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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-24-2013, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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66 SS decode help



Can anyone decode for me?

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66 Impala SS coupe build at Atlanta, third week of January.
837-B blue bucket seats
D-E rare light blue/dark blue 2 tone paint.
option codes: tinted glass, 2 tone paint, 4spd, deluxe belts (in addition to standard front belts)

What engine does the car have and what's the vin? I'd like to add this car to the 64-70 fullsize Chevy database. Don't have many in that paint color.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-24-2013, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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thank you so much for decoding that for me Warren I really appreciate it. To answer your questions the car came with a 327 but I was told it was big block car and I am not sure how to verify that. The VIN # is 168376A136921.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-24-2013, 06:32 PM
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Neither VIN nor Trim tag will tell you if it is a big block car or not. You need to find the original documentation such as the warranty book (Protect-O-Plate), or the build sheet.

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Thanks Dave, I will look for some sort of documentation to find out
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The Protect-o-Plate was frequently found in the glove box. It will list all of the options installed on your car when it left the factory (including the engine size and horsepower), and the name and address of the first owner.

The build sheet is a possibility to find if you have a well optioned car and the factory that assembled it wasn't too strict on enforcing throwing it away. A build sheet was generated for every option (above the base equipment) that got bolted on the car (that is a lot of paper work). But it was the responsibility of the assembly line worker to throw away the piece of paper that was the build sheet as trash once he installed the optional part.

Some things such as a custom interior group might have a build sheet hidden behind a door panel or in the springs of the rear seat. A upgraded AM/FM Stereo push button radio (that cost more than the big block engine option did when these cars where new) might have a build sheet stuffed up under the dash hidden the wiring. If you ordered a full size fifth rally wheel as a spare it could be stashed under that spare tire if the previous owners never rotated their tires. have a console with a gauge package, it might be stashed under that same console awaiting discovery.

Like I say GM didn't print the build sheet to document fifty year old collector cars. They were pieces of trash that were not thrown away as the union rules required under the UAW/AFL-CIO contract. GM didn't keep these records here in the states, but GM of Canada did. If your car was made in Canada you can order a copy of your car's pedigree from GM of Canada for around $75 dollars. Otherwise it becomes a scavenger hunt, hoping that you are the very first person to ever take the car apart.

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It's very rare to find any documentation in a 66 from Atlanta but not impossible.

Looks for the front engine pad numbers (in front of pass side cylinder head) and post those. Also, the rear axle code stamped on the front passengers side of the axle tube will help figure out if the engine was originally a big block or small block. Is the rear currently in it a 10 or 12 bolt?

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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the rear is the original 12 bolt that came in the car. I will post the engine pad #s soon as I look the car over again once I get home, again thanks for all of the help and wealth of information
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You're welcome. With the 12 bolt rear, it probably was originally a big block. Only way for small block engine and 12 bolt rear is if car had F40 heavy duty suspension
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 07:26 PM
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????

Warren, I have an original 66 SS Impala, powerglide, 327, 12 bolt posi.
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I know,
I have two 67 327 12 bolt cars (without F40) .

Warren are you sure you are saying this correctly?

64 Impala SS 327/300 survivor
67 Impala SS 327 triple black hardtop
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What I said is true for 66 but is different for 67. I remembered that all 67 327/TH400 cars got a 12 bolt, which is not always the case in 68. I explained it incorrectly in my email to you.
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