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Old 01-26-2019, 09:28 PM
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1987 GTA f/s less than 3,000 miles -not mine

1987 GTA F/S
not my car but nice I think its overpriced by a bit


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Old 01-26-2019, 09:41 PM
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Re: 1987 GTA f/s less than 3,000 miles -not mine

I’ve seen that ad floating around; the filthy wheels and Kumho tires bother me on an alleged 3k mi car.

Edit: so does the painted hood latch
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For the record, my hood latch is also painted.
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For the record, my hood latch is also painted.
Interesting... mine is not (also a Norwood 87, like the link), nor are the front latch bolts red
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The GTA linked above is a Van Nuys car. So is mine. Could that be the difference?

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Re: 1987 GTA f/s less than 3,000 miles -not mine

Originally Posted by scottmoyer View Post
The GTA linked above is a Van Nuys car. So is mine. Could that be the difference?

It would be interesting to document any "differences" between same models from Van Nuys and Norwood plants....
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The GTA linked above is a Van Nuys car. So is mine. Could that be the difference?

I thought only Norwood cars had the black cowl by the wipers?
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This is my '88 T/A, Van Nuys obviously. All painted parts as discussed above, and a blacked out cowl. Only the original owner before me, and no signs of paint work on the whole car.


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87, Norwood car, black cowl, natural hood latch, black anodized bolts

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89, Van Nuys car, body colored cowl, natural hood latch, black anodized bolts

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Well, this isn't going to be easy to untangle, is it....
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I looked back at the 87 for sale; 11th digit of the VIN looks to be “L” not “N”; that makes it a Van Nuys car like Scott said.

Initially, I thought it was Norwood based on the black cowl; interesting

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So Van Nuys built cars all had painted hood latches ??
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Not according to post #10 above.
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I've owned probably 15 3rd gens over the last 30 plus years and I dont recall ever owning one with a painted hood latch.
(just looked through all my old pics). Scott's car is the only one I've seen, but admittedly, it's not something I've been specifically looking at/for.
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I've owned probably 15 3rd gens over the last 30 plus years and I dont recall ever owning one with a painted hood latch.
(just looked through all my old pics). Scott's car is the only one I've seen, but admittedly, it's not something I've been specifically looking at/for.
I have had 5 myself; just did the same looking through pics - all natural, except for my old ‘86 IROC (which I know for a fact was repainted) - I even found a picture of a friend’s old ‘88 Formula, which was also natural with black bolts - the only variance I noticed over the years was with the upper latch on the hood, where Norwood was natural but Van Nuys was painted, but i’ve never had an original one from either plant with a painted lower latch or painted bolts.

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My 1989 Van Nuys built IROC convertible has the latch along with the bolts NOT painted.

My 1988 Van Nuys built IROC convertible has the latch along with the bolts painted.

My 1988 Van Nuys built GTA Notchback has the latch along with the bolts painted.

My 1987 Van Nuys built IROC t-top 350 has the latch along with the bolts painted.

My 1985 Van Nuys built California IROC has the latch along with the bolts painted. It also has the spring on the hood painted the same color as the car which my other 1987-1989 Van Nuys built cars don't have the spring painted. Has anybody else got the same things painted or not painted? Mine are original cars.

They may have stopped painting the latch and mounting bolts in 1989. I also noticed the spring on the hood isn't painted from 1987-1989 on the cars I have.
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Originally Posted by yo soy el warg View Post
My 1989 Van Nuys built IROC convertible has the latch along with the bolts NOT painted.

My 1988 Van Nuys built IROC convertible has the latch along with the bolts painted.

My 1988 Van Nuys built GTA Notchback has the latch along with the bolts painted.

My 1987 Van Nuys built IROC t-top 350 has the latch along with the bolts painted.

My 1985 Van Nuys built California IROC has the latch along with the bolts painted. It also has the spring on the hood painted the same color as the car which my other 1987-1989 Van Nuys built cars don't have the spring painted. Has anybody else got the same things painted or not painted? Mine are original cars.

They may have stopped painting the latch and mounting bolts in 1989. I also noticed the spring on the hood isn't painted from 1987-1989 on the cars I have.
Seems to be no rhyme or reason to this - I have a 1988 Van Nuys built Formula 350 and the latch is NOT painted.
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I just checked my 1988 V6 sport coupe and it has the latch and bolts painted. I bought this V6 sport coupe and my 1988 IROC vert years apart and they were built on the same day, both were white, and 1 Vin number difference between them, what are the odds of that happening? The Van Nuys plant built IROC verts right along with V6 hard top coupes.
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I just checked my 1988 V6 sport coupe and it has the latch and bolts painted. I bought this V6 sport coupe and my 1988 IROC vert years apart and they were built on the same day, both were white, and 1 Vin number difference between them, what are the odds of that happening? The Van Nuys plant built IROC verts right along with V6 hard top coupes.
Strange, I see no pattern at all with this - it's odd at best
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82 Van Nuys car, painted latch and bolts


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Those aren't real pics. Those aren't your cars. It's clay bar residue not paint. It's a conspiracy. My lawyers will be in touch.

Can't really tell, but kinda looks like my 83 VN and 86 T/A (VN or NW Idk), both may have been painted. But I'd really consider a natural zinc hood latch and black phosphate bolts to be correct. Anyone that proves otherwise should consider themselves on notice, monitored, and subject to inevitable unmasking! Those meddling kids with their dog. N ****.
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It also has the spring on the hood painted the same color as the car which my other 1987-1989 Van Nuys built cars don't have the spring painted.
I'm 99% sure my spring is body color, like the latch. I should be able to recall for sure...I've hung a work light from it enough times. But it's a little cold out (zero) right now for me to want to run to the garage and check.

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Now you guys got me curious, lol. I'll be checking when i get back to the shop later. Which digit in the vin tells where built?
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how did this thread go from a clean super low mile car to paint on a hood latch???
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how did this thread go from a clean super low mile car to paint on a hood latch???
Yeah, got carried away - sorry - I will start a new thread for the hood latch question.......
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New thread started - for the hood latch topic
See "Hood Latch - painted or unpainted" in History / Originality for further comment
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No worries I just like cats
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