1981 - 1987 Chevy & GMC Truck VIN #'s Deciphered
From 1981 - 1987 Chevy Trucks used a 17 digit VIN#. If your 1973 - 1987 body style has a VIN# located on the dashboard, with 17 digits, then it is between 1981 and 1987 model. If your truck has the VIN# on the dash, but it is not 17 digits, then it is a 1979, 1980, or 1981 model. From 1973 - 1978 Chevy Trucks had the VIN# on a plate, mounted to the driver's door jamb. Your VIN# can also be found on the factory options decal, located in the glove box. The decal lists all the RPO's (Regular Production Options) your truck came from the factory equipped with. If your 6th digit is a 4, then your truck is a "Heavy Half", also known as a "Big 10".
1979 and 1980 VIN#'s Decoded
1973 - 1978 VIN#'s Decoded
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Factory Service Manuals!
GM Light Duty Truck Service Manuals cover the following models: C/10, C/20, C/30, K/10, K/20, K/30, P/10, P/20, P/30. (C= 2wd pickups, cab n' chassis, and Blazer / Suburban, K= 4wd pickups, cab n' chassis, and Blazer / Suburban, and the P model line is Chevy Vans. GM considers anything 1 ton or under to be a "Light Duty" vehicle.
So if you plan on restoring a car or truck, get your hands on a factory service manual, you will not be disappointed!
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