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1968 - Orphans / 1968 396 325 hp engine 18L324220
« on: February 20, 2012, 04:11:04 AM »
Pad: T1227MW 18L324220
Block casting number:  3916323
Block casting date:  still looking

Bought this engine out of an 84 Surburban (of all things) that was being scrapped yesterday, was running nice , no smoke, no issues.  Is going in my pace car this spring after I freshen it up unless someone is looking for it.

Decoding/Numbers / What do you think of this one?
« on: February 04, 2008, 10:45:36 PM »
Check out the engine pad stamp on this:

Beautiful car.  Always fun to see PTB stamps on a Van Nuys car.

Decoding/Numbers / LOS to VN changeover date
« on: January 15, 2008, 04:37:52 PM »
I believe that a couple of trim tags that I've seen recently may help pin down the date that 1969 Camaro Van Nuys trim tags changed from the LOS prefix to the VN prefix.  The first is tag # LOS176071 and the second is tag # VN208927.  The VINs on these two vehicles are L512168 and L512317, only 149 apart.  These are both 12B tags, the second week of December.  The scheduling codes are G417 and H411 respectively, indicating subsequent production days, right?  G = day 7 and H = day 8.  The 1st day of December 1968 was on a Sunday, and I think I read in one of John's reports that they were only working 5 days a week.  That would put the changover day (i.e. the first day with VN tags) on Wednesday, December 11, 1968.

I'm not sure how the changeover would have happened, there may have been some mixing of old and new over a period of several days.  My database doesn't have any earlier VN tags, does anyone have the tags of any cars between these?  What do you guys think?   

The second is VN208927:

Decoding/Numbers / What do you think of this engine pad and stamp?
« on: January 15, 2008, 03:29:35 PM »
Just trying to further my education a bit.  The pad looks almost polished to me, don't they usually have some machining marks on them?

Decoding/Numbers / What's the earliest 69 Norwood VIN you have seen?
« on: December 21, 2007, 08:52:34 PM »
Here's number 500226 on Ebay:

That's pretty low isn't it?  That's gotta be first day production right?  And the trim tag says 08D!

General Discussion / How do you tell a real owners manual from a re-print?
« on: December 06, 2007, 06:08:20 PM »
Need an owners manual for my 69 and it seems like there are an awful lot of people out there that say they are selling original ones.  Are there any definitive "tells"??

1969 - Orphans / 9N560114 Window sticker on Ebay
« on: December 05, 2007, 10:21:13 PM »
Already sold, but here it is anyway.  The seller says it's real.  What a find if it is!

"124379N560114 Sharpnack Chevrolet Co. Vermilion, Ohio"

1968 - Orphans / 8N466273 Z/28 engine
« on: November 26, 2007, 10:21:07 PM »
Listed on the Yenko site:

VIN is 18N466273, engine assembly date and code is VO702MO

Decoding/Numbers / What do you guys think of this tag?
« on: April 10, 2007, 03:33:38 AM »

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