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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-18-2014, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Trim Code numbers after dash

Hello all,

I've noticed on several mid 60's cowl tags a dash followed by a single number in the trim code. For example 862-3. I know the 862 is for Saddle Vinyl, but what about the 3?

I'm assuming it is for the type of seat (buckets, bench etc). I've seen cars with a -1 of just a - with no number or no dash at all behind the trim number.

I know GM used letters here in later years instead of numbers. Can anyone shed some light on the "suffix" numbers to the trim code? I couldn't find anything specific to this when searching the forum.

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Allan
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-18-2014, 12:39 PM
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Trim code suffix

Alan,
As a reference I often go to:
http://chevellestuff.net
It is an incredibly informative site and much of the Chevelle information mirrors the full size info: Looking over the 1966 Trim tag samples for Framingham MA. You'll see three examples of Suffixes, "A", "B" and "S". A stands for bench seat, B for bucket seat and S for Buckets with headrests. I can attest to the A and B, perhaps Warren will chime in about the S.

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Thanks for the reply Paul,

There does seem to be more information out there about the letter trim code suffixes (S = Strato Bucket Seat with Strato Headrests).

I hoping someone on the board has a list or knowledge of what the number suffix codes mean.

Thanks again,
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Can you post a pic of your trim tag?

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I have a decode book and generally a dash number is a modification of the color scheme in some way. Such as the convertible top color when talking about a two tone paint job. There is usually a foot note at the back of the book explaining this and it often refers to an unusual option that was offered such as a color keyed padded dash, std/deluxe interior color, head rests, or strato are mentioned
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Thanks for the replies guys,

I don't have a shot of the car with the 862-3 trim code available but here is a similar car with a 862-2 trim code I found online;



Clearly related to seats or the other possibilities Big Dave mentions (I never thought of the padded dash colour!). It would be nice to have a definitive list posted if it exists out there somewhere (1= ???, 2=???, 3=???).

Thanks again for the replies,
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That year

Now that I know what year the car is:
-1 is white convertible top
-2 is black convertible top

Samples of all of these on Dale's site Chevellestuff:

Scroll through:

http://chevellestuff.net/1964/chevelle/tags/64-ep.htm

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Thanks Paul!

That page definitely lays it out. I guess I didn't look hard enough the first time you sent me there.

They don't have any mention of the -3, but the car that had the -3 had a beige top so I think that is the third and only other convertible top colour option that year.

So is it safe to assume this would be the list:

-1 is white convertible top
-2 is black convertible top
-3 is beige convertible top

The final assembly plant code at the far end of the paint code line is also new for me. Hopefully I can retain that in the aging knowledge base as well.

Thanks again!
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GM also made blue and green tops and probably a red one as well though not necessarily available for a Chevy without a COPO authorization. But it could be had if you asked the right person.

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Allan, what's the vin? I'd like to add the car to my database. Yes, a number after trim code would be for the vinyl top. Doraville was going that all the way up to 68. Not many plans used that format after 64.
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