Buick Protect-O-Plate guide?

Discussion in 'The "Paper Trail"' started by 75Riv, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. 75Riv

    75Riv A.K.A. Harry Clamshell

    Is there such a thing? I know about Chevrolet and Oldsmobile have some sort of guide, but is there a Buick version?
    Have a 71 Riviera P-O-P and would like to decipher it.
  2. Rivman

    Rivman Senior Ottawa Buick Guy

    Post the POP info Rob - I'm sure some of the experts here can give you a breakdown ! :TU:
  3. thepartsman

    thepartsman Back Ordered Again ?

    P-O-P guide is under "Identify Your Gran Sport" in the
    "Gran Sport Muscle" section.
    As Randy said post it here.
  4. 75Riv

    75Riv A.K.A. Harry Clamshell

    Compared the P-O-P page on the Atlanta site with this plate, but since this plate is a 71 Riviera, I'd figured there were more differences than simularities.
    I mirrored the P-O-P scan:



    It is not my car, I just purchased the trim tag, P-O-P and a 71 owners manual to add to my Buick collection of books manuals etc
    Was wondering if there was such a thing as a guide to decypher P-O-P's in the future.

    Thanks :TU:
  5. Rivman

    Rivman Senior Ottawa Buick Guy

    To decipher the info you need factory reference material for all the various models for each year of manufacture. This info is sometimes shown in the front of the Shop Manual, or Fisher Body Manual for any given year.
    The POP plate usually has the owner info, selling dealer info, and specific info pertaining to the vehicle. The info on a POP will match some of the info on the firewall body tag which was applied by Fisher, while the body sequence number and VIN number are different.
    The POP usually has:
    Body Trim No.
    Paint Code
    Engine Production Code No.
    Transmission Production Code No.
    VIN # (vehicle identification no.)
    Month Built Code
    Axle Code
    Accessory and Options Code

    Dave 'thepartsman' is an expert on GM data ! :beer :TU:
  6. thepartsman

    thepartsman Back Ordered Again ?

    1st Line
    674 = Interior, Sandalwood Cloth Notch back
    68 = Exterior color, Deep Chestnut
    E = Vinyl Top, Sandalwood

    494871H915672 = Vehicle Identification Number
    4 = Buick
    94 = Riviera
    87 = 2dr
    1 = 1971
    H = Flint assembly Plant
    915672 = Identification Sequence

    2nd Line
    TR 004 = Engine and Time Built Code
    TR = 455-4bbl
    004 =

    QJO 067 = Rear Axle and Time Built Code
    QJO = STD. 2.93 P.T.
    067 =

    3 = Month Built Code = March

    3rd Line
    BC 428 = Transmission ID and Time Built Code
    BC = THM 400
    428 =

    2 5 7 = Accessory Build Codes
    2 = Air Conditioning
    5 = Radio, AM/FM Stereo
    7 = Power Windows

    Dealer Delivery date appears to be April 23,1971

    Everything matches the Fisher Plate.
    There is still an ongoing discussion about the POP time built codes.
    For my opinion on these, send me an email.
    Also in the future there is plans for a POP breakdown chart for other years
    but at this time I am still rebuilding the site after the MAJOR hacking
    Atlanta Buick recieved in May.
  7. 75Riv

    75Riv A.K.A. Harry Clamshell

    David, thanks for so much effort :beers2:

    A breakdown chart for all Buicks would be a very good addition to the Atlanta site (which of course is in "my favorites"). I'm always hungry for these types of information.

    Pity that all that kind of info is spread over the internet;
    -the VIN excel file from Bob K Mando
    -production figures etc on buicks.net
    -P-O-P breakdown on Atlanta
    -color charts at autolibrary (and buick.net)
    -window sticker at Mike Trommeter's site
    -BBB indentification (and much more) at George Nenadovich's Buick Performance site

  8. Max Damage

    Max Damage I'm Working on it!

    I know that this is a long dead thread.

    The link above appears to be dead now.

    I wonder if there is any info on the protecto plates for 1968's?
  9. Dan Healey

    Dan Healey Well-Known Member

    The buick assembly manuals shows exactly what each digit means.

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