Author Bill Watson spent the last 20 years searching for, and consolidating, the information contained in this massive Catalogue of Canadian Car I.D. Numbers. To ensure accuracy, the data presented in the book's 856 pages was gleaned from original sources and not compiled from any secondary publications. For anyone interested in Canadian-produced or Canadian-sold vehicles, this book is THE essential reference work. Watson provides a brief history of each Canadian manufacturer; guides to deciphering VIN tags; vehicles identified by model year, model number, series name, sub-series name and body style; assembly plant information; VIN and engine numbers; locations of engine and serial numbers; weights and prices of the vehicles; and paint codes and colors. [softcover, 856 pages].
This book serves two basic identification needs. The first is that of the typical collector who is trying to identify a Chevy V-8 component which may be in a salvage yard or swap meet. This book will help identify what kind of vehicle the component was originally installed on. The second need helps determine if it is the correct part. To identify a component, simply find the cast or stamped-in identification number, turn to the appropriate section in the book and look it up. There are casting numbers for big and small engine blocks, crankshaft, big and small cylinder heads, exhaust manifolds, intake manifolds, Carter Carburetor, Holley Carburetor, Rochester Carburetor, fuel pump, water pump, generator/alternator, starter, distributor and EGR valve.