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Old Apr 17th, 08, 11:11 AM
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Default 1972 chevelle ss vin from title ???????

could someone help me with this vin no.found on an old 1972 chevelle ss title? (ID3MU2R576881) could this be a typo ? thanks for any info!
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Old Apr 17th, 08, 11:25 AM
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I (1) = Chevrolet division ("I" looks like a typo)
D = series = Malibu, Custom El Camino or Concours
3M = body style - 3? - The "M" looks like a typo. (37 would be 2 door hard top coupe.)
U = engine type = 402 CI
2 = model year = 1972
R = assembly plant = Arlington TX.
576881 = serial number
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Old Apr 17th, 08, 1:26 PM
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The only '72 that you could tell if it was a SS by the vin is by having a "W" in the fifth digit of the vin.
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Old Apr 17th, 08, 4:00 PM
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Since it's a big block 402 it was either an "SS" or a "Malibu 400". Either way it's a desireable car.
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Old Apr 17th, 08, 11:47 PM
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..wth all due respect Mike, i,ve read that wasnt totally true..so if it isnt true and a Chevelle(not malibu) could have been a U code how rare would that one be and has anyone seen one yet. I know i havent but i,ve only been around here less than 2 yrs..
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Old Apr 18th, 08, 1:07 AM
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Chevrolet's production report for 1972 shows the number of a given option sold and the number of possible Chevelles it 'could' have been ordered in. For the LS3, records indicate 20,031 were sold and an possible 605,289 Chevelles it could be ordered in. The 605,289 number is the total of all V8 Chevelles and Monte Carlos sold in 1972. http://www.firstgenmc.com indicates that 1,268 72 MC's were ordered with the LS3 so one could narrow it down to 18,763 LS3's (20,031 - 1,268) in 424,470 (605,289 - 180,819 MC) Chevelles.

GM's Resto Kit only lists Chevelle & Malibu coupes, sedans, & convertibles (no wagons or sedan pickups) but it does state the 402 (Turbo-Jet 400) was only available when F78-14 tires or SS Equipment is ordered - so it definately includes the base Chevelle model. Ranier's Malibu 400 website, http://www.malibu400.com/, has a 1970 base Chevelle (13437) with an LS3, Hugger Orange, and stripes. Site also has charts (from Dan Carr's poster) showing the statistical probability breakdown of the LS3 in 70-72 Chevelles so they were possible in coupes, convertibles, sedans, and wagons. No mention of sedan pickups however.
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Old Apr 18th, 08, 8:13 AM
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The question was "could this be a typo ?"
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Old Apr 18th, 08, 8:45 AM
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hello dean. yes there was a error on the title. the I was a 1,the m was a 7,and there was no 1 at the end of vin. (1D37U2R57688)this the correct vin from the car.the car is a 1972 chevelle malibu with a 427 under the hood.my bigger ? is who put the 427 under the hood?the vin say it should have a 402.could this be one of the 323 L72 copo cars ? or is this a car with one of the 50 left over 427 motors from 1969 off the shelf,that was put into the car after it was bought from dealership?iam on the hunt for the build sheet and dealer invoice.the car has only had 2 owners from factory.i know one of the 2 men.wish me luck.
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Old Apr 18th, 08, 11:40 AM
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The question was "could this be a typo ?"
Yes, there should be no space between 'typo' and the question mark. Couldn't resist.

Next (new) question is the engine size. What indications do you have it's a 427? Casting numbers or just stickers on the air cleaner? The 427 was phased out of the Chevrolet passenger car lineup in 1970 in favor of the 454 so it'd have to be a 66-69 block. Maybe some trucks continued to use it but I'd think they'd change to 454's as well.

I would seriously doubt a 1969 427 would be leftover and put into a 72. Remember, until 1972 the VIN didn't indicate an engine size, only base 6-cyl or base 8-cyl. I don't honestly know if Chevrolet was still using the COPO process to produce any special order Chevelles like they did in 69. Remember too that the reason there were these COPO Chevelles in 69 was GM's policy of 400 cid engines or less in A-body cars - 1970 lifted that restriction. Does the car have round gauge pods for the speedo and fuel? That would go a long way to indicate the car was ordered with the SS option along with the known 402. A sweep dash indicates no SS option ordered.
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Old Apr 18th, 08, 11:18 PM
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I do remember a 71 or 72 Chevelle wagon with a 402 from the mid '70's. The owner was a customer at the shop I worked at. If I recall the car was ordered with a trailer towing package and was well optioned. It had woodgrain, A/C, tilt and power windows.

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..wth all due respect Mike, i,ve read that wasnt totally true..so if it isnt true and a Chevelle(not malibu) could have been a U code how rare would that one be and has anyone seen one yet. I know i havent but i,ve only been around here less than 2 yrs..
I didn't say a Chevelle couldn't have a "U" code engine. His vin# indicates it IS a Malibu so a 402 only came in an "SS" (based on the Malibu) or Malibu 400. If his vin# indicated a Chevelle and not a Malibu, a 402 could have come in the Heavy Chevy.
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Old Apr 19th, 08, 4:31 AM
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I see what Mike's saying now. Since the U in the VIN indicates a 402 (and there was only one, th eLS3) and since it is a 13637 Malibu as opposed to a 134xx Chevelle the 402 would mean it's a Malibu either with the SS option OR the commonly referred to Malibu 400 and would have appropriate badging.
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Chevrolet's production report for 1972 shows the number of a given option sold and the number of possible Chevelles it 'could' have been ordered in. For the LS3, records indicate 20,031 were sold and an possible 605,289 Chevelles it could be ordered in. The 605,289 number is the total of all V8 Chevelles and Monte Carlos sold in 1972. http://www.firstgenmc.com indicates that 1,268 72 MC's were ordered with the LS3 so one could narrow it down to 18,763 LS3's (20,031 - 1,268) in 424,470 (605,289 - 180,819 MC) Chevelles.
Quote from firstgenmc site indicating 9960 LS3's in 72 MC's so that would only leave only 11,071 LS3's in the 72 Chevelle/Malibu etc.

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Total Production:Sport Coupe180,819Engines:***165 hp & 175 hp Turbo-Fire 350 V8151,859240 hp Turbo-Jet 400 V8 (actually 402 ci)9,960





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Old Oct 10th, 08, 12:33 AM
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Quote from firstgenmc site indicating 9960 LS3's in 72 MC's so that would only leave only 11,071 LS3's in the 72 Chevelle/Malibu etc.

1972
Total Production:Sport Coupe180,819Engines:***165 hp & 175 hp Turbo-Fire 350 V8151,859240 hp Turbo-Jet 400 V8 (actually 402 ci)9,960

I stand corrected, thank you. I misquoted and used the 454 number of 1,268 instead of the correct LS3 number of 9,960.
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Since it's a big block 402 it was either an "SS" or a "Malibu 400". Either way it's a desireable car.
So they didn't make a plain Malibu with a 402? How can it be narrowed down to an SS or Malibu 400? It's great if it's true! Thanks.
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