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Garage Talk / My First Camaro - What was Yours?
« on: August 17, 2017, 11:40:54 PM »
Cleaning out some old documents today and came across this.  It is the dealer invoice copy of the first Camaro I owned - a 1976 sports coupe.

I had graduated from college in late Aug 1975 and took my mechanical engineering degree to my first job in Deer Park, TX (Houston suburb - on the industrial/ship channel corridor).  Within a month I had purchased my first Camaro from Timmers Chevrolet in Pasadena, TX - a 1976 Camaro Sports Coupe - and although from a performance standpoint, she couldn't get out of her own way - she was mine - all mine, my first Camaro.  I clearly remember that I had negotiated an out of the door total cost (car, tax, title, license, etc.) for $5,000 - and I felt pretty good as a brash 22 yr old.

The poor car had a horribly detuned, EGR equipped, 305 CID engine with a Rube Goldberg assortment of hoses and vacuum lines running all over the place - early attempt at emission controls.  The heat riser valve was actually operated via a vacuum canister mounted up on the passenger side of the engine that either left the valve closed or opened it based on vacuum to the canister.  What a mess.  The 305 was rated at 140 HP at the flywheel, and if I got 90 to a 100 HP at the rear wheels I was lucky.  Top speed, flat out, pedal to the metal, long straight run of highway was 90-95 mph.  The mid to late 70's was not the high point of Detroit manufacturing prowess to say the least.....but she was mine all mine.  A pretty car, by mid-70's standards with Firethorn Red Metallic paint.

I kept that car until mid-1988 when a growing family and other transportation needs dictated that it was time to sell - which I did via a private sale to a lady for $1500.

When I sold the car, the door hinges were in need of replacement.  That car had some big, heavy doors on it and by 1988 the hinges were showing the strain of supporting those heavy doors.

All good fun.


Garage Talk / A Beautiful Day in Northern Nevada
« on: March 02, 2017, 08:26:47 PM »
Finally getting a little break in the weather in between winter storms.  Just had to get the '69 out for a drive today. 

The mountains in the background are the Sierra Nevada with the highest peaks varying from 10,400 to close to 10,900 feet.  The pictures were taken in Gardnerville, NV (a little south of Carson City, NV in the Carson Valley (approx. 4750 feet in elevation).

It just doesn't get any better for taking the car out for a drive.


General Discussion / Hot August Nights 2015; Reno, NV 3-9 Aug
« on: July 28, 2015, 03:56:56 PM »
Anyone going to be there this year?  I'll be taking my annual 10 days of vacation for HAN, beginning tomorrow.  Prep and some local cruise-ins this weekend.   Show really begins next Tuesday, week from today.  Barrett-Jackson begins Thursday, 6 Aug and runs through Sat 8 Aug.


General Discussion / Various Car Movie Clips
« on: January 16, 2015, 10:49:22 PM »
Ran across this link:

Although probably well known to many, it was a new one to me - thought I'd share it here.

....and be sure to use the Internet Explorer "Find" (search) function to search the list of clips with the words "muscle" and "Camaro" along with any other searches.

Although the clip re: '67 Camaro that will come up with the Camaro word search is good, the one you get by searching "muscle" is even better IMHO.


A little late posting this due to being out of town for the last 10 days on business, but to make a long story short, during the introduction to the Barrett-Jackson Auction that was part of Hot August Nights in Reno on Friday, 1 August, of all the cars that they could have used, my '69 RS was part of the opening sequence.  

They (FOX Sports 1) began from inside the auction hall showing a couple of the cars that would come up on the block, then went across the street to the Atlantis Hotel Resort Casino which is one of the venues for Hot August Nights (over 6500 registered classic rides - by far the largest car event that I know of in North America - lasts for 10 days).  I had reserved VIP parking at the Atlantis venue and had gone across the street to the convention with my son-in-law to watch the auction.  All the time not knowing that across the street, my ride was on national tv.

I didn't realize my car had been on until the later that weekend.  I had recorded the auction on the DVR and when I played it back - guess what I saw!

The FOX Sports 1 commentator is April Rose and she spent quite probably 30 seconds or so with my car before moving on to another ride.  Picture below isn't the best - hard to take a good photo off of the tv, but anyway you get the idea.


General Discussion / Got My '69RS Back From Paint and Body
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:05:22 AM »
Just sharing a little happiness on my end.  I bought the car on 1 Nov 1991 and over the years have had it apart and have been completely through it mechanically.  On 3 September last year I dropped it off at the restoration shop in Sparks, NV (Reno).  It went down to bare metal, body came apart, glass came out along with 70% of the interior.  Front buckets were recovered with new foam and springs repaired as necessary.  New custom door panels (I have my originals, but they were cracking in the arm rests).  Inner fenders, license plate brackets, misc. bracketry under the hood, and the wheels were all powder coated.

I picked it up this past Tuesday, 8 April....just in time for spring time in northern Nevada and a multiplicity of car shows and events that begin in ernest next month.

Post with pictures:  1 of 4


Amazing Survivor Chevrolets & More! Lambrecht Chevrolet Company Auction End of September

I don’t believe this – stuff urban legends are made from.

Guy owned a Chevy dealership in Nebraska for almost 50 years (reminds me of the old Chevy dealership here in Minden).  Cars that didn’t sell – he kept.  Some of these cars have 1.5 to 10 miles on the odometer.  Other than being dirty and needing some serious TLC, many are essentially new cars that are 50 something years old and have never been titled.

Auction is end of Sept – I need to find a reason to be there.  Apparently a lot of other dealer related items, manuals, memorabilia, etc . to be auctioned off as well.

General Discussion / American Car Brochures:
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:08:14 PM »
Many may already know of this site, but I just found it and thought it might be of interest -

The Chevy Brochures span from 1914 to 2010

General Discussion / Soon a New Camaro SS in the Stable
« on: February 25, 2011, 07:38:33 PM »
Although not a 1st Gen addition, just wanted to share that this week I special ordered a 2011 Camaro SS with the 2SS option package, Red Jewel Tintcoat paint, and the following additional options.

Model Description; 1ET37; Camaro 2SS

Option Code

GAQ; Red Jewel Tintcoat Paint
KAE; Hurst Short-Throw Shifter
VQL; Satin Nickel Finish Fuel Door
VRV; Quarter Flares
VYX; Body-Color Painted Engine Cover
Q9J; 20" Polished Aluminum Wheels
VYW; Premium Carpeted Floor Mats
VL1; Cargo Mat

Kind of cool that I can track the progress of the build on line as well.

Restoration / Master Cylinders: Drum vs. Disc vs. Power vs. Manual
« on: November 11, 2009, 11:31:58 PM »
Master cylinders have been discussed on several occasions on this forum in the past.  Often the discussion has been on the topic of residual pressure valves (check valves) located behind the tube seats in the outlet ports of the master cylinder body on cars with drum brakes and whether or not they should be there.  Some of those discussions can be found at the following links:

Recently, I acquired a copy of "BRAKES, standard, disk and power" which is a  training program booklet that was used by Chevy in their training programs.  The manual is #TP-53 and is dated 1969.

Attached to this post is a copy of the cover of the booklet.  My '69 RS has power drum brakes.  The master cylinder part number is 5460465 with a CT application code.  This past weekend I rebuilt my master cylinder with a rebuild kit that I obtained from NAPA.  The rebuild kit came with a new complete primary piston assembly, check valves and springs, and rubber cups for the secondary piston.  As you will see in the following postings - it is the critical dimensions of the secondary piston that establish the application code.

General Discussion / Hot August Nights in Reno: 31 July - 9 August
« on: July 24, 2009, 05:32:33 PM »
Anyone going to be at Hot August Nights?   

Very convenient for me since I live in Minden, NV only 45 miles south of Reno.  That week is always a week of vacation time for me to relax, unwind, and enjoy the cars.  All 5500 registrations are filled.  Most of the slots for 2010 are already filled as well.  Quite an event - and the high desert is a great place for this event.


Restoration / 1968 Camaro Smog Pump from L78 Car
« on: May 29, 2009, 05:29:06 AM »
Ran across the following ad in a local "shopper" publication.  Perhaps helpful to someone out there.  I'm quoting the ad directly as it appears, making no claim for accuracy, just passing along information.

"Remanufactured High Performance Smog Pump for 1968 Canaro L78, 375 Hp car.   Deep grooved original GM pulley.  NOS air injector tubes.  Includes all mounting brackets and hardware.  $1000 OBO.  (775) 230-2724

775 area code is northern Nevada.

1969 - Orphans / #19N615153 Your DZ Block is on Craigslist in Memphis, TN
« on: December 02, 2008, 06:21:13 PM »
This was originally posted under General Discussion. 

DZ Block, Casting #3956618, is on Craigslist in Memphis, TN; see the following link:

Contacted the seller and received the following information:

VIN# is stamped at the oil filter and is:  VIN  #19N615153

Seller's name is Buddy 731-988-6174

Asking Price:  $2750

General Discussion / Water Neck Part #3958002
« on: November 23, 2008, 01:28:54 AM »
In a previous thread,, water neck #397212(6,8 or 9) was discussed.  Jerry answered the post that the water neck (and part number) was a generic replacement.

I came across a water neck today in a salvage yard that was in a box with other water necks.  This particular yard has a several older cars.  The water neck has part number 3958002 clearly cast into the base of the water neck.  Also, it was painted Chevy orange, and being that I found it in a salvage yard, probably original paint?.

Anyone have a listing as to the usage for #3958002? 

In appearance, it looks just like the one pictured in the thread mentioned above.  Aluminum water neck with no lobe and hole on the backside for a carb return spring.


General Discussion / Today You Can Order Your New 2010 Camaro
« on: October 13, 2008, 11:37:25 PM »

Received an e-mail from Chevrolet today with the "news" that the 2010 Camaro can now be ordered.  Go to above link for more info.

There is a spec document that you can download in PDF format.  Prices start at (MSRP):
$22,995 for LS Coupe; $24,995 for LT Coupe; $27,330 for LT Coupe (2LT option package); $30,995 for SS Coupe; $34,180 for SS Coupe (2SS option package)

....and unfortunately, for some unknown reason, no Z28 designation at all.  Go Figure. 

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