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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 28th, 06, 3:59 PM Thread Starter
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Question cowl tag

can anyone tell from this cowl tag given to me buy the seller of the 69 chevelle,which I want to buy, what it means
69 1367 kan 1358-7 bdy tr 791 epnt 10d01654L
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vin # 136379K333746 or any back ground info this vin gives
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Re: cowl tag

Looks like you are missing the Paint code if there is one. Should be numbers following the 791 to the right. Also you should a dash in the body number is that supposed to be a 0 or another number? If there are dashes where the paint number should be it may be a special paint job that was ordered. hope that helps some. Andy
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Re: cowl tag

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can anyone tell from this cowl tag given to me buy the seller of the 69 chevelle,which I want to buy, what it means
69 1367 kan 1358-7 bdy tr 791 epnt 10d01654L
thanks for your help
vin # 136379K333746 or any back ground info this vin gives
1367 should be 13637 for a hardtop.
Kan is Kansas City assembly plant
1358-7 is a data processing number assigned to the body - no significance now.
TR 791 is Aff Parchment Coated Fabric bucket seats
Looks like a vinyl-topped hardtop. The "E" would be the top color (Parchment vinyl top) and as noted above, there should be a 2-digit number for the lower body color.
10D is October, 4th week for body assembly
01654 is another data processing number for tracking
L could indicate it's a SS car. Most Kansas-built 69s with the letter "L" here have been SS cars - but so far it's not absolute proof.

VIN doesn't tell much that isn't already known. 13637 is a Malibu V8 2-dr hardtop, 9 is the model year, K is the assembly plant and 333746 is the vehicle sequence number. The KC plant started numbering of 69 Chevelles with 300001 so this on is the 33,746th 69 Chevelle from the KC plant - fairly low as also indicated by the late October (1968) built date.

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Re: cowl tag

wow
you guys really know your stuff
thanks alot for the input
is there any way to tell for sure if its an ss or not
thanks for all of your help
can anyone tell me how hard it is to change the dash pad and the carrier assembly no one seems to want to respond to this question
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wow
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thanks alot for the input
is there any way to tell for sure if its an ss or not
Not without the paint code (72 or 76 - factory colors available on SS only ) or some documenting paperwork.

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can anyone tell me how hard it is to change the dash pad and the carrier assembly no one seems to want to respond to this question
I am assuming you're referring to the plastic dash bezel, which is sometimes referred to as the instrument carrier Not too difficult a job for either, just takes a lot of time and patience. Definitely helps to have the factory service manual when removing the dash bezel.... a lot of helpful step by step instructions there. Definitely worth the $25 or so it takes to buy one.

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Question Re: cowl tag

thank you for your reply
the dash pad on the car is cracked, i would like to change the instrument housing/carrier (the piece of plastic that surrounds all the gauges as well as the ashtry etc.. and the dash pad
is this a pain in the ass or can a regular guy do it?
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is this a pain in the ass or can a regular guy do it?
You can do it....reread my reply above.

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you were right there was another number after 791 and its 71 does this mean its definatly not an ss
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you were right there was another number after 791 and its 71 does this mean its definatly not an ss
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No it doesn't mean it's definately not an SS. It simply means the paint color was originally Lemans Blue. The SS package was an option with any color, the 72 and 76 codes were only available with the SS package. Hence, any 69 with one of those two colors on the body plate should be SS optioned; any other color is still a possibility. Would still need some sort of paperwork to prove its SS status.

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Re: cowl tag

i guess i need to find the build sheet. is it true they can sometimes be found in the upholstry and if so where should i look for it (front or back seat) also can you buy a shop manual from this web site somewhere to help me do the dash pad and instrument carrier?
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Re: cowl tag

Yes, they can sometimes be found in the upholstery....could be front, could be rear, might be none at all. There are no guarantees, you just have to look. No shop manuals available on this site, but I would imagine you can buy one from our sponsor, Ground Up Restoration Parts. Just click on the link at the top of the page, where it says "SS396.com" . If they don't have them, they're on eBay all the time.

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