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CRG is actively researching many first-generation Camaro configuration, production, and restoration topics. We are soliciting information from our web site readers on the specific topics below. If you would like to contribute data on any of these specific research topics, please send an email to the contact listed. Note that we do not release, without permission, owner-submitted data that can be traced back to a specific vehicle or owner.

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CRG Active Research Topics, by Grouping

  1. Multi-Year Research Topics
  2. 1967 Topics
  3. 1968 Topics
  4. 1969 Topics
 

Multi-Year Research Topics

  1. Factory (Fisher and Chevrolet) assembly practices. We would particularly like to talk to people with direct knowledge of, or experience on, Fisher or Chevrolet assembly lines in the period from the late 1960's to the early 1970's.
  2. Window glass markings
  3. Fastener head markings
  4. Finishes
  5. Production line markings (stripes, codes, etc)
  6. Coil and leaf spring labels
  7. 5-leaf rear springs used in a 68-69 Z28 (factory documentation indicates they should be 4-leaf)
  8. Radiator tags
  9. Original wheel markings
  10. Export models
  11. Steering component part numbers for various model types
  12. 1967 and 1969 Indy pace cars, Z10s, and non-Indy pace cars (Watkins Glen, NASCAR, etc)
  13. Headrest variations:
    The 1967 style (taller and more slender than successors) was used in early 1968. When in 1968 was the headrest design changed?
    During November 1968, the adjusting brace was changed from straight to slightly angled. Braces are usually dated.
    Prior to January 69, headrests were factory installed (as a required option)on all 1969 cars built in 1968, unless ordered with a special headrest delete option (RPO AR1). We have not found a documented Camaro with the headrest delete option and would like to document one.

  14. Stamping errors. Any stamped VIN on the body, the engine, or the transmission that contains a stamping error (for example, off by a digit, upside down digits, etc).

  15. Special or Unusual Models:
 

1967 Topics

  1. Radius Rod Research - To update the CRG Research Report on 1967 radius rods, we need as many possible data points. We are interested in all radius rod data, but are especially interested in data on vehicles built from late November thru the end of April. In addition to the usual CRG vehicle data we are looking for the presence (or absence) of the following: chassis bracket, axle bracket, and the rod itself. We are also interested in the rod type (round or rectangular) as well as bracket attachment details.

  2. L30/M20 - Related to the radius rod issue, we are following changes made to the L30/M20 model (327/275HP engine with 4-speed). Sometime near the same period that the radius rod was introduced (December 1966) the L30/M20 axle was upgraded from a 10-bolt to a 12-bolt. We urge anyone with a L30/M20, especially a December- or January-built 1967 model, to submit his or her data to the CRG for use in our research.

  3. Other 1967 Mid-Year Changes:
    1967 Subframe Horn Change
    1967 Subframe Horn Change

 

1968 Topics

We would like to better define when the following changes occurred:

  1. Elimination of the Astro-Ventilation logo on door glass. We would like to further refine when this change occurred.

  2. Dates of Misc Component Changes:

  3. Woodgrain ashtray. Starting around April of 1968, the ashtray front was changed from black to woodgrain when the surrounding molding was woodgrain (Z87, Z23, or D55).

  4. SS stripe. Transition from bumble bee to later stripe that runs down the door.

  5. Brake proportioning valve supposedly changes during 1968 from the small 1967 style to the larger 1969 style.

  6. Transition from early style quarter panel which did not have Astro-Ventilation plastic grill to later quarter panel which did. November cars had early style.

  7. Phase-in of the 2nd design 1968 front spoiler (May?).

  8. 1967 mid-year change in style of the D91 stripe from the early wrap-around version to the truncated style used in 1968.

  9. A GM bulletin describes a test fleet of late 1968 model year vehicles of various types that were used to evaluate development builds of the THM350 3-speed transmission that was introduced for the 1969 model year. These vehicles were then sold to the public following their evaluation. There were late 1968 model Camaros included in this fleet, specifically L30 327ci/275HP powered Camaros specially fitted with the THM350. CRG would appreciate any data on any of these test fleet cars, Camaro or otherwise.
 

1969 Topics

We would like to better define when the following changes occurred:

  1. Engine Partial VIN stamping:
    Some Van Nuys-built (LOS/VN) cars had the VIN stamped on the pad of the block and some had the VIN stamped down by the oil filter. Sometime in October of 1968, we believe the stamp was moved to the oil filter, but by sometime around February of 1969 we believe the stamp moved back up to the pad.

    On Norwood cars, we believe the change to the stamping location did not occur until sometime around December 1968, and then did not move again.

    We want to verify these general statements, and pinpoint more exactly when these changes occurred.

  2. Phase-in of the "yellow-light" stereo system in 1969 (June?).

  3. Phase-in of the 1-piece 1969 kick-panels (January / February timeframe).

    Early (2-Piece) 1969 Kick Panels
    Early (2-Piece) 1969 Kick Panels

  4. Phase-out of the D96 fender striping on 1969 Z28s with Z21 or Z22 (February?).

  5. On 1969 396/THM400 cars, a fast-idle solenoid appears to have been used on some cars, but not others. We would like to understand why.

 



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