Service Parts Identification Decal

Code Crunching

For years, automobile owners of different makes and models have been able to find out what options, standard equipment and packages their vehicles originally came with from the factory through the help of equipment codes, usually located on a decal or a slip of paper somewhere on or in the vehicle. Some owners have had the ability to take those codes and figure out how many vehicles were made just like that one in a given model year. This has been very common practice with Corvette owners as well as other muscle cars from the 60’s and 70’s. With the recent popularity of auto auctions on TV, you may have heard terms like “1 of 10 in this color”, “1 of 13 with this engine” or other similar expressions relating to equipment options. Knowing how many or how few of a particular vehicle were built can play a critical role in its value.


Tale of the Typhoon

June 1st 2000, that was the day it became mine, #180 of 2200 built in 1993. Over the past 11 years, there have been many ups and downs and like most Syclone and Typhoon owners, it’s been a love/hate relationship. I have a closet full of trophies, plaques and awards dating from 2000 to about 2005, but that’s where it stops. After that, things just seemed to take a turn for the worse, problem after problem seemed to pile up and it seemed to be a losing battle.