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Technical Information
The Build Sheet


The build sheet is the best proof of what options a vehicle had from the factory and, therefore, possessing this piece of paper can add value to a first generation Monte Carlo. A fairly low optioned Monte may not be worth too much more with a build sheet. On the other hand, for a car that has desirable and/or rare options, a build sheet is a must for a person to pay good money for a rare Monte Carlo.

Monte Carlo Build Sheet

How to Find Your Build Sheet

Build Sheets can be found in many different places in your car. The two most common places are the on top of the gas tank and under the seats. The gas tank is extremely common but the paper is subject to the elements and may not be in great condition. Some may not be legible at all after 30+ years. As for under the seat, there's always hope. They will usually be placed between the foam and the springs and one must be careful removing it for it to stay intact. Some are stuffed into the corners of the seats and are virtually impossible to remove in one piece. If you do find one, make sure that it is for your vehicle, sometimes build sheets end up in the wrong car.

Other possible locations include:

  • Inside the door panels
  • Under the dash pad
  • Inside the fender
  • Under the carpet

There could be as many as three build sheets in a car located in different places but, in some cases, there may be no build sheet at all.

How Build Sheets End Up in a Car

The build sheet was used on the assembly line to tell employees what parts to put on the car. They were supposed to be thrown out by workers on the assembly line but many found it easier just to hide it in the car somewhere rather than walk over to a garbage can. Some plants were more strict of these rules and cars from those plants may not have a build sheet in them.

Build Sheet Contents

The build sheet will have the vehicle identification number and all the options and components the car will have from the factory. Below are a few blown up sections of the build sheet.

Sequence Number and Date
The sequence number and scheduled build date are located in the top left corner
Paint Code
Also in the top left corner under the date is the model number, paint code and top code (vinyl roof)
Standard Equipment and Options
The area in the top-middle of the page will show codes for some of the basic components installed on the car.

Optional Equipment
The middle section of the page is where the major option codes and descriptions are located. The blown up section here shows what engine was installed among other options. The "*" in this case signifies that the item is standard equipment and the "#" signifies that it is a body shop item.

The GM Dealership
The bottom left corner of the build sheet describes the dealership that the car was ordered for.
Manufacturing Plant
The bottom-middle has the plant name and location


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