Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth Broadcast Sheet Inspection
We have a service available to inspect and authenticate the factory production broadcast (track) sheets. Through the years there have been a number of organizations that have been producing aftermarket broadcast sheets.
The broadcast sheet is the basis for all factory documentation. As printing technology advances it is becoming increasingly challenging to identify the original factory production broadcast sheets from the aftermarket ones.
The correct original factory broadcast sheet could increase the desirability and value by a minimum of 10% up to 35% of the value of your vehicle depending on how uniqueness, desirability and production volume.
We have been inspecting vehicles for over 60 years and have extensive knowledge and a significant archive of information to assist us in authenticating factory original broadcast sheets. Our sweet spot is 1968-72 A, B and E bodies. However, we will review any sheets that are submitted and provide a formal report.
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Broadcast (track) Sheet Background
Broadcast sheets were printed on an automated processor that required information, downloaded from a main frame data base by the central office employees. The printing station used a spinning ball, with fixed fonts, to provide the primary print you see on a build sheet. It is important to understand that the characters can vary in appearance. Some can be darker and some a little thicker or fatter due to a fresh ribbon in a printer. The top copy was ink printed from the printer. The second copy was printed from a carbon piece paper between the top and second sheet. The carbon copies are always sharper or thinner since they got no splatter from the ribbon like the top copy. The fonts that were used to print the build sheets were not determine by the physical printer but the software that was used in the database system. A 21 pin configuration printing system was the style that Chrysler predominately from 1965-78. (The same aspects are true for the fonts that were used for the VIN data decals). There were at least 30 build sheets that accompanied a vehicle during its assembly. Each station required the option information in order to accurately install the specified parts. The sheets that usually made it out of the plant were the ones that were easily concealed by the actual part used for assembly. (Carpet, dash, seats, headliner, etc...)
The car broadcast (track or build) sheet is typically found in various locations of a vehicle like behind the driverís seat (bucket seat cars), taped to the back of the glove box, under the carpet, under the back seat etc... The employees of the production facilities typically referred to the Broadcast sheet as a "Track" Sheet. It was call that because it was used to track the components to be installed on a vehicle. However, track sheets were typically not placed in vehicles produced at Los Angeles (LA) assembly plant. The LA plant may have had a "trash" policy that stated no paperwork was to be left in the vehicle during assembly.