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Decoding/Numbers / Re: Looking for guidance on my 68 Camaro
« on: February 16, 2018, 12:42:44 PM »
Here's the VIN:  124678N399019

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Decoding/Numbers / Re: Looking for guidance on my 68 Camaro
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:39:58 PM »
Wow, that would be an easy way to tell, but when I bought the car, the previous owner switched it from a column shift to a racer type floor shifter. So much of the car was changed, and hacked, so I don't know what was originally in it. I wish the VIN or trim tag told more of the history. I just want to know for my own use.

I do know that it was originally a V8, but other than that, I don't know much else. She's my beauty though and I love her. She's getting a new exhaust system now, and once that's complete, she should be ready to go!

I miss her and can't wait till Spring so I can drive her!! :) :)

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Decoding/Numbers / Re: Looking for guidance on my 68 Camaro
« on: February 15, 2018, 12:53:13 PM »
It was originally a column shift automatic. I've replaced the column shifter with a Hurst shifter and console setup.

I'm not sure how many gears because the original transmission was replaced.

I'm pretty much done with the restoration process. New bucket seats this Spring should complete it. (For now) I guess it will never really be done. LOL

Thank you all so much for your responses. Much appreciated!

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Decoding/Numbers / Re: Looking for guidance on my 68 Camaro
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:13:53 PM »
Thank you. I've been using "process of elimination" to try to figure out what it may have been originally. The link you posted has been very helpful, but I think I got all of the info I'm going to get. Still some unknowns. :(

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Decoding/Numbers / Re: Looking for guidance on my 68 Camaro
« on: February 14, 2018, 05:40:19 PM »
Thanks. Sorry for my confusing post. I already figured out that interior colors was black and the convertible top was black based on the trim tag. I was trying to determine if it was an original SS based on the VIN & trim tag. That's all I have to go by at this point. I'm sure Chevy had specific combinations that were SS only but I'm having a hard time figuring it out.

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Decoding/Numbers / Looking for guidance on my 68 Camaro
« on: February 14, 2018, 04:53:48 PM »
Hi Group,
I'm trying to find out as much information as possible on my car. It's a 1968 convertible and based on the VIN & trim tag, I know the original exterior color was Ash Gold. It has a black convertible top and black bucket seats. It was a column shifter. The original motor, trans, & rear are long gone so I'm not able to determine anything from them.

Any ideas on where I can look for information? Or pictures? I can't seem to find any pictures with the color combinations/convertible top in a 68.

I'd love to hear from someone who can point me in the right direction.

Thanks! Andi

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Mild Modifications / Re: Breaks - working properly?
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:58:17 AM »
Thanks for the insight! I appreciate it and I'll ask my brother in law to check. Thank you again :)

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Mild Modifications / Re: Breaks - working properly?
« on: October 18, 2017, 05:56:12 PM »
Thanks for responding. Yes, the breaks were drum all the way around, and now disc only up front. A proportioning valve was installed with the conversion kit. In fact, it had to be replaced after installation because it was leaking. So, the valve is good now and not leaking.

I'll ask him about the bench bleed. I don't know what that means, but I'm sure he will.

thanks so much!! I really appreciate your thoughts :)

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Mild Modifications / Breaks - working properly?
« on: October 18, 2017, 03:54:49 PM »
Hi, my 1968 Camaro front breaks were converted from drum to disc. The rear breaks are still drum.  I thought the difference after the conversion would be night and day. When I apply the breaks, at first, I can notice the difference. Then, as I continue to apply the break, when the pedal is about half way, it feels like the car isn't going to stop and I have to almost stand on the break pedal to get it to stop. The front breaks have been bleed and the back breaks appear to look normal (rotors, pads, etc look good).

I'm obviously no mechanic, or have any knowledge about this so I asked my brother in law to take a look. He's a mechanic and has the same '68. His can stops completely differently from mine and I guess I assumed mine would feel more like his.

He's kind of stumped. He's going to look at the master cylinder to see if that's an issue. But I was wondering if anyone had any info to share with me. Any ideas? Any suggestions? Anything would be very much appreciated.

Thank you!

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Maintenance / Re: Temp too hot?
« on: June 06, 2017, 05:06:16 PM »
Thank you for this suggestion! I will definitely look into this and follow up  :)

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Maintenance / Re: Temp too hot?
« on: June 06, 2017, 03:30:44 PM »
I'm not sure of the brand of the gauge. Is is possible that the gauge is wrong? Is there another way to test the temp?

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Maintenance / Temp too hot?
« on: June 06, 2017, 03:19:27 PM »
My temp gauge is running about 230 degrees. Some people says it's "ok" while others say it's way too hot and could blow the engine. Just wondering if anyone has any advice and/or what could be causing it to run so hot. New radiator, new twin fans, new serpentine & belts all installed within the past year. '68 Camaro with a 400 motor.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Andi

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Restoration / Re: Engine Paint
« on: February 24, 2017, 08:02:57 PM »
That looks so cool!! I bet it looks great on your car!  :-*

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Restoration / Re: Engine Paint
« on: February 24, 2017, 07:48:38 PM »
OH! Really???  Where did you purchase them? These are from Summit Racing.  Maybe I should change them to orange.... hmmm.

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Restoration / Engine Paint
« on: February 24, 2017, 07:05:11 PM »
I'm thinking about painting my engine. I recently changed the air filter to red and chrome. It looks cool, but I don't like it with the GM Orange engine paint.

I found some hi heat engine paint in various colors one of which is a richer orange / reddish. It would go nicely with the air filter. Someone suggested hi gloss black, but I'm not sure how that would look.

Any ideas / suggestions?

Thanks, Andi

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