1972 Chevelle Engine ID Codes - Engine Pad

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The engine identification code consists of the engine assembly plant, the engine assembly date, and 3 letter suffix indicating the cubic inch displacement, the horsepower rating, and generally, what type of transmission was to be installed with the engine. Manual transmissions required a bushing in the rear of the bellhousing where an automatic transmission did not. Many engine "accessories" such as the carburetor, distributor, and exhaust manifolds were not installed at the engine assembly plant but rather at the final assembly plant.

Engine

Transmission

Notes

Code

Size-Carb

HP-RPO

   
CAH 250-1 110 Manual-3 Low Compression Engine
CBA 250-1 110 Manual-3/4  NB2
CBD 250-1 110 Manual-3 Taxi, NB2
CBG 250-1 110 Manual-3  
CBJ 250-1 110 Powerglide  
CBK 250-1 110 Powerglide Taxi
CDL 250-1 110 Powerglide A.I.R.
CDM 250-1 110 Standard A.I.R.
CSD 250-1 110 Powerglide NB2
CAY 307-2 130 Manual-3/4  NB2
CAZ 307-2 130 Powerglide NB2
CKG 307-2 130 Standard  
CKH 307-2 130 Powerglide  
CMA 307-2 130 TH-350 NB2
CTK 307-2 130 TH-350  
CAR 350-2 165-L65 TH-350 Police,  NB2
CDA * 350-2 165-L65 Manual-3/4 NB2
CDB ** 350-2 165-L65 Powerglide NB2
CDD * 350-4 175-L48 TH-350 NB2
CDG 350-4 175-L48 Manual-3/4 NB2
CKA * 350-2 165-L65 Manual-3/4  
CKB * 350-2 165-L65 TH-350  
CKD * 350-4 175-L48 TH-350  
CKK 350-4 175-L48 Manual-3/4  
CMD * 350-2 165-L65 TH-350 NB2
CSH 350-2 165-L65 TH-350 Police
CTL * 350-2 165-L65 TH-350  
CLA 402-4 240-LS3 Manual-4 (1)
CLB * 402-4 240-LS3 TH-400 (1)
CLS 402-4 240-LS3 Manual-3 (1)
CTA 402-4 240-LS3 Manual-3/4 A.I.R., Police, Taxi
CTB * 402-4 240-LS3 TH-400 A.I.R.
CTJ 402-4 240-LS3 TH-400 A.I.R., Police, Taxi
CPA 454-4 270-LS5 Manual-3/4  
CPD * 454-4 270-LS5 TH-400  
CRW * 454-4 270-LS5 TH-400 A.I.R.
CRX 454-4 270-LS5 Manual-3/4 A.I.R.

Engine production totals are listed for U.S. production only.

(1) CLA, CLB, and CLS engine codes are shown in numerous publications but there is an ongoing debate if a 402 engine without A.I.R. was ever installed in a 1972 Chevelle regardless of final assembly plant. If anyone has documented proof such as a build sheet or warranty Protect-O-Plate card showing either CLA, CLB, or CLS engine codes, please contact me via the Contact page.

* Includes Monte Carlo
** Monte Carlo exclusive

NB2 - California required equipment includes AIR and camshaft with longer valve overlap.

A total of 21,779 6-cyl engines were reported installed in Chevelles.
A total of 562,604 8-cyl engines were installed in Chevelles and Monte Carlos; 165,706 307cid, 373,268 350cid, and 23,630 402/454cid engines. However, this does not match the total of 8-cyl cars reportedly built in the U.S. of 578,052. This is a difference of 15,488 8-cyl units with no engines.

Engines reported for the (U.S.-built) Monte Carlo (163,087) does not match the production figure of 163,085 cars. Those break down to 151,859 350cid, 9,960 402cid and 1,268 454cid engines. Seems to be 2 extra engines reported.

Chevrolet reports 584,532 transmissions on the Accumulative Production Report of July 31, 1972. This number is only for U.S.-built Chevelles. This figure does not match the total reported U.S.-built Chevelles of 584,530. This is a difference of 2 transmissions (all types) without cars to put them in. The listed transmissions for the (U.S.-built) Monte Carlo does match the 163,087 engine production but not reported model production number of 163,085.

There is some breakdown of engines or transmissions imported from Canada. Hopefully there will be more as more information becomes available. From GM of Canada documentation it is known:
* Of the 21,106 Malibu sport coupes imported into the U.S. 1,542 were equipped with RPO Z15, 266 of those were equipped with RPO LS5, 149 were equipped with the M22 H.D. 4-speed (leaving the remaining 117 equipped with the M40 Turbo Hydramatic 400).
* * Of the 21,106 Malibu sport coupes imported into the U.S. 1,542 were equipped with RPO Z15, 520 of those were equipped with RPO LS3, 807 were equipped with the M20, and 226 equipped with ZL2.
* Of 8,083 Malibu sport coupes built in Canada for Canada sales, 152 were equipped with the LS5 engine option.
* Of 520 Malibu sport coupes with the Z15 option were built with the LS3 engine.