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Production Stages

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by timdorr, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. timdorr

    timdorr Model S P1698 / VIN 1657

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    I received an update tonight from my (super-awesome!) DS, Cale about the status of my car:

    I'm wondering if we can figure out what the other stages of production are for this car? Or perhaps it's already been discovered elsewhere, I just didn't see anything in my searches. I'll have to ask, but I wonder if testing and "beautification" are included in those final 4 stages for my car. I've also asked how many stages there actually are for production.

    Anyone have any thoughts or information to contribute?
     
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    I interpret that email to mean that your car has come off the production line, is being adjusted (the 4th stage of production), goes to testing (how many testing stages?), and then "beautification."

    Mine just passed the water test. I don't know what the order of the stages of testing is but I did ask where my car is off to next. We'll see what they say, if anything. My guess is that the testing stages aren't exactly always in the same sequence. That is pure speculation, although, I suspect that passing burn in is always the last testing stage before "beautification."
     
  4. timdorr

    timdorr Model S P1698 / VIN 1657

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    Got another update from Cale (seriously, he's awesome!):

    So, those 4 stages don't include testing/detailing. I'm curious how long the final 4 stages will last. Perhaps there's hope they can get my car done by this weekend?
     
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    I read somewhere (oh.. memory.. why do you fail me?) that they used to do the water test towards the end, but discovered that if there was a leak, the interior would get damaged, so now they've moved that up to before the interior is installed.
     
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    You're right. I heard that today directly from the source.
     
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    Does anyone know what does the "beautification" stage includes? A washing and wax job and interior cleaning and finishing -- something like a traditional "detailing" that might be done locally?

    The reason that I ask is that one of the first planned stops for may car after delivery will be a detailer I know and trust. I want him to clay bar all of the exterior paint surfaces then apply HD Nitro Seal, a two part copolymer paint sealant system. This stuff is supposed to impart a shine and finish superior even to Zaino products, which I have known as the best in the business. All of this will take about two days, but I think that it's best to invest the time and effort in protection of the finish sooner rather than later.

    On the other hand, if Tesla does an outstanding detailing job, all of this can wait.
     
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    Yes, a 2010 overview, seems like it should still apply. A couple of interesting items:
    They haven't edited this out or qualified it yet. So I assume the hardware, if not the procedures and infrastructure, still permits this.

    And

    The water testing is waterless still (assuming this hasn't changed).
     

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