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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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1968 SS 302 Cowl tag help




I have a 1968 Impala and i would like some help to decoding my car tag.

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|..... BODY BY FISHER ................................|
|... 01C .................................................. .|
|... ST .. 68-16487 ........ BA07661 ...... BODY |
|... TR .. 859 ............ R R ................. PAINT |
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|................ GENERAL MOTORS ... ............... |

It´s a original SS?

Thanks a lot. Its a amazing site!

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-12-2010, 11:34 PM
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Your tag decodes as:
01 ==> Built in January
C ==> Built in the third week of January
68 ==>Built in the year 1968
16487 ==> Two door Sport Coupe with a V-8 motor
BA ==> Built in Atlanta, GA (Doraville assembly plant)
07661 ==> an internal code used by Fisher body for quality control
859 ==> Parchment (off white) and Black vinyl bucket seats
R R == Red paint top and bottom (no white top)

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 07:33 AM
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Wow! Headrests. Have you found a build sheet in the car yet? And is this an original Brazil car?

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Warren, thanks.
About the Headrests, i already find it in the car. It´s funny, because a lot of people say that this headrests are not original, but i found in a site that they are optional in this year.
I bought the car in this way, i don´t fix anything yet. I want paint the all car with Matador Red (the original color), change the wheels and other little things.
This car originaly belonged a an Brazilian politician, after belonged a my father friend´s and now belonged to me .
There are more pictures in this address
http://www.fnva.com.br/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=17105
It´s a forum about olds car.

Best Regards.
ps.: sorry, realy sorry about my poor english!
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-14-2010, 08:32 AM
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Hmm? SS with 307? Plus the badges on fenders do not align with holes. Kinda remind me of my car where previous owner put 427SS badges all over the car. People do stop me and say it must be a beast with 427 under the hood.

Other than that, it looks like a very nice car. You just have to change the wheels :-)
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-14-2010, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Alex, about the badges i think that are originals to this car, but i´am not sure. And yes, i must change the wheels, there are horrible .

Do you have another suggestions to make the car more original?

Best Regards.

ps. an curiosity, in the back of this impala there are a Mercury Cougar 1967 with a V8 302, i wish one day start to reform this.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 08:28 AM
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If it was my car, I would probably just keep it the way it is (except the wheels). The interior looks pretty good for the age. My front bench seat was all torn so I had to get that fixed. Yours looks very clean.

Post some pics of the engine compartment.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-15-2010, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Alex, i have a few pictures of the engine compartment. But here go one. I remove the carburetor and the filter to clean.
About the wheels, what do you think about the Cragar Wheels?

Thanks.
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You should check for a build sheet in this car. So possible locations may be in the back of the bucket seats, under the back seat or behind the rear arm rest panels.

Looks like the headrests were added. They are not factory.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2010, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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O Warren i will check for a build sheet and them i post here.
One more thing, what this code in the picture means?
It´s above of the painel car. I saw this through the windshield.



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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-16-2010, 08:12 PM
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That is your VIN stamp where the police can see it without having to open a door (great for finding those stolen cars stashed at the airport parking lot with a body in the trunk). They where new for 1968 and all new vehicles are so marked.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-17-2010, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Dave, the VIN number would be the chassis number?
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Yes it is. It's called the VIN number here in the states and is called the Chassis number in other countries. The end of the VIN number, 8D145510 would be stamped twice on the firewall (one location is probably behind heater box) and there might be a third stamp on the rear pass. side top of the frame behind the wheel.

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank´s very much for all the information.
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