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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-07-2013, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Newb needs clarification: 1966 Impala

Hello...I am new to Chevy Full-size Automobile ownership, however, not new to GM auto collecting, having owned and still owning some '60s and '70s GM mid-sized muscle cars, i.e., Camaros, Firebirds, GTOs, 442s, Corvettes. I just recently traded for a beautiful 1966 Impala 2dr hdt with big block, 4 speed, a/c, buckets/console, power disc brakes, & powersteering. She drives like a DREAM!!

Going over the numbers, both VIN and cowl tag, I have discovered that the automobile,though outfitted as an SS, is not a true SS. No problem....I did not buy it as a true SS car to begin with. It is also a color change and ,I believe, an original small block car...Again, NO PROBLEM. My problem comes from the fact that the VIN # inside front driver door jamb does not correspond with the cowl tag under the hood on driver side firewall. I know that the numbers at the end of each tag should not match one another as one is Fisher Body code and the other is production line specific. In the vin# there is an 'S' indicating St. Louis, MO., however the cowl tag reads 'NOR'. I am familiar with this because early Camaros were built there. The rivets all look factory and not monkeyed with. MY question is: In 1966 is it possible that some Impalas were partially assembled, say, in St. Louis, then sent for final assembly in Norwood, OH or vice versa???? I have never seen this before in my many years of collecting and am wondering if this is peculiar to Chevrolet Full-size autos or if someone switched cowl tag or VIN. THANKS!!! David
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-07-2013, 09:03 PM
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Welcome to the Team David!

Yes they assembled many B-body cars at Norwood. It is best known as being where GM made most of it's F-body (Firebird and Camaro) as well as assembling the X-body Nova after 1968.

It was possible for a car to be manufactured in one Fisher Body plant and shipped by rail to another plant (even out of state) to meet demand. or in the case of labor actions taking cars off the line and shipping them elsewhere to be completed.

This is a quote off of Wikipedia's website describing the Norwood Assembly plant:

"The facility had a number of labor disputes, including a 174-day long strike in 1972, at the time the longest strike in GM history. As a result of the strike, 1,100 partially completed cars were scrapped or otherwise disposed of because it was not economically feasible to update them to the more stringent 1973 vehicle standards. After the strike GM opted to move Nova production away from Norwood to protect the model from future labor problems."

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-08-2013, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Big Dave:

Thanks for your expeditious and informed response to my Vin tag/Cowl tag question. I interpret your response to mean that the discrepancy in the two tags is, if not common, at least it is possible, and is something that is seen from time to time in these Full-Size autos??? I hope that I understand this correctly as I will be able to breathe a sigh of relief--if such IS the case...Thanks again, David
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-09-2013, 11:13 AM
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You should probably check the "hidden" VIN number which is stamped on the top of the frame, right behind the passenger side rear wheel opening. If it's not too rusty, you'll see it.

Living in St. Louis all my life, and being interested in Chevy cars, I have never seen one made here with a different plant for the body. The Fisher Body line was on the second floor of the St. Louis Assembly plant. The bodies came down a trolley from Fisher to Chevy. But never say never, it could have happened, but not likely.


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