1974 Camaro Data

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1974 Camaro Production: 22,210 6-cyl, 128,798 V8, 151,008 total.
Dealer Introduction: 9/20/73

Vehicle Identification Example: 1S87H4N100001

  • First digit is GM Division: 1 = Chevrolet
  • Second digit is model: Q = Sport Coupe, S = Type LT Coupe
  • Digits 3 & 4 are body type: 87 = 2dr. coupe
  • Fifth digit is engine code: D = 250ci, H = 350ci 2bbl, K = 350ci 4bbl, L = 350ci 4bbl, T = 350ci (Z28)
  • Sixth digit is model year: 4 = 1974
  • Seventh digit is N for Norwood assembly.
  • Last six digits increased one with each car built at Norwood.
  •   Click here to view 1974 Dealer Sales Brochure

    Dimensions & Capacities
    Length:195.4" Height: 49.2" Width: 74.4" Wheelbase: 108.0"
    Track F/R: 61.6/60.0 Weight Distribution F/R: 56.1/43.9% Ground Clearance: 4.9"
    Fuel Capacity: 21.0 Gal,   Battery Capacity: 12volt 61 amp/hr.   Alternator capacity: 854 watts

    Curb Weight: (in pounds, see: 1974 Option weight table)
    1FQ87 (L6) - 3413.
    1FQ87 (V8) - 3554.
    1FS87 - 3674.

    1974 Ending VIN by Month
    Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
    Norwood: 103546 111226 122449 132731 140883 155295 169040 183937 197997      
    Van Nuys: None built

    1974 Spotters Guide and New Features

    1974 saw the Camaro finally bow to federal bumper guidelines. This required a major facelift on the Camaro. Rather than place an I-beam ram on the front of the car, Chevy was able to tactfully craft a bumper which met the requirments and still looked relatively stylish - to some people. In addition to this, a new, now fiberglass front end nose was required. In the back, a matching aluminum bumper was used, along with wrap around teardrop style tail lights. This change required a redesign of the rear quarter panel and trunk as well.

    You might notice a lot of the changes being implemented are due to federal regulations, some of which were met with severe disgust by the car buying population. One of these was the ignition interlock system requiring your seatbelt to be fastened before the car would start. Others were the increasingly restrictive emissions requirments which caused engine power to be strangled. In an effort to pass fuel milage requirements, gear ratios were raised which killed the acceleration potential of the car which was getting heavier & slower each year.

    This is in addition to safety requirments/high Insurance rates, the cost of gas in an uncertain economy... These are some of the reasons why some people believe the "real" camaro ended in 1973 (or 1971 depending on how you look at things), and for many people this era Camaro is often over-looked or forgotten.

    The SS was gone, the pretty RS model had been cancelled at the end of 1973, and rather than continue to neuter the legendary Z28, chevrolet gracefully dropped it at the end of 1974. But as General Douglas McArther said - "I shall return". In the meantime, the 1974 Camaro saw the following additional changes....

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    1974 Promotional Post Card

    Click above images to view full size. Center picture is a promotional post card.

    Click here to view a 1974 Dealer Sales Brochure | 1974 Base Coupe
    Click here for Second Generation Camaro Spotters Guide & Summary of Yearly Changes

    1974 Camaro Engine & Drivetrain Info
    CIDConfig Bore & StrokeBHP @ RPMTorque @ rpm Comp Carb.
    Base250L-63.875 x 3.53100 @ 3600175 @ 18008.25:11V
    L-65350V-84.00 x 3.48145 @ 3800 250 @ 22008.5:1 2V
    LM-1350V-84.00 x 3.48160 @ 3800 250 @ 24008.5:1 4V
    L48350V-84.00 x 3.48185 @ 4000 270 @ 26008.5:1 4V
    Z-28350V-84.00 x 3.48245 @ 5200 280 @ 40009.0:1 4V

    Notes: L-65 350 V-8 not sold in California; LM-1 was available in California only.

    Engine Suffix Codes
    CCW: 250ci, at, mt CKB: 350ci, mt CLK: 350ci, at, z
    CCX: 250ci, at, mt CKD: 350ci, at, ce CMA: 350ci, at, tb
    CJA: 250ci, mt CKH: 350ci, ce, mt CMC: 350ci, mt, tb
    CJB: 250ci, at, ce CKU: 350ci, at CMS: 350ci, mt, z, ce
    CJC: 250ci, at CLJ: 350ci, mt, z CMT: 350ci, at, z, ce

    Abbreviations: at = Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, ce = California emission controls, ci = cubic inch, mt = manual transmission, tb = two barrel carburetor, z = Z28 special performance package.

    Engine Code Example: V0427CMC - (350ci - 145hp Assembled in Flint assembly plant on April 27)
    Click here for further engine decoding information

    1974 Camaro Power Teams
       BaseL-65 LM-1 L-48Z-28
      250350 350350350
    3-spd. manual12.85:12.54:12.54:1 2.54:1 N.O
    transmission 2 1.68:1 1.50:1 1.50:1 1.50:1 N.O.
    ratios 3 1 00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 N.O.
      R 2.95:1 2.63:1 2.63:1 2.63:1 N.O.
                 
    Clutch diam., in.   9.12 10.34 10.34 10.34 N.O
    Axle ratios S 3.08:1 3.08:1 3.08:1 3.42:1 N.O
            
        Base L-65 LM-1 L-48 Z-28
        250 350 350 350 350
    4-spd.manual 1 N.o. 2.54:1 2.54:1 2.54:1 2.64:1a
    transmission 2 N.o. 1.80:1 1.80:1 1.80:1 1.75:1
    ratios 3 N.o. 1.44:1 1.44:1 1.44:1 1.33:1
      4 N.o. 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1
      R N.o. 2.54:1 2.54:1 2.54:1 2.55:1
            
    Clutch diam., in.   N.o. 10.34 10.34 10.34 11.0
    Axle ratios S N.o. 3.08:1 3.08:1 3.42:1 3.73:1
            
        Base L-65 LM-1 L-48 Z-28
        250 350 350 350 350
    Turbo 1 2.52:1 2.52:1 2,52:1 2.52:1 2.48:1
    Hydra-Matic 2 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.48:1
    transmission 3 1.00:1 1.00:1 1 00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1
    ratios R 1.94:1 1.94:1 1.94:1 1.94:1 2.08:1
            
    Axle ratios S 3.08:1 2.73:1 2.73:1 3.08:1 3.42:1
      p -- 3.42:1 3.42:1 3.42:1 --

    a = Alternate Z-28 4-speed transmission also available with ratios: 2.43:1, 1.61:1, 1.23:1, 1.00:1, and 2.35:1.
    S = Standard ratio, E = Economy, P = Performance.


    Transmission Codes

    Manual - Type Plant Code
    3-Speed Muncie S
    3-Speed (H.D.) Muncie H
    4-Speed (saginaw type) Muncie R
    4-Speed (Aluminum case) Muncie P
      Automatic - Source Code
      Cleveland THM 350 B
      Cleveland THM 250 D
      Toledo THM 350 Y
     GM of CanadaJ
    Transmission Code Example: S4D27 - (1974 Muncie 3 speed, assembled April 27)
    Type Code:
    TM = 3 speed manual (L6)
    TN = 3 speed manual (V8)
    WK = 4 speed manual (V8)
    TT = TH350 (L6), FB = TH350 (V8)
    TH400 transmission code is CY and is stamped on a tag which is rivited to transmission case.
    Click here for further transmission decoding information

    Rear Axle Codes
    CA2.73:1 Locking  CM3.42:1 Locking
    CB4.10:1GX3.08:1
    CG3.73:1GY3.08:1 Locking
    CL3.42:1GZ2.73:1

    Rearend Code Example: CMG100DE - (Chevy sourced 3.42 Posi, Assembled on day shift of 100th day of the year w/ Eaton Posi)
    Click here for further axle decoding information
    Click Here for general axle info and tooth combinations

    1974 Camaro Factory Options

    RPO DescriptionQty Retail *
    1FQ87Camaro Sport Coupe, 6-cylinder22,210$2,827.70
    1FQ87Camaro Sport Coupe, 8-cylinder79,8353,039.70
    1FS87Camaro Type LT Coupe48,9633,380.70
    AK1Belts, color-keyed seat and shoulder14,00214.50
    AN6Adjustable Seat Back, driver side7,29818.00
    AS6Harness - Front Shoulder (delete, export)
    AV6Ignition - Interlock System (delete, export)
    A01Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows118,23039.00
    A02Tinted Windshield (fleet use only)2,411
    A31Power Windows 7,97275.00
    A48Belts - Seat (delete, export)
    A51Seat - Special Contour (standard equipment)
    BS1Body Insulation Package
    B37Floor Mats, color-keyed front and rear 41,23112.00
    B80Roof drip moldings4,408
    B84Moldings, body side73,59533.00
    B85Moldings - Belt Reveal
    B93Guards, door edge45,5096.00
    B95Molding - Rear End Panel
    C08Vinyl Roof Cover37,99187.00
    C09Roof Cover Trim - soft exterior
    C24Windshield Wipers, hide-a-way21,00921.00
    C50Defroster, rear window34,03031.00
    C60Air Conditioning79,237397.00
    D34Mirror, visor vanity-3.00
    D35Mirrors, sport right and left remote exterior69,75926.00
    D55Console 135,45357.00
    D80Spoilers, front and rear19,10477.00
    D88Striping, four color (Z28 Required) 6,97877.00
    D92Tape - Door Handle Decor
    F41Suspension, special purpose front and rear9,70030.00
    6AF - 6CU - Spring - Front LH
    7AF - 7CU - Spring - Front RH
    GT4Axle - Rear (3.73 Ratio)
    GU2Axle - Rear (2.73 Ratio)
    GU4Axle - Rear (3.08 Ratio)
    GU6Axle - Rear (3.42 Ratio)
    G80Positraction, rear axle6,47345.00
    8DP - 8SZ - Spring - Rear LH
    9DP - 9SZ - Spring - Rear RH
    J50Power Brakes 124,01046.00
    K03Fan - Flex Engine
    K05Engine block heater1,651
    K76Generator - AC 61 amp
    LM1Engine, 350ci, 160hp Turbo Fire V89,13946.00
    L22Engine, 250ci, 100hp Turbo Thrift L622,210
    L48Engine, 350ci, 185hp Turbo-Fire V820,520 76.00
    L65Engine, 350ci, 145hp Turbo-Fire V8
    M15Transmission, 3-speed manual shift
    M20Transmission, 4-speed wide range7,003 200.00
    M21Transmission, 4-speed close ratio3,336 200.00
    M38Transmission, Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic CBC (with L48 & L65)140,233225.00
    M40Transmission, Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic (with Z28)313.00
    NB2Emission Control - Mandatory (California)
    N33Tilt Steering Column23,763 44.00
    N41Power Steering 102,043 113.00
    N65Spare Tire, space saver5,84314.16
    PE1Wheels, turbine-style2,633 110.50
    P01Wheel Covers, bright metal 34,402 26.00
    QBTTires, FR78x14 belted radial white letter5,851147.15
    QDVTires, FR78x14 belted radial blackwall3,109104.15
    QDWTires, FR78x14 belted radial white stripe40,751 134.15
    QEHTires, E78x14 belted white stripe 28,61928.00
    QFCTires, F70x14 belted white stripe44,89770.00
    QFDTires, F70x14 belted white letter5,916 83.00
    UA1Battery, heavy-duty9,72415.00
    U05Horns, dual13,292 4.00
    U14Special Instrumentation 10,425 82.00
    U18Speedometer - Kilo Export
    U25Lamp - Luggage
    U35Clock 18,842 16.00
    U58Radio, AM-FM stereo10,782 233.00
    U63Radio, AM 91,504 65.00
    U69Radio, AM-FM29,105 135.00
    U76Windshield Antenna (when no radio ordered)
    U80Speaker, rear seat49,650 15.00
    V01Radiator, heavy-duty7,17514.00
    V30Bumper Guards, front and rear14,632 31.00
    V78Plate - Less Cert of Compliance (export)
    V97Export Preparation
    VJ9Label - Exhaust Emission Level (California)
    VK3Mounting - License Plate Front
    YA6Body Co Override (California)
    YA7Emission Test, required for California-20.00
    YF5Emission Certification Requirements (California)
    YF6Processing (California)
    ZJ4Trailer Towing Package 38941.00
    ZJ7Rally Wheels46,975 44.00
    ZJ9Auxiliary Lighting 22,527 17.50
    ZP2Trim & Color Override
    ZP8Trim - Special
    ZR7Factory Pre-Delivery & Service
    ZV1Statement of Origin - Manufacturer
    ZW7Certified Paint
    Z12Gear - Speedometer Driven Fitting & Adapter
    Z21 Style Trim Group70,670 52.00
    Z28 Special Performance Package 13,802 572.05
    Z49Base Equipment Modification (Canadian Mandatory)
    Z54 Interior Decor and Quiet Sound Package16,456 35.00

    * Option prices are retail for base model. Prices could be reduced or option could be had at no charge if it was included as standard equipment on the Z28 or Type LT model.

    1974 Camaro Exterior & Interior Color Codes
    1974 (Z28) Example Cowl Tag & Description
    Model Year - 1974 Model Description - Chevy Camaro V8 2 dr. cpe. Assembly Plant - Norwood Ohio Fisher Body Unit Sequence Number Interior Code - 798 = Light Saddle Standard vinyl Seat Type Code Lower Body Color - 74 = Medium Red Metallic Upper Body Color - 74 = Medium Red Metallic Build Date 02C - 3rd Week of February Optional Accessory Code - This is a Z28 Steering Column Color - SAD = Saddle Internal Plant Code
    The trim tag, located on the cowl area identifies significant information about your car. Move mouse over code on above trim tag examples for detailed description or Click Here for general trim tag decoding information.

    Paint Code (L,U)ColorVinyl TopInteriors
    01Special
    11 Antique White* ALL ** ALL *
    26 Bright BlueB-Bk-W Bk-Bkb-Bkr
    29 Midnight BlueB-Bk-W Bk-Bkb-Bkr-N-R
    36 Aqua BlueBk-WBk
    40 Lime YellowBk-WBk-G
    46 Bright GreenBk-G-W Bk-G-N
    49 Med. Dark GreenBk-G-S-WBk-G-N-S
    50 Cream BeigeBk-Br-Cb-S-WBk-Bkr-N-S-T
    51 Bright YellowBk-WBk-N-S-T
    53 Light GoldBk-Cb-WBk-N
    55 SandstoneBk-Cb-WBk-N
    59 Golden BrownBk-Br-Cb-S-WBk-N-S
    64 SilverBk-Br-R-T-WBk-Bkb-Bkr-N-R
    66 BronzeBk-Ru-S-W Bk-N-S
    74 Med. Red (met)Bk-R-WBk-Bkr-N-S
    75 Medium RedBk-WBk-Bkr-N-R

    1974 Vinyl Top Code A = White, B = Black, D = Medium Blue, E = Cream-Beige, F = Brown, G = Green, H = Red, L = Russet, R = Saddle

    Interior Codes:

    Sport Coupe

    775
    Bkw/c

    777
    Bk/v

    779
    Bkr/v

    781
    N/v

    786
    Gb/c

    787
    G/v

    792
    R/v

    796
    Sb/c

    798
    S/v

    Type LT

    776
    Bk/c

    778
    Bk/kv

    780
    N/c

    783
    T/c

    784
    T/kv

    797
    S/c

    799
    S/kv

    Codes 775,776 and 777 could each have black, red, or blue carpet.
    777 could have black (code 19F) or blue (code 24F) carpet.

    Abbreviations: B = Blue, Bk = Black, Bkb = Black with blue carpet, Bkr = Black with red carpet and belts, Bkw = Black and white check seat, Br = Brown, c = cloth, Cb = Cream Beige, G = Green, Gb = Green and black check seat, kv = knit vinyl, N = Neutral, R = Red, Ru = Russet, S = Saddle, Sb = Saddle and black check seat, T = Taupe, v = vinyl, W = White.

    Click here to view : Type LT Interior

    1974 Camaro RPO Breakouts & Model Specifics

    1974 Z21 Style Trim - Includes body colored insert on door handles; bright roof drip, lock pillar, upper fender, hood panel and belt mouldings plus bright colored trim ring and verticle bar on parking lights.

    1974 Z28 Special Performance Package

    Other Views: Side view | Front 1/4 view | Front view w/D88
    Rear view W/D88 | Z28 Sales Literature | Red Type LT/Z28

    Z28 Verification: The 5th digit of the VIN will read "T". Period.
    Total Production: 13,802

    Engine: Includes special 350 CID, 245 hp V8. Four-bolt main bearing caps, forged steel crank, impact extruded aluminum pistons, heat treated & shot peened connecting rods "big valve" cylinder heads with high speed valve train. Cast aluminum rocker covers with internal galleries. Hydraulic lifters cam & cast iron intake with EGR. Rochester Quadrajet. 17-quart cooling system with 18" 7 blade flex fan. Oil pan windage tray and high speed crankshaft damper. Dual Exhaust pipe system. Same setup as 1973, HEI (high-energy ignition) introduced in mid-year (January 74). Special dual snorkle air cleaner with chrome lid.

    Click here to see the specific L-82 Engine Components.

    1974 Z28 Carburetor (Rochester Quadrajet 4MV) - A/T - 7044208 , 4 spd - 7044209

    Transmission: Weight saving aluminum gear cases for all 4-speed transmissions. Increased shift-points for Turbo-hydramatic (TH400) transmission.

    Clutch : 11 inch clutch. Same as 1973.

    Rear Axle : Ratios were 3.42 for Turbo Hydra-Matic and 3.73 for 4-speed; Positraction standard. No options. (Identical to 1973.)

    Brakes: 11-inch, vented, cast-iron front discs with vacuum assist standard. Rear 9.5-inch drums. (unchanged since 1970)

    Front Suspension: Spring rate: 300 lb./in. Front stabilizer bar 0.938 inch. Unchanged from 1973.

    Rear Suspension: Spring rate: 89-99 lb./in. Rear stabilizer bar 0.69 inch. Unchanged from 1973.

    Steering: Power steering standard in all Z-28's, with 14.3:1 ratio (same as in 1971 but with more road feel.)

    Wheels & Tires: 15 x 7 steel wheels (trans-am) with bright lugnuts, special center caps and trim rings, F60-15 fiberglass-belted white letter tires standard. (Unchanged since 1970)

    Click here to see the specific 1974 Z28 Chassis Specifications.

    Other Options, equipment, facts: New, big, 4-color hood and deck decals (RPO D88) optional. When D88 is specified "Z28" fender emblems are deleted. There's conflicting information on where and when Z28 emblems are used when Type LT is ordered and/or special D88 striping is used. Z28 foil decal on rear end panel. Dual Sport mirrors (RPO D35) standard. Black-painted grille with bright argent outline. RPO Z28 dropped at the end of model year. Suspension (spring rates) on the Z28 seem to be identical to RPO F41, rear shock valving is different. Z28 gets 15 inch wheels, different alignment specs (vs. base) and quicker steering (vs. base) Available on Type LT model.

    1974 Z54 Interior Decor/Quiet Sound - Includes glove compartment light and additional instrument cluster lighting (tell-tale & clock openings illuminated); woodgrain accents on instrument cluster; bright horizontal bead separating upper & lower instrument panel; special engine compartment, hood and interior insulation (Standard with Type LT)

    1974 Type LT - Plusher Interior with restyled seats and door trim in cord-ridge fabric or knit vinyl, new woodgrain treatments, color coordinated instrument panel, steering wheel and column. Amberlite insulation blankets included in doors, rear quarters, roof/sail panels, behind rear seat, under package tray and under carpeting. Type LT could be ordered with RPO Z28.

    Click here to view a Type LT Sales Brochure | 1974 Type LT


    Last updated: 10/20/2011
    Author: MadMike Maciolek

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