GM Full Size Vans 1987-1997 Repair Guide

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The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate is mounted on the driver's side of the instrument panel, and is visible through the windshield.

See Figure 1



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Fig. Fig. 1: The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is visible through the windshield

A 17-character code is used:

The first character is the country of origin:



1 = United States
 
2 = Canada
 
3 = Mexico
 

The second character indicates the manufacturer: G = General Motors

The third character indicates the make: Chevrolet (C) or GMC (T).

The fourth character is the Gross Vehicle Weight range in pounds, as follows:



B = 3,001-4,000
 
C = 4,001-5,000
 
D = 5,001-6,000
 
E = 6,001-7,000
 
F = 7,001-8,000
 
G = 8,001-9,000
 
H = 9,001-10,000
 
J = 10,001-14,000
 
K = 14,001-16,000
 

The fifth character is vehicle line and chassis type: G = full-sized van.

The sixth character is the weight code rating, as follows:



1 = 1 / 2 ton
 
2 = 3 / 4 ton
 
3 = 1 ton
 

The seventh character is the body type, as follows:



0 = chassis only
 
1 = cutaway van
 
2 = forward control
 
3 = 4-door cab
 
4 = 2-door cab
 
5 = van
 
6 = Suburban
 
7 = motor home chassis
 
8 = Blazer/Jimmy
 
9 = extended cab
 

The eighth character is the engine code, as follows:



C = 8-379 (6.2L) diesel
 
H = 8-305 (5.0L)
 
J = 8-379 (6.2L) diesel
 
K = 8-350 (5.7L) with TBI
 
M = 8-350 (5.7L) with 4-bbl. carburetor
 
N = 8-454 (7.4L) with TBI
 
T = 6-292 (4.8L)
 
W = 8-454 (7.4L) with 4-bbl. carburetor
 
Z = 6-262 (4.3L)
 

The ninth character is a check digit.

The tenth character is the year code:



H = 1987
 
J = 1988
 
K= 1989
 
L = 1990
 

The eleventh character denotes the assembly plant, as folows:



B = Baltimore, MD
 
E = Pontiac East, MI
 
F = Flint, MI
 
J = Janesville, WI
 
S = St. Louis, MO
 
V = Pontiac, MI
 
Z = Fort Wayne, IN
 
0 = Pontiac, MI
 
1 = Oshawa, ON
 
2 = Moraine, OH
 
3 = Detroit, MI
 
4 = Scarborough, ON
 
7 = Lordstown, OH
 
8 = Shreveport, LA
 

See Figure 2



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Fig. Fig. 2: The last six numbers make up the consecutive serial number.

 
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