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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Feb 20th, 20, 2:06 AM Thread Starter
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1972 door VIN/data decal

Iím getting ready to order a new door data decal for my 1972 Chevelle coupe. The original is long gone so I have nothing to compare to. I know the 72 decals are a little different than the 69-71 since it lists the weight of the car. Does anyone have a picture of an original 72 Chevelle door decal? Does engine size (SB vs. BB) change the weight listed on the decal? I want to make sure I order the correct one with the correct specs. Thanks!
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Re: 1972 door VIN/data decal

I would think a big block car would be about 250 lbs more than the small block (L65) SS. The door decal shown below is of a new 1972 Chevelle SS (L65 350) with 404 miles.

Go to the Gm Heritage site & download the 1972 Chevelle PDF & pour over it. Link: https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/doc...t-Chevelle.pdf
Page 25 lists performance weight of different drivetrain combos, Weights and Dimensions are further explained starting page 96. Page 100 list option weights but doesn't go as far to break down the front / rear weight differences, that is done in great detail in the AMA Specs section around page 131.
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Iím getting ready to order a new door data decal for my 1972 Chevelle coupe. The original is long gone so I have nothing to compare to. I know the 72 decals are a little different than the 69-71 since it lists the weight of the car. Does anyone have a picture of an original 72 Chevelle door decal? Does engine size (SB vs. BB) change the weight listed on the decal? I want to make sure I order the correct one with the correct specs. Thanks!
An outfit called "ECS Automotive Concepts" makes some really nice reproductions of the original Federal Compliance decal. They even print your data on the decal.

Visit: ECS Automotive Concepts - Late Model Replacement VIN Door Decals

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I would think a big block car would be about 250 lbs more than the small block (L65) SS. The door decal shown below is of a new 1972 Chevelle SS (L65 350) with 404 miles.

Go to the Gm Heritage site & download the 1972 Chevelle PDF & pour over it. Link: https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/doc...t-Chevelle.pdf
Page 25 lists performance weight of different drivetrain combos, Weights and Dimensions are further explained starting page 96. Page 100 list option weights but doesn't go as far to break down the front / rear weight differences, that is done in great detail in the AMA Specs section around page 131.
Thanks for the link and picture! I just noticed the weight rating on the sticker is GVWR, not curb weight. My car was originally an L48 automatic with AC. Do you think the specs listed on that particular sticker would be the same as what was originally on mine. Also, the date on that sticker says "03-72" and the classification is listed as "passenger" but I have also seen other stickers list the date "3/72" and the classification as "passenger car". I am guessing this format varied by the assembly plant. My car is a January 1972 Arlington build. I may be overthinking this but I want it to be as accurate as possible.

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An outfit called "ECS Automotive Concepts" makes some really nice reproductions of the original Federal Compliance decal. They even print your data on the decal.

Visit: ECS Automotive Concepts - Late Model Replacement VIN Door Decals
That's exactly who I plan on using. I have ordered their door stickers for 2 of my previous Chevelles and I was always satisfied with the quality
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Re: 1972 door VIN/data decal

Gary, good on you for being observant and desiring accuracy. The GVWR is the maximum allowable vehicle weight and the value does not change. GVW (gross vehicle weight) on the other hand is an actual measurement of vehicle weight and will vary according the body style, options & drivetrain, driver & gas load.

I wouldn't be surprised if the verbiage on the door decal is slightly different from plant to plant. The programmers that set up the application to generate the typed portion of the blue tag at each plant could be forgiven for using a / vs. a -, and for saying "Passenger" as opposed to "Passenger Car". Back in those days programmers didn't sit in front of screens, they sat at a card punch machine with a keyboard and transcribed the program coding from the back of their cigarette package that they whipped up while on break. Check out the vintage I.T. scene at GM back in the 1960s:


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My 72 original door decal does not have all that information. It only includes build date and VIN. My car also did not have the seat belt warning system. Some more research may help?

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The seat belt warning light & buzzer became a Federal requirement on January 1st, 1972. Prior to that they ran with separate seat & shoulder belts (your convertible probably doesn't have the shoulder belts). There may also have been an amendment to the labeling requirement 1-1-72 is my guess.
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The seat belt warning light & buzzer became a Federal requirement on January 1st, 1972. Prior to that they ran with separate seat & shoulder belts (your convertible probably doesn't have the shoulder belts). There may also have been an amendment to the labeling requirement 1-1-72 is my guess.
Thanks for the background. I actually added front shoulder belts to my car. Found an NOS kit on eBay about 20 years ago.

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Just confirmed the date stamp was 8/71 for my 72 convertible.

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On my 1972 I only have VIN and 12/71 build date.

It must be a Canadian thing.

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Just confirmed the date stamp was 8/71 for my 72 convertible.
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On my 1972 I only have VIN and 12/71 build date.

It must be a Canadian thing.
My car is an 01A build. Iím wondering if anyone has a January 1972 build with the original VIN sticker intact. Iíd like to see if the switchover was indeed January 1st or if there was some overlap with the sticker changeover. FWIW, my car does have the seat belt warning system as well as the black rear view mirror, which I believe was another January switchover.
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Re: 1972 door VIN/data decal

I found another 1972 Arlington sticker for comparison. Now I know how to format the date and that the classification should say ďpassenger carĒ. Being a W-code big block, the weight specifications are not correct for my J-code car. Anyone have a sticker from a 350-4bbl?
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I just used an old typewriter and Typed my VIN on it. . What do they charge you for making one?

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72 Malibu 350 auto. KC build. I was also looking to have a new one made.
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I just used an old typewriter and Typed my VIN on it. . What do they charge you for making one?
ECS charges $49 for theirs, preprinted with the laminate on top. Just peel and stick. The ebay blanks are cheap and I would consider attempting it myself IF I had a typewriter

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Perfect, thanks! AC car? 12-bolt?
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