1983 Camaro Restoration Information

1983 Camaro Specifications

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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

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)

RPODescriptionQuantity

1983 Price

Est. Current Price
1FP87Camaro Sport Coupe, 4-Cylinder63,806$8,036.00$20,880.69
1FS87Camaro Berlinetta Coupe, 6-Cylinder27,925$9,881.00$25,674.73
1FP87Camaro Z28 Sport Coupe, 8-Cylinder62,650$10,336.00$26,857.00
AG9Power Seat, Driver Side18,174$210.00$545.66
AU3Power Door Locks52,858$120.00$311.81
A01Tinted Glass, All Windows144,375$105.00$272.83
A31Power Windows69,085$180.00$467.71
A90Power Hatch Release78,239$40.00$103.94
BS1Quiet Sound Group13,418$82.00$213.07
BX5Moldings, Black Roof Drip88,371$29.00$75.35
B34Floor Mats, Carpet Insert, Two Front97,968$20.00$51.97
B35Floor Mats, Carpet Insert, Two Rear92,421$15.00$38.98
B48Luggage Compartment Trim22,992$164.00$426.14
B84Moldings, Body Side65,167$55.00$142.91
B93Moldings, Door Edge46,505$15.00$38.98
CC1Roof Panels, Removable Glass51,471$825.00$2,143.67
CD4Windshield Wipers, Intermittent67,777$49.00$127.32
C25Rear Window Wiper, w/ Washer10,900$120.00$311.81
C49Defogger, Rear Window97,579$135.00$350.78
C60Air Conditioning128,798$725.00$1,883.84
DG7Mirrors, Electric Twin Remote15,579$137.00$355.98
D35Mirrors, Sport Right and Left Remote Exterior58,526$51.00$132.52
D42Cover, Rear Compartment Cargo Area30,328$64.00$166.30
D80Spoiler (included w/ Z28)39,118$69.00$179.29
F41Suspension, Sport7,207$49.00$127.32
G80Rear Axle, Limited Slip18,710$95.47$248.07
G92Axle, Performance Ratio1,009$21.00$54.57
J65Brakes, Power Front Disc and Rear Disc9,550$179.00$465.11
K05Heater, Engine Block4,301$20.00$51.97
K35Speed Control, w/ Resume72,616$170.00$441.73
LC1Engine, 173 ci, 107 hp V6 (Std. Berlinetta)54,332$150.00$389.76
LG4Engine, 305 ci, 150 hp V8 (Std. Z28)67,053$350.00$909.44
LU5Engine, 305 ci, 175 hp V8 (Optional Z28 Only)19,847$450.00$1,169.28
L69Engine, 305 ci, 190 hp V8 (Optional Z28 Only)3,223$450.00$1,169.28
MM5Transmission, 5-Speed Manual32,162$125.00$324.80
MX1Transmission, Automatic49,536$425.00$1,104.32
MX0Transmission, Automatic w/ Overdrive68,844$525.00$1,364.16
N33Tilt Steering Column112,410$105.00$272.83
P01Wheel Covers, Full3,633$52.00$135.12
QVJTires, P195/75R14 White Stripe, Steel Radial24,221$126.48$328.64
QVUTires, P205/70R14 White Stripe, Steel Radial21,948$188.68$490.26
QXVTires, P195/75R14 Blackwall, Steel Radial6,352$64.48$167.54
QYATires, P205/70R14 Blackwall, Steel Radial10,365$122.68$318.77
QYGTires, P195/75R14 White Stripe, Fiberglass5,174$62.00$161.10
QYZTires, P215/65R15 Blackwall (Credit w/ Z28)558-$92.00-$239.05
TR9Lighting, Auxiliary59,416$52.00$135.12
T75Headlamps, Halogen Highbeam36,514$10.00$25.98
UA1Battery, Heavy Duty39,502$25.00$64.96
UE8Clock, Digital405$39.00$101.34
U05Horns, Dual (Std. Berlinetta)17,532$12.00$31.18
U21Instrumentation, Special9,949$149.00$387.16
U35Clock, Quartz1,992$39.00$101.34
U63Radio, AM10,786$112.00$291.02
U69Radio, AM/FM4,031$171.00$444.33
U73Antenna, Fixed Mast5,361$41.00$106.53
U75Antenna, Power21,685$60.00$155.90
U81Speakers, Two Rear5,048$30.00$77.95
V08Cooling, Heavy Duty18,052$70.00$181.89
YE1Radio, AM/FM Stereo38,776$302.00$784.71
YE2Radio, AM/FM Stereo Cassette, Clock, Seek/Scan9,719$555.00$1,442.11
YE4Radio, AM/FM Stereo w/ Cassette & Clock63,951$402.00$1,044.55
YF1Radio, AM/FM Stereo4,593$263.00$683.38
YF5Emission Equipment, Required for California17,810$75.00$194.88
ZJ7Rally Wheels57,203$112.00$291.02

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

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