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General Discussion / 1969 space saver spare hook mount location?
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:46:09 PM »
Was the location of the 69 coupe hook mount different between a standard spare and the space saver? I tried to replicate the instructions in the AIM, and its definitely not possible from where my hook mount exists. Does anyone have a picture of how the N65 is supposed to appear in a 69 coupe trunk? Is this why there were different trunk mats available for a camaro equipped with the space saver spare, because the cutout was in a different location?

I'm attaching a picture of my N65 displayed wrong Wrong WRONG. I imagine so few people will know its wrong, but now I know its wrong and it will bug me.

Another thing I noticed in the AIM, it shows the inflator canister nesting inside the wheel against the base. But maybe due to the canister retainer being too long, the canister doesn't nest inside the wheel. Anyone have an original retainer?

General Discussion / Sticker fun
« on: December 24, 2017, 10:07:20 PM »
Felt like a teenager putting STP decals on my first car. The inspection sticker brings back memories of desperate days trying to pass those inspections. I'm not sure that I like the sports dept sticker there, but its better than sitting in an envelope in my collection of car junk. Anyway, I just felt like sharing some fun while the car relaxes for the cold spell. Merry Christmas CRG!

General Discussion / Can someone identify this please?
« on: June 27, 2017, 03:44:15 PM »
This was in my 69 camaro trunk with the j hook and wingnut when I bought the car. I've never seen any pictures showing this as original equipment nor in the AIM, so I'm looking for help. And while I have your attention, is this an original wingnut - It has the initials LO on the bottom. Thanks!

Maintenance / 69 camaro new front and rear springs - stance
« on: June 21, 2017, 04:06:33 PM »
This is just an informational post for whoever may be curious. SS350 with original powertrain and non-AC, a spacesaver tire in the trunk. I replaced the original front and rear 5-leaf springs and installed new Koni shocks. I was worried about the replacement springs because they are a generalized version of what was available as original equipment. Here is what I purchased, and a picture of the resulting stance.

1967-1969 Front Coil Springs SB w/o AC Premium Quality
1968 - 1969 Leaf Springs Set, Multi Leaf, Rear, 5 Leaf, Pair, USA
2 of : 1967 - 1969 Camaro Koni Red Front Shock, Each
1967 - 1969 Camaro Koni Red Multi Leaf Rear Shock, Each

I don't know if its appropriate on this forum to mention the vendor, so I will leave that out until told otherwise.

Maintenance / hesitation while driving
« on: June 19, 2017, 05:21:54 PM »
I need some ideas. My 69 SS350 with original engine, transmission and rear with approx 74k miles on it. While driving, there is a noticeable hesitation every few seconds when accelerating or allowing the engine to deccelerate while in gear - but "at pace" it doesn't seem to do it as much. The issue has been getting worse, and it does feel underpowered. It dramatically lunges at low speed.

My first thoughts may have bee way off base. I was thinking transmission, because I also had an oil leak that was minor until after a 18 month sit in a paint shop. Now the oil pan leak is much worse, so I was also thinking I had developed a rear main seal leak - which might have been letting oil pass to the transmission. Not knowing what the result of this could be, I just put these two things together.

But maybe this is a carb issue? I had it rebuilt, and I reinstalled it myself a few years ago. And the it sat on the car unused while there were other issues. It was off the engine during a freshening of the paint. So could this be a vacuum leak issue? Maybe as simple as a gas filter? I did install a new fuel pump that had been leaking, but then that fuel pump sat for the 18 months.

I have the car at a shop getting new springs front and rear. I asked them to look at this when fixing the oil pan. Too much of a mess underneath to decide if there is a rear main seal leak. The mechanic suggested it may be the carb, says he doesn't like rochesters and suggested replacing it with a holley?!?! or having the carb rebuilt. I don't think I need to have it rebuilt again, but it could have something to do with the removal at the paint shop. Original carb.

Where would ya'll start? Everything is original equipment, except the fuel pump which is a recent replacement. Its an original fuel filter. The only known issue I have is the gas tank was removed and now the seal on top of the gas tank leaks if I fill it past 3/4.

Thanks - Andy

Restoration / 8track cover rebuild
« on: May 12, 2017, 06:30:41 PM »
I was very disappointed in the 8 track cover reproduction I bought, so I decided to have the old original restored.

Here's a picture of what it looks like with the vinyl removed.

I'll post another picture when its complete. They may need to rebuild it completely because the cushion is falling apart.

Garage Talk / Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run
« on: April 03, 2017, 05:54:51 PM »
Anyone planning to go to the Rod Run this weekend?

I live just a bit south of Knoxville so I plan to drive my "promised to be finished" freshly painted 69 SS350. I'm pretty sure there won't be any place for me to park on the parkway by the time I arrive, but I'm going to drive it anyway. So if you see a garnet red SS350 with endura bumper cruising around, that's me.

Can I expect to see anyone from CRG there?

Restoration / 69 rear speaker install
« on: March 27, 2017, 12:38:45 PM »
I've added an 8 track player to my 69. I sent the original AM radio and an original 8 track player to be restored, and I asked for him to also restore and build the correct speaker wires for an original setup. I had also squirreled away a set of NOS rear speakers, since I needed them for the 8track player. I sent him everything except the rear speakers, of course...

So it seems my speakers may be service replacements, which have an odd connection which is different than the original speakers - and not like the speaker wiring that he built. Any suggestions on how to connect up these service replacement speakers, or where I can get speakers that are like the original style?

Thanks - Andy

General Discussion / I'm pretty sure this is illegal.
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:07:34 PM »

Need vin and title for 1969 Camaro - $1 (Lobelville)  :o

Originality / engine bright accent
« on: February 16, 2017, 03:02:16 PM »
Yes - I'm going there, hate me if you must. But while digging to find an answer to a different question, I discovered something in the 1969 sales manual that MAY end this debate. Attached is a picture of a Day 0 Nova L48 which has been used as reference. The bright engine accent  for the chevy models differed per model and per engine, but in the case of the Nova and Camaro the L48 was the same by including the bright accent. (The L48 for a Chevelle did not include the bright engine accent, for example.)

<removed the word 'option' from title and text>

Originality / 1969 L48 oil cap - painted or chrome?
« on: January 14, 2017, 12:03:48 AM »
I've always believed the oil cap was painted with the valve covers, but my restoration guy says the oil cap is chrome with the chrome air cleaner cover - bright accents. And so far its the only thing we haven't agreed on. I need something definitive, or I owe him lunch. I've been through all of my restoration books and I can't find a thread on here. He has a local car museum owner...

Sadly when I pulled out my original chevrolet sales album from 1969, it shows a black and white picture on the SS options page "special bright accents on engine" with chrome everything including finned valve covers. Doh!


General Discussion / 69 SS350 4speed reference pics?
« on: January 07, 2017, 04:12:27 PM »
My 69 has been in the paint shop for a bit over a year now. The contract said it would be complete last May, but that's a different story I guess. Truth is, he's doing a great job slowly - and I'm not going to complain about that.

I've had the car for about 16 yrs I guess, and its always been missing too much for it to be local show worthy. My wife finally told me to get a paint job last year. My paint guy has convinced me to let him freshen the engine bay too, while he has the fenders off.

Anyway, I've done tons of research over the years, bought lots of NOS parts and chrome saving for this. There are still things I just can't haven't found yet (like the missing smog equip).

So if this is fun for you guys, I will post pics and feel free to be honest and brutal. I really want to do what is correct. This can be a local show car but not a trailer queen.

Thanks in advance!

Decoding/Numbers / Water Pump 3927170 date code
« on: January 07, 2017, 05:02:00 AM »
Could someone help me with this please? It looks like O27 8. Could it be G27?

This came off my 69 SS350, early Nov 68 build. There was an aftermarket water pump on the car when I bought it a long time ago, and then at some time replaced that pump with this one. But I can't remember where this one came from, maybe it was junk parts in the car. Honestly I've lost track, and it didn't matter much to me back then.

And were these painted orange on the car to match the block?

Thanks - Andy

Restoration / 69 interior red vinyl dye for 719 code
« on: September 25, 2016, 04:15:28 PM »
I painted the repro 8 track cover with the red vinyl dye purchased from camaro central. Its close, but not close enough. Compared to the original rear panel it seems more orange tinted and not pink enough. Any suggestions please?

My biggest concern is that I planned to touch up all of the original panels before they went back into the car, but now I think the shades of touch-ups would be noticeable. Maybe that's a bad idea, can someone suggest a way to clean these safely?


Restoration / 1969 front fender mounting tabs?
« on: September 21, 2016, 03:22:14 PM »
Hi - what are these tabs for on the front of my 69 fenders? I know its not the RS option and these don't mate with the grill.

Thanks - Andy

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