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Hi there, I need some help from you guy's. We are new to the vintage sled thing, and can't seem to find information about Chaparral identification. We have looked at a number of Chap chassis and the ID tag on all of them has been an embossed aluminum tag riveted to the right side of the chassis under the number stamped into the side of the tunnel. The tag has the serial No. the model and engine size. Now, the sled we have has no serial No. stamped into the tunnel nor does it have the aluminum tag on the tunnel (no rivet holes where one should have been either.) We did find a stick on foil tag on a seat frame cross brace that has a number that apears to have been put on it with a common old manual typewriter. This is the number we found FCMK2713755. Is this the ID number? Does someone know how to decode this ID number?

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Hi there, I need some help from you guy's. We are new to the vintage sled thing, and can't seem to find information about Chaparral identification. We have looked at a number of Chap chassis and the ID tag on all of them has been an embossed aluminum tag riveted to the right side of the chassis under the number stamped into the side of the tunnel. The tag has the serial No. the model and engine size. Now, the sled we have has no serial No. stamped into the tunnel nor does it have the aluminum tag on the tunnel (no rivet holes where one should have been either.) We did find a stick on foil tag on a seat frame cross brace that has a number that apears to have been put on it with a common old manual typewriter. This is the number we found FCMK2713755. Is this the ID number? Does someone know how to decode this ID number?

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can you post a pic of the sled...that might help identify it.
 

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I currently do not have a way to post a photo. The sled is a red Thunderbird, was told by the original owner he thinks he got it around 1973.
 

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If the hood is red on both sides and is more of a plastic material it is a 72 or earlier. If it is white on the inside and fiberglass it will be a 73 or 74. If you can not find the serial numbers look on the front bulkhead area, like under the bend right after the y-pipe, the 71's and I have seen a couple 72's with this number stamped there. If it is a 72 and earlier t-bird the track will be 18" also. I believe the 73 and 74's were all 15" tracks. Hope this helps. Kevin

I attached a photo of a 72 firebird, slight difference with hood but looks fairly close.
 

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If the hood is red on both sides and is more of a plastic material it is a 72 or earlier. If it is white on the inside and fiberglass it will be a 73 or 74. If you can not find the serial numbers look on the front bulkhead area, like under the bend right after the y-pipe, the 71's and I have seen a couple 72's with this number stamped there. If it is a 72 and earlier t-bird the track will be 18" also. I believe the 73 and 74's were all 15" tracks. Hope this helps. Kevin

I attached a photo of a 72 firebird, slight difference with hood but looks fairly close.[/b]
 

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I want to thank you for taking the time to answer our question. I have not yet figured out the year yet. Though I am learning more from you folks sharing your knowledge with us. I did speak to the original owner some more and he indicated that the hood may have been changed due to a wild tree jumping out in front of his brother at one point! Would a sled of older vintage "70-71" be different than the "73" for ID markings.
 
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