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Understanding the VIN

Discussion in 'Other Rides' started by Z3PR, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

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    Can anyone tell me what my VIN means. It's a 1978 El Camino. VIN 1W80U8K37734 I know it means a 1978 El Camino with a 305, but beownd that I'm lost.
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Try this page Decoding Page its a Camaro site, but still decodes any chevy vin
     
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    thats all youre really going to find out with a 12 digit vin code, other than also the plant it was buuilt at
    what else do you need to know ? about it ? the ivn will not tell you axle or tranny or anything like that you need ot find a build sheet and/or SPID lable in the car in order to find out original and optional equipment installed in the car but oen proble, is that cars did not recieve spid labels until 84, trucks got them since 67 however.
    gm was horrible and probably the worst about not keeping build info on their vehicles, they did not keep very much at all, its rare to find build info numbers on gm vehicles


    good luck


    good luck
     
  4. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Well, I am guessing it is a small 10 bolt 8.2 incher. I assume it has either 2.73's or 3.08's although being car based it could have ..... 2.29's. We know it has a 305, had air , and looks good for its age and location /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    8.2" was only for about three years in early 70s like 70-72 and ratios can be anything from 2.21 to 3.73 or so, 2.21 was in the 8.5" axles and i dont think was in the 7.5 or 8.2 or 7.625 axles but 2.56 was in all of them cept possibly the 8.2 i know

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    I am awake late I typed it wrong. Later models had a 7.5 inchers. The special models like later Montes , GN's etc got the 8.5 and yes 8.2 was original a-body in the 60's to early 70's /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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