Hello and thanks in advance for your help. I have owned a 1968 chevelle ss for two years and recently came across a chevelle "expert" who said he did not believe the ss model came in a column shift form and that all ss models in '68 had a factory tach. Mine of course has a column shift, bench seat and no tach. The vin number is 138378A149068 model 3837 and while the cowl tag is hard to read i believe these to be some of the numbers 68-13837 atl 10619 and a number 765 below. I know that the car has a 396 motor and that 138 is the determining factor to denote real ss. So my question is..is this a real ss...did they come with column shift and tach delete...and could someone have just taken a vin tag and cowl tag from another car and put it on this car to represent an ss to increase the value...thanks villain 22
I'll chip in here as well if I may. Your "expert" is not.:noway:
Tachometers were ALWAYS an option, no such thing as a tach delete anymore than there is air conditioning delete. :secret: 1967 was the last year one could order a tachometer as a separate option without the gauges; from 1968 on the tach was no longer available separately and only came with the other instruments under RPO U14.
The only column shift transmission one could get in 1968 with the SS option were the Powerglide & TH400 automatics. Unless one ordered a console (which required bucket seats as well), automatics were column shifted. Manual transmissions (3- and 4-speed) were always floor shifted on SS396 Chevelles whether buckets seats and/or console was ordered or not.
It's entirely possible someone might swap VIN plate and trim tag but there are other places the partial VIN is stamped if you wanted to dig into it; the engine block, the transmission case, behind the heater box on the firewall and atop the frame rail. Taken at face value, the 13837/13867/13880 series/model is an SS396.