1970 Camaro Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Locations and Decoding:
For the 1970 model year the VIN number can be found on the Camaro body in three locations. The primary VIN tag which includes the complete Vehicle Identification Number and two hidden VIN locations which include a partial VIN stamped into the bodies sheet metal.
The Primary VIN location where the "VIN Tag" can be located in 1970 has been moved from the 1967 location of the drivers side door pillar between the two door hinges to the top of the dash panel as is indicated in "image a". Here you will find a rectangular metal tag attached to the body by two rivets from underneath the dash panel. The rivets themselves are generally not visible as they are covered by the dash pad when laying flat in place but if you examine (strongly recommended) the rivets from the bottom where the head is you will see that they are rosette rivets. A rosette rivet is like a standard rivet but has six slots cut into the sides giving it more of a star or asterisk shape to it. If your car or a car you are considering purchasing has two round top rivets holding the VIN tag in place installed from the top or the rivets when inspected from the bottom are round edged and not the rosette type you will want to exercise a little caution and check a few other aspects of the car prior to purchase. This does not guarantee that there is any type of problem with your vehicles Vehicle Identification Number tag but it does indicate that at some point it may have been removed form the car for one reason or another. In this case you will want to make sure to inspect and verify the two hidden VINs stamped into the cars body to verify they match the last 8 digits of the metal VIN tag at the door pillar. The most worrisome of the reasons that people remove a tag for is what is known as a rebody where a car with a poor condition body but high value options such as a big block or Z28 has its VIN removed and attached to a lower value body that is in far better condition.
The next two places that possess a VIN number on your Camaros body are the under the upper Cowl on the passenger side and near the heater blower motor opening hole also on the passenger side, both are indicated in "images b and c". Both of these numbers are partial VIN numbers and should be an exact match with the VIN tag mounted to the door pillar. So if your vehicles VIN is 124679N523456 then your partial VIN should reflect 9N523456. To access these two VINs will require a little work first by removing the upper cowl panel and windshield wipers to clearly access the upper hidden VIN and for the second hidden VIN the heater blower motor needs to be removed which is very labor intensive requiring removal of the passenger side fender in most cases.
Now that you know where to find the hidden VIN numbers on your car we just need to decode what these numbers mean. The vin can be broken down into seven sections as indicated in the image and chart below.
1= Chevy II (Nova)
|Engine Cylinders||3= L6
|Body Style||87= Sport Coupe|
|Year||Indicates Model Year
|Assembly Plant||L= Los Angeles, California
N= Norwood, Ohio
|Serial Number||ID number assigned at the assembly plant|