Hey John, thanks for the response.
What you say would make sense but I raised the question because of the information contained on the CRG. Reference http://www.camaros.org/engine.shtml#ReplacementEngines
within this site...based on the info there the "8" would indicate model year (perhaps I misread it). Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to pick an argument wiht you (you have been a wealth of info over the years and I respect your opinion a great deal) I'm just trying to ascertain the correct decoding of this particular transmission and by doing so deepen my understanding of Chevrolet coding practices.