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Old June 23rd, 2010, 12:51 PM   #41
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Have we established any similarity of the interior colors for these cars with the Z code?
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Old June 23rd, 2010, 01:22 PM   #42
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could they have been expecting to run low on upholstery from the main supplier and to make sure it lasted thru the end of the year they had to strategically use covers from another bin (another supplier) ? Like every 20th car used material from a secondary supplier ?

maybe a bizarre suggestion, except that the plausible suggestions have already been refuted.

The Z must be linked to the trim code....not something unrelated.
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Old June 25th, 2010, 08:17 AM   #43
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Additional information on my car is that it was shipped in April 1970 to a car dealer called Lalonde Chev Olds Ltd., Ville de Laval, PQ. I noticed several users from Canada so I thought I might throw that out in case someone knows something about this dealer or others purchased cars from the same location. I believe that I may still have the original owners name also in some of the paperwork.

Stevengerard - If you lived near Dublin or Alamo, Ca. I believe that's where this car resided between 2000-2005. Then as you say it was purchased by a New York resident and then back to the West Coast again when I got my hands on it.

The cowl tag on my car clearly has the "Z" with no space between the 930 code. I'm not sure I understand what others are talking about when they refer to the Z49 option code and how it relates to the "Z" on the cowl tag....
Don't know about the specific dealer, buuuuutttt, Laval, is a suburb of Montreal. Montreal is an island city in the St. Lawrence that hosted Expo 67 and the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. Laval is on Ile Jesus (Jesus' Island) right next to the Island of Montreal. Mike Bossy formerly of the New York Islanders (NHL) played for Laval in his Junior years. I know this because I remember seeing him play in the Montreal Forum. That's my trivia about Laval. Sorry, got nothing on the dealership.
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Old June 25th, 2010, 01:16 PM   #44
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I have seen the Z on both HT and post cars, bench and bucket seats, and different colour interiors. I do not recall seeing any with cloth seat inserts? Another thought: I know that headrests were standard equipment in 1970, but were they "required" by Canadian law and not U.S.?
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Old June 25th, 2010, 02:01 PM   #45
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if my "primary supplier shortage" suggestion was dumb, here's another goofy one. when was the GM strike in the 1970 model year and could some ramification of that relate to a trim issue ?
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Old June 26th, 2010, 04:02 AM   #46
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Headrests were manditory in Canada in 1969...
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Old June 26th, 2010, 08:03 AM   #47
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I have seen the Z on both HT and post cars, bench and bucket seats, and different colour interiors. I do not recall seeing any with cloth seat inserts? Another thought: I know that headrests were standard equipment in 1970, but were they "required" by Canadian law and not U.S.?
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Headrests were manditory in Canada in 1969...
Since headrests were standard, there was no reason to code them.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 04:03 PM   #48
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....when was the GM strike in the 1970 model year and could some ramification of that relate to a trim issue ?
There was no UAW strike during the 1970 model year. I hear people make this mistake all the time. The strike was late in the 1970 calendar year, which puts it in the 1971 model year.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 07:22 AM   #49
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My 71 convertible has a z code. Its a plain cutlass supreme convertible. 350 2 bbl vinyl split bench seat with armrest. Really no other options besides power steering and power brakes. It was in buffalo new York for a long time which is right across the border from Canada. Hope this helps
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 08:32 AM   #50
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check dates, this thread, 2010
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 08:41 AM   #51
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You just read it.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 07:44 PM   #52
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My 71 convertible has a z code. Its a plain cutlass supreme convertible. 350 2 bbl vinyl split bench seat with armrest. Really no other options besides power steering and power brakes. It was in buffalo new York for a long time which is right across the border from Canada. Hope this helps
Attached is cutlassbeebe's 1971 Cutlass Supreme Convertible's cowl tag with the Z. So that eliminate anything 1970 only.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 09:21 PM   #53
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Consolidation ideas

There are 3 separate threads I know of that are all discussing this Z code trim option. Here are my 2 thoughts on this:

a) Combine all these threads into one big thread to consolidate posts into one area and avoid duplication? There's a lot of good information in all 3 threads that isn't necessarily shared between threads too. IMO it would make a lot of sense to amalgamate information instead of leaving it spread all over the place.

b I don't think this is really a cowl tag mystery per se (although the cowl tag is the messenger of the TRM code), it's more a mystery about the TRM code Z which is not exclusive to 1970. Have any of you who belong to Chev, Buick, or Pontiac sites found any similarities with this Z trim among the other GM A body brands? Any info from other olds sites that can be linked here???

1. This thread - Cowl Tag Mystery

2. "Z Code" cars in 1970

3. '70 code help
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Old December 6th, 2017, 09:24 PM   #54
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Could the Z indicate something with the seat belts or shoulder harness? Or console brackets vs non-console cars. Neither of my W-31’s have the Z. One is a black bench seat 940 car and the other is a blue buckets 933 but no console. I agree that it would have to be something done with the body at Fisher so maybe console brackets?
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Could the Z indicate something with the seat belts or shoulder harness? Or console brackets vs non-console cars. Neither of my W-31ís have the Z. One is a black bench seat 940 car and the other is a blue buckets 933 but no console. I agree that it would have to be something done with the body at Fisher so maybe console brackets?
Posted in another thread about this same topic in 2014.
Even bench seat cars got the "Z"


In relation to the stripes on my "Z" cars.....

The 70W30 with the "Z" has black stripes with Burnished Gold exterior and Pearl bucket interior.

The 70W31 with the "Z" has blue stripes with Twilight Blue exterior and Blue bench interior.(post car)

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Old December 7th, 2017, 08:04 AM   #56
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Adding to this revived thread, '70 W30, Ca. emissions, Z930 trim black buckets, his/her shifter, interior lighting package, tinted glass and rear window defogger.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 09:40 PM   #57
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Dumb guess. Did Olds allow a black steering column to be ordered with any car like Chevy did?
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Old December 8th, 2017, 03:01 AM   #58
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Good guess, but that's not it. My 70 4 door sedan with the Z has green interior and green steering column.
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