1983 Camaro Restoration Information

1983 Camaro Specifications

Base Camaro Sport Coupes and Berlinetta models saw little change for the 1983 model year, aside from some new transmission options, including a new Borg-Warner 5-speed (replaced the 4-speed) and a TH700-R4 automatic with overdrive was also introduced.

The Z28, on the other hand, saw an engine change when the 305ci LU5 Cross Fire Injection V8 was discontinued in April of 1983 and the new 305ci L69 High Output, capable of producing 190hp, was introduced. A new TH700-R4 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive replaced the Z28’s previous 3-speed. The TH700-R4 was not available on L69-equipped Z28 models but could be had on the base Z28 model.


1983 Camaro OEM Brochure


1983 Chevrolet Camaro Model Options


Sub-Models: (all 2-door models)
  • Sport Coupe
  • Berlinetta
  • Z28

Engine Options:
  • 151ci LQ9 4-cylinder (Sport Coupe Base)
  • 173ci LC1 V6 (Berlinetta Base, Sport Coupe Optional)
  • 305ci LG4 V8 145hp (Carbureted; Z28 Base, Sport Coupe and Berlinetta Optional)
  • 305ci LU5 V8 165hp (Fuel Injected; Z28 Optional)
  • 305ci L69 V8 190hp (Fuel Injected; Z28 Optional starting in April 1983)

1983 Camaro Production:
  • 9,924 4-Cyl.
  • 54,332 V6
  • 90,123 V8
  • 154,381 Total

Transmission Options:
  • Borg-Warner 5-speed manual
  • TH700-R4 4-speed automatic with overdrive


Vehicle Identification Example:
1G1AP87HXDL149343

  • Fifth digit is model level: P = Sport Coupe, Z28 Sport Coupe, S = Berlinetta
  • Eighth digit is engine code: 1 = 173ci V6(LC1), 2 = 151ci 4-cyl (LQ9), 7 = 305ci V8 (L69), F = 151 ci 4-cyl (LQ8), H = 305ci V8 (LG4), S = 305ci V8 (LU5)
  • Tenth digit is model year: D = 1983
  • Eleventh digit is N for Norwood assembly, L for Van Nuys.
  • Last six digits increased one with each car built at each plant.

Dimensions:
  • Length: 187.8″
  • Height: 49.8″
  • Width: 72.0″
  • Wheelbase: 101.0″

1983 Camaro Model Option Breakouts

Z28 Special Performance Package

Modified McPhearson Strut, Special chassis bracing. Fiberglass hood reduced weight by 20 pounds. Full Instrumentation. Special front fascia with integral airdam. Ground effects rockers.

Total Production:

  • 62,650

Engine:

Base engine was LG4 305 w/ 4 barrel Quadrajet. Dual exhaust. LU5 165 bhp Twin TBI optional. LU5 came with functional cowl induction.


Transmission:

4 speed (RPO MM4) w/ 3.42:1 low standard. TH-200c (RPO MX1) automatic optional. Mandatory for LU5 until midyear when MM4 4 speed with 2.88 low became available.


Clutch:

10.34 inches


Rear Axle:

Positraction (G80) mandatory when equipped with 4 wheel disc brakes.


Brakes:

J65 4 wheel disc brakes available.


Suspension:
  • Stiffer bracing and bushing material than base Camaro.
  • 58/32 N/mm Front/Rear Spring Rate (SC = 58/18, F41 = 58/18)
  • 31/21 mm Front/Rear Sway bar diameter (SC = 27/12, F41 = 29/12)

Steering:

7 ply-joint vs 4 ply in base Camaro improves rag joint stiffness and offers better angular deflection. Recirculating-ball power steering with fast 12.7:1 ratio, plus limited boost to improve road feel.


Wheels & Tires:

5 spoke aluminum 15 x 7 inch. Goodyear P215/65R-15 white letter, steel belted radials.

1983 Camaro Engine Codes & Specs

Available Engine Specifications

Type

Size

Carb/Fuel Injection

RPO

Horsepower

Torque

Compression Ratio

Application

I4

151 cid / 2.5L

1x2bbl

LQ8

92 hp @ 4000 RPM

134 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

8.2:1

Sport Coupe (Base Engine)

I4

151 cid / 2.5L

TBI*

LQ9

92 hp @ 4000 RPM

134 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

8.2:1

Sport Coupe (Base Engine)

V6

173 cid / 2.8L

1x2bbl

LC1

107 hp @ 4800 RPM

145 lb-ft @ 2100 RPM

8.5:1

Berlinetta (Base Engine), Sport Coupe

V8

305 cid / 5.0L

1x4bbl

LG4

150 hp @ 4000 RPM

240 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

8.6:1

Z28 (Base Engine), Sport Coupe, Berlinetta

V8

305 cid / 5.0L

TBI*

LU5

175 hp @ 4200 RPM

250 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

9.5:1

Z28

V8

305 cid / 5.0L

1x4bbl

L69/HO

190 hp @ 4800 RPM

240 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

9.5:1

Z28

*Denotes Throttle Body Injection

4-Cylinder Engine Codes

Code

Size

RPO

Transmission

Notes

YBM

151 cid

LQ9

Manual Transmission

YBS

151 cid

LQ8

Automatic Transmission

Export

YBY

151 cid

LQ8

Manual Transmission

Export

YMM

151 cid

LQ9

Manual Transmission

YMT

151 cid

LQ9

Automatic Transmission

YTY

151 cid

LQ8

Manual Transmission

Export

YZZ

151 cid

LQ8

Automatic Transmission

Export

6-Cylinder Engine Codes

Code

Size

RPO

Transmission

Notes

DAA

173 cid

LC1

Manual Transmission

DAB

173 cid

LC1

Automatic Transmission

DAC

173 cid

LC1

Manual Transmission

DAD

173 cid

LC1

Manual Transmission

DAF

173 cid

LC1

DAJ

173 cid

LC1

DAK

173 cid

LC1

Automatic Transmission

DNM

173 cid

LC1

Automatic Transmission

DNU

173 cid

LC1

Automatic Transmission

DNZ

173 cid

LC1

Automatic Transmission

D6A

173 cid

LC1

Automatic Transmission

Export

D6B

173 cid

LC1

Manual Transmission

Export

D6C

173 cid

LC1

Automatic Transmission

Export

D6D

173 cid

LC1

Manual Transmission

Export

8-Cylinder Engine Codes

Code

Size

RPO

Transmission

Notes

DDH

305 cid

Manual Transmission

DDN

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

DDW

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

DDY

305 cid

Manual Transmission

DGN

305 cid

DUA

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

DUJ

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

California Emissions

DUK

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

California Emissions

DUT

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

D5C

305 cid

Manual Transmission

Export

D5B

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

Export

1983 Camaro Transmission Codes

Manual Transmissions

Code

Type

Plant

R

4-Speed Manual (Saginaw)

Muncie

5-Speed Manual

Warner

Turbo Hydramatic 200C

Code

Engine Size

PS

151 cid I4

CN

173 cid V6

HO

173 cid V6

C7

305 cid V8

HB

305 cid V8

Turbo Hydramatic 700-R4

Code

Engine Size

Note

PQ

151 cid I4

MD8

YH

173 cid V6

MD8

YF

305 cid V8

MD8

YP

305 cid V8

MD

YG

305 cid V8

MD8

1983 Camaro Manual Transmission Ratios

 

LQ8/9

LQ8/9

LC1

LG4

LU5

C.I.

151

151

173

305

305

First Gear

3.50:1

3.50:1

3.50:1

2.95:1

Second Gear

2.48:1

2.14:1

2.14:1

1.94:1

Third Gear

1.66:1

1.36:1

1.36:1

1.34:1

Fourth Gear

1.00:1

1.00:1

1.00:1

1.00:1

Fifth Gear

0.73:1

0.78:1

0.73:1

Reverse

3.50:1

3.39:1

3.39:1

2.76:1

Clutch

9.12

9.12

9.69

10.34

Axle Ratio S

3.42:1

3.73:1

3.42:1

3.73:1

Axle Ratio P (G92)

1983 Camaro Automatic Transmission Ratios

 

LQ8/9

LQ8/9

LC1

LC1

LG4

LU5

Transmission

THM200C

700-R4

THM200C

700-R4

700-R4

700-R4

First Gear

2.74:1

3.06:1

2.74:1

3.06:1

3.06:1

3.06:1

Second Gear

1.57:1

1.63:1

1.57:1

1.63:1

1.63:1

1.63:1

Third Gear

1.00:1

1.00:1

1.00:1

1.00:1

1.00:1

1.00:1

Fourth Gear

0.70:1

0.70:1

0.70:1

0.70:1

Reverse

2.07:1

2.29:1

2.07:1

2.29:1

2.29:1

2.29:1

Torque Converter Dia.

9.66

11.75

9.66

11.75

11.75

11.75

Axle Ratio S

3.08:1

3.73:1

3.08:1

3.23:1

3.08:1

2.93:1

Axle Ratio P (G92)

3.23:1

3.23:1

3.23:1

Axle Ratio Key

  • S = Standard Ratio
  • P = Performance Ratio (G92)

1983 Camaro Rear Axle Codes

Code

Axle Ratio

Notes

JF

2.93:1

JG

3.08:1

JH

3.23:1

JJ

3.42:1

JK

3.73:1

JQ

3.73:1

Locking

JR

3.42:1

Locking

JX

2.93:1

Locking

JY

3.08:1

Locking

JZ

3.23:1

KF

2.93:1

KG

3.08:1

KH

3.23:1

PQ

3.73:1

Locking

PW

2.93:1

Locking

PX

2.93:1

Locking

PY

3.08:1

Locking

PZ

3.23:1

Locking

1983 Camaro Factory Options

Regular Production Option (RPO)

RPO Description Quantity

1983 Price

Est. Current Price
1FP87 Camaro Sport Coupe, 4-Cylinder 63,806 $8,036.00 $20,880.69
1FS87 Camaro Berlinetta Coupe, 6-Cylinder 27,925 $9,881.00 $25,674.73
1FP87 Camaro Z28 Sport Coupe, 8-Cylinder 62,650 $10,336.00 $26,857.00
AG9 Power Seat, Driver Side 18,174 $210.00 $545.66
AU3 Power Door Locks 52,858 $120.00 $311.81
A01 Tinted Glass, All Windows 144,375 $105.00 $272.83
A31 Power Windows 69,085 $180.00 $467.71
A90 Power Hatch Release 78,239 $40.00 $103.94
BS1 Quiet Sound Group 13,418 $82.00 $213.07
BX5 Moldings, Black Roof Drip 88,371 $29.00 $75.35
B34 Floor Mats, Carpet Insert, Two Front 97,968 $20.00 $51.97
B35 Floor Mats, Carpet Insert, Two Rear 92,421 $15.00 $38.98
B48 Luggage Compartment Trim 22,992 $164.00 $426.14
B84 Moldings, Body Side 65,167 $55.00 $142.91
B93 Moldings, Door Edge 46,505 $15.00 $38.98
CC1 Roof Panels, Removable Glass 51,471 $825.00 $2,143.67
CD4 Windshield Wipers, Intermittent 67,777 $49.00 $127.32
C25 Rear Window Wiper, w/ Washer 10,900 $120.00 $311.81
C49 Defogger, Rear Window 97,579 $135.00 $350.78
C60 Air Conditioning 128,798 $725.00 $1,883.84
DG7 Mirrors, Electric Twin Remote 15,579 $137.00 $355.98
D35 Mirrors, Sport Right and Left Remote Exterior 58,526 $51.00 $132.52
D42 Cover, Rear Compartment Cargo Area 30,328 $64.00 $166.30
D80 Spoiler (included w/ Z28) 39,118 $69.00 $179.29
F41 Suspension, Sport 7,207 $49.00 $127.32
G80 Rear Axle, Limited Slip 18,710 $95.47 $248.07
G92 Axle, Performance Ratio 1,009 $21.00 $54.57
J65 Brakes, Power Front Disc and Rear Disc 9,550 $179.00 $465.11
K05 Heater, Engine Block 4,301 $20.00 $51.97
K35 Speed Control, w/ Resume 72,616 $170.00 $441.73
LC1 Engine, 173 ci, 107 hp V6 (Std. Berlinetta) 54,332 $150.00 $389.76
LG4 Engine, 305 ci, 150 hp V8 (Std. Z28) 67,053 $350.00 $909.44
LU5 Engine, 305 ci, 175 hp V8 (Optional Z28 Only) 19,847 $450.00 $1,169.28
L69 Engine, 305 ci, 190 hp V8 (Optional Z28 Only) 3,223 $450.00 $1,169.28
MM5 Transmission, 5-Speed Manual 32,162 $125.00 $324.80
MX1 Transmission, Automatic 49,536 $425.00 $1,104.32
MX0 Transmission, Automatic w/ Overdrive 68,844 $525.00 $1,364.16
N33 Tilt Steering Column 112,410 $105.00 $272.83
P01 Wheel Covers, Full 3,633 $52.00 $135.12
QVJ Tires, P195/75R14 White Stripe, Steel Radial 24,221 $126.48 $328.64
QVU Tires, P205/70R14 White Stripe, Steel Radial 21,948 $188.68 $490.26
QXV Tires, P195/75R14 Blackwall, Steel Radial 6,352 $64.48 $167.54
QYA Tires, P205/70R14 Blackwall, Steel Radial 10,365 $122.68 $318.77
QYG Tires, P195/75R14 White Stripe, Fiberglass 5,174 $62.00 $161.10
QYZ Tires, P215/65R15 Blackwall (Credit w/ Z28) 558 -$92.00 -$239.05
TR9 Lighting, Auxiliary 59,416 $52.00 $135.12
T75 Headlamps, Halogen Highbeam 36,514 $10.00 $25.98
UA1 Battery, Heavy Duty 39,502 $25.00 $64.96
UE8 Clock, Digital 405 $39.00 $101.34
U05 Horns, Dual (Std. Berlinetta) 17,532 $12.00 $31.18
U21 Instrumentation, Special 9,949 $149.00 $387.16
U35 Clock, Quartz 1,992 $39.00 $101.34
U63 Radio, AM 10,786 $112.00 $291.02
U69 Radio, AM/FM 4,031 $171.00 $444.33
U73 Antenna, Fixed Mast 5,361 $41.00 $106.53
U75 Antenna, Power 21,685 $60.00 $155.90
U81 Speakers, Two Rear 5,048 $30.00 $77.95
V08 Cooling, Heavy Duty 18,052 $70.00 $181.89
YE1 Radio, AM/FM Stereo 38,776 $302.00 $784.71
YE2 Radio, AM/FM Stereo Cassette, Clock, Seek/Scan 9,719 $555.00 $1,442.11
YE4 Radio, AM/FM Stereo w/ Cassette & Clock 63,951 $402.00 $1,044.55
YF1 Radio, AM/FM Stereo 4,593 $263.00 $683.38
YF5 Emission Equipment, Required for California 17,810 $75.00 $194.88
ZJ7 Rally Wheels 57,203 $112.00 $291.02

Note
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.

1983 Camaro Paint Codes

Exterior Paint Codes

Paint Code

Color

Quantity

Model

Interior Availability

11

White

23,787

Bc-Spc-Zc

B-Br-C-Ch-Chbo-Sg

15

Silver

12,837

Bc-Spc-Zc

B-C-Ch-Chbo-Sg

19

Black

25,044

Bc-Spc-Zc

C-Ch-Chbo-Sg

22

Light Blue

9,757

Bc-Spc

B

27

Dark Blue

15,871

Spc-Zc

B

59

Beige

4,388

Bc-Spc-Zc

Br-C-Ch

62

Light Brown

9,886

Bc-Spc

Br

67

Dark Brown

9,557

Spc-Zc

Br

75

Red

23,419

Bc-Spc-Zc

C-Ch-Chbo-Sg

82

Charcoal

19,845

Bc-Spc-Zc

C-Ch-Chbo-Sg

Interior Trim Codes

Color Code

Interior Style

17B

Charcoal Standard Cloth

17C

Charcoal Custom Cloth

17D

Charcoal Conteur Custom Cloth

17E

Charcoal Conteur Standard Cloth

17N

Charcoal Custom Vinyl

17R

Charcoal Standard Vinyl

22B

Blue Standard Cloth

22C

Blue Custom Cloth

22D

Blue Conteur Custom Cloth

22E

Blue Conteur Standard Cloth

22N

Blue Custom Vinyl

22R

Blue Standard Vinyl

60B

Sandstone Gray Standard Cloth

60C

Sandstone Gray Custom Cloth

60N

Sandstone Gray Custom Vinyl

60R

Sandstone Gray Standard Vinyl

64B

Camel Standard Cloth

64C

Camel Custom Cloth

64R

Camel Standard Vinyl

67B

Brown Standard Cloth

67C

Brown Custom Cloth

67D

Brown Conteur Custom Cloth

67E

Brown Conteur Standard Cloth

67N

Brown Custom Vinyl

67R

Brown Standard Vinyl

Abbreviations: B = Blue, Br = Brown, Bc = Berlinetta Coupe, C = Camel, cc = Custom Cloth, ccc = Conteur Custom Cloth, Ch = Charcoal, Chbo = Charcoal w/ Burnt-Orange Trim, csc = Conteur Standard Cloth, cv = Custom Vinyl, sc = Standard Cloth, Sg = Sandstone Gray, Spc = Sport Coupe, sv = Standard Vinyl, Zc = Z28 Sport Coupe

Disclaimer
The numbers in this have been compiled from many sources to make these pages as correct as possible. There is no guarantee that the numbers are complete or accurate, therefore, we cannot accept any liability or responsibility for damages incurred from the use of this information.

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