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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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I am doing some research for my father in law on his 1967 chevy impala. The vin # for the car is 168877j205158. I need some help decoding the cowl tag. It is
ST 67-16887 Jan 5621
TR 813-B R-DR

I have discovered that it is an SS and was made in Janesville, WI. It no longer has the orginal engine. I am also wondering if anyone could help or know where to direct me towards the build sheet. If there are no records of this I was wondering where I could find out what engine the car came with.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 11:42 AM
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Here is cowl how the cowl tag breaks down:
02B - Body built 2nd week of February 1967.
67-16887 Impala SS coupe body
JAN 5621 5,621st 67 Impala SS coupe body built at the Janesville, WI plant
813-B black bucket seat interior
R-R Bolero Red Paint
W Tinted Windshield
2M powerglide trans
2S rear antenna

Broadcast sheets are almost impossible to find in Janesville cars. Since the car had a powerglide, it most likely had a 283 or 327. Does it have flags on the fender?

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 12:27 PM
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Mine is one week older than yours built at the same plant (02A body)
168877J197605 with a body build number of 5305
Mine has the TH400 tranny with the 327
If your fenders are original you can check for the emblem marks to identify the engine.
Flags without holes above them would be 283. The 327 would have had the numbers above the front fender flags so they punched 2 more holes. If if was a big block the hole placement should be ovbious.

Also interesting on the Janesville built cars is the absence of black (or very low coverage) on and around the cowl tag. If your firwall has not been repainted it should be very obvious. How does yours look?

My VIN is 7553 prior to his but the body number is only 316 different. Does this mean they built about 7553 full sizes and 316 in that time period?
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Yes. That is what it means. It appears that the body on her father's car may have been held back for a few days as the vin fits in with 02C bodies. Here are the 16887 JAN bodies I have in the list that are close by.

195096 01E JAN 5196
199910 02B JAN 5401
200426 02B JAN 5429
203909 02B JAN 5583
204188 02C JAN 5666
208505 03A JAN 5834
208913 03A JAN 5881

You can the cowl tag is a little off but nothing to worry about. I see this from time to time where the cowl tag is about a build week off. They probably held the body for whatever reason and it was assigned a later vin. The bodies were not always assigned vin#'s in order of the body#.

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