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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Nov 3rd, 10, 9:10 PM Thread Starter
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Barn find/decode A-body 1968

Hello Everyone: I am new & I just posted in the new member forum as well. I was told you guys know Chevelle/Malibu's like no one else!! I am green on decoding & I think I might have aquired a interesting Chevelle.

I have never had a Chevelle that seemed worth decoding until now. This one is a number matching 1968 Malibu 2dr 327/4-spd deluxe interior car. I am the third owner & it is in amazing unrestored condition. I plan on restoring it & I am curious how rare it may be...or not. I am used to seeing lot of 307/PG type cars in 1968, but this one is interesting to me for some reason. It retains everything in good working order... even the radio.

I found a sheet in the glove box that appeared to be very old. It has codes on it such as "20" for the trans & "EA" for the motor. It is labeled "Soft Trim Broadcast"... could this be the build sheet??? I did not find one under the back seat.

Next, I pulled the codes/info off the fisher plate on the firewall. here they are:

1st line: O4A 168769 530328
2nd line: ST 68 13637 BF 18613 BODY
3rd line: TR 765 118 NN PAINT

The Vin is: 136378Z142172

The car is Cordovan in color... not sure if this is original or not.

I am curious to learn if this is a rare Chevelle Malibu or not. I do see them much in this configuration. Seems like most of them were 307/auto's. Any feedback is appreciated. Also, if the "soft trim broadcast" sheet I found is not the buildsheet, what is it? Also, if it is not could it be that the build sheet is located somewhere else? Thanks for you help!! rigsby
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Re: Barn find/decode A-body 1968

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Hello Everyone: I am new & I just posted in the new member forum as well. I was told you guys know Chevelle/Malibu's like no one else!! I am green on decoding & I think I might have aquired a interesting Chevelle.

I have never had a Chevelle that seemed worth decoding until now. This one is a number matching 1968 Malibu 2dr 327/4-spd deluxe interior car. I am the third owner & it is in amazing unrestored condition. I plan on restoring it & I am curious how rare it may be...or not. I am used to seeing lot of 307/PG type cars in 1968, but this one is interesting to me for some reason. It retains everything in good working order... even the radio.

I found a sheet in the glove box that appeared to be very old. It has codes on it such as "20" for the trans & "EA" for the motor. It is labeled "Soft Trim Broadcast"... could this be the build sheet??? I did not find one under the back seat.

Next, I pulled the codes/info off the fisher plate on the firewall. here they are:

1st line: O4A 168769 530328
2nd line: ST 68 13637 BF 18613 BODY
3rd line: TR 765 118 NN PAINT

The Vin is: 136378Z142172

The car is Cordovan in color... not sure if this is original or not.

I am curious to learn if this is a rare Chevelle Malibu or not. I do see them much in this configuration. Seems like most of them were 307/auto's. Any feedback is appreciated. Also, if the "soft trim broadcast" sheet I found is not the buildsheet, what is it? Also, if it is not could it be that the build sheet is located somewhere else? Thanks for you help!! rigsby
VIN:
1- Chevrolet
36- Malibu, 8-Cylinder
37- 2-Door Sport Coupe
8- 1968
Z- Fremont, California (Assembly Plant)
142172- Sequential Production Number

TRIM TAG:
04A- April, 1st Week (Build Date)
168769- Data Processing Number (On block 24 of a Build Sheet)
530328- Data Processing Number
68- 1968
13637- Malibu Sport Coupe
BF- Fremont, California (Assembly Plant)
18613- Fisher Body Data Processing Number
765-118- Buick Alternative Seats (Bench Seat)
^It's actually common to find BOP's seats in this model year Chevelle^
NN- Cordovan Maroon (Upper/Lower Body Color) -- Nice color.


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Re: Barn find/decode A-body 1968

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Hello Everyone: I am new & I just posted in the new member forum as well. I was told you guys know Chevelle/Malibu's like no one else!! I am green on decoding & I think I might have aquired a interesting Chevelle.

I have never had a Chevelle that seemed worth decoding until now. This one is a number matching 1968 Malibu 2dr 327/4-spd deluxe interior car. I am the third owner & it is in amazing unrestored condition. I plan on restoring it & I am curious how rare it may be...or not. I am used to seeing lot of 307/PG type cars in 1968, but this one is interesting to me for some reason. It retains everything in good working order... even the radio.

I found a sheet in the glove box that appeared to be very old. It has codes on it such as "20" for the trans & "EA" for the motor. It is labeled "Soft Trim Broadcast"... could this be the build sheet??? I did not find one under the back seat.

Next, I pulled the codes/info off the fisher plate on the firewall. here they are:

1st line: O4A 168769 530328
2nd line: ST 68 13637 BF 18613 BODY
3rd line: TR 765 118 NN PAINT

The Vin is: 136378Z142172

The car is Cordovan in color... not sure if this is original or not.

I am curious to learn if this is a rare Chevelle Malibu or not. I do see them much in this configuration. Seems like most of them were 307/auto's. Any feedback is appreciated. Also, if the "soft trim broadcast" sheet I found is not the buildsheet, what is it? Also, if it is not could it be that the build sheet is located somewhere else? Thanks for you help!! rigsby
First there's no way to determine how 'rare' a car is by the color or apparent options. GM just didn't keep that kind of data. Being a 4-speed car though, and not an SS396, isn't seen everyday and certainly worth keeping especially if the engine is original to the car and has the correct partial VIN stamped on the engine pad. Should be stamped 8Z142172.

The interior isn't a 'deluxe' interior but rather a Buick interior. There was a Concours OPTION on the Malibu Coupe (RPO ZK7) available in March of 68 that had this upgraded interior plus a few more items. However, Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac interiors have been found in Chevelles from March through June of 68. Lots of theorys as to why, might look at http://chevellestuff.net/1968/chevel...rs/alt_int.htm for more on it.

Fremont was the only plant until 1969 that used what's commonly called al build sheet. I have photos of a couple at http://chevellestuff.net/1968/chevelle/bs/bf/bf_bs.htm. They can be found almost anywhere in the interior or on top of the gas tank; wherever an assembly line worker could find to hide it instead of tossing it in the trash when they were done with it.

Here's the two tags broken down...
1st line: O4A 168769 530328
04A - body assembly date, April (04), 1st week (A)
168769 - data processing number - block 24 of build sheet
530328 - a concatenation of two numbers...
53 - data processing number (SCHED. NO.) - block 10 of build sheet
0328 - another data processing number - block 24 of build sheet
(neither have any real meaning to us today but if a build sheet is found, it'll verify its for this car)

2nd line: ST 68 13637 BF 18613 BODY
ST 68 13637 - Fisher Body style number with year (68) and Malibu sport coupe (13637)
BF - Letters designation used for Fremont, CA. plant
18613 - Fisher Body unit number

3rd line: TR 765 118 NN PAINT
TR 765 118 - Black Imitation Leather-Buick alternative (bench)
NN - Cordovan Maroon lower and upper body color

The Vin is: 136378Z142172
1 - Chevrolet
36 - V8 Malibu series
37 - 2-dr sport coupe body style
8 - 1968
Z - Fremont, CA.
142172 - Sequence number (beginning with 100001) for all 1968 Chevelles built at Fremont; yours is the 42,172nd 1968 Chevelle built there.

I'd love to have a photo of the tag for my ChevelleStuff.net web site to go with others with BOP interiors.
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Re: Barn find/decode A-body 1968

Also check this site out: http://chevellestuff.net/1968/bs.htm

Dale is a member on here and he might be interested in a picture of the sheet.

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Re: Barn find/decode A-body 1968

pics are posted here


http://www.chevelles.com/forums/show...=1#post3016008
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Thanks, Todd. Doesn't look like it has the Concours option but definately has the Buick interior. Nice looking ride.
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Re: Barn find/decode A-body 1968

Ethan, Dale, thanks. That helps me. So it is fair to say that this car is not too common; but no way to know how rare. The fact that it is a 327/4-spd is good enough for me. I will continue to look for the build sheet; but lost some hope today when I pulled the seat. Also learning it is a true Cordovan car means that I will do the re-paint that way too.

I appreciate you guys giving me the help to know this car's history which I think is a vital step in the restoration.

Tod: thanks for posting the pics. I am happy you did so. I am not the best at doing that myself anyways!!
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Thanks, Todd. Doesn't look like it has the Concours option but definately has the Buick interior. Nice looking ride.
x2! Stunning car.

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Hi Casey,
You have an Outstanding 68 Chevelle. Congratulations on purchasing one interesting Chevelle.

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A numbers matching 1968 Malibu 327 4-spd.

Casey, I think you have a keeper.
A '68 Malibu 327 4-speed sounds very unique.

Plus, seeing as how it's numbers matching, I'd give it a frame off, completely stock restoration, and keep it indefinitely.

Great find.

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Nice '68 with the 327 4speed!
Interior door panels are standard Chevelle replacements and are not correct for a Buick interior. Easy fix though....e-Bay or Legendary Interiors!
Although this picture is from a Concours and has the longer armrests, here is what the Buick panels should look like:

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I found a sheet in the glove box that appeared to be very old. It has codes on it such as "20" for the trans & "EA" for the motor. It is labeled "Soft Trim Broadcast"... could this be the build sheet??? I did not find one under the back seat. rigsby
Casey, if you'll post or PM the box numbers and code letters off of your Soft Trim sheet, I can try to decode it for you.
Very nice Chevelle you have there. Looks like a fun car.
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What hp. 327?L-79??

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If the engine is an "EA", it would be a 250hp 327 with manual transmission.

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Re: Barn find/decode A-body 1968

Sorry guys... have been busy here lately...

The "soft trim broadcast" sheet I found validates the motor to be an "EA" & the trans is a "M20". There are some other numbers, but I will try to get you guys a pic. Why would there be a soft trim & a build sheet?? Are they not one in the same? confusing...
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