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Old 10-25-2013, 09:49 AM
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is my elky an ss

Hi guys i recently purchased a 1973 elky, and found out that the ss package was basically a trim option for that year and the truck/ car lol has no badging at all. does anyone know by the vin and body codes if it is or isnt an ss vin#1D80H3K592532 TAG UNDER THE HOOD SAYS ST 731AD80 K 226130 BDY
TR 705 A52 1129 PNT
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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
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I got that so i have a custom... For that year would i be wrong to ss it out cause basically its an ss for 73 right?
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it is your ride do it up ss if you want. nothing wrong with it. but when it is time to sell it , tell the buyer you added this stuff.

also check this site out it is where the vin decoder came from

http://www.elcaminocentral.com/index.php
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Nah i want her as a keeper! Always wanted one got 136 thousand original miles on the motor and she purrs like a tiger lol ty for the vin decoding tho
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73 SS Chevelle/el Camino did have the SS on the grill



In 73, it was basically just a trim package, unlike earlier when an SS meant it had a big block.
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73 SS Chevelle/el Camino did have the SS on the grill



In 73, it was basically just a trim package, unlike earlier when an SS meant it had a big block.
True---but here are a couple of things.

SS----only available on the EC Custom, as you first had to get the Malibu trim
package before SS was available (Not always the case in the 60s Canadian built cars). Not available on the "Base" car at all.

If your 73 ElCamino has a FACTORY INSTALLED 454---it is an SS as the 454 was ONLY available in the SS trimmed cars of that era.

"SS" will be on the special "Blacked Out" grille, on the tailgate, on the dash, and on cars equipped with them----the side stripes.

Hey, Harry-----nice pic of my next car----when she ain't lookin'.
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When these Chevelle/ElCamino's first came out in 73...I absolutely hated them...along with the changes in the Mustang and the lumpy huge bumpers of the MOPAR's. Now, they look good, not as good as a 72 and down IMO but, they have grown on me...I bought 74 Chevelle 2 door 350 car in 83...Paid $150 for the car and all I wanted was the cool buckets and console.

I look at the ElCamino and wish I'd have kept the Chevelle I bought...I wonder what we're squashing today that in 30 years we're going to say, "I wish I would have kept that"? Please God...don't let it be a Honda Civic...LOL.

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Does this Elky make my SS look big?
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