numbers. I have worked for Chrysler since December of 1970. At our
plants we only identified and tracked parts by the Chrysler P# (Part number).
Date codes had no bearing to our line workers.
If the part number was correct the part was used (sometimes it did not have to
be the correct part number. It just had to fit. i.e. one white door panel and
one black door panel or a Dodge emblem on one side of the car and a Plymouth on
the other side).
When the lines were filled with parts the assembly workers would use the correct
part number that was most convenient / closest to them. Many times that resulted
in the older stock staying in the back and the newer stock being applied.
Every so often the line Supervisor would have the work areas cleaned up and the
stock would get shuffled. Stock that carried a Supplier Date Code of last year
would be used the next year if the part was "interchangeable"
(different Part number but would also fit) or used if it was a "carry
over Part number (i.e. a part number for a 1969 unit was also used in the 1970
In short, as long as the part was at the plant and would fit on the car it would
/ could be used. Once we got to the end of a model year ( This was
called "Build out"). We would build all remaining cars in our
"Build Program" using whatever parts that were there. Sometimes a car
would get built even if all the needed parts were not there. These build out
specials would sometimes look very strange but the Plant manager made his
production quota. Even if it did not have all 4 wheels. Of course these cars
were not supposed to be shipped to our Sales Bank until they were corrected.
Thanx to Bruce F. Thomas for