Z28 or not?

George Rohlinger

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Oct 7, 2021
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After seaching for awhile for a decent camaro to play with I found one. 1978 Z28, Has all the correct exterior components..hood, fenders, wheels and interior badges, gauges but now having doubts its a real Z, also has T-tops but trim tag says hard top. Was the t top code on the trim tag? other wise im happy with he car, minimal rust interior great shape, built 400 small block.. According to trim tag built in Norwood, I payed $9000
 

Gary S

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Apr 14, 1999
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Bismarck, North Dakota
T tops will likely not be on the trim tag of a '78 model as Chevy didn't start using the Fisher T top until 1979. the '78 models would likely have the Hurst tops and many of them were added aftermarket.
The trim tag will however show the Z28 option. On a Norwood car, it plainly states "Z28". On a Van Nuys car, it has only an "8" to identify a Z28. Look for those codes to know.
https://nastyz28.com/2gcog/stegmiller/cowl_tags.htm
 

George Rohlinger

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Oct 7, 2021
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BillyDean7173

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May 21, 2014
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Hutto, TX
I don't know a whole lot about decoding later 2nd gens, but the fifth digit in the VIN is an 8. I would think that's a good sign as it identifies the engine code as a 350. I don't know of any 2nd gens that were Z28s with a 305.
https://nastyz28.com/camaro/camaro78.html

As far as the trim tag, it looks like there's damage right where the tag would identify Z28. I would let others chime in about that.

Do you have a build sheet? Have you looked for one yet? That may help.
 

COPO

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Who would do such a thing to a tag unless they were hiding something. In 1981 the Z28 for California was a 305. I laughed at that when I was trying to sell my 80 Z28 that I ordered new.
 

Gary S

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The messed up area of the cowl tag is the location where the Z28 identification would be. That suggests that someone was trying to hide the fact that it isn't a Z28.
 




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