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  • 9C1 "nine charlie one", the B platform car that the 1991-1993 Caprice LTZ and the 1994-1996 Impala SS was based from. aka Caprice police package.
  • 9C6 "nine charlie six", the B platform taxi package. Has many of the same parts as the 9C1.
  • 55H pseudonym for the F**d Crown Vic police package

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  • ALDL assembly line data link aka DLC

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  • B car also known as B platform car, or GM 300 platform car. Made in Arlington (ARL) Texas up to late 1996 and in Willow Run (WRN) Michigan (until late 1993 IMS). Covers Caprice/Impala, Buick Roadmaster, Olds Custom Cruiser, Pontiac Parisienne.
  • BBB Black, Big Black Beauty, Black, Black, Black, Big, Bad, Black... (also see SOB)
  • BFS "big ****ing screwdriver". What you use to pry the water pump off the car to get to the optispark.
  • BFH "big ****ing hammer". What you use after the BFS don't work.
  • BFD you figure this one out

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  • CHP Chevy High Performance - a magazine specializing in high performance Chevies
  • CHP California Highway Patrol, what you don't want to see in the rear view
  • CV pseudonym for the F**d Crown Vic, usually the police package
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  • D car a 2-inch longer wheelbase Caddy version of the B car. Caddilac Fleetwood is one such example as well as the Caprice or Roadmaster Wagon.
  • DCM Dark Cherry Metallic painted cars. Usually referring to a Impala SS color.
  • DLC data link connector. These are different names for the electrical connector mounted to the underside edge of the dash. The 12-pin is the OBD-I style connector, while the 16-pin unit is the 1996+ OBD-II style.
  • DGGM Dark Grey Green Metallic painted cars. Usually referring to a Impala SS color.

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F

  • FYI "for your information"
  • FSM factory service manual. what you should own and read before you become a list-sponge.
  • Fbody or Fcar Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am; Chevrolet Camaro.
  • FOUO "for official use only"
  • FUBAR "****ed up beyond all recognition", an old military term.

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  • G80 limited slip differential. aka posi.

H

  • HTH "hope this helps"
  • HEI high-energy-ignition
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  • IMS "if memory serves"
  • IAT intake air temperature, as measured by a sensor in the rubber elbow of a 1994-1996 Bcar.

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  • LT1 "lima tango one" the 350 cid (5.7 liter) V8 engine, 260 hp, 330 ft-lbs in 1994-1996 B and D cars. Also applys to a aluminum headed version in 93-96 F-bodys.
  • L99 "lima nine-nine" the smaller displacement V8 version of the LT1, 1994-1996 model years.
  • LT4 "lima tango four" Optional hot Corvette motor, 330+ (?) hp. Also in a few F cars like the FireHawk.

M

  • MSD multiple spark discharge

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O

  • OBD-I / OBD-II On Board Diagnostics. OBD-I is/was an SAE standard from (?) 1984 to 1995, and was replaced with the more detailed OBD-II in 1996 models.
  • OS optispark. optically measured and triggered HEI distributor on L99/LT1/LT4 cars.
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  • PI Police Intercepter

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  • SOB Standard Onyx Black, a factory GM color for the Impala SS. All 94 Impala SS came this color, no exceptions.
  • SOL what happens when BFS and BFH fail to work, and the service writer says BFD, then hands you the bill for towing your car to the dealer and replacing the H20pump and OS. You become SOL.
  • SPID Service Parts Identification (decal), the sticker in the trunk (in sedans) that tells you what the factory put on your car when it came off the assembly line. Can you decode your SPID?

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  • TU "tango uniform", radiospeak for a failed component. Example: "My optispark just went tango uniform." AKA "Tits Up"
  • TIA "thanks in advance"

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  • YMMV "your mileage may vary"

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