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Research Topics & Reports / Re: Gas tank date codes
« on: November 10, 2009, 04:50:27 PM »
One more (late to the party as usual...)

02D Norwood car.

68 32 (the 2 is stamped upside down).

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Born on day?
« on: February 26, 2009, 04:50:27 PM »
I've seen several 11E '68's from both Norwood and Van Nuys.

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Is this a restamp on a Muncie 4-speed?
« on: January 29, 2009, 02:05:26 AM »
18N350028 should be an 11D or 11E build.

S24 = November 24.

I'd say the date stamp lines up with the VIN.

General Discussion / Re: looking for past owners
« on: November 11, 2008, 04:39:42 PM »
The phone number is now a residential phone number in Mt. Clemens.

Decoding/Numbers / Re: really nice car - was this possible?
« on: October 24, 2008, 04:56:25 PM »
The engine block is a Saginaw casting - the casting data has a single-digit year (0).

Tonawanda castings used a two-digit year on the casting date (70).

Decoding/Numbers / Re: vin #
« on: October 24, 2008, 04:45:42 PM »
Lemme see if I understand correctly.

I find a VIN (for a '68 just for talking purposes).  It is 8N3xxxxx.

The last two numbers and the first of the last four numbers match.

So, it looks like this:  8N3x1x11 (I just picked 1, could be any other number).

Each 'x' can be any digit from 0 - 9.  So, there are 100 possible VIN's that could be created by replacing each 'x' with digits from 0 - 9.

It gets worse - when the VIN turns from 8N3xxxxx to 8N4xxxxx - I get another 100 possible VIN's (actually less, since the last VIN wasn't 8N499999).

So, do I have a VIN match with the last two numbers and the first of the last four numbers matching?

Probably not.

Originality / Re: Non Radio 67s
« on: October 09, 2008, 03:44:15 PM »
No, it is a solid plug.  No hole in the middle.

It appears to be the same grommet used on cars with fender mounted antennas without the pass-through hole for the antenna cable.

Any hole there would be a direct water and air leak into the passenger compartment.

Originality / Re: Non Radio 67s
« on: October 09, 2008, 12:15:28 AM »
Sorry about the delay - here's the picture.

As you can see, the PO didn't remove it when he repainted the car, so it has some (blue) overspray on it.

I looked in the '68 AIM under RPO U73.  It doesn't call out the plug.

The grommet that was used with a fender-mounted antenna is shown as POA of the cable assembly (RPO U63, sheet B1).

Hope this helps.

Originality / Re: Non Radio 67s
« on: October 02, 2008, 07:03:54 PM »
I can grab one this weekend - I'm out of town until Friday.

Originality / Re: Non Radio 67s
« on: September 29, 2008, 07:59:20 PM »
I believe that if a car had the optional rear antenna, that the grommet in the hole in the RH hinge pillar also had a solid grommet, as the antenna cable wasn't routed through that hole (at least my '68 is that way).

Restoration / Re: 69 Camaro Wiper Arm Removal
« on: August 15, 2008, 05:58:01 PM »
Get the tool.

Years ago, I pried mine off using a long screwdriver on a piece of wood so I didn't dent the cowl vent panel.  The driver's side disappeared!  That is, until it landed on the hood...

General Discussion / Re: Michigan Member sounds off
« on: March 27, 2008, 02:58:49 PM »
I'm in Chesterfield Township.

Originality / Re: 68 woodgrain ash tray+dlx hubcaps
« on: January 23, 2007, 05:05:07 PM »
I have an 02D Norwood car with what appears to be an original woodgrain ashtray.  I bought the car in 1990 and the ashtray doesn't appear to have ever been replaced.  All of the interior is (was) original except for the headliner (missing), deluxe seats and sidewall trim (replaced with standard '69 parts), and radio (missing).

Originality / Re: Refinish 68 trunk
« on: May 10, 2006, 02:00:44 AM »
OK - it took me a day or two longer than I thought, but I finally took some pics.

The first pic is of the inside of the LH quarter panel, which is the only original quarter (the RH was reskinned sometime in the past).  It shows that there is something sprayed on the inside of it.  It's hard to see in the pic, but there are remnants of splatter paint on this "stuff", so my thinking is that it must have been applied prior to the splatter paint.  This "stuff" appears to be the same material (undercoating) in the rear wheelhouses.

The second pic shows what appears to be the remnants of some kind of deadener patch or similar material in the trunk just forward of the deepest part of the pan on the same wall as the spare tire hold-down bracket.  All that's left appears to be a plastic film (like a garbage bag) still stuck to the pan.

Like I stated in my earlier post, this is just the way I bought the car 16 years ago.  It's an 02D '68 with a deluxe (730) interior.

Originality / Re: Refinish 68 trunk
« on: May 05, 2006, 03:13:41 PM »

I faintly remember that when I first bought it (about 16 years ago), there appeared to be some remnants of a deadener or something similar in the trunk pan.  I took a quick look last night, and the pan is in pretty bad shape (rust, pinholes, etc) - I didn't see any evidence of a deadener, but I've done some grinding/sanding in there and probably removed whatever was there.  I'll have to see if I have some old pictures of the trunk.  I'll try to take some pics this weekend of whatever is sprayed on the inside of the remaining original quarter (and figure out how to post them).

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