1979 Camaro Parts and Restoration Information

1979 Camaro Specifications

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1979 saw the addition of the Berlinetta Chevy Camaro. The higher-end/luxury Berlinetta had replaced the Type LT.

The standard Camaro, RS and Z28 were the same as in 1978.


1979 Camaro Model Options

Engine Options:

  • 250 cubic inch V6
  • 305 cubic inch V8
  • 350 cubic inch V8

1979 Camaro Production: 

  • 21,913 6-cyl
  • 260,658 V8
  • 282,571 total

Dealer Introduction: 9/21/78

Vehicle Identification Example: 1Q87G9N500001

  • First digit is GM Division: 1 = Chevrolet
  • Second digit is model: Q = Sport Coupe, Rally Sport and Z28, S = Berlinetta
  • Digits 3 & 4 are body type: 87 = 2dr. coupe
  • Fifth digit is engine code: D = 250ci, G = 305ci, L = 350ci
  • Sixth digit is model year: 9 = 1979
  • Seventh digit is N for Norwood assembly, L for Van Nuys
  • Last six digits increased one with each car built at each plant

Dimensions:

  • Length: 197.6″
  • Height: 49.2″
  • Width: 74.5″
  •  Wheelbase: 108.0″

Curb Weight: (in pounds)

  • 1FQ87 (L6) – 3392
  • 1FS87 (L6) – 3458

1979 Ending VIN by Month

  • Norwood
    • Aug I – 503902
    • Sep – 509129
    • Oct – 522101
    • Nov – 534205
    • Dec – 544226
    • Jan – 557997
    • Feb – 570108
    • Mar – 583947
    • Apr – 595030
    • May – 607586
    • Jun – 620004
    • Jul – 629925
    • Aug II – 652657
  • Van Nuys
    • Aug I – N.A.
    • Sep – 515172
    • Oct – 529004
    • Nov – 542051
    • Dec – 552732
    • Jan – 566439
    • Feb – 579576
    • Mar – 593786
    • Apr – 605841
    • May – 620184
    • Jun – 634254
    • Jul – 647777
    • Aug II – N.A.

1979 Camaro Spotters Guide & New Features

1979 looked to be a fantastic year but teetered on the dumper with the gas crisis and problems with a certain peanut farmer. Despite the uncertainty the 1979 Camaro set a sales record with 282,582 Camaros produced, including a record 84,877 Z28’s.
Inside the car, the dashboard was redesigned, from the wrap around style used since 1970 to a square style dash. The A/C vents (if equipped) were now part of the instrument cluster bezel. Some neat electronic gizmos were added, including Cassette tapes & CB radios and the required antennas.
The Z28 got a new 3-piece front spoiler that wrapped around the front of the car along with restyled graphics. The Type LT was dropped and replaced with the Berlinetta. Despite all the external problems, the 1979 Camaro featured….

  • Redesigned Dashboard & instrument cluster face plate
  • Rally Sport offered as a specific model.
  • Type LT dropped, replaced with Berlinetta model.
  • Record setting sales year, 282,582 units produced
  • Electric grid rear window defrost, replaces forced air unit

Click here for Second Generation Camaro Spotters Guide & Summary of Yearly Changes


1979 Camaro Engines

* denotes California and high-altitude ratings


1979 Camaro

No manual transmissions available in California for 1979

Axle Ratio Key:

  • S = Standard ratio
  • E = Economy
  • P = Performance

Engine Codes

Abbreviations:

  • at = automatic transmission
  • ce = California emission controls
  • ci = cubic inch
  • ex = export
  • mt = manual transmission
  • uu = uncertain usage

Transmission & Rear Axle Codes

Note: Buick code located on governor cover

Transmission Code Example: Y9D27
(1979 TH350, 3 speed A/T, assembled April 27)
Click here for further transmission decoding information

Rear-end Code Example: PCG100D
(Chevy sourced 3.08 open, assembled on day shift of 100th day of the year)
Click here for further axle decoding information
Click Here for general axle info and tooth combinations


1979 Camaro Factory Options

RPO Description Qty Retail *
1FQ87 Camaro Sport Coupe 111,357 $4,676.90
1FQ87 Camaro Rally Sport Coupe 19,101 5,072.90
1FS87 Camaro Berlinetta Coupe 67,236 5,395.90
1FQ87 Camaro Z28 Sport Coupe 84,877 6,115.35
AK1 Belts, color-keyed seat and shoulder 128,378 23.00
AN6 Adjustable Seat Back, driver side 32,061 23.00
AU3 Power Door Locks 53,309 86.00
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 247,484 64.00
A02 Tinted windshield 9,689
A31 Power Windows 81,481 132.00
BS1 Acoustical Insulation Package
B37 Floor Mats, color-keyed front and rear 152,931 23.00
B80 Molding, roof drip 116,158 24.00
B84 Moldings, body side 124,166 43.00
B93 Moldings, door edge 96,541 13.00
Vinyl Roof Cover 5,341 112.00
CC1 Roof Panels, removable glass 33,584 655.00
CD4 Windshield Wipers, intermittent 62,532 38.00
C49 Defogger, rear window 127,171 99.00
C60 Air Conditioning 91,062 562.00
D35 Mirrors, sport right and left remote exterior 101,529 43.00
D55 Console 278,407 80.00
D80 Spoiler, rear 53,499 58.00
F41 Suspension, sport 20,714 41.00
G80 Rear Axle, limited slip 38,604 64.00
G92 Rear Axle, performance ratio 2,438 18.00
J50 Power Brakes (included with Z28) 192,505 76.00
K05 Engine Block Heater 5,528
K30 Speed Control, cruise master 75,013 103.00
LG3 Engine, 305ci, 145hp V8 (135hp in Calif) 138,197 235.00
LM1 Engine, 350ci, 170hp V8 (160hp in Calif) 122,461 360.00
MM3 Transmission, 3-speed manual 3,776
MM4 Transmission, 4-speed wide range 10,796 135.00
MX1 Transmission, automatic 249,012 335.00
M21 Transmission, 4-speed close ratio (Z28 only) 18,987 nc
NA5 Emission Equipment, standard 246,919 nc
NA6 Emission Equipment, high altitude 537 35.00
N33 Tilt Steering Column 145,761 75.00
N65 Spare Tire, stowaway 55,871 nc
N90 Wheels, aluminum 57,907 315.00
PE1 Wheels, custom-style 5,559 143.00
P01 Wheel Covers, bright metal 10,431 43.00
P40 Tire Equipment, export 4,440
QBT Tires, FR78x14 belted radial white letter 48,568 65.00
QDV Tires, FR78x14 belted blackwall 8,391
QDW Tires, FR78x14 belted radial white stripe 133,552 49.00
QEG Tires, E78x14 belted black wall 1,565 -118.95
QEH Tires, E78x14 belted white stripe 5,618 -71.95
QGR Tires, P225x70-15 white letter (Z28) 81,395
QRZ Tires, GR70-15 white letter (Z28) 3,482
T70 Headlamps, export 1,595
T89 Tail lamps, export 491
T90 Lamps, rear end lighting & reflectors 3,529
TR9 Lighting, auxiliary 89,014 37.00
UA1 Battery, heavy-duty 41,533 20.00
UM1 Radio, AM with stereo tape 6,875 248.00
UM2 Radio, AM-FM with stereo tape 37,713 335.00
UN3 Radio, AM-FM with stereo cassette 19,195 341.00
UP5 Radio, AM-FM with CB and power antenna 198 489.00
UP6 Radio, AM-FM stereo CB and power antenna 1,355 570.00
UY8 Radio, AM-FM stereo with clock 1,182 395.00
U05 Horns, dual 36,476 9.00
U14 Special Instrumentation 20,015 112.00
U18 Speedometer, export 5,786
U35 Clock 20,995 23.00
U58 Radio, AM-FM stereo 37,120 232.00
U63 Radio, AM 61,755 85.00
U69 Radio, AM-FM 30,947 158.00
U75 Antenna, power 14,214 47.00
U76 Antenna, windshield type 71,047 27.00
U80 Speaker, rear seat 22,801 25.00
V01 Radiator, heavy-duty 17,748 33.00
VE1 Spoiler Delete 81
YF5 Emission Equipment, required for California 35,115 83.00
ZJ7 Rally Wheels 86,119 93.00
Z21 Style Trim Group 116,340 73.00
Z49 Canadian Equipment 20,919
Z54 Interior Decor and Quiet Sound Package 32,551 64.00

* Option prices are retail for base model. Prices could be reduced or option could be had at no charge if it was included as standard equipment on the Z28 or Berlinetta model


1979 Camaro Exterior & Interior Color Codes

Trim Tag (Norwood Built Camaro)

79 cam vin 1

Trim Tag (LA Built Camaro)

79 Cam vin 2

The trim tag, located on the cowl area identifies significant information about your car.
Click Here for general trim tag decoding information.

Paint Code Color Qty Vinyl Top Interior Availability
1111 79 Cam White 35,516 B-Bg-Bk-W B-Bk-C-G-O-T
15 15 79 Cam Silver 25,949 BK-S-W Bk-C-O
19 19 79 Cam Black 34,115 B-Bg-Bk-S-W B-Bk-C-O-T
22 22 79 Cam Light Blue 27,449 B-Bk-S-W B-Bk-O
24 24 79 Cam Bright Blue 20,926 Bk-W B-Bk-O-T
29 29 79 Cam Dark Blue 36,026 B-Bk-S-W B-Bk-O-T
40 40 79 Cam Light Green 3,450 Bk-G-W Bk-G
44 44 79 Cam Medium Green 3,894 Bk-G-W Bk-G
51 51 79 Cam Bright Yellow 11,875 Bk-W Bk-O-T
61 61 79 Cam Beige 11,370 Bk-Bg-W Bk-C-T
6363 79 Cam Camel 14,052 Bk-Bg-W Bk-C
6969 79 Cam Dark Brown 22,170 Bg-W Bk-O-T
7575 79 cam Red 15,593 Bk-W Bk-C-O-T
7777 79 Cam Carmine 20,185 Bk-C-S-W Bk-C-O-T

Abbreviations:

  • B = Blue
  • Bg = Beige
  • Bk = Black
  • C = Carmine
  • G = Green
  • O = Oyster
  • S = Silver
  • T = Tan
  • W = White

1979 Vinyl Top Code:

  • 11T = White
  • 15T = Silver Metallic
  • 19T = Black
  • 22T = Light Blue
  • 40T = Pastel Green
  • 61T = Medium Beige
  • 79T = Dark Carmine Metallic

Interior Trim Codes

Code number is color:

  • 12 = Oyster
  • 19 = Black
  • 24 = Blue
  • 44 = Green
  • 62 = Tan
  • 74 = Carmine

Suffix letter is trim level:

  • B = Standard Cloth
  • C = Custom Cloth
  • N = Custom vinyl
  • R = Standard vinyl

 

Standard
vinyl
19r 79 cam 24r 79 cam 44r 79 Cam 62r 79 Cam 74r 79 Cam Standard
Cloth
19b 79 cam 24b 79 Cam 62b 79 Cam 74b 79 Cam

19R
Bk

24R
B

44R
G

62R
T

74R
C

19B
Bk

24B
B

62B
T

74B
C

Custom
vinyl
19n 79 Cam 24n 79 Cam 62n 79 Cam 74n 79 Cam Custom
Cloth
12c 79 Cam 19c 79 Cam 24c 79 Cam 44c 79 Cam 62c 79 Cam 74c 79 Cam

19N
Bk

24N
B

62N
T

74N
C

12C
O

19C
Bk

24C
B

44C
G

62C
T

74C
C

Abbreviations:

  • B = Blue
  • Bk = Black
  • C = Carmine
  • G = Green
  • O = Oyster
  • T = Tan

Interior Trim / Seat Type order code, availability & cost

V**2 – vinyl Bucket Seats / N/A Berlinetta / no charge

C**2 – Cloth Bucket Seats / N/A Berlinetta / $23

Custom Interior:
Includes glove compartment light and additional instrument cluster lighting, special insulation, “Berlinetta” type seats, seat trim and door trim. Requires D35 sport mirrors.

X**2 – Custom vinyl Bucket / no charge w/ Berlinetta / $307.
F**2 – Custom Cloth Bucket / $23 w/Berlinetta / $330

Click here for a view of standard interior


1979 Camaro RPO Breakouts & Model Specifics

1979 Z21 Style Trim:

Includes body  colored insert on door handles; bright roof drip, lock pillar, upper fender, hood panel and belt moldings plus bright accented parking lights.


1979 Camaro Z28 Special Performance Package 

Engine:

350 LM-1 V8 with Revised exhaust, carburetion, and ignition timing, dropped horsepower to 175 for 49-States versions and 170 bhp in California. Torque was also slightly lower this year.
Click here to see the specific LM-1 Engine Components.

1979 Z28 Carburetor (Rochester Quadra jet)

Transmission: 

4-speed Borg-Warner T-10, aluminum case, Inland or Hurst shifter, 2.54:1 low (not available in California). Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 optional, mandatory in California.

Clutch: 11-inch diameter.

Rear Axle:

Ratios were 3.42 for Turbo Hydra-Matic and 3.73 for 4-speed; no options

Brakes: 

11-inch, vented, cast-iron front discs with vacuum assist standard. Rear 9.5-inch drums. (unchanged since 1970)

Front Suspension:

Spring rates 365 lb./in. Stabilizer 1.2 inch. Identical to and unchanged from 1977.

Rear Suspension:

Spring rate 127 lb./in. Rear Stabilizer .55 inch. Identical and unchanged since 1977.

Steering:

Power assist, straight 13.02:1 overall. Identical & unchanged since 1977.

Wheels & Tires: 

15 x 7 rims, Goodyear GR70-15 steel-belted radials standard. Identical to 1978.
Click here to see the specific 1979 Z28 Chassis Specifications.

Other Options, equipment, facts:

New 3-piece front spoiler added. Z-28 graphics changed for 1979, and instrument cluster & dash revised along with other ’79 Camaro’s. Headlight bezels and window trim were black anodized, not chrome. Functional “gill” style fender vents, and a non-functional “stinger” style hood scoop continued, along with a simulated Rope wrapped steering wheel, unique to the Z28.

Total Production: 84,887


1979 Z54 Interior Decor/Quiet Sound:

Includes glove compartment light and additional instrument cluster lighting; simulated leather accents on instrument cluster; special engine compartment, hood and interior insulation (Standard with Berlinetta)


1979 Rally Sport Model :

Two tone paint scheme, includes “upper color” hood, header panel, grill, headlamp bezels, top of fenders, front part of roof, upper portion of doors, rear end panel and license plate opening. Tri-color decal separates upper color from body color. Tri-color rally sport decals on fenders and deck lid. Option D35 sport mirrors, D80 rear spoiler and ZJ7 Rally Wheels were standard.
Not available w/vinyl roof, not combinable with Z28 or Berlinetta model.
Available lower body color choices were: Lt. Blue, Beige, Red, Silver, White & Bright Yellow.

Click here to view a: 1979 Rally Sport Camaro (GM Photo) | Nice Rally Sport Camaro


1979 Berlinetta –  Included Custom Interior, bright upper and lower grille, bright windshield and rear window moldings, dual pin stripe treatment, body color sport mirrors (D35), argent applique on rear panel, specific trim and either polycast wheels (PE1) or color-keyed aluminum wheels (N90, 14 x 7″) (optional). Amberlite insulation blankets included in doors, rear quarters, roof/sail panels, behind rear seat, under package tray and under carpeting (RPO Z54 interior decor/quiet sound). Option U05 dual horns and U14 Special Instrumentation were also standard equipment.


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