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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 18th, 06, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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How do I learn about a car before I buy it?

Hello Everyone,
I am interested in purchasing a 69 Z-28. Does anybody know of a website that I can use to check out the history of the car by using the VIN #'s? I have tried a few, but they do not work if the car is older than 1980. I would apreciate any help in finding out what the vin #'s mean. Thanks.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 18th, 06, 09:24 AM
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Re: How do I learn about a car before I buy it?

like a carfax report?..i haven't seen something that for old cars, but someone might know of one...the guys here can help you determine the authenticity of the car, to one degree or another...

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 18th, 06, 09:43 AM
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Hello Everyone,
I am interested in purchasing a 69 Z-28. Does anybody know of a website that I can use...
Thanks.
streetracer1975
'Street';
Yes- you can use this one
You will need to get the original VIN, Information from the Cowl Tag (under the hood right above the brake booster/master) any numbers you can find on the engine (castings, suffix and dates) and some photos of the drivetrain and a couple of other areas and this site can help you identify if the car is possibly a "Z".
Information for you to read through and know where to find the information you would need can be found at - www.camaros.org - this site also has a forum for identifying the model and accessories that make up certain performance models, such as an RPO-Z28.

"I would apreciate any help in finding out what the vin #'s mean."
The VIN has a very limited amount of information in it.
It identifies the GM Division, the model, the original engine family (L-6 or V-8 only, not size of engine) the body style, the year, the final assembly plant and the production sequence of the vehicle for registration purposes.
It is decoded as:
1 = Chevrolet Division of GM
2 = Camaro model line
3/4 = a '3' here is a L-6 and '4' would be a V-8
37/67 = a '37' is a Coupe and a '67' is a Convertible (oh - and there is only one convertible 'Z' - a 68...)
9 = is the year model (you said it was a 69 so I used 9 here)
N/L = a "N" here is for the Norwood, OH assembly plant and an "L" would be for the Los Angles/Van Nuys, CA assembly plant.
XXXXXX = these are the sequencial numbers for the vehicle

So if this car you go to look at has a VIN that begins as 123379XXXXXXX = then you now know to pass - it was originally an L-6 engine

Hope this helps

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Other V6 things - none of which float
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Oh yeah, and 1 "Straight-Six" ...
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 18th, 06, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: How do I learn about a car before I buy it?

Thank You Very Much Guys!!! This will give me a good idea on what I'm looking at and what to expect.
Thanks again,
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