1987 Camaro Restoration Information

1987 Camaro Specifications

In 1987, Chevrolet offered both the 305ci LG4 and LB9 V8s with 5-speed manual transmissions in the IROC-Z. The new 350ci L98 engine, however, was limited to being backed only by an automatic.

With the LB9 TPI engine, both automatic and manual transmission options were available, however, those engines paired with an automatic transmission came de-tuned with 190hp vs. 215hp backed by a 5-speed manual transmission.

Those IROC-Zs that were equipped with a L98 engine came with a 7.75-inch 4-pinion rear end, 3.27 rear end gears, J65 disc brakes and an option code G80 limited slip differential.

A very rare twin-turbocharged 305ci L98 engine debuted for 1987, although only three cars were ever equipped with the engine. These cars are believed to have produced upwards of 500hp and nearly 600ft-lbs of torque to the flywheel.

Based on IROC-Z models, only the second car was a convertible. All three are held by private collectors, including the first one, which is kept by GM as a historic piece.

All the available V8 engines received hydraulic roller lifters and a new head/valve cover design. This gave the engines a better valve cover seal.

Body wise, not much changed for most models, although the high-mount brake light was moved to the rear spoiler for Z28, IROC-Z and the newly introduced LT (which replaced the Berlinetta) model. On base Camaros, it remained attached to the rear hatch glass because of the base model’s lack of a rear spoiler.

The 1987 model year also brought about the first Camaro convertible option since 1969. This option was actually a pre-delivery conversion option done to T-top cars of the Sport Coupe, LT and IROC-Z varieties by the American Sunroof Company. Only about 1,000 convertible conversions were done prior to customer delivery, while an additional few were done post-delivery by the same company.


1987 Camaro OEM Brochure


1987 Camaro Model Options:


Sub-Models: (all 2-door models, convertibles now available)

  • Sport Coupe
  • LT
  • Z28
  • IROC-Z


Engine Options:

  • 173ci V6
  • 305ci V8 L03 145hp
  • 305ci TPI V8 215hp (190hp if backed by an automatic transmission)
  • 350ci V8 225hp
  • 350ci Twin-Turbo V8 500+hp (only 3 exist)


Transmission Options:

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

1987 Camaro Production:
  • 60,439 V6
  • 77,321 V8
  • 137,760 Total


Vehicle Identification Example: 
1G1FP21HXHL100001

  • Fifth digit is model level: P= Camaro (all models).
  • Eighth digit is engine code: 8=350ci V8 (B2L) F=305ci V8 (LB9) H=305ci V8 (LG4) S=173ci V6 (LB8)
  • Tenth digit is model year: H=1987
  • Eleventh digit is N for Norwood assembly, L for Van Nuys.
  • Last six digits increased one for each car built at each plant.

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

1987 Camaro Model Option Breakouts

Z28 Special Performance Package

Modified McPhearson Strut, Special chassis bracing. Full Instrumentation. Special front fascia with integral airdam. Ground effects rockers.


Engine:

Base engine was the LG4 305 w/ 4 barrel Quadrajet Carburetor. Dual exhaust.


Transmission:

No Information Provided.


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.

1987 Camaro Engine Codes & Specs

Available Engine Specifications

Type

Size

Carb/Fuel Injection

RPO

Horsepower

Torque

Compression Ratio

Application

V6

173 cid / 2.8L

MFI

LB8

135 hp @ 4900 RPM

160 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM

8.9:1

Sport Coupe (base engine), Type LT (base), RS* (base)

V8

305 cid / 5.0L

1x4bbl

LG4

165 hp @ 4400 RPM

245 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

9.5:1

Sport Coupe, Type LT

V8

305 cid / 5.0L

1x4bbl

LG4

170 hp @ 4400 RPM

250 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

9.5:1

Z28 (base engine), IROC (base engine)

V8

305 cid / 5.0L

TPI

LB9

190 hp @ 4000 RPM

295 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM

9.3:1

IROC

V8

305 cid / 5.0L

TPI

LB9

215 hp @ 4400 RPM

295 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

9.3:1

IROC

V8

350 cid / 5.7L

TPI

L98

225 hp @ 4400 RPM

330 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

9.3:1

IROC

Note

  • MFI = multi-port fuel injection
  • TPI = tuned-port injection
6-Cylinder Engine Codes

Code

Size

RPO

Transmission

Notes

DBP

173 cid MFI

LB8

Uncertain Usage

DBR

173 cid MFI

LB8

Uncertain Usage

SCC

173 cid MFI

LB8

Uncertain Usage

SCD

173 cid MFI

LB8

Uncertain Usage

8-Cylinder Engine Codes

Code

Size

RPO

Transmission

Notes

C7J

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

Uncertain Usage

C7L

305 cid

Manual Transmission

Export

C7M

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

Export

D3Y

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

Export

D4W

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

Export

DFL

305 cid

Manual Transmission

SDB

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

SDD

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

SDK

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

SFL

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

SFP

305 cid

Manual Transmission

SFS

305 cid

Manual Transmission

SFU

305 cid

Manual Transmission

SFW

305 cid

Automatic Transmission

SFX

305 cid

Manual Transmission

SNA

350 cid TPI

L98

Automatic Transmission

SNB

350 cid TPI

L98

Automatic Transmission

Note
Some suffix codes were universal (fifty state plus Canada).

1987 Camaro Transmission Codes

Warner 5-Speed Manual Codes

Chevrolet #

RPO

Type

Notes

10079867

MB1

Borg-Warner 5-Speed Manual

10079855

MK6

Borg-Warner 5-Speed Manual

10079868

M39

Borg-Warner 5-Speed Manual

3.08:1 R

10079890

M39

Borg-Warner 5-Speed Manual

2.77:1 R / 3.23:1 R

10079856

M39

Borg-Warner 5-Speed Manual

3.08:1 R

Turbo Hydramatic 700-R4 Codes

Code

Engine Size

Note

YX

173 cid V6

MD8

YP

305 cid V8

MD8

YW

305 cid V8

MD8

YZ

305 cid V8

MD8

YM

350 cid V8

MD8

1987 Camaro Manual Transmission Ratios

 

LB8

LG4

LB9

LB9

L98

C.I.

173

305

305

305

350

First Gear

4.03:1

2.95:1

2.95:1

2.95:1

Second Gear

2.37:1

1.94:1

1.94:1

1.94:1

Third Gear

1.50:1

1.34:1

1.34:1

1.34:1

Fourth Gear

1.00:1

1.00:1

1.00:1

1.00:1

Fifth Gear

0.76:1

0.63:1

0.63:1

0.73:1

Reverse

3.76:1

2.76:1

2.76:1

2.76:1

Clutch Dia

9.12

10.00

10.00

10.34

Axle Ratio S

3.42:1

3.23:1

3.08:1

3.45:1

Axle Ratio P

3.45:1

1987 Camaro 700-R4 Automatic Transmission Ratios

 

LB8

LG4

LG4

LB9

L98

First Gear

3.06:1

3.06:1

3.06:1

3.06:1

Second Gear

1.63:1

1.63:1

1.63:1

1.63:1

Third Gear

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

2.29:1

2.29:1

2.29:1

2.29:1

Torque Converter Dia.

9.65

11.75

11.75

11.75

Axle Ratio S

3.42:1

2.73:1

2.73:1

3.27:1*

Axle Ratio P

3.23:1

Axle Ratio Key

  • S = Standard Ratio
  • P = Performance Ratio G92
  • * Borg-Warner Rear Axle

1987 Camaro Rear Axle Codes

Code

Axle Ratio

2HA

3.23:1

2HL

3.42:1

2HP

2.73:1

2HQ

3.23:1

2HR

3.42:1

2HT

2.73:1

2TF

3.72:1

2TH

3.73:1

4ET

2.77:1

4EU

3.27:1

4EW

3.45:1

4HB

3.08:1

4HD

2.73:1

4HE

2.73:1

4HF

3.08:1

4HJ

3.23:1

4HV

2.73:1

4HY

3.23:1

1987 Camaro Factory Options

Regular Production Option (RPO)

RPO Description Quantity 1987 Price Est. Current Price
1FP87 Camaro Sport Coupe, 6-Cylinder 83,890 $10,409.00 $23,713.46
1FP87 Camaro Sport Coupe Convertible, 8-Cylinder 263 $15,208.00 $34,646.39
1FP87 Camaro Z28 Sport Coupe, 8-Cylinder 52,863 $13,233.00 $30,147.01
1FP87 Camaro Z28 Sport Coupe Convertible, 8-Cylinder 744 $17,632.00 $40,168.68
AG9 Power Seat, Driver Side 1,385 n/a n/a
AM9 Seat Back, Split Folding Rear 36,864 $50.00 $113.91
AU3 Power Door Locks 8,597 $145.00 $330.33
A01 Tinted Glass, All Windows 20,599 $120.00 $273.38
A31 Power Windows 6,509 n/a n/a
A90 Power Hatch Release 8,413 n/a n/a
B2L Engine, 350 ci, 220 hp V8 (IROC-Z Only) 12,105 $1,045.00 $2,380.69
B4E LT Package 794 n/a n/a
B4Z IROC Sport Equipment Package 3,452 n/a n/a
B34 Floor Mats, Carpet Insert, Two Front 8,792 n/a n/a
B35 Floor Mats, Carpet Insert, Two Rear 8,790 n/a n/a
B48 Luggage Compartment Trim 25,943 $164.00 $373.62
B84 Moldings, Body Side 22,309 $60.00 $136.69
B91 Moldings, Door Edge (Black) 19,065 $15.00 $34.17
CC1 Roof Panels, Removable Glass 59,600 $866.00 $1,972.89
CD4 Windshield Wipers, Intermittent 8,838 n/a n/a
C49 Defogger, Rear Window 86,146 $145.00 $330.33
C60 Air Conditioning 14,743 $775.00 $1,765.58
DD8 Mirror, Inside Rear View Automatic 901 n/a n/a
DE1 Louvers, Rear Window 9,487 $210.00 $478.42
DG7 Mirrors, Electric Twin Remote 1,861 n/a n/a
DK6 Console, Roof 3,366 n/a n/a
D27 Cover, Locking Rear Storage 9,414 $80.00 $182.25
D42 Cover, Rear Compartment Cargo Area 4,913 n/a n/a
D80 Spoiler (included w/ Z28) 25,925 $69.00 $157.19
G80 Rear Axle, Limited Slip 40,823 $100.00 $227.82
G92 Rear Axle, Performance Ratio (IROC-Z Only) 10,533 $21.00 $47.84
J65 Brakes, Power Front Disc and Rear Disc 23,874 $179.00 $407.79
KC4 Cooler, Engine Oil (IROC-Z Only) 23,882 $110.00 $250.60
K34 Speed Control, w/ Resume 4,913 n/a n/a
LB9 Engine, 305 ci, 190 hp V8 (Z28 Only) 28,370 $745.00 $1,697.24
LG4 Engine, 305 ci, 165 hp or 170 hp V8 (Sport Coupe) 36,845 $400.00 $911.27
MX0 Transmission, Automatic w/ Overdrive 115,109 $490.00 $1,116.30
N33 Tilt Steering Column 8,862 n/a n/a
PE1 Wheels, Aluminum 4,653 $215.00 $489.81
QDX Tires, P195/70R14 Eagle GT (LT Only) 4,522 $90.00 $205.04
QDZ Tires, P245/50VR16 Blackwall (IROC-Z Only) 38,889 n/c n/c
QHX Tires, P205/70R14 Blackwall (LT Coupe Only) 2,242 n/c n/c
QHY Tires, P205/70R14 White Stripe (LT Coupe Only) 1,793 $76.00 $173.14
QYH Tires, P215/65R15 White Letter 42,058 $102.00 $232.37
QYZ Tires, P215/65R15 Blackwall (Sport Coupe Only) 48,256 -$102.00 -$232.37
TR9 Lighting, Auxiliary 7,991 n/a n/a
TT4 Headlamps, Halogen (4) 5,819 n/a n/a
T96 Fog Lamps, Halogen 1,729 n/a n/a
UA1 Battery, Heavy Duty 21,099 $26.00 $59.23
UL5 Radio, Delete 4,863 n/a n/a
UL6 Radio, AM w/ Clock 179 n/a n/a
UM6 Radio, Stereo, Cassette, Clock, Seek/Scan 17,696 n/a n/a
UM7 Radio, Stereo, Clock, Seek/Scan 5,966 n/a n/a
UU8 Radio, Stereo, Delco Bose, Clock, Seek/Scan 8,517 n/a n/a
UX1 Radio, Stereo, Cassette, Clock, S/S, EQ 8,160 n/a n/a
U21 Gauge Package 33,252 $149.00 $339.45
U75 Antenna, Power 28,327 $70.00 $159.47
YF5 Emission Equipment, Required for California 14,705 $99.00 $225.54
1SA Sport Coupe Package 1 n/a n/c n/c
1SB Sport Coupe Package 2 n/a $1,212.00 $2,761.14
1SC Sport Coupe Package 3 ($1,559 Convertible) n/a $1,628.00 $3,708.86
1SD Sport Coupe Package 4 ($1,889 Convertible) n/a $2,126.00 $4,843.39
1SA LT Package 1 ($1,358 Convertible) n/a $1,522.00 $3,467.37
1SB LT Package 2 ($1,705 Convertible) n/a $1,938.00 $4,415.09
1SC LT Package 3 ($2,035 Convertible) n/a $2,387.00 $5,437.99
1SD LT Package 4 ($2,376 Convertible) n/a $2,858.00 $6,511.01
1SA Z28 Package 1 n/a n/c n/c
1SB Z28 Package 2 ($1,900 Convertible) n/a $1,999.00 $4,554.06
1SC Z28 Package 3 w/ RPO D42 (Coupe Only) n/a $2,539.00 $5,784.27
1SC Z28 Package 3 w/o RPO D42 ($2,241 Convertible) n/a $2,470.00 $5,627.08
1SA IROC Package 1 n/a $699.00 $1,592.44
1SB IROC Package 2 ($2,359 Convertible) n/a $2,409.00 $5,488.11
1SC IROC Package 3 w/ RPO D42 (Coupe Only) n/a $3,273.00 $7,456.45
1SC IROC Package 3 w/o RPO D42 ($2,975 Convertible) n/a $3,204.00 $7,299.25

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, IROC, or LT model.

1987 Camaro Paint Codes

Exterior Paint Codes

Paint / WA Code

Color

Quantity

Model

Interior Availability

12S / 9021

Silver

4,997

Lc-Spc-Zc

Bk-G-R-S

23 / 8751

Bright Blue

18,375

Lc-Spc-Zc-Zci

Bk-G-S

28 / 8743

Black Sapphire (Dark Blue)

7,148

Lc-Spc-Zc

Bk-G-S

40 / 8554

White

17,713

Lc-Spc-Zc-Zci

Bk-G-R-S

41 / 8555

Black

20,871

Lc-Spc-Zc-Zci

Bk-G-R-S

51 / 8929

Yellow Gold

3,052

Lc-Spc-Zc-Zci

Bk-G-S

68 / 8757

Midnight Russet (Dark Brown)

1,633

Lc-Spc-Zc

Bk-S

74 / 8748

Flame Red (Dark Red)

24,922

Lc-Spc-Zc-Zci

Bk-G-R-S

81 / 8774

Bright Red

31,231

Lc-Spc-Zc-Zci

Bk-G-R-S

84

Medium Gray

2,324

Lc-Spc-Zc

B-G-S

87 / 9243

Gunmetal (Medium Gray)

5,494

Lc-Spc-Zc

B-G-S

Interior Trim Codes

Color Code

Interior Style

19B

Black Standard Cloth

19C

Black Custom Cloth

19R

Black Standard Vinyl

62B

Saddle Standard Cloth

62C

Saddle Custom Cloth

62R

Saddle Standard Vinyl

622

Saddle Leather

72B

Red Standard Cloth

72C

Red Custom Cloth

72R

Red Standard Vinyl

722

Red Leather

82B

Gray Standard Cloth

82C

Gray Custom Cloth

82R

Gray Standard Vinyl

822

Gray Leather

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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