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Post by markyb812 on Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:33 pm

Hi people...
Mark here from southend on sea England, I'm the owner of a sweet 30k mile 76 Laguna.
the 400ci motor is tastefully upgraded but tries to look stock, it drives very well and has gone  high 13 s at santa pod (our best known drag strip)
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Re: Hello from England

Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:55 pm

That is a sweet ride, Mark! Welcome to the site.

So...how did you come by getting such a nice 'Guna in England?
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Post by Joe73 on Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:01 pm

Welcome.e and very nice ride. I did the know santa had his own Pond. Lol. Love the color too.
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Re: Hello from England

Post by thatfnthing on Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:28 pm

Welcome! Nice car!

Hey, aren't you on the wrong side of the road? The rozzers won't be impressed. Smile
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Post by clanceman427 on Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:44 pm

Welcome!  Beautiful car.  So well preserved.  And high 13's?  You're movin'. That is just motor?  Or did you go to a numerically higher rear gear ratio to get off the line quicker?  Either way, kudos!
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Re: Hello from England

Post by markyb812 on Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:13 pm

many thanks for your comments guys.. well I bought it from a guy that had owned it for ten years since he imported it through duffys classic cars, he's the guy that did the engine, he told me he used gm performance vortec 11 heads, holley 700dp carb, comp xe  cam, rpm intake manifold. it has ceramic headers pypes xpipe with side exits and flowmaster stainless exhaust. the 350 box has a shift kit and the rear end is 10 bolt 2.73 ..I'm happy with the gears as its plenty fast enough and I get great low rpm cruising, and very good mpg when I'm not making trouble.. yes I was on the wrong side of the road for the pics ..how about up on the pavement in front of southends famous victorian pleasure pier.  

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Post by ant7377 on Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:30 pm

Hey sharp car!! I saw a few American cars when I was there last. A cool 74 Trans am when I came up out of the Westminster tube stop. My cousins there tell me they always see them near the Halfords on Saturday mornings.
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Post by Damon23 on Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:01 pm

One of the cooler color combos of the 70's.

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Post by markyb812 on Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:31 am

ant7377 wrote:Hey sharp car!! I saw a few American cars when I was there last. A cool 74 Trans am when I came up out of the Westminster tube stop. My cousins there tell me they always see them near the Halfords on Saturday mornings.
yep serious amounts of American cars here ... I'm just down the river from there in Essex, its massive for classic Americans.. in my street of say 100 houses there's six inc my two,  70 torino and my s-3
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Post by ant7377 on Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:43 pm

Wow! Nice!
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Re: Hello from England

Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:30 pm

Nice, welcome!
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Re: Hello from England

Post by markyb812 on Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:40 pm

Roadcaptain S3 wrote:Nice, welcome!
you've all made me very welcome...many thanks
I've a question for you, If I wanted to find out when my car was born is it possible from the vin number? 1E37U6B451822
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Post by fasrnur on Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:10 pm

Welcome here Mark. You have a very nice looking Laguna. It's nice to see our cars and others being enjoyed over seas.

As for your question about your v.i.n., I'm sure someone will chime in on it and help you out. There are a lot of great folks here.

Jeff
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Re: Hello from England

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Re: Hello from England

Post by clanceman427 on Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:33 pm

Post a picture of the cowl tag, which should be underneath the very rear of the hood (bonnet) on the Yankee passenger side (bloke's driver side)
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Re: Hello from England

Post by 77camino on Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:37 am

Do you still have the decal on the drivers door? That would give you the month and year that it was built.
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Post by markyb812 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:02 am

many thanks for the vin info Hawk03 and I'll go look for that tag under the hood on the British drivers side U.S passenger side ..lol many thanks...and I'll take a look at the door cheers
here's another piece of my Americana that I'm very fond of
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Post by markyb812 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:36 pm

77camino wrote:Do you still have the decal on the drivers door? That would give you the month and year that it was built.
well done that man.. October 1975
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:34 pm

That's such a nice car, you might even be able to find the orig build sheet. I located mine under the front seat. My 77 was built in Doraville GA.

1975

VIN
1st symbol (1=Chevrolet)
2nd Symbol - series (C=Malibu, D=Malibu Classic, E=Laguna Type S-3, G=Malibu Classic Estate)
3rd & 4th Symbols - body style (29=four-door pillared hardtop sedan, 37=two-door pillared hardtop coupe, 35=four-door station wagon, 80=El Camino)
5th Symbol - engine (D=250-cid 105-hp inline six cylinder, H=350-cid 145-hp V-8, L=350-cid 165-hp V-8, U=400-cid 175-hp V-8, Y=454-cid 215-hp V-8 )
6th Symbol - model year (5=1975)
7th Symbol - assembly plant location (B=Baltimore, Maryland; D=Doraville, Georgia; Z=Fremont, California; R=Arlington, Texas; 1=Oshawa, Canada)
8th - 13th Symbols - Sequential unit production number at the specific factory

Fisher Body Tag info
Fisher Body Style Number (ST) consists of a prefix identifying model year & four or more symbols identifying the series & body style
Body Number consists of a prefix designating assembly plant & sequential unit production number at the specific factory
Trim Number (TR) identifies upholstery

http://www.g3gm.com/t1571-73-77-chevelle-vin-body-tag-codes

You might find this thread interesting:

http://www.g3gm.com/t9232-1977-orig-documents-and-build-sheet-pics?highlight=documents


And this is a great resource for you.

https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/
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Re: Hello from England

Post by markyb812 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:33 pm

many thanks for all the help guys..my next job is to try and find the build sheet.. Very Happy
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:35 pm

Fill us in as you go...I'd love to see the build sheet if you find one.

Any luck with the build plant info?
I'm curious.
(I had a 75 S3 as well)
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:07 pm

Build plant would be Baltimore (B).

So, we know Fremont plant usually put their Build Sheets on top of the gas tank (where I found mine on the '75 Laguna). And Doraville under the front seat? My '77 Monte built at Leeds plant (K.C.) was attached to inside of fenders (yep...2 of them). Anyone else find theirs?
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:30 pm

That's interesting.

I would have bet that an export (if new) to England came from Oshawa.
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Re: Hello from England

Post by markyb812 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:03 pm

well guys my laguna was in the states until 2006 and yes the vin makes me think Baltimore md (b)...so where did they normally hide the build sheets?
a few years back I owned a 65 belair and I found the build sheet in the rear seat tucked in the spring, lol I lost the trunk key and had to remove the seat to crawl through to get it open..
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Re: Hello from England

Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:12 pm

Being fairly lazy, I'd check the easy place first. Under the seat. Smile
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