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Vin number information from the old NECOA site recompiled and edited for accuracy by Ernie G. (87ElCamino)



For discussion about vin numbers please refer to the conversation thread here:

http://elcaminocentral.com/forumdisplay.php?f=22



Otherwise, chose your desired year model and decipher away!



[BREAK=1959]

1959 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is located on the driver’s Side forward door pillar. It should be on a stamped steel pad and was composed of 10 numbers and letters.



A sample 1959 El Camino VIN would look like this: G59B10000



1st digit – This is the Model Series

G = El Camino, 6-cyl
H = El Camino, 8-cyl


2nd and 3rd digits - This is the model year

59 – (1959)


4th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD ?


5th through 10th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001







[BREAK=1960]

1960 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is located on the driver’s side forward door pillar. It should be on a stamped steel pad and was composed of 12 numbers and letters.



A sample 1960 El Camino VIN would look like this: 01180B100001



1st digit – This is the model year

0 = 1960


2nd through 5th digits - This is the Model Series

1180 = El Camino (2 dr. Sedan pickup), V-8
1160 = El Camino (2 dr. Sedan pickup), L-6


6th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD


7th through 12th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001







[BREAK=1964]

1964 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is located on driver’s side right below the where upper door hinge mounts to the body. It should be on a stamped steel pad and is composed of 12 numbers and letters.



A sample 1964 El Camino VIN would look like this: 45580H100001



1st digit – This is the model year

4 = 1964


2nd and 3rd digits - This is the Model Series

53 = El Camino L6
54 = El Camino V8
55 = Custom El Camino L6
56 = Custom El Camino V8


4th and 5th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


6th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

A = Atlanta/Lakewood, GA
B = Baltimore, MD
H = Fremont, CA
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
L = Los Angeles/Van Nuys, CA


7th through 12th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number









[BREAK=1965]

1965 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is located on driver’s side right below the where upper door hinge mounts to the body. It should be on a stamped steel pad and is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1965 El Camino VIN would look like this: 136805A100001



1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet


2nd and 3rd digits - This is the Model Series

33 = El Camino L6
34 = El Camino V8
35 = Custom El Camino L6
36 = Custom El Camino V8


4th and 5th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

5 = 1965


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

A = Atlanta/Lakewood, GA
B = Baltimore, MD
H = Fremont, CA
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
L = Los Angeles/Van Nuys, CA


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number









[BREAK=1966]

1966 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is located on driver’s side right below the where upper door hinge mounts to the body. It should be on a stamped steel pad and is composed of 13 numbers and letter.



A sample 1966 El Camino VIN would look like this: 135806A100001



1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet


2nd and 3rd digits - This is the Model Series

33 = El Camino L6
34 = El Camino V8
35 = Custom El Camino L6
36 = Custom El Camino V8


4th and 5th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

6 = 1966


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

A = Atlanta/Lakewood, GA
B = Baltimore, MD
F = Flint, MI
G = Framingham, MA
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
Z = Fremont, CA


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number









[BREAK=1967]

1967 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is located on driver’s side right below the where upper door hinge mounts to the body. It should be on a stamped steel pad and is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1967 El Camino VIN would look like this: 136807A100001



1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet


2nd and 3rd digits - This is the Model Series

33 = El Camino L6
34 = El Camino V8
35 = Custom El Camino L6
36 = Custom El Camino V8



4th and 5th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

7 = 1967


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

A = Atlanta/Lakewood, GA
B = Baltimore, MD
G = Framingham, MA
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
Z = Fremont, CA


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number









[BREAK=1968]

1968 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is located on driver’s side right below the where upper door hinge mounts to the body. It should be on a stamped steel pad and is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1968 El Camino VIN would look like this: 138808A100001



1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet


2nd and 3rd digits - This is the Model Series

33 = El Camino L6
34 = El Camino V8
35 = Custom El Camino L6
36 = Custom El Camino V8
38 = El Camino SS 396 (*1968 only)


4th and 5th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

8 = 1968


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

A = Atlanta/Lakewood, GA
B = Baltimore, MD
G = Framingham, MA
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
Z = Fremont, CA


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number









[BREAK=1969]

1969 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1969 El Camino VIN would look like this: 135809A100001





1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet


2nd and 3rd digits - This is the Model Series

33 = El Camino L6
34 = El Camino V8
35 = Custom El Camino L6
36 = Custom El Camino V8


4th and 5th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

9 = 1969


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

A = Atlanta/Lakewood, GA
B = Baltimore, MD
G = Framingham, MA
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
Z = Fremont, CA


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number









[BREAK=1970]

1970 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1970 El Camino VIN would look like this: 136800R100001



1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet


2nd and 3rd digits - This is the Model Series

33 = El Camino L6
34 = El Camino V8
35 = Custom El Camino L6
36 = Custom El Camino V8


4th and 5th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

0 = 1970


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

A = Atlanta/Lakewood, GA
B = Baltimore, MD
F = Flint, MI
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
L = Los Angeles, CA
R = Arlington, TX
1 = Oshawa, Canada


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number









[BREAK=1971]

1971 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1971 El Camino VIN would look like this: 136801R100001



1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet
5 = GMC


2nd and 3rd digits - This is the Model Series

33 = El Camino L6
34 = El Camino V8
36 = Custom El Camino V8


4th and 5th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

1 = 1971


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
L = Los Angeles, CA
R = Arlington, TX
1 = Oshawa, Canada


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number













[BREAK=1972]

1972 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1972 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1D80J2R100001





1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet
5 = GMC


2nd digit - This is the Model Series

C = El Camino
D = Custom El Camino


3rd and 4th and digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


5th digit - This identifies the engine

D = L-6 250 ci
F = V-8, 307cid
H = V-8, 350cid, 2-bbl
J = V-8, 350cid, 4-bbl
U = V-8, 402cid
W = V-8, 454cid


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

2 = 1972


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
L = Los Angeles, CA
R = Arlington, TX
1 = Oshawa, Canada


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number













[BREAK=1973]

1973 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1973 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1D80Y3R100001





1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet
5 = GMC


2nd digit - This is the Model Series

C = El Camino
D = El Camino Custom


3rd and 4th and digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


5th digit - This identifies the engine

D = L-6 250 ci
F = V-8, 307cid
H = V-8, 350cid, 2-bbl
K = V-8, 350cid, 4-bbl
Y = V-8, 454cid


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

3 = 1973


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number













[BREAK=1974]

1974 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1974 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1D80L4R100001





1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet
5 = GMC


2nd digit - This is the Model Series

C = El Camino
D = El Camino Custom


3rd and 4th and digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


5th digit - This identifies the engine

D = L-6 250 ci
H = V-8, 350cid, 2-bbl
L = V-8, 350cid, 4-bbl
R = V-8, 400cid, 2-bbl
U = V-8, 400cid, 4-bbl
Y = V-8, 454cid


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

4 = 1974


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number











[BREAK=1975]

1975 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1975 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1D80L5R100001



1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet
5 = GMC


2nd digit - This is the Model Series

C = El Camino
D = El Camino Custom


3rd and 4th and digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


5th digit - This identifies the engine

D = L-6 250 ci
H = V-8, 350cid, 2-bbl
L = V-8, 350cid, 4-bbl
U = V-8, 400cid, 4-bbl
Y = V-8, 454cid


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

5 = 1975


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
K = Kansas City/ Leeds, MO
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number











[BREAK=1976]

1976 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1976 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1D80L6R100001



1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet
5 = GMC


2nd digit - This is the Model Series

C = El Camino
D = El Camino Custom


3rd and 4th and digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


5th digit - This identifies the engine

D = L-6 250cid
L = V-8, 350cid, 4-bbl
Q = V-8, 305cid
U = V-8, 400cid
V = V-8, 350cid, 2-bbl


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

6 = 1976


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number











[BREAK=1977]

1977 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1977 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1D80U7R100001



1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet
5 = GMC


2nd digit - This is the Model Series

C = El Camino
D = El Camino Custom


3rd and 4th and digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


5th digit - This identifies the engine

D = L-6 250cid
L = V-8, 350cid, 4-bbl
U = V-8, 305cid


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

7 = 1977


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number













[BREAK=1978]

1978 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1978 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1W80L8R100001





1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet
5 = GMC


2nd digit - This is the Model Series

W = El Camino


3rd and 4th and digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


5th digit - This identifies the engine

M = V-6, 200cid
U = V-8, 305cid
L = V-8, 350cid


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

8 = 1978


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number











[BREAK=1979]

1979 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1979 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1W80H9R100001



1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet
5 = GMC


2nd digit - This is the Model Series

W = El Camino


3rd and 4th and digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


5th digit - This identifies the engine

M = V-6, 200cid
A = V-6, 231cid
J = V-8, 267cid
H = V-8, 305cid
L = V-8, 350cid


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

9 = 1979


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
K = Leeds, MO
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number











[BREAK=1980]

1980 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 13 numbers and letters.



A sample 1980 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1W80HAR100001





1st digit – This is the manufacturers identity number

1 = Chevrolet
5 = GMC


2nd digit - This is the Model Series

W = El Camino


3rd and 4th and digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


5th digit - This identifies the engine

K = V-6, 229cid
A = V-6, 231cid
J = V-8, 267cid
H = V-8, 305cid


6th digit - This is the last digit of the model year

A = 1980


7th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
K = Leeds, MO
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


8th through 13th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number











[BREAK=1981]

1981 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 17 numbers and letters.



A sample 1981 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1GCCW80HXBR100001



1st digit - This is the Country of origin

1 = U.S.A
2 = Canada
3 = Mexico


2nd digit – This is the manufacturers identity

G = General Motors


3rd digit - This is the Make

C = Chevrolet Truck
T = GMC Truck


4th digit - This is the GVWR Brake System

C = Hydraulic brake system - GVW 4001-5000


5th digit - This is the Series

W = El Camino/Caballero


6th and 7th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


8th digit - This identifies the engine

K = V-6, 229cid
A = V-6, 231cid
J = V-8, 267cid
H = V-8, 305cid

9th digit -Check Digit

10th digit - This is the Model Year

B = 1981


11th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
K = Leeds, MO
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


12th through 17th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number




[BREAK=1982]

1981 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 17 numbers and letters.



A sample 1981 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1GCCW80HXBR100001



1st digit - This is the Country of origin

1 = U.S.A
2 = Canada
3 = Mexico


2nd digit – This is the manufacturers identity

G = General Motors


3rd digit - This is the Make

C = Chevrolet Truck
T = GMC Truck


4th digit - This is the GVWR Brake System

C = Hydraulic brake system - GVW 4001-5000


5th digit - This is the Series

W = El Camino/Caballero


6th and 7th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


8th digit - This identifies the engine

K = V-6, 229cid
A = V-6, 231cid
J = V-8, 267cid
H = V-8, 305cid


9th digit -Check Digit


10th digit - This is the Model Year

B = 1981


11th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
K = Leeds, MO
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


12th through 17th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number




[BREAK=1983]

1983 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 17 numbers and letters.



A sample 1983 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1GCCW80NXDR100001



1st digit - This is the Country of origin

1 = U.S.A
2 = Canada
3 = Mexico


2nd digit – This is the manufacturers identity

G = General Motors


3rd digit - This is the Make

C = Chevrolet Truck
T = GMC Truck


4th digit - This is the GVWR Brake System

C = Hydraulic brake system - GVW 4001-5000


5th digit - This is the Series

W = El Camino/Caballero


6th and 7th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


8th digit - This identifies the engine

9 = V-6, 229cid
A = V-6, 231cid
H = V-8, 305cid
N = V-8, 350cid diesel


9th digit -Check Digit


10th digit - This is the Model Year

D = 1983


11th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
K = Leeds, MO
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


12th through 17th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number







[BREAK=1984]

1984 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 17 numbers and letters.



A sample 1984 El Camino VIN would look like this: 1GCCW809XER100001



1st digit - This is the Country of origin

1 = U.S.A
2 = Canada
3 = Mexico


2nd digit – This is the manufacturers identity

G = General Motors


3rd digit - This is the Make

C = Chevrolet Truck
T = GMC Truck


4th digit - This is the GVWR Brake System

C = Hydraulic brake system - GVW 4001-5000


5th digit - This is the Series

W = El Camino/Caballero


6th and 7th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


8th digit - This identifies the engine

9 = V-6, 229cid
A = V-6, 231cid
H = V-8, 305cid
N = V-8, 350cid diesel


9th digit -Check Digit


10th digit - This is the Model Year

E = 1984


11th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada


12th through 17th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number







[BREAK=1985]

1985 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 17 numbers and letters.



A sample 1985 El Camino VIN would look like this: 3GCCW80HXFS100001



1st digit - This is the Country of origin

1 = U.S.A
2 = Canada
3 = Mexico


2nd digit – This is the manufacturers identity

G = General Motors


3rd digit - This is the Make

C = Chevrolet Truck
T = GMC Truck


4th digit - This is the GVWR Brake System

C = Hydraulic brake system - GVW 4001-5000


5th digit - This is the Series

W = El Camino/Caballero


6th and 7th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


8th digit - This identifies the engine

Z = V-6, 262cid
H = V-8, 305cid


9th digit -Check Digit


10th digit - This is the Model Year

F = 1985


11th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada
S = Ramos Arizpe, Mexico


12th through 17th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number









[BREAK=1986]

1986 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 17 numbers and letters.



A sample 1986 El Camino VIN would look like this: 3GCCW80HXGS100001



1st digit - This is the Country of origin

1 = U.S.A
2 = Canada
3 = Mexico


2nd digit – This is the manufacturers identity

G = General Motors


3rd digit - This is the Make

C = Chevrolet Truck
T = GMC Truck


4th digit - This is the GVWR Brake System

C = Hydraulic brake system - GVW 4001-5000


5th digit - This is the Series

W = El Camino/Caballero


6th and 7th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


8th digit - This identifies the engine

Z = V-6, 262cid
H = V-8, 305cid


9th digit -Check Digit


10th digit - This is the Model Year

G = 1986


11th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
K = Leeds, MO
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada
S = Ramos Arizpe, Mexico


12th through 17th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number





[BREAK=1987]

1987 El Camino VIN Breakdown



Location – The VIN number is stamped on a plate located on top of the instrument panel and visible through the windshield on the drivers side. It is composed of 17 numbers and letters.



A sample 1987 El Camino VIN would look like this: 3GCCW80HXHS100001



1st digit - This is the Country of origin

1 = U.S.A
2 = Canada
3 = Mexico


2nd digit – This is the manufacturers identity

G = General Motors


3rd digit - This is the Make

C = Chevrolet Truck
T = GMC Truck


4th digit - This is the GVWR Brake System

C = Hydraulic brake system - GVW 4001-5000


5th digit - This is the Series

W = El Camino/Caballero


6th and 7th digits - This is the Body Style

80 = 2dr Sedan Pick-up


8th digit - This identifies the engine

Z = V-6, 262cid
H = V-8, 305cid


9th digit -Check Digit


10th digit - This is the Model Year

H = 1987


11th digit - This is the Assembly Plant code

B = Baltimore, MD
D = Doraville, GA
K = Leeds, MO
R = Arlington, TX
Z = Fremont, CA
1 = Oshawa, Canada
S = Ramos Arizpe, Mexico


12th through 17th digits – Sequential Production Number

100001 – Sequential Production Number





[BREAK=Check Digit Information]

The 9th digit in the 17 digit VIN is called the check digit. The check digit is used to validate the VIN number. The check digit is calculated based on the other 16 alphanumeric values in the vehicle VIN.

The possible values for the check digit range from 1 through 9 and also include the letter X. Each position in the 17 digit VIN has a numerical value assigned to it. The 9th digit's position (check digit) has a value of 0, so it does not affect the calculation. Each alphanumeric character also has a numeric value. See the tables below for the numeric values for each character and position.

This is the formula used to calculate the check digit:

1. Multiply the numeric value of the first VIN position by the numeric value of the alphanumeric character present at that position and write the sum down on a piece of paper.

2. Repeat step 1 for all 17 VIN positions.

3. Add all 16 values obtained in steps 1 and 2 to get a total number value.

4. Divide the total number value obtained in step 3 by 11. Do not use a calculator. You must use old fashion long division on a piece of paper. If the remainder of the division in step 4 is 10, use X as the check digit. Otherwise, use the remainder of the division (0 - 9) as the check digit.


Alphanumeric Character - Numeric Values

A-1
B-2
C-3
D-4
E-5
F-6
G-7
H-8
J-1
K-2
L-3
M-4
N-5
P-7
R-9
S-2
T-3
U-4
V-5
W-6
X-7
Y-8
Z-9
1-1
2-2
3-3
4-4
5-5
6-6
7-7
8-8
9-9
0-0


VIN Position - Numeric Values

1-8
2-7
3-6
4-5
5-4
6-3
7-2
8-10
9-0
10-9
11-8
12-7
13-6
14-5
15-4
16-3
17-2

Last edited by acauth1; 02-17-2009 at 02:02 PM.
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