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Thread: 1967 buick special vin code vs data plate. please read!

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    1967 buick special vin code vs data plate. please read!

    Bu. k I aquired has a 300 v8 but vin number says series 33 which means v6. Motor looks original..could vin be matched to this data plate somehow? People told me original motor. Anyone tell me how to tell if this is or isnt original motor?

    Vin # 433077H158166

    Plate:

    11C
    ST 67-43407FL1. 74676 body
    TR 114-A. D-6. Paint
    W0. 2X. 3W
    4F. 5K


    Any help appreciated!

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    the 'definitive' answer would be if the EIN ( last 8 digits are the same ) stamped on the engine matches the VIN on the car.

    http://www.teambuick.com/reference/i...gine_where.php

    your car already doesn't match between the trim tag and the VIN. the trim tag shows the car to be a v8 ( -434 and should be -433 to match the VIN ). which does not mean that someone faked your car. back in the 60s and 70s, typographical and paperwork errors weren't all that uncommon from the factory.
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    According to the VIN your car is Buick model number 43307 and according to the body tag it is Fisher body style number 43407, both are correct and there is no error in the body tag or VIN because in 1967 Buick used a different scheme to indicate V6 vs V8 than was used in 1965-1966. The 8th digit of your cars VIN is a 1, which inidcates it came with a V8. If it was a 6 it would indicate it came with a six cylinder engine. 1967 was a confusing year, read about it in my posts here:

    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.ph...85#post2191885
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.ph...32#post2222132
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.ph...ick-VIN-GURU-S


    433077H158166
    4 = Buick
    33 = Special
    07 = 2-door thin pillar coupe
    7 = 1967 model year
    H = final assembly at Flint, MI
    158166 = sequential number, range for Flint built A, B, and C body V8 cars was 100,001 to 343,734


    11C
    ST 67-43407 FL1 74676 body
    TR 114-A D-6 Paint
    W0 2X 3W
    4F 5K


    11C = body build date = November 1966 (11), third week (C)

    ST = style
    67 = 1967 model year
    434307 = Fisher body style number
    4 = Buick
    34 = Special V8
    07 = 2-door thin pillar coupe

    FL1 = body built at Flint, MI
    74676 = body number, no relation to VIN

    TR = trim
    114 = Light Fawn Vinyl
    A = Bench seat


    D = Sapphire Blue Metallic
    6 = vinyl roof color, I don't have 6 shown for 1967, paint codes were letters and vinyl roof/ convertible top colors were numbers, this doesn't agree with the option codes listed below so you might want to post a picture so we can see the body tag)


    Group option codes

    Group 1
    W = Tinted windshield
    O = Two tone paint

    Group 2
    X = ST-300 auto trans

    Group 3
    W = I don't have this one

    Group 4
    F = Remote controlled outside driver's mirror

    Group 5
    K = Door Edge Guards


    1962 was the first year for the six cylinder engine (after six cylinder production ended for the 1930 model year) and 1972 was the first year the VIN contained a digit that identified the specific engine the car came with. So, for 1962-1971 you can tell if your car came with a six or eight cylinder engine from the serial number or VIN using this:

    -For 1962-1964, if the first digit of the serial number is a letter (A, B, or C), then the car came with a V6

    -For 1962-1964, if the first digit of the serial number is a number (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, or 8), then the car came with a V8

    -For 1965-1966, if the third digit of the VIN is an odd number, then the car came with a V6

    -For 1965-1966, if the third digit of the VIN is an even number, then the car came with a V8

    -For 1967-1971, if the 8th digit of the VIN is a 6, then the car came with a six cylinder engine

    -For 1967-1971, if the 8th digit is anything other than a 6, then the car came with an eight cylinder engine
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    hah. that's info that definitely did NOT make it into the normal VIN decoding books.

    good to know, thanks Sean.
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    I also have a 67 special with 300 v8 and vin shows v6 I just seen your post on the body plate 433 and 434 my plate shows st- 437
    Post: 1967 buick special vin code vs data plate. please read!
    Forum: Buick Identification and Decoding
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    Posted by: bob k. mando
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    the 'definitive' answer would be if the EIN ( last 8 digits are the same ) stamped on the engine matches the VIN on the car.

    http://www.teambuick.com/reference/i...gine_where.php

    your car already doesn't match between the trim tag and the VIN. the trim tag shows the car to be a v8 ( -434 and should be -433 to match the VIN ). which does not mean that someone faked your car. back in the 60s and 70s, typographical and paperwork errors weren't all that uncommon from the factory.
    Last edited by Bob; 02-06-2018 at 08:00 AM.

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    Ernie, can you post a picture of your body tag? The style number should start with something other than 437. I suspect it is 434 which would indicate a V8 car. The VIN would only show a V6 car if the last 6 digits are in the 600,000 range so we would need to now the last 6 from the VIN as well. In 1967 the first 5 digits of the VIN do not code for V8 or V6, only the last 6 digits will tell you that.
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