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Postby Len » Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:14 pm

Trying to figure out what month this one was produced in the door tag says 07/80 or 09/80 it's hard to read
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby HI WINDING MONZA » Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:21 pm

7A = 1st week of July

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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby Len » Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:36 pm

Thanks Doug ,that is what i thought so really this is a 1981 car by production date but is listed as 1980 in the vin no# is this right thinking on my part ? Would you be kind enough to tell me what the rest of the numbers mean ?
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby spyder_xlch » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:29 pm

7-80 would still be a 1980 model. Usually anything made after September will be the next model year but I've seen cars built in August titled as the next year. Your car may be pretty close to the end since there were no 81 models built.
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby HI WINDING MONZA » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:50 pm

A = 1980

07A = 1st week of July Built

1= Chevrolet

HR = Monza

07= 2+2 Sport Hatchback

7 = Lordstown assembly plant

244280 = Production Squence at that plant

62J = Tan Cloth and Vinyl Interior

19L = Black Paint

19U = Black Paint

54A L = Lower Stripe?

A51= Bucket Seats

B29 = Option Code?

098718 = ?


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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby HI WINDING MONZA » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:56 pm

They were still building 1980 cars till early 81 I believe because the Cavalier wasnt ready. Doug in Az 8)
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby fyrftr50 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:59 pm

There were Monza and Sunbirds produced in an "extended" model run which would have ran into the fall of 1980, but I don't beleive it would have gone as far as into 1981. These extended model run cars, as far as I know, were VIN titled as 1980s, not 1981 models.

My black 80 Spyder was produced in August of '80 and is VIn Titled as an 80.

I think Marco needs to chime in here, he may have the definitive answer.
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Sun Mar 15, 2009 7:59 pm

Hey cool I got a tag here, from a monza made 5 production days later during 07B

(Yours was made on cycle day 209, mine was 214) The 09 in the lower right area tells me this.

The body number is 247236, some 2,956 bodies after yours (may have included Vans that lordstown also made, BUT, judging by the lower numbers this year, maybe not. (ex. 1978 was 480,000 bodies total!!)

A = 1980
7= lordstown
244280 body number or vin number
62J interior (tan?)
19l 19u black paint
54A option code..sunroof? a/c?
A51 bucket seats
B 29 some type of option code. (was this a spyder? if so there's the '29' from Z29)
09-8713 cycle day - spot in final assembly line.

Do you have a buildsheet???
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:27 pm

Here's the trim tag and buildsheet collection I use to figure things out.
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby fyrftr50 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:34 pm

Now THAT is what I should have done with all the H-Bodies I've looked at in yards over the years, taken Trim Tags, and more trim tags, and even more.

Here is my 80 Spyder's Tag
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:40 pm

2 things 2 note on that tag..

B29 is '80's code for Spyder.

Bryan...seems your was stepping into extended production zone....

What were the total's for 1980?

Your day production cycle day 250...thats a few over the usual 240-244 day cycle.
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby fyrftr50 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:47 pm

Marco
54A is gold stripe, or the gold/white/bright orange 1979 Spyder decals, or in the case of my '80 Spyder, the gold/gold/black Spyder decal package I had on my car. I've been able to decode this far ...

A - 1980
08E - August, 5th week of production - Aug 25-29
1HR07 - Monza Sport Hatchback
7 - Lordstown, OH production
269635 - Production Sequence
62V - Camel Rattan Grain Vinyl Interior
19L & 19U - Black Paint
54V - Lt Gold/Dk Gold/Black Spyder Decals
L - ???
A51 - Front Bucket Seats
B29 - ??? (no RPO Code that I know of)
50 9757 - According to Marco in previous post, spot in final assembly line (not sure what numbers represent though)
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby fyrftr50 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:11 pm

Marco
So how do they solve these Trim Tag questions ...

For example, August 1980 (I found this while I was looking up the 08E on my Trim Tag)
The 1st week of August in 1980 only included the 1st (Friday) so would the the 4th week of July only include the production days of July 28-31 and August week #1 production would just include 1 day??? ... Or does the 1st week of the production month mean the 1st week that includes all days of that month? If that is the case than 08E can't be the 5th week of August, since there isn't one.

Are you as confused as I am at present???
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby fyrftr50 » Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:12 pm

Another Trim Tag - my 79 Road Hawk

79 - 1979
06A - 1st week of June production
4HS07 - Buick Skyhawk
7 - Lordstown, OH, Production
417756 - VIN sequence
12V - Oyster Vinyl Interior
15L & 15U - Silver paint
L - ???
A51 - Front Bucket Seats
43 - I assume this is the last part of the Road Hawk RPO Code - Y43
94-0050 - anyway to read this?
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Re: Body tag decoding

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:14 pm

08E - its the E...the switchover was usually in Week D. Check the 1980 total, I bet your sequence number is higher...(that is the vin number correct?) (I dont have a build sheet to clarify that on the '80's)

B29 - I believe the '29' part of it is definitely denoting the Z29 option. Just the same as how the earlier tags denoted Z02. with 02BLK. It was there to tell fisher body to do some extra stuff.
What will have to be seen by comparing trim tags from other 1980 color combo's is if the 'B' changes. Possibly each decal color had a letter? Maybe not though, since right up above it indicates the decal color with the 54A code.

L- This is on every 1979 and 1980 trim tag I can find. Not sure..might not mean anything. (sunroof / AC?)

The 50-9757 this works like this - the first 2 numbers count up the production cycle day from 1 to about 244.
everytime it gets to 99 it resets. so the very last production day of a 244 day cycle would read 44- xxxx

xxxx was a point at which the vehicle enters the final assembly line.. Yours was locked into slot 9757. Once locked in sequence it could not leave the line until the very end.
Order 9757 was broadcast throughout the plant, and carts of parts were set up to be trucked to assembly line stations with all the parts orders set up consecutively so the worker could grab a white spoiler for a white car (9757), then a blue spoiler for a blue car (9758) and so on and so forth. This made it possible to build any model at any time.

Here's a buildsheet tidbit...the big 4 digit number stamped into the top lefthand corner of the buildsheet was also written in wax pencil where the rear license plate goes. Only 78 and 79 sheets have the number there.
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