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The original Compartment Key to our 64’ GTO is stamped with a dedication to to Fremont GM Plant. I have not been able to find any information about the key. I was hoping someone might know the story behind the key. 17C7B6FD-30CD-4A7D-B810-95BE8294157B.thumb.jpeg.c934c0fd14fb60cac1409979fb2a5dcc.jpeg

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Hi Sheryl, I can take a guess at this but I will admit that I would only be taking an educated guess. You might try reaching out to Tim or Penny Dye at the Pontiac-Oakland Museum in Pontiac Illinois. They maintain the Pontiac-Oakland Club International's library and collection of Pontiac literature and history. Tim or Penny certainly have more information than I have.

The Fremont CA assembly plant opened in 1962 and built cars for GM from 1962 to 1982. It then closed, and was partially demolished and re-opened as the GM-Toyota joint venture known as NUMMI in 1984 and closed in 2010 (with GM's bankruptcy). It is now the Tesla Motors plant.

If you look up the history of your GTO from Pontiac Historical Services, I suspect your GTO was built at the Fremont Assembly plant. My guess is that the word DEDICATION is a symbol of GM's and the UAW's dedication to quality that is built into your automobile. I suspect that many such keys came from that plant that way. 

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2 hours ago, Frosty said:

Hi Sheryl, I can take a guess at this but I will admit that I would only be taking an educated guess. You might try reaching out to Tim or Penny Dye at the Pontiac-Oakland Museum in Pontiac Illinois. They maintain the Pontiac-Oakland Club International's library and collection of Pontiac literature and history. Tim or Penny certainly have more information than I have.

The Fremont CA assembly plant opened in 1962 and built cars for GM from 1962 to 1982. It then closed, and was partially demolished and re-opened as the GM-Toyota joint venture known as NUMMI in 1984 and closed in 2010 (with GM's bankruptcy). It is now the Tesla Motors plant.

If you look up the history of your GTO from Pontiac Historical Services, I suspect your GTO was built at the Fremont Assembly plant. My guess is that the word DEDICATION is a symbol of GM's and the UAW's dedication to quality that is built into your automobile. I suspect that many such keys came from that plant that way. 

Thank you for your help. I have been in contact with Tim and he does not know anything about the keys. I was hoping to find someone else who has a key. They might know more about them than I have been able to find out. 

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5 hours ago, Sheryl Hammans said:

Thank you for your help. I have been in contact with Tim and he does not know anything about the keys. I was hoping to find someone else who has a key. They might know more about them than I have been able to find out. 

The only other thing I could suggest is finding a retired GM worker from the Fremont assembly plant who worked at the plant in those days. Not an easy feat I am sure. However, you may find former employee reunions posted online from time to time. That might be an opportunity.

I say this somewhat tongue and cheek but you might try some of the local McDonald's around the plant. A lot of retirees hang around near their old plants - often called "The Breakfast Club" in a lot of areas, these guys might give you a lead. This is certainly true here in the Flint, Michigan area. Lots of hourly and salary employees meet for breakfast fairly regularly at established restaurants.

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Yes, the car was built at the Fremont Facility. Thanks, but I don’t live in the Bay. I found a Website for past Fremont employees, but no one has answered my question about the keys. I guess it will remain an enigma. 

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