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Username Post: numbers matching?        (Topic#341112)
george88gta 
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12-07-16 04:04 PM - Post#2665041    

Car is an 02 Transam convertible. After some research, it looks to be 1 of 9 ( color, interior, etc. ). Engine had the standard LS piston slap. Since it had 90k on it, I opted for a replacement engine. Car was a one owner before I purchased it and unmolested. I know that on my 55 and my 70 Nova, the engine, tranny etc. had the vin stamped in the major parts. Are there any identifying stamping's that would point to a "numbers matching" car or is that a thing of the past? I kept the original LS1. Is it worth saving or just a large paperweight?



 




raycow 
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12-10-16 12:05 PM - Post#2665435    
    In response to george88gta

The Camaro engine and trans should have the VIN on them.

A stock 55 would not have had the VIN on anything but the VIN tag and the frame. However, show judges and collectors will still look for "date correct" parts.

I think the 70 Nova could have been in the transition years. In other words, the higher performance engines would have the VIN but not the base 6 or V-8. I am not positive about this, so it would probably be best to ask someone who is more knowledgeable about Novas than I am.

Ray

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george88gta 
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12-15-16 03:35 PM - Post#2666248    
    In response to raycow

Ray, thanks for the reply. I know that my 70 Nova ( long time gone) had the vin stamped on the engine and the tranny. It was a base 2 bbl v-8. I went thru the process of saving and rebuilding the engine and tranny. Anyway, I will drag out the 02 LS1 engine to see if it has the vin, was just looking for an easy answer.



 
77chevy 
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12-19-16 05:54 PM - Post#2666845    
    In response to george88gta

good thinking on saving...the vin is etched above oil filter. one other point is some 02's got the ls6 block.

I got around to working on another and found it hard to find the older reluctor ring and knock sensor location... so thankfully you have an option on hand.



 
raycow 
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12-20-16 04:23 PM - Post#2666987    
    In response to george88gta

Here's the answer on the VIN stamping.

http://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showpost.php?pos...

Ray

Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.


 
george88gta 
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12-21-16 05:24 PM - Post#2667175    
    In response to raycow

That explains the 70 Nova. Looks like the 2002 vin should be etched in the block. I think the engine found its way in to my sons ( my old ) GTA. Car is buried in the garage, but I will check for the vin. Then I will have to decide if the car is really worth keeping all original. It has 90,000 on the odometer. Wasnt all that long ago that folks felt the 55-57 4 door models werent worth saving. Thanks everyone for the replies.



 
elcamino 
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12-26-16 10:23 AM - Post#2667903    
    In response to george88gta

All current vehicles have VIN stampings on the engine and transmission as well as other hidden locations. Its been law since 1968. Some are so concealed only police and insurance investigators know where to look. Often the car has to be dismantled to uncover them.

I had a 2002 Tran Am WS6 w/6-sp manual and there were VIN's even on the fenders. It was ordered new with every option and was built on 9-11-2001.

PS - I collected a lot of 2002 dealer literature etc.



Mike
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