1967 Chevelle Engine Photos & 396 cid Engine Production Numbers

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1967 396 V8 Engine Production

The base engine for the SS396 series for 1967 was the L35 396cid 325hp engine. This engine (along with the L34 and L78) was also an optional engine in the El Camino and 2,565 L35 engines were sold. There were 63,006 SS396 sport coupes (59,685) and convertibles (3,321) sold. There is no way to know how many of the base L35 engines were sold in SS396 sport coupes and/or convertibles. One can only take the number of L35 options known to be sold in the El Camino body style (2,565) and subtract that from the total number reported by Tonawanda and arrive at a number that would include Total L35 Cars and Service Engines

One cannot take the number of L34 or L78 engines into account for SS396 sales only since these were also available in the El Camino and only a total number of L34 and L78 options are known; what body style they went into is not known. Since it cannot be determined how many L35 engines were sold in the base SS396 series (total L35 cars) and the number of L35 service engines cannot be determined.

This was the first year the TH-400 automatic transmission was offered in the Chevelle series and this transmission could only be ordered if a 396 engine was ordered. This is also the first year the air injection reactor (RPO K19) was used on the L78 engine.

All L35 engines were equipped with a Rochester (or Carter equivalent) Quadrajet carburetor; all L34 and L78 engines were equipped with a Holley carburetor.

RPO HP Transmission Suffix Production Notes
L35 325 Manual ED 27,080  
L35/K19 325 Manual EH 04,172  A.I.R.
L35/M35 325 Powerglide EK 05,666  
L35/K19/M35 325 Powerglide EM 00,892 A.I.R.
L35/M40 325 TH-400 ET 09,166  
L35/K19/M40 325 TH-400 EV 02,725 A.I.R.
        49,701 Total L35 Engines
47,783* Total L35 Chevelles
See paragraph above concerning service engines. 01,918 Service Engines
L34 350 Manual EF 13,914  
L34/K19 350 Manual EJ 02,176 A.I.R.
L34/M35 350 Powerglide EL 00,160  
L34/K19/M35 350 Powerglide EN 00,018 A.I.R.
L34/M40 350 TH-400 EU 01,784  
L34/K19/M40 350 TH-400 EW 00,346 A.I.R.
        18,398 Total L34 Engines
        17,176 Total L34 Chevelles
93.4% of total L34 engine production went into Chevelles in 1967. 01,222 Service Engines
L78 375 Manual EG 596  
L78/K19 375 Manual EX 034 A.I.R.
        630 Total L78 Engines
        612 Total L78 Chevelles
97.1% of total L78 engine production went into Chevelles in 1967. 018 Service Engines

* It is known that 2,565 of these L35 engines were sold as options in the two El Camino series.

327 cid with positive ventilation

327 cid with air injection reactor

327 cid with air injection reactor

327 cid RPO L79 with air injection reactor

396 cid - note unique dimple in 1967 396 driver side valve cover for brake booster clearance

396 cid with positive ventilation - note breather cap on passenger side valve cover.

396 cid with closed positive ventilation - note breather cap on passenger side valve cover now replaced with vent tube to air cleaner base.

V0109EC ~ Flint, MI ~ January 9, 1967 ~ 327/275hp with Powerglide transmission & Air Injection Reactor.

V0503EP ~ Flint, MI ~ May 3 1967 ~ 327/325hp with manual transmission.

T1202ET ~ Tonawanda Engine Plant ~ December 2, 1966 ~ 396/325hp with TH400 transmission.

T0605ET ~ Tonawanda Engine Plant ~ June 5, 1967 ~ 396/325hp with TH400 transmission.

T0614ED ~ Tonawanda Engine Plant ~ June 14, 1967 ~ 396/325hp with manual transmission.

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