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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-17-2013, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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1962 Impala VIN and Trim Tag Question

New guy here, new to the site and to Impala's in general. Had a quick question I am hoping someone can help me with. I just got a 1962 Impala 4 door sedan with an inline 6.

The VIN is 21769T285834 which from what I can find online indicates it is a 4 door sedan with an inline 6. However the trim tag shows the following: Style 62-1869; Body TA 17447; Trim 826; and Paint 905. From what I have found the style on the trim tag indicates the engine is a V8. The trim color and paint color match on the vehicle, both green.

I was wondering why the VIN and Trim Tag seem to conflict when it comes to the engine.

Hopefully I have not missed something completely obvious but any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-17-2013, 07:52 PM
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Welcome to the Team Michael!

The VIN is the last thing that goes on the car at the end of the line. It reflects what got built, not what they started out to build in the Fisher Body Plant that welded the body together and painted it. When they put the Trim Tag on the fire wall at the Fisher Body Plant they thought it was destined to be a V-8, but things happened along the way and by the time it got to the end of the Chevrolet Assembly Plant it was changed to a six banger. For this reason a VIN plate always trumps a Trim Tag.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-17-2013, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the welcome and the information. Now I know where to go when I have any future questions.

Thank you again.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-17-2013, 10:48 PM
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No conflict on these.
ALL cowl tags had the "V8" designation.
Do not use the cowl tag I formation for engine determination.
Only look at the VIN for this info.
This question comes up frequently by 6 cyl owners. No mix up yours is correct.

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