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What day did your Buyer's Tour START

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I am curious to know what day of the week your Buyer's Tour began?

And how much lead time did you have from the day you had the call to your build start date?

Thanks for responding to the poll and also the general question that will keep the thread active.

Cheers,
 

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We started at noon on Thursday 2/27 and started my vet at 1:30 Friday. Booked the tour 4 weeks earlier through the Museum. Make sure you buy the photo album. It is sorta expensive but worth it.
 

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I've done the Buyer's Tour three times over the last 10 years, most recently very early this year - my wife & I watched our Stingray being built. I feel as though the Buyer's Tour is treated as the "poor step-sister" to Museum Delivery (which I have not done - yet - so I cannot honestly compare). I've enjoyed seeing my specific car being built, and on 2 of the 3 occasions I've done it (dead of Winter, I live in the Northeast) - I would not have been able to drive the vehicle home from a Museum Delivery regardless....

Curious as to why your poll - you're chasing a specific VIN (yours), so your tour will begin when your car is at/near the "starting point" for the tour - when the dash & frame are together, but not much else....it not something someone randomly decides....

Your start date/time is impacted by the plant's progress. My tour was originally set to start at 10:15 on a Monday. About 10 days before, I learned that it was pushed until the next day (Tuesday) at 10:15 as the line had "hiccuped". This was locked in until the day before, when we were told it had again slipped until 10:45 (a half an hour slip) that same Tuesday. That is when we arrived at the plant.

Upon arrival we were told that things had slipped further - our car would not be at the "starting point" until about 3:15pm. Our tour guide (he was nothing short of awesome) gave us the option to watch other cars on the line, or come back - we stayed.

Our car finally came into view about 3:45 - the plant was on overtime (to catch up) and worked until 4:00 - we saw them do about 2 things to our car.

We came back the next morning - Wednesday - at 6:00am. They produced about 8-10 cars, and sent all the line workers home late morning due to a piece parts shortage - this was on the news, and you can find posts about it here on the forum (date was 1/08/14). Our car moved though about 8-10 steps before the line stopped.

We returned on Thursday at 6:00 am (day 3) - there was some concern our car might not complete until Friday (would have been a 4 day Buyer's Tour), but the plant again ran overtime until 4:00pm - our car completed at 3:55pm.

Also worth noting - I had reached out in advance of our tour to Dave Tatman (then Plant Manager - retired at the start of this month) - he actually spent about 15 minutes chatting with my wife & I on Thursday; then said Hi again numerous times later that day as our paths crossed. I was incredibly impressed because I knew how stressed he must have been after losing the previous day's production.

Bottom line is that things are going to slip - it's a very complex production system.....if you expect it, and roll with it, it's an incredible experience!
 

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^^^Now if that wasn't a worst case scenario.I would've done the same.Couple extra sick days.Worth it i'm sure.^^^
 

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^^^Now if that wasn't a worst case scenario.I would've done the same.Couple extra sick days.Worth it i'm sure.^^^
Sick days? :) Yes, I had to take sick days. The plant was ill because of a missing part. :D
 

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Sick days? :) Yes, I had to take sick days. The plant was ill because of a missing part. :D
It was very challenging for my wife to get additional days off - fortunately, her boss was very understanding. I had already taken the entire week off..."just in case".

The silver lining in our experience was that we got extra time to spend in the Museum!! All good!
 

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It was very challenging for my wife to get additional days off - fortunately, her boss was very understanding. I had already taken the entire week off..."just in case".

The silver lining in our experience was that we got extra time to spend in the Museum!! All good!
Hi Al, I am glad everything worked out for you and your wife. I wasn't trying to say anything negative about your experience, or people taking personal time off, or vacation time. I was just laughing at STVETTE's statement of calling in sick when the employee was not actually sick. I am sure your wife was honest and told the employer what happened without feigning sickness.
 

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I was given a little over a weeks notice. My tour started on Friday, Feb. 21st at 2:00 PM. The plant worked 10 hours that day. Had to come back at 6:00 AM on Monday the 24th. Car rolled out the door of the high pressure water spray at 3:00 PM. I work in Knoxville so the weekend split wasn't that big a deal. Drove there on Friday and Sunday. Stayed at a local hotel Sunday to make the 6 AM start. Did get the Photo Album.
 

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^^^Now if that wasn't a worst case scenario.I would've done the same.Couple extra sick days.Worth it i'm sure.^^^
Holy cow, you're telling me!

I was asking the poll originally to see if there was any 'trend' on days. Obviously not.

Also interesting that you had a NON 6am start on your first day. Lordy, would we prefer that!

We are planning to take a week off work, but I'm hoping to do the Buyer's Tour in TWO days and see other parts of KY in the other days. We'll roll with it though.

And bummer that the warning is pretty close in sometimes. Flights from CA are going to be $$$ at the last minute. Such is life though!

Cheers,
Suzy
 

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When I ordered my 99' I spent the whole day in the plant and did not pay anything extra. I called someone at the plant, cant recall his name and he let me know where the car was. I took the first plant tour the day my car hit the line and let them know it was my car. Great Time and no extra $$$. Cant this be done Now??? little more work but same results.
 
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