1981 Camaro Parts and Restoration Information

1981 Camaro Parts and Restoration Specifications

The was the final year for the second generation Camaros. The final 2nd gen Camaro was only slight altered from the 1980 Camaro. Sporting a new grille and newly styled side markers the big block V8 was now only an option on the Z28 Camaro models. Both horsepower ratings and production numbers were both lower in 1981.

In a bizarre move to appease consumers, the Z28 Camaro, powered by a 350 cubic inch V8 was now only available with an automatic transmission.

Approximately 126,140 Chevrolet Camaros were produced in the year 1981.

Model Options:

1981 Camaro

  • Engine Options
    • 3.8 L 229 cubic inch V6
    • 3.8 L 231 cubic inch V6 (California models)
    • 4.4 L 267 cubic inch V8
    • 5.0 L 305 cubic inch V8
    • 5.7 L 350 cubic inch V8

 

1981 Camaro Production:
52,004 V6, 74,135 V8, 126,139 total.
Dealer Introduction: 9/25/80
Vehicle Identification Example: 1GlAP87K6BN100001
· First digit is Country of Origin: 1 = USA, 2 = Canada.
· Second digit: G for General Motors.
· Third digit is Division, 1 = Chevrolet.
· Fourth digit is restraint system: A = non-passive, B = automatic belts, C = inflatable restraint.
·  Fifth digit is series: P = Sport Coupe, Z28 Coupe, S = Berlinetta
· Sixth and Seventh digits are for body style: 87 = sport coupe.
·  Eighth digit is engine code: A = 231ci V6, H = 305ci V8, J = 267ci V8, K = 229ci V6, L = 350ci V8
· Ninth digit is a check digit.
·  Tenth digit is model year: B = 1981
· Eleventh digit is N for Norwood assembly, L for Van Nuys.
·  Last six digits increased one with each car built at each plant
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Dimensions

Length: 197.6 inches Height: 49.2 inches Width: 74.5 inches Wheelbase: 108.0 inches

Curb Weight: (in pounds, see: 1981 Option weight table)
1FQ87 (V6) – 3326 | 1FQ87 (Z28) – 3600 | 1FS87 (V6) – 3374

1981 Ending VIN by Month

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
Norwood: 100576 104729 108603 110502 113739 116764 121261 126138 130560 134765 139491 140012
Van Nuys: 102033 108330 114261 119960 124701 128995 136096 144475 152181 163093 178116 186126

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1981 Camaro Spotters Guide & New Features

It’s the end of the road boys. After a 12 year run, the Second Generation Camaro was heading for automotive history. A lot had been written over the years faulting the impracticality of the car in general; the poor headlights, lack of controls on the steering column, poor seats, poor fuel economy, poor trunk space…. it was time.
While the exterior of the 1981 Camaro was a carryover from the previous year, there were some significant changes under the hood. Most notably the CCC (Computer Command Control) emission system. This meant the 1981 Camaro was the only 2nd gen to have a “computer”, which controlled the carburetor mixture, along with a “check engine” light and ALDL connector. The transmission now had a lock up torque converter, also controlled by the CCC.
Alas, many people took a “wait & see” attitude and held out for the all-new 1982 Camaro. Those who didn’t got (or didn’t get, in the case of the Rally Sport) ….

  • Rally Sport model dropped.
  • VIN number significantly different (17 characters vs. 13) than previous years.
  • Power brakes now standard
  • Space saver tire now standard
  • Halogen headlights debut
  • CCC emissions system
  • Lockup torque converter
  • “Check Engine” light
  • Speaking of lights – the will the last one out please turn it off.

GO: Back to 1980
Click here for: 1981 Dealer Sales Brochure
Click here forMadMike’s Second Generation Camaro Spotters Guide & Summary of Yearly Changes
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1981 Camaro Engine & Drivetrain Info

CID Config Bore & Stroke BHP @ RPM Torque @ rpm Comp Carb.
LC-3 229 V-6 3.74 x 3.48 110 @ 4200 170 @ 2000 8.6:1 2V
LD-5* 231 V-6 3.80 x 3.40 110 @ 3800 190 @ 1600 8.0:1 2V
L-39 267 V-8 3.50 x 3.48 115 @ 4000 200 @ 2400 8.3:1 2V
LG-4 305 V-8 3.74 x 3.48 150 @ 3800 240 @ 2400 8.6:1 4V
LG4/Z28 305 V-8 3.74 x 3.48 165 @ 4000 245 @ 2400 8.6:1 4V
LM-1 350 V-8 4.00 x 3.48 175 @ 4000 275 @ 2400 8.2:1 4V

* California only
Engine Suffix Codes

D5A: 350ci, mt, ex DAK: 229ci, uu NA: 231ci, uu
D5B: 350ci, at, ex DFH: 267ci, at NB: 231 ci, ce
D6D: 305ci, at, ex DHJ: 305ci, mt NC: 231ci, at, ce
D7A: 229ci, at, ex DHK: 305ci, at ND: 231ci, at, ce
D7B: 229ci, at, ex DHU: 350ci, at, cc NF: 231 ci, ce
D8H: 267ci, at, ex DHZ: 305ci, mt NJ: 231ci, uu
DAA: 229ci, mt DKB: 305ci, at, ce NK: 231 ci, ce
DAB: 229ci, at DKJ: 305ci, uu NL: 231 ci, ce
DAC: 229ci, at DMA: 350ci, at NZ: 231 ci, ce
DAD: 229ci, at DMB: 350ci, at, ce RA: 231 ci, uu
DAH: 229ci, mt DMF: 350ci, uu RB: 231ci, at, ce
DAJ: 229ci, at DMH: 350ci, uu

Abbreviations: at = automatic transmission, ce = California emissions, ci = cubic inch, ex = export (Canada), mt = manual transmission, uu = uncertain usage.
1981 Camaro Drivetrains

LC-3 LG-4
229 305
3-and 4-spd 1 3.50:1 3.42:1
manual 2 1.89:1 2.28:1
transmission 3 1.00:1 1.45:1
ratios 4 1.00:1
R 3.62:1 3.51:1
Clutch diam.,In. 10.34 10.34
Axle ratios S 2.73:1 2.56:1
P 3.42:1(a)
LC-3 LD-5 L-39 LG-4 LM-1
229 231 267 305 350
TH250 TH350 TH350 TH350 TH350
Turbo Hydramatic 1 2.52:1 2.52:1 2.52:1 2.52:1 2.52:1
transmission 2 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.52:1 1.52:1
ratios 3 1.00:1 1.00:1 1.00:1 1 00:1 1.00:1
R 1.93:1 1.93:1 1.93:1 1.93:1 1.93:1
Axle ratios S 2.56:1 2.73:1 2.56:1 2.56:1 3.08:1
P 3.08:1(b) 3.42:1(c)

S = Standard ratio, P = Performance (w/G92).
(a) = 3.42 is standard 4 speed ratio for Z28.
(b) = available on Sport coupe or Berlinetta only with LG4, MX1 automatic trans & G92 specified.
(c) = Available only with LM1, MX0 trans & YF5 California emissions & G92 specified
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Transmission Codes

Type Plant Code
3-Speed Muncie S
4-Speed (Saginaw) Muncie R
Source

Code

Parma THM 250c

B

Toledo THM 350c

Y

GM of Canada THM 350

J

Buick Motor Division THM 350

K

Rear Axle Codes

PA 2.73:1 PS 2.41:1 Locking
PC 3.08:1 PT 2.56:1 Locking
PD 3.23:1 PU 2.73:1 Locking
PE 3.42:1 PV 2.41:1 Locking
PH 2.56:1 PW 3.08:1 Locking
PJ 2.41:1 PX 3.23:1 Locking
PQ 3.08:1 Locking PY 3.42:1 Locking

Click Here for general axle info and tooth combinations
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1981 Camaro Factory Options

RPO Description Qty Retail *
1FP87 Camaro Sport Coupe 62,614 $6,581.23
1FS87 Camaro Berlinetta Coupe 20,253 7,356.23
1FP87 Camaro Z28 Sport Coupe 43,272 8,025.23
AN6 Adjustable Seat Back, driver side 16,688 23.00
AU3 Power Door Locks 24,683 86.00
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 112,832 70.00
A31 Power Windows 38,428 133.00
B37 Floor Mats, color-keyed front and rear 65,490 25.00
B80 Molding, roof drip 57,849 24.00
B84 Moldings, body side 39,514 44.00
B93 Moldings, door edge 32,516 13.00
CC1 Roof Panels, removable glass 30,445 644.00
CD4 Windshield Wipers, intermittent 31,982 38.00
C49 Defogger, rear window 60,058 99.00
C60 Air Conditioning 96,095 525.00
D35 Mirrors, sport right and left remote exterior 54,317 43.00
D80 Spoiler, rear 33,101 57.00
F41 Suspension, sport 3,604 41.00
G80 Rear Axle, limited slip 12,126 63.00
G92 Rear Axle, performance ratio 933 18.00
K35 Speed Control, with resume 35,364 123.00
LG4 Engine, 305ci, 150hp V8 17,909 75.00
LM1 Engine, 350ci, 190hp V8 (req Z28) 37,400 nc
L39 Engine, 267ci, 115hp V8 18,826 75.00
MM3 Transmission, 3-spd wide range manual (req LC3 engine) nc
MM4  

Transmission, 4-spd wide range manual (req. LG4, NA w/ YF5 cal emissions)

10,780 133.00
MX0  

Transmission – 3 spd. automatic TH350C (Z28, converter locks 2nd & 3rd gear)

58.00
MX1  

Transmission – 3 spd. automatic TH350C (converter Locks 3rd gear only)

107,760 332.00
N18 Locks, wheel covers (Berlinetta only) 4,964 32.00
N33 Tilt Steering Column 69,837 75.00
N90 Wheels, aluminum 31,153 312.00
PE1 Wheels, custom-style 1,800 142.00
P01 Wheel Covers, bright metal 3,341 43.00
QJY Tires, P205/75R14 radial whitewall 63,839 47.00
QKL Tires, P205/75R14 radial white letter 16,364 60.00
TR9 Lighting, auxiliary 36,443 37.00
TR4 Headlights, halogen 8,715 36.00
UA1 Battery, heavy-duty 21,504 19.00
UM2 Radio, AM-FM with stereo tape 8,182 252.00
UN3 Radio, AM-FM with stereo cassette 23,665 264.00
UP6 Radio, AM-FM stereo CB and power antenna 208 487.00
U05 Horns, dual 18,212 9.00
U14 Special Instrumentation 4,214 111.00
U35 Clock 6,740 23.00
U58 Radio, AM-FM stereo 26,008 178.00
U63 Radio, AM 25,031 90.00
U69 Radio, AM-FM 8,264 142.00
U75 Antenna, power 7,552 47.00
U76 Antenna, windshield type 27,674 25.00
U80 Speaker, rear seat 7,667 19.00
V08 Cooling, heavy-duty 5,248 58.00
YF5 Emission Equipment, required for California 9,911 46.00
ZJ7 Rally Wheels 47,478 93.00
Z21 Style Trim Group 49,834 72.00
Z49 Canadian Equipment 15,417
Z54 Interior Decor and Quiet Sound Package 12,266 63.00

* 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.
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1981 Camaro Exterior & Interior Color Codes
Trim Tag (Norwood Built Camaro)

1981 Cam vin tag

The trim tag, located on the cowl area identifies significant information about your car. Move mouse over code on above trim tag examples for detailed description or Click Here for general trim tag decoding information.

Paint Code Exterior Color Qty Interior Trim Availability
1111 White 16,137 B-Bg-Bk-C-R-S
16 16 Silver 10,359 B-Bk-R-S
19 19 Black 14,157 Bg-Bk-C-R-S
20 20 Bright Blue 9,464 B-Bg-Bk-C-S
21 21 Light Blue 11,516 B-Bk
29 29 Dark Blue 13,102 B-Bg-C-S
51 51 Bright Yellow 1,816 Bk-C
54 54 Gold 6,964 Bg-Bk-C
57 57 Orange 3,056 Bg-Bk-C
67 67 Dark Brown 10,745 Bg-C
75 75 Red 7,615 Bg-Bk-C-R-S
77 77 Maroon 8,302 Bg-Bk-C-R-S
84 84 Charcoal 12,907 Bg-Bk-C-R-S

Abbreviations: B = Blue, Bg = Beige, Bk = Black, C = Camel, R = Red, S = Silver.
1981 Wheel Color Code (P) 
14P = Argent, 19P = Black, 57P = Gold Met
1981 Z28 Stripe Color Code (A) 
Z28: 12A = Silver, 18A = Charcoal, 26A = Blue, 42A = Green, 55A = Gold, 74A = Red, 78A = Orange
Click here to view Z28 stripe combinations.
Interior Trim Codes:
Code number is color: 15 = Silver, 19 = Black, 26 = Blue, 64 = Camel, 75 = Red
Suffix letter is trim level. – B = Standard Cloth, C = Custom Cloth, N = Custom vinyl, R = Standard vinyl

Std vinyl 15r 19r 26r 64r 75r Std Cloth 26b 64b 75b

15R
S

19R
Bk

26R
B

64R
C

75R
R

26B
B

64B
C

75B
R

Custom vinyl  15n  26n  63n  75n Custom Cloth  15c  19c  26c  63c  75c

15N
S

26N
B

63N
Bg

75N
R

15C
S

19C
Bk

26C
B

63C
Bg

75C
R

Abbreviations: B = Blue, Bg = Beige, Bk = Black, C = Camel, R = Red, S = Silver.
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), $26.
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), $304.
F**2 = Custom Cloth Bucket, ($26 w/Berlinetta), $330
Click here for a view of: Standard cloth interior & color availability | Custom Cloth Interior
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1981 Camaro RPO Breakouts & Model Specifics
1981 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.
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1981 Z28 Special Performance Package
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Other Views: Front View | Heavily shadowed nose view | White Z, w/N90 wheels | Z28 Sales Brochure
Engines: 165hp 305 V8 with 4-speed becomes standard Z-28 power combination for 1981, with optional 350 reduced to 175 bhp and available with THM-350 only. Heavy duty radiator, dual exhaust resonators. All engines equipped with CCC emissions control, EXCEPT Canadian models. The Canadians could still order the 350 (non-CCC), 4 speed in 1981.
Click here to see the specific LM-1 Engine Components.
View Z28 LM1 as installed
1981 Z28 Carburetor (Rochester Quadra jet)
Transmission: Automatic transmission equipped with Lockup torque converter which locks in 2nd & 3rd gear.
Clutch: 10.34-inch, Same as 1980.
Rear Axle Ratios were 3.08 (including California) for Turbo Hydra-Matic and 3.42 for 4-speed. (reverse of 1980). Optional automatic ratio (3.42) required LM1 engine, MX0 automatic trans and YF5 California emissions.
Brakes: 11-inch, vented, cast-iron front discs with vacuum assist standard. Rear 9.5-inch drums. (unchanged since 1970)
Steering: Overall ratio 13:1 (stock 15.03:1 to 10.61:1 variable).
2.61 turns lock to lock (stock: 2.41). Unchanged from 1980 (verify).
Front Suspension: Spring rates 365 lb./in. Identical to and unchanged from 1977.
(stock: 300 lb./in.) Stabilizer bar 1.125″ (down from 1.2″). Stock bar: 0.938, F41: 1.0″).
Rear Suspension: Spring rate 130 lb./in. (stock: 92-99 lb./in.)
Rear Stabilizer bar 0.594 inch. (stock: none, F41: 0.5625)
Wheels & Tires: Standard Z-28 tires were P225/70R-15 on 15 x 7 wheels.
Click here to see the specific 1981 Z28 Chassis Specifications.
Other Options, equipment, facts: No external differences between 1980 and 1981 models.
Total Production: 43,272
Z28. Parts and parcel, rare road machinery.

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1981 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)
1981 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 wire wheel covers (standard), now with locks to prevent people from stealing them 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.