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    I have a copy of that book as well, Rick, It has some good/great information but very hard to FIND in the book as the organization is just a 'collection' of GM paperwork. That book was 'compiled' by two old members of the NNC who had access (via the NNC) to a lot of GM documentation.

    I was referring to the same codes I think as you were, and my source was Pat Chappel's 'The Hot One' (which also had access to the same documentation as the two NNC fellas who wrote the book you referenced. Pat Chappel was (maybe is still?) a member of the NNC as well when she wrote the book!

    Here are some pages which I scanned from the book for the 1955 Trim and Paint Combos in the back of her book; I suspect the same pages are also in the '55-56 Restoration Guide'.
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    I've mostly studied this information from my 'Nomad interest', and for Nomads it's very simple, but for the more common models (under models and model usage in the charts), it can be very confusing and I admit I've never totally understood what all the suffix codes mean. If anyone can explain those .. I'd love to hear it!
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    Ok so my VIN starts with a VC and on the cowl tag style it’s 55 1011D. So she may not have Bel Air trim but looks like it is a Bel Air. Doesn’t really make a difference to me but at least I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slotrifive View Post
    Ok so my VIN starts with a VC and on the cowl tag style it’s 55 1011D. So she may not have Bel Air trim but looks like it is a Bel Air. Doesn’t really make a difference to me but at least I know.
    I hate to say it but it's entirely possible that your VIN tag doesn't belong to that body. Not saying it's a fact, but all 55-57 BelAir sedans have these holes in the body above the quarter windows and at the tops of the doors. This is my 56 BelAir 2-door sedan.

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    If there's no evidence that these holes were ever there, such as being welded up, it's likely that the body is a 210 body and the VIN tag and title were from another car. You should be able to see the backside of the holes at the top of the doors behind the weatherstrip if they were ever there. Of course, doors can easily be changed so the quarter window holes would be the most telling.

    I bought a 55 Chevy when I was in high school. It was a 2-door sedan and it was just a body and frame with some interior parts and some glass. No engine, transmission or rear axles. I paid $35 for the solid body but it was missing lots of stuff. I spent a few years building it and drove it to Kansas City in 1973. It was stolen there and I never saw it again.

    It wasn't until a couple of years ago that I was looking at the title and noticed it said C55 on it. I looked at the picture I have of the car before paint, and it had no holes like the ones above. The front fenders had no holes in them either. So I'm convinced the car was a 210 and the title never matched the car.....I don't know if I ever looked at the VIN tag. This might explain why the car was never recovered after all these years, because the VIN tag probably didn't match the VIN I reported stolen from the info on the title.

    Anyhow, I'm not sure if I'd be concerned, I'm just explaining what might be going on. I personally don't know why anyone would change a BelAir to a 210 on purpose.
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    I can certainly see what you’re saying Chevynut, I don’t know what the condition of the car was before it was done. Anything is possible but as I said even the cowl tag showed it as a Bel Air. The car was registered when I purchased it I actually drove it with last owners plate. I have no way to tell if the holes were filled considering it has nice paint on it. The car was completely redone so who knows. I know the fenders are not original.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slotrifive View Post
    I can certainly see what you’re saying Chevynut, I don’t know what the condition of the car was before it was done. Anything is possible but as I said even the cowl tag showed it as a Bel Air. The car was registered when I purchased it I actually drove it with last owners plate. I have no way to tell if the holes were filled considering it has nice paint on it. The car was completely redone so who knows. I know the fenders are not original.
    Just for grins look at the tops of the doors, behind the weatherstrip, and see if you can see any evidence of welded holes. You might be able to see the bottom holes at the c-pillars from inside the trunk if it's not upholstered. If it was welded up, you should be able to tell. If there's no evidence of welding there, it's probably a 210 body. Trim tags can be changed pretty easily. Does yours look like it has the stock rivets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chevynut View Post
    Just for grins look at the tops of the doors, behind the weatherstrip, and see if you can see any evidence of welded holes. You might be able to see the bottom holes at the c-pillars from inside the trunk if it's not upholstered. If it was welded up, you should be able to tell. If there's no evidence of welding there, it's probably a 210 body. Trim tags can be changed pretty easily. Does yours look like it has the stock rivets?
    I’ll take a look over the weekend. Not sure what the stock rivets look like, first classic car I’ve ever owned.
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    Post a photo and we'll be able to tell. The rivets have an indentation on the head, the head is shaped like a pop rivet, but there's no pin or mandrel that's been "popped" off.

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    Going back to the 'Model Usage' or 'Model' columns on the Paint and Trim Charts, the following 'model codes' are used (I think I've listed every code here, so every MODEL of the 1955 Chevrolet should be listed). The SDL, Spt Cpe, Conv, and Nomad are 'self explanatory', but for all levels of the 2 dr sedan (150, 210, BA), 4 dr sedan (150, 210, and BA), 2 dr wagon (150 and 210) and 4 dr wagon (150, 210, BA) one of these numerical codes should apply for each one of them. Can some of you identify which is which (maybe for your own car?). I'd like to totally complete this listing if we can... I've identified the ones Rick already discussed in this thread.
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    1200
    1211
    1211B -
    1219 -
    1263F -
    1271 -
    1011A - 2-dr Sedan 210 (DelRay)
    1011 - 2-dr Sedan 210
    1019 -
    1037 -
    1011D - 2 dr Sedan BA
    1019D -
    1037D -
    1062F -
    1063F -
    1062DF -
    1067D -
    SDL -
    Nomad -
    Spt Cpe -
    Conv -

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    Slotrifive, enjoy your ride in the excitement your wife bought for you. That's a real nice 55.

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    Here's the list with the blanks fill in.

    1000 - All Bel Air/210
    1200 - All 150
    1211 - 150 2 door sedan
    1211B - 150 2 door utility sedan
    1219 - 150 4 door sedan
    1263F - 150 2 door wagon (Handyman)
    1271 - 150 sedan delivery
    1011A - 2-dr Sedan 210 (DelRay)
    1011 - 2-dr Sedan 210
    1019 - 210 4 door sedan
    1037 - 210 sport coupe (2 door hardtop)
    1011D - 2 dr Sedan BA
    1019D - Bel Air 4 door sedan
    1037D - Bel Air sport coupe (2 door hardtop)
    1062F - 210 4 door wagon
    1063F - 210 2 door wagon (Handyman)
    1062DF - Bel Air 4 door wagon (Beauville)
    1067D - Bel Air convertible
    SDL - is this sedan delivery? 1271
    Nomad - 1064DF
    Spt Cpe - 1037, 1037D
    Conv - 1067D

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