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How do you tell its a real Z?

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    How do you tell its a real Z?

    Hey all I just have a few questions for ya. I'm getting ready to buy my first Camaro from a family friend. It's supposed to be a z28 with an ls1 but I wanna make sure its each of those. What is the best/easiest way to tell? Thanks in advance for the help =D

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    Either from the GM Regular Production Option (RPO) code on the inside of the door or the VIN number.

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    8th character on the VIN should be G

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    Thanks guys.

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    or the "Z28" code in the RPOs on the sticker on the door.

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    open the hood.

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    only th z and the ss came with a v8 so if it has a v8 its 1 of those, just pop the hood. and nobody is dumb enough to pass an ss off as a z so that also narrows it down some

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    I just carfaxed the vin and it came back as what they told me it was so that's a good sign. I realize that I could just count the cylinders but that doesnt mean its an ls1. Im used to little 4-banger hondas that have an engine stamp telling you what it is so yeah lol. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't buying a P.O.S 305 tpi.

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    no by counting the cylinders it does mean its an ls1 thats the only v8 u could get (unless its a 01-02 then u had a slim chance of getting and ls6 block) and a tpi intake and ls1 intake look completely dif

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus81 View Post
    I just carfaxed the vin and it came back as what they told me it was so that's a good sign. I realize that I could just count the cylinders but that doesnt mean its an ls1. Im used to little 4-banger hondas that have an engine stamp telling you what it is so yeah lol. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't buying a P.O.S 305 tpi.
    You've never seen what an LS1 looks like?

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    lightly modified LS1:




    BONE STOCK LT1:


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    guys, there is a chance that someone swapped a ls1 into a v6 car....

    check the vin and the RPO codes, don't just go by what is under the hood.

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    Like poppn said I just wanted to make sure no one swapped in a lesser v8 (if that's possible) and me not know. I've never seen an LS1 in person so yeah I don't know what one truly looks like or what to look for. Like I said, i'm used to Hondas lol. Thanks for the pics btw.

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