Steve, if you look closely to my previous post in which I quoted what "Nitetrain65" was asking about, you'll notice that he has since edited his post. It wasn't that clear at the time I replied. :noway:Hey Claude, he said the VIN is off by one number on the trim tag as opposed to the tittle. It seems someone at the DMV fat fingered the VIN
Is it safe to say, odd 3rd digit = odd number of cylinder heads (1), even = even number of heads (2). What did the 4cyl novas and v6 skylarks/specials use?Though it looks very similar to the first five digits of the VIN, the body style code on the Fisher Body cowl/trim tag did not have the same meaning. Fisher Body didn't need the type of engine coded on the cowl tag, and so stamped the 3rd digit of the Fisher style code with a different meaning than the 3rd digit of the VIN.
The 3rd digit of the VIN identifies which engine (L6 or V8) the car had from the factory. A VIN engine digit of 3, 5 or 7 indicates a L6 engine, while a VIN engine digit of 4, 6 or 8 indicates a V8 engine.
Posting the same thing in more than one thread winds up making people wonder "why did so and so post that reply when I had already answered it?"according to another post, you bought a Malibu 6 cylinder Convertible. Why did you find it necessary to make 4 posts??
So Kansas City and Atlanta were GMAD plants in 1969 but Chevrolet plants in all the other years? I guess Flint and Van Nuys couldn't make up their mind in 1970, I've seen partial VIN stamps in both locations in 1970.1969
Six passenger car and truck assembly plants previously operated by Fisher Body and Chevrolet Motor Division are transferred to the management of GM Assembly Division.
On location of VIN stamping:
Front cylinder boss – Chevrolet Plants
Oil Filter Boss – GMAD Plants