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1969 Camaro Visual ID HyperTable

© 1998-2011, Camaro Research Group
Edited by and
Version: Tuesday, 27-Sep-2011 23:00:28 EDT

Items not available from the factory on any 1969 model included:
Items provided by the factory with every 1969 model included:
Items available from the factory on any 1969 model included:
Items not required from the factory for any 1969 model included:

A complete listing of engine codes are also shown on the Drivetrain Decoding page.

Note on right/left directions: as is customary, all directions are referenced to the seated position of the driver.

1969 Camaro V8 Visible Differences
  LF7, L14, L65 1 LM11 SS
L48
Z28 SS
L35 or L34
SS
L78 or
L78 w/ L89 heads
COPO 9561
L72
Body Style coupe,
convertible
coupe,
convertible
coupe,
convertible
coupe only coupe,
convertible
coupe,
convertible
coupe only
VIN Style Code 12437
or
12467
12437
or
12467
12437
or
12467
12437 12437
or
12467
12437
or
12467
12437
Cowl Tag                   
     Norwood X code 2
X11 or X44 X11 or X44 X11 or X55 X33 or X77 X22 or X66 X22 or X66 X11 or X44 2
Build Date LF7 - before 1/69
L14 & L65 -
after 12/68
before 1/69 any any any any after 12/68
Engine Details xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx
engine type 307/200HP
(L14)
327/210HP
(LF7)
350/250HP
(L65)
350/255HP
(LM1)
350/300HP
(L48)
302/290HP
(Z28)
396/325HP
(L35)

396/350HP
(L34)
396/375HP
(L78/L89)
427/425HP
(L72)
engine code:      
M/T 3
2-spd auto
3-spd auto

see
table

HQ
HR
HS

HA
HE
HB

DZ
--
--

JB(L35), JF(L34)
-- --
JG(L35), JI(L34)

JH(L78), JJ(L89)
-- --
JL(L78), JM(L89)

MN
--
MO
partial VIN 19Lxxxxxx or 19Nxxxxxx
where the x's are the serial number portion of the VIN
block casting

see
table


3932386 or 3932388
- or -
3956618 or 3970010
3935440
or
3955272
or
3969854

3963512


block dates
  • Block casting date must always be before engine assembly date.
  • Block casting date is usually very close to engine assembly date.
  • Engine assembly date must always be before vehicle (not body) assembly date.
  • Engine assembly date almost always is before the Fisher Body cowl tag date. In the unusual case it is later, it should be within a week of the body.
  • Engine assembly date most often less than 30 days before vehicle build.
  • Engine assembly date less often 30-90 days before vehicle build.
  • Odd exceptions of older blocks can occur.
engine mounting 327/307 or 302/350 302/350
type
302/350
type
302/350
type
big-block type big-block type big-block type
Number of
  Fuel Lines
one two two one two one one
Carburetor DualJet QuadraJet QuadraJet Holley 4053 QuadraJet Holley 4346 Holley 4346
Radiator 4 21-inch
2-row core
21-inch
2-row core
21-inch
2-row core
21-inch
3-row core
23-inch
3-row core
23-inch
3-row core
23-inch
4-row core
Cooling Fan 5 fixed fixed fixed clutched fixed clutched clutched
Pulleys 6 base base base deep base deep deep
Optional
Tachometer 7
5K/7K 5K/7K 5K/7K several 5.5K/7K 6K/7K 6K/7K
Heater Box
Connections
end of cover end of cover end of cover end of cover middle of cover middle of cover middle of cover
Optional A/C Box small-block type small-block type small-block type N/A big-block type N/A N/A
Transmissions 8 All manual transmissions were floor-shift except M15. Floor shift was optional for M15.
All automatic transmissions were column-shift, unless the D55 console was ordered.
3-speed M/T 
4-speed M/T 
2-spd auto 
3-spd auto 
M15
M20
M35
M38
MC1
M20
M35
M38
MC1
M20
M35
M38
--
M20,M21,M22
--
--
MC1
M20,
M21(L34 only)

--
M40
MC1
M20,M21,M22
--
M40
--
M20,M21,M22
--
M40
Transmission
Crossmember
L6 / SB type L6 / SB type L6 / SB type L6 / SB type BB type BB type BB type
Speedometer Cable
Firewall Penetration
left
of steering
column
right (M20) or
left (MC1, M35, M38)
of steering
column
right (M20) or
left (MC1, M35, M38)
of steering
column
right
of steering
column
right (M20, M21)
or
left (MC1,M40)
of steering
column
right (M20, M21, M22)
or
left (MC1,M40)
of steering
column
right (M20, M21, M22)
or
left (M40)
of steering
column
Rear Axle 10-bolt 12-bolt 9 12-bolt 9 12-bolt 12-bolt 12-bolt 12-bolt HD
Rear Springs 10 mono -
(LF7, L14)
multi - (L65)
multi-leaf multi-leaf multi-leaf multi-leaf multi-leaf multi-leaf
Front Sway Bar 11/16 inch 11/16 inch 11/16 inch 11/16 inch 11/16 inch 11/16 inch 11/16 inch or
13/16 inch 11
Brakes
front type drum
or
opt disc
drum
or
opt disc
disc only disc only disc only disc only disc only
rear type 12 drum
or
opt disc
drum
or
opt disc
drum
or
opt disc
drum
or
opt disc
drum
or
opt disc
drum
or
opt disc
drum
rear brake line
regulator valve
generally no yes yes varies yes yes yes
Exhaust Systems 13 single 2-1/2"
or
opt. dual 2"
single 2-1/2"
or
opt. dual 2"
dual 2 inch dual 2-1/4" 14 dual 2-1/4" 14 dual 2-1/4" 14 dual 2-1/4" 14
Emblems 307, 327, or 350 350 SS 350 Z/28 SS 396 SS 396 base
Paint/Stripe 15 none
or
optional
D90, DX1, D96 stripes
none
or
optional
D90, DX1, D96 stripes
D90 stripe rally stripes D90 stripe,
blacked-out tailpan
D90 stripe,
blacked-out tailpan
none
or
optional
D90, DX1, D96 stripes
Hood flat only flat only SS
or
opt ZL2 cowl-induction
flat
or
opt ZL2 cowl-induction
SS
or
opt ZL2 cowl-induction
SS
or
opt ZL2 cowl-induction
ZL2 cowl-induction
Hood Insulation optional (Z87) optional (Z87) yes optional
(Z87, ZL2)
yes yes yes
Spoilers 16 optional optional optional optional (early)
included (late)
optional optional optional
Wheel Size 14x6 14x6 14x7 15x7 14x7 14x7 14x7 11
Tire Size E78x14 std
F70x14 opt
E78x14 std
F70x14 opt
F70x14 E70x15 F70x14 F70x14 F70x14 11
Wheels/Covers
base hubcaps
full wheel covers
rally wheels
std
opt
opt
std
opt
opt
std
opt
opt
--
--
included
std
opt
opt
std
opt
opt
std
opt
opt
  LF7, L14, L65 LM1 SS
L48
Z28 SS
L35 or L34
SS
L78 or
L78 w/ L89
COPO 9561
L72

Footnotes:

  1. The 327 was the base engine in early 69. It was replaced by the 307 in January of 69.
    The LM1 was the optional 350 engine in early 69. It was replaced by the L65 in January of 69.
  2. These codes apply only to Norwood built cars that were assembled mid-December 68 and later. Earlier Norwood cars do not have these codes, nor do any 1969 LOS/VN built cars.
    Many COPO cars were built on X11 and X44 bodies, though some were built on X22 or X66 bodies. The first 50 Yenko COPO's were X66 cars. See the X Code info for more specifics.
  3. "M/T" is manual transmission. "A/T" is automatic transmission.
    While engine codes for the proposed MA6 Heavy-Duty Dual-Disc Clutch option were released, production records indicate that no vehicles were equipped with MA6 from the factory.
  4. In 1969, HD and A/C radiators for 307ci/327ci/350ci engines increased the base radiator core depth by one row to three rows, while retaining the 21-inch radiator width.
    There was no HD radiator option for SS-396, Z28, or COPO (and A/C was not available for L78, Z28, or COPO).
    SS-396 with A/C (L35 and L34 engines only) increased the base radiator core depth from three row to four (with the same 23-inch radiator width).
  5. The clutched cooling fans was included as part of the A/C system. The clutched fan was also optionally available as RPO K02.
  6. Solid lifter cars have deep groove pulleys to retain the accessory belts at high rpms.
  7. Tachometer was optional except for post-May Z28's. If present, it requires a console or center fuel gauge. Some variation in tachometer red-line versus engine have been observed, perhaps due to factory shortages. For example, some L35s have been seen with 5k red-lines, and some L48s have been seen with 5.5k red-lines. The values shown are the norm, but, by themselves, are not reliable indicators of a model.
  8. The 3-speed automatic transmission was TH350 for engines 350ci and smaller and TH400 for 396 and 427 engines. The RPO code for both transmissions on the dealer ordering information was M40, but at the factory the THM50 was actually referred to as M38.
    The heavy-duty manual 3-speed transmission in 1969 changed supplier and the code changed from the previous M13 to the new MC1.
  9. GM documentation indicates that the LM1 and L48 with M35 or M38 (350/4-barrels with automatic transmissions) were to receive a 10-bolt rear axle with multi-leaf springs. However, the physical evidence shows LM1/M35, LM1/M38, and L48/M38 vehicles actually received 12-bolt axles. Physical evidence on L48/M35 cars (SS-350 with PowerGlide transmission) is still limited, but indicates that at least the later builds received 10-bolt, multi-leaf axles; axle use for early 69 L48/M35 vehicles remains unclear. CRG continues to research this issue.
  10. Generally, Z28's used 4-leaf springs and the other multi-leaf spring applications used 5-leaf springs. However, the use of 4-leaf springs was not limited to just 68-69 Z28's. Spring selection was a function of weight and options - and this was fine-tuned in 1969. SS, LM1, L65, and COPO cars with 4-leaf springs are possible according to factory documentation and they have been observed on original SS, LM1, and L65 cars.
    Factory documentation indicates that all 68-69 Z28's should have 4-leaf springs. One Z28 (a 69) has been found with apparently original 5-leaf springs. The 5-leaf spring usage on a Z28 should not be considered normative and CRG continues research whether 5-leaf springs were factory installed on the Z28.
  11. COPO 9737 (available only on COPO 9650 and 9651 cars) included 15x7 rally wheels and E70 tires, 140 mph speedometer, and 13/16 front stabilizer bar.
  12. JL8 4-wheel disc brakes was an option on all models. Only 206 were made.
  13. Starting in 1969, factory dual exhaust systems were mounted to a welded reinforcement plate on the rear frame rail of coupes. The reinforcement replaced a rivnut attachment system that was used in 1967-68. 1969 convertibles did not need the reinforcement due to the inherent heavier gage of the convertible frame rail.
  14. Chambered dual exhaust was initially standard on Z28, L34, and L78, but was made optional in November 68 due to noise restrictions (also available on COPO cars), and was finally discontinued in May 69.
  15. The D90 stripe (included on SS cars) could be ordered on any model except Z28, Z10, and pace cars. SS396 had tailpan blackout except on black cars.
  16. Spoilers were optional on Z28's up to approximately April 69. They were then included in the Z28 package. Narrower 1968 rear spoilers were used until Jan - March 1969.

 



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