Decoding VIN Numbers
Vehical Identification Numbers are unique to each car and describe the manufacturer, body style, engine and production number. Check for your number on the post next to the door hinge on the drivers side, compare this with your registration to make sure they match. Then Decode as follows:
1967 Chevelles have 12 numbers in the VIN, and one Letter (identifies manufacturers plant)(number in Canada)
For Example: 138677Z139275 decodes this way. 1 / 38 / 67 / 7 / Z / 139275
- First Letter indicates manufacturer, 1 indicates Chevrolet, this is all you will ever find here.
- The next two letters are the series designation, 38 is for Super Sport.
- The next pair indicates the body style, 67 is for Convertible.
- The following number is easy, it is the year manufactured, in this case 7 is for 1967.
- Now the letter code is for where the car was built, Z is for Fremont, California.
- The last six letters are for the unit number, all these start with the number 1, this is the 39,275th model built.
1 indicates Chevrolet. Thats all there is to this one.
Second and Third numbers indicate series:
31 Chevelle 300 series or El Camino 6 Cylinder
32 Chevelle 300 series or El Camino 8 Cylinder
33 Chevelle 300 Deluxe, El Camino or Wagon 6 Cylinder
34 Chevelle 300 Deluxe, El Camino or Wagon 8 Cylinder
35 Malibu, Custom El Camino or Wagon 6 Cylinder
36 Malibu, Custom El Camino or Wagon 8 Cylinder
37 Concours Custom Wagon 6 Cylinder
38 Concours,SS 396 8 Cylinder
These numbers are also located on the Cowl Tag.
Fourth and Fifth numbers indicate body style:
11 2 door Sedan
15 2 door station wagon, 2 seats
17 2 door sport coupe
27 2 door coupe with pillar
35 4 door station wagon, 2 seats
37 2 door sport coupe
39 4 door sport sedan
46 4 door station wagon, lotsa seats, 3
67 2 door convertible, yes
69 4 door sedan
80 2 door El Camino
. These numbers are also located on the Cowl Tag.
The Sixth number is the model year, no explanation needed.
The letter code refers to the manufacturers plant.
A Atlanta/Lakewood, Georgia
B Baltimore, Maryland
F Flint, Michigan
G Framingham, Massachusetts
K Kansas City, Missouri
L Los Angeles, California
R Arlington, Texas
Z Fremont, California
If you have a three letter code, (usually found on the Cowl Tag) then decode this way:
BK Kansas City
Kan Kansas City
If you have a number instead of a letter here, your car is a Canadian, Eh?:
1 Oshawa, Ontario
2 St. Therese, Quebec
The last series of numbers is the sequential production number (or unit number if you will), these all start with the number 1. The remaining numbers indicate the unit number for your particular car. The only thing interesting about these numbers is a low number like 100020 means your car was one of the first off the line, this example being the 20th one built at that particular factory.
Engine Codes for 1967
Engine codes consist of a group of letters and numbers stamped into the engine casing:
Six cylinder numbers are located on a pad behind the distributor.
Eight cylinder numbers are on a pad at the right front side of the engine block (follow the fuel line 1/2 way down).
These codes are stamped into the engine block when the engine was built, and designate what car the engine was destined for. There should be a serial number stamped alongside the engine code that will match your VIN.
Note: 1967 was a transition year for this serial number stamping and many Canadian cars I have seen do not have a VIN stamped into this pad.
For example: T0226EV decodes this way, T / 02 / 26 / EV
- The first letter is for the manufacturers plant, in this case T is for Tonawanda...all 396s were built here.
- The next pair of numbers is for the month manufactured, 02 would be February.
- The second set of numbers is for the day of the month, 26 is simply the 26th day.
Own a big block? Be sure to check the actual casting numbers on these various engine parts.
Distributors, Alternators and Starters have numbers too!
There is one other valuable code on the block and that is the date casting number, on small blocks look on the right rear of the engine, behind and below the distributor. Big blocks are on the center right side of the engine block, just above the oil pan.
They decode like this, B 26 7 would be:
- B is the month, in this example, February.
- 26 is the day of the month, this being the twenty sixth.
- 7 is the year of manufacture, 1967.
Here is the complete list:
V Flint 327 engine
K McKinnon Industries, Canada
S Saginaw Service
01-12 Is the corresponding month of the year, it is OK to use your fingers and toes.
01-31 Is the corresponding day of the month, it is OK to use your fingers, toes, and any available digits.
Now for the fun stuff!
Look up your last two engine letters, if there is 3, sorry your engine is newer than 1970.
CA 230cid with standard transmission.
BC 230cid with Heavy Duty clutch.
BB 230cid with Heavy Duty clutch and C.A.C.
CB 230cid with C.A.C.
BN 230cid with A.I.R.
BO 230cid with A.I.R. and C.A.C.
CC 230cid with Powerglide.
CD 230cid with Powerglide and C.A.C.
BL 230cid with Powerglide and A.I.R.
BM 230cid with Powerglide and A.I.R.and C.A.C.
CM 250cid with standard transmission.
CN 250cid with standard transmission and C.A.C.
CO 250cid with standard transmission and A.I.R.
CP 250cid with standard transmission A.I.R. and C.A.C.
CQ 250cid with Powerglide.
CR 250cid with Powerglide and C.A.C.
CS 250cid with Powerglide and A.I.R.
CT 250cid with Powerglide, A.I.R. and C.A.C.
DA with standard transmission.
DB with 4 speed transmission.
DK with 4 speed transmission and A.I.R.
DI with A.I.R.
DN with standard transmission and Heavy Duty Clutch.
DJ with Powerglide and A.I.R.
DE with Powerglide
EA with 4 barrel carb.
EP Special High Performance
EB with A.I.R.
ER Special High Performance with A.I.R.
ES Special High Performance with Heavy Duty clutch.
EQ with Heavy Duty clutch.
EE with Powerglide.
EC Powerglide with A.I.R.
ED with standard transmission.
EF 350 Hp, with standard transmission.
EG 375 Hp, with standard transmission, n/a with automatic.
EH with standard transmission and A.I.R.
EJ 350 Hp, with standard transmission and A.I.R.
EK 325 Hp with a Powerglide.
EL 350 Hp with a Powerglide.
EM 325 Hp with a Powerglide and A.I.R.
EN 350 Hp with a Powerglide and A.I.R.
ET 325 Hp with a Turbo 400 automatic.
EU 350 Hp with a Turbo 400 automatic.
EV 325 Hp with a Turbo 400 automatic and A.I.R.
EW 350 Hp with a Turbo 400 automatic and A.I.R.
EX 375 Hp with standard transmission and A.I.R.
Casting Numbers for 396 Engines
These are the numbers that are cast right into the part when it was made, not stamped on afterwards.
3902406 Engine block for 325-350-375 Hp
3916323 Engine block for 325-350-375 Hp produced later in the year.
3909802 Oval port cylinder heads.
3983948 Intake manifold for Rochester carb, 325 Hp.
3904391 Rectangular port cylinder heads, 375 Hp.
3966948 Intake manifold for Holley carb, 350 Hp.
3885069 Intake manifold, Aluminum high performance for Holley carb, 375 Hp.
3909879 Exhaust manifold-left, all Hp.
3909880 Exhaust manifold-right, all Hp.
3856284 Water pump, all Hp.
These are date coded real simple.You will find the numbers stamped on the ring at the top of the distributor. They decode like this: The first digit is the year, the second is the month A=january, B=february etc....note: there is no I in this list so September is a J. The third and fourth numbers indicate the day of the month.
1111150 283 Engine
1111256 283 with A.I.R.
1111249 327-275 Hp
1111195 327-325 Hp
1111169 396-325 HP
1111170 396-350 Hp
1111170 396-375 Hp
These are date coded the same as Distributors.
1100693 37 amps, base model
1100696 42 amps, optional or with TH-400 auto.
1100750 61 amps, with Air Conditioning.
1117777 62 amps, optional.
1100742 63 amps, optional.
These are date coded the same as Distributors.
1107496 283 Engines.
1107320 327 Engines.
1107365 396 Engines.
De-Coding Cowl Tags
US and Canadian Cowl Tags vary slightly, but they are both located on the firewall just above the windshield wiper motor, these are held in place by special open holed rivets.
- This is the date code for when the vehicle was built. The day of the year.
This is in a lower location on Canadian Cars.
- The model year of the car, should be a 67, right.
- This is the division series, and decodes the same as for the VIN.
- Location 4 is for the body style and again this decodes the same as for the VIN.
- This is the manufacturing plant where your Chevelle was built.
- Here is the unit number for your car, this is how the factory tracked it through production.
- The trim number for your interior.
- The seat type installed.
- Body Colour, lower first and then upper.
- Installed Options, (usually only on Canadian models) these are decoded under the Option List