Greetings all. I have a question for the group. My apologies for
crossposting. I've recently purchased a 1970 SS/RS 396 car missing its
original L34 engine and TH400 transmission. The car is a Van Nuys model and
I can't locate a build sheet. I've completely checked under the front seats
as well as the rear seat back and bottoms. I've also dropped the tank with
no luck. I'm getting ready to drop the headliner to have a look up there. My
question is, are there any other possible locations where a build sheet
might be located? I'm working on building a replacement L34 with a date
correct one. Another concern that I have is if I can't find any
documentation for the car, how much of its value would be lost if I decided
to correctly covert it to a 4-speed car. Any advice would be much
appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Good find on the RS/SS Big Block. You have hit all the ususal suspects.
Chances are the build sheet was removed by an earlier
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Thank you for your reply. I figured that's what the situation would call
for. After asking this same question in a technical forum, I've found that
one owner found a build sheet in one of the doors, and another owner found
his inside one of the fenders. I don't know if Van Nuys and Norwood had
standard placement locations unique to each plant, but I suspect that there
may still be a few more places in wich a build sheet may yet be found. Thank
I had a 1971 SS/RS 396, Van Nuys build, Z87 interior. My build sheet
was between the passenger seat frame and lower cushion, folded into
quarters. Not under seats, but between the frame and cushion. It had
aged brown, so it blended very closely with the 'vanilla' color of the
seat foam. As another poster said, if you already looked there, gas
tank, rear seat, sounds like you have hit the most probable locations.
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