Decoding a 63 Corvair Coupe

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Decoding a 63 Corvair Coupe

Unread post by AZScott » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:31 pm

Could someone please help me decode this Tag. I can get a lot of it by reading the web information and reading other posts.
I am curious as to the 12C in upper left corner. Was trying to order paint (Red hopefully) by year but was having problems looking up 922, in a 63. It kept giving me Cardinal red. :banghead: . I believe it should be an Ember Red car with red interior. I am also not sure about the accessory codes.
Thanks for your help.

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Re: Decoding a 63 Corvair Coupe

Unread post by bbodie52 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 7:55 pm

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Here is a breakdown of the information on the body tag you provided...

BODY TAG INFO:

12C
Body Build Date: 12 = December, C = Third Week
The first two digits are numbers 01 through 12, indicating the month of manufacture. The letter is A-E, indicating the week of the month. If the letter is an "C" it indicates the third week of the month.

STYLE 63-0927 BODY OA 6383
63 = 1963
Model 0927: 09 = Monza, 27 = 2-Door Coupe, OA = Oakland, California
Production Sequence No: 6383

1963 Chevrolet Corvair (900 Series) Monza 2-Door Club Coupe - 4 Passenger, Total Production: 117,917


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TRIM 5-781 = RED
This 3 digit code represents the interior color and seat type (781 applies to 900 Series Monza only, which is fitted with Bucket Seats).
Interior: The 1962-63 Corvairs have an extra digit on the trim or paint section of the tag. WRN has the extra digit for interior paint on the Paint section. Ex. 922-7 = Red with black interior paint. Oakland cars have the code on the trim line.
Interior paint codes: (Interior paint codes do not appear on Los Angeles built cars)

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1963: 2= Blue 3= Aqua 4= Fawn 5= Red 7= Black 8= Saddle R = White/Red.

PAINT 922 = Medium Red "Ember Red"
Lucite No. 4387LH, Rinshed-Mason No. A1538R, Ditzler No. DDL71336

COLOR SAMPLE: Image

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ACC = Accessory line
When decoding ACC line on the Fisher body tags, be aware that body tags do not include any options that did not require any body modification be done by Fisher. Fisher was only concerned with items that required modifications during the assembly of the body. A good example is that you won’t find Telescopic column listed on the body tag. Although this is a major option, it did not require any special consideration during body assembly.

E P
Oakland bodytags (It appears that the 1962 OA codes carried over to 1963)
Does not use group numbers

E = RPO A01 — Tint glass - All
P = RPO B70 — Padded Dash

NOTE: I have not been able to find an explanation of the code "27" on the TRIM line or the code "1180" on the ACC line (possibly codes unique to cars produced in Oakland).

Although you did not provide it, the VIN tag is located in the driver's side door frame. This guide will show you how to decode it...

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Re: Decoding a 63 Corvair Coupe

Unread post by bbodie52 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:47 pm

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Re: Decoding a 63 Corvair Coupe

Unread post by ral1963 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 2:20 pm

The 27 on the trim tag is the actual 'DAY" of the month, so..specifically your car was built on Dec 27th 1962. Oakland was kind enough to stamp the "day" where Willow Run did not.

Oakland also stamped a 4 digit number they used for tracking body orders, the stamp 1180 was that number and it means it was number 1180 out of an order sequence between the production plant and Fisher Body.
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Re: Decoding a 63 Corvair Coupe

Unread post by bbodie52 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 5:32 pm

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Re: Decoding a 63 Corvair Coupe

Unread post by AZScott » Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:09 am

Brad & Rick thank you! I really apreciate the fast and factual reply.
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