1970-1973 owners

Discussion in '1970 - 1973 Specific' started by maverick, Jan 14, 2007.

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  1. hhott71

    hhott71 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Perhaps an SS.
    You have the most highly desired frontend, the Sport Coupe which should never be confused or combined with the RS (really slow) frontend.
     
  2. TrueNorth

    TrueNorth New Member

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    RS is what I was told by the seller but I have no idea really. Not sure if he did either. I defer to you guys to tell me what it really is.
    Title just said Chevrolet, 1971, camaro, no designation. Registration in the console expired in the early 80's.

    Sorry for my ignorance. I'm a Jeep guy, Camaro is new to me but I'm enjoying tearing into it.

    Well, scrubbing mildew with simple green is getting old fast but the car is looking (and smelling!) much better.
    Been sitting in a carport under a rotten tarp for the better part of it's life so it needs alot of work.
    Interior is still kind of nasty but all the gauges, lights, etc seem to work fine.

    Haven't found any signs of bieng wrecked or panels replaced yet. All the body panels have a weird light green metallic paint under them. Frame/floors are solid.
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    If you guys can point me in the right direction I'd love to find out more about what model this is and the options were available at the time.
    Ignore the flat black hood stripes, my feeble attempt at stopping some patches of surface rust on the hood. Whole car needs to be painted.
     
  3. 73Camaro383

    73Camaro383 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Looks like a plain jane camaro to me from the looks. RS has 2 bumperettes and a extended nose. A z 28 would have the badging on it in the grill and fenders. Rear spoiler also. SS would be on the grill If it was a SS. Post up your VIN and we can decode it for you.
     
  4. TrueNorth

    TrueNorth New Member

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    Even plane Jane model is totally cool with me. Body style is awsome and I do a little work every night.
    I get one full day on the weekend and my buddies come over to help out. Been a lot fun so far.
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    There's a wing of some sort on there, don't know what kind. It's molded into the fenders and trunk rather than bolted on.
    No badging of any sort that I see.
    VIN is 124871L519457
    Back of the motor by the firewall has a number cast with 3970018. GM crate motor?
    Carb, intake & headers are all aftermarket so I'm assuming the motor was replaced as well. Looked around but didn't see the engine VIN number anywhere.

    The cowl tag it has lots of short numbers and it's hard to read.
    Best I could make out was;
    ST71-12487
    TR778 L17 225
    45 43
    889875 140115
    06B
    5's could be S's or vice versa, they're covered in paint so it's virtually impossible to get a picture of without removing the hood.

    Thanks for the help, look forward to hearing what these numbers mean. If I can take pictures of anyhting or give a better description to help deciper it just let me know.
     
  5. 73Camaro383

    73Camaro383 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Well its a 71 camaro we know that :)

    The tr 778 is std green interior.

    45 43 is supposed to be the paint code. The 43 is lime green but dont know what 45 was supposed to be.

    The others are build date and sequence number of when it was built. No clue what L17 225 is.

    Im gonna link you to the decode info page.

    http://www.nastyz28.com/camaro/camaro71.php#lpaint
     
  6. RS1970

    RS1970 Veteran Member

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    I am local to you, I have a 70 rs.
    I'd love to see your car in person.
    The RS models have the short front bumpers, turn signal between the grill and headlight and the urethane nose extension around the grill.

    And contrary to the post above RS does not stand for really slow. Lol!
     
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  7. TrueNorth

    TrueNorth New Member

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    Having a tough time decipering the cowl tag. 1971 with 350 V8 built in Van Nuys, code 43 lime green paint is about all I've gotten out of it so far. Realized the casting number on the motor is actually 3970010 so I may have some of the tag numbers misread as well.

    Working on the suspension this weekend, new sway bar bushings shocks, etc.
    Have a complete set of tubular A-arms and springs but not ready to tear into it that far just yet. Still enjoying driving until the frost sets in.

    I'll get a second set of eyes on the cowl tag, maybe they can get a better read on it. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, it helps.
     
  8. RS1970

    RS1970 Veteran Member

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    Can you post a picture of the tag? We could help decode here.
     
  9. twozs

    twozs Veteran Member

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    the only other thing the LA TT has on it is the month and week of production , and the trim level .
     
  10. wayback

    wayback Veteran Member


    Welcome aboard. :happy:

    Your car looks good. I kinda like that red color.

    The most useful document for identifying your car's original state is the build sheet. Copies of the build sheet can be found in various locations around the chassis. One of the most common places to look is under the driver's side rear seat bun; might be in plain sight or it might be somewhere nearby under the carpet or padding. If you don't locate a copy there, use the forum Search function to find other places to check. Having the build sheet in hand provides a nice reference point for starting your project.

    Glad you've been having fun with it so far. Good luck and keep those pics coming.

    :bowtie:
     
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