The VIN stamp in the first post is a correct factory original stamping...
The Pontiac, Mi. assembly plant built Pontiac A-bodys only (Tempest, Lemans, & GTO's)...
I have 15 or more of these in stock, all the same sloppy stamping style...
Hope this helps... Crash
Thanks for posting!! It's good to get answers from someone who actually has laid their hands on original parts and knows what they are talking about. That's why I asked in the earlier post if anyone knew what that Pontiac plant's stamping procedure was that year.
Originally Posted by NickeyChevelle
GM plants used a Gang Stamp -- it's a time saver. P = Pontiac, MI Final Assembly Plant.
And this is an example of an answer that is NOT helpful, because unfortunately you had no idea whether what you were saying was accurate or not!! How many original transmissions installed in that particular plant that particular year have you ever inspected??
Not trying to be an azz, but this sort of thing annoys me -- for years and years every time a messy engine or trans stamp was posted on this forum, dozens of "experts" rushed in to proclaim it a forgery, when those who had experience with original cars and parts knew better. Some light has been shed on that subject in recent years, but knee-jerk cries of "restamp" still continue to some degree. (Like the guy who always posts a video of a circa 1995 Corvette assembly line with the same gang stamp used on trans and engine by the same guy at the same time, and says that must be how it was done in the 60's, when that just isn't correct.)
My point is, respectfully, that folks should either not guess or speculate about something if they don't know, or if they want to guess or speculate about something then they should say
they are guessing and speculating, or "think" this is true or that is true, or "suspect" or "believe" whatever, rather than proclaiming something as the gospel truth when they don't know whether it is correct or not!