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Old 03-03-2006   #1
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1988 pontiac gta notchback?

i just bought a 1988 notchback......? maybe.....it has the 5.7 engine.......hard top...and the notchback trunk.......ive read that the 10th number on the vin should be a k......mines a j........? do i have a real notchback or not? the vin number on the front window and the hatch sticker is the same vin number........can anyone tell me what to look for........i dont want to restore this if it is an aftermarket hatch just put on........but the vins are the same....im confused......any help would be great.......the vin is 1G2FW2187JL237565
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Old 03-04-2006   #2
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

The VIN doesn't tell if it's a notchback or not, you need to check the SPID label in the console for the AA8 code, this will tell you if it's a true notchback.
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Old 03-04-2006   #3
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

VIN decodes as the following

VIN:1G2FW2187JL237565

Made in: United States
Manufacturer: General Motors
Model Year: 1988
Make: Pontiac
Carline Series: Trans Am
Engine Code: 350 CI V8 B2L/L98
Restraint System: Manual Belts
Assembly Plant: Van Nuys
Production Sequence: 237565
Carline Code: F-body
Body Type: 2 Door Coupe
Check Digit is Valid

10th digit is the year, J = 88 K = 89

According to the RPO info Frankie has posted

1988 = AA8 -- Rear Compartment Lid, Notchback -- 624

1989 = AA8 -- Rear Compartment Lid, Notchback -- 1

I think it's safe to say that you have a notchback, but verify the SPID to make sure.
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Old 03-04-2006   #4
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

Quote:
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VIN decodes as the following

VIN:1G2FW2187JL237565

Made in: United States
Manufacturer: General Motors
Model Year: 1988
Make: Pontiac
Carline Series: Trans Am
Engine Code: 350 CI V8 B2L/L98
Restraint System: Manual Belts
Assembly Plant: Van Nuys
Production Sequence: 237565
Carline Code: F-body
Body Type: 2 Door Coupe
Check Digit is Valid

10th digit is the year, J = 88 K = 89

According to the RPO info Frankie has posted

1988 = AA8 -- Rear Compartment Lid, Notchback -- 624

1989 = AA8 -- Rear Compartment Lid, Notchback -- 1

I think it's safe to say that you have a notchback, but verify the SPID to make sure.
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Old 03-04-2006   #5
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?


so is my notchback number 624,,,,and not sure what a spid is? im new at this....thanks for looking it up for me......i was nervous
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Old 03-04-2006   #6
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

Whoever has that 10th digit "K" with a Notchback owns the rarest GTA out there, cause only ONE notchback was made in 1989!!
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Old 03-04-2006   #7
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

do all notchbacks have the rearseats with the raised headrests?
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

The SPID is the RPO code sheet that should be attached to the inside of the console.

I believe all notchbacks had different rear seats that had headrests in them.
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Old 03-09-2006   #9
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

[QUOTE=coscob]i just bought a 1988 notchback......? maybe.....it has the 5.7 engine.......hard top...and the notchback trunk.......ive read that the 10th number on the vin should be a k......mines a j........? do i have a real notchback or not? the vin number on the front window and the hatch sticker is the same vin number........can anyone tell me what to look for........i dont want to restore this if it is an aftermarket hatch just put on........but the vins are the same....im confused......any help would be great.......the vin is 1G2FW2187JL237565[/QUOTE
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

anyone now where i can get a stock gta steering wheel for a 1988 the one with the control buttons on it.......thanks....rob
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

Good luck they are hard to come by.Try Hawks.
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

hawks.......is that hawks .com?
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Old 03-14-2006   #13
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

i have a 1988 gta....the headliner is down and has to be replaced....the question is...how does the light bar....the one with the pushbutton light in it with a pouch and it has the trip meter on it........how does the bar go on....was not on car when i got it....any pictures or help would be great.....my email is faes@webtv.net
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Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

WRONG EMAIL.....CORRECT ONE IS FAES@OPTONLINE.NET
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Help Me Please Re: 1988 pontiac gta notchback?

Does Anyone Know How To Install The Overhead Console In The Headliner And How Does It Get Power? ......and What Is The Wire For In The Rearview Mirror? Im Trying To Restore This Car But Dont Know How Everything Goes In...it Was On Front Seat When I Bought The Car....thanks....rob
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