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Decoding/Numbers / Re: - - Special paint 69
« on: March 02, 2024, 04:21:29 PM »
It was a production Olds Toronado/Buick Rivera color for 1969.

So this is not the same color as the infamous 'Carolina Blue' 69 Z28 ?   It was described something like GMC fleet blue at Barrett a couple years ago but I dont know if that is correct either.

Restoration / Re: 68 Camaro Restoration Plan - Bodywork costs.
« on: February 25, 2024, 04:42:02 PM »
The 'Installation Center' in Georgia specializes in AMD sheet metal replacement.  Their website provides information on parts and labor costs.

Just remove the front spoiler and the Z handles great in snow...   ::)

Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1969 washer pump motor cover ink stamp
« on: January 02, 2023, 06:00:14 PM »
This picture is an original one from Lloyd's build thread (24th week 1969). Does anyone know the font for the numbers? Maybe Lloyd will chime in.

Hey Doc,  the cover in the photo is from my '69 that was built on 28-Feb (02D).    Maybe the 24 is a day code, assuming mine is original.

Restoration / Re: Where did the mice collect this?
« on: January 02, 2023, 05:19:25 PM »
Critter pad, with Astro Ventilation  8)     Also found some under the headliner during resto.

Restoration / Re: Has anybody redone/restored a pitman arm?
« on: November 14, 2022, 10:53:36 PM »
Rare Parts rebuilt the pitman arm on my '69

Restoration / Re: Cleaning 69 front turnsignal lens gaskets
« on: September 23, 2022, 12:04:21 AM »
 I used the Soff Seal gaskets for my lights. The off white color is also closer to the originals.


1968 Fairfax High School (Virginia)

General Discussion / Re: My 69 Z28 NRCS Data Report
« on: February 16, 2022, 09:55:35 PM »
Kurt you are partially correct. Cars could be ordered at the overseas location and picked up at the dealer where the serviceman would be stationed or at a location of the servicemen choice. Being a retired air force veteran myself, I actually did that when I was stationed in Germany.


Roger that ...


General Discussion / Re: Why Camaro production was extended in 1969.
« on: October 27, 2019, 04:22:51 PM »
DeLorean wrote a book in the '70s "On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors." A good portion of the book concerns the train wreck he inherited when he became Chevrolet General Manager on February 15, 1969. He mentions no involvement in any of the areas Wiki lists; the delay of the 1970 Camaro was 100% due to the failure of the quarter panel tooling according to people who worked there. He did a great job turning Chevy around and was promoted to GM upper management in 1972. It was a bad fit and he resigned in 1973.

Have you watched the movie ? :)

I've heard the 69 model was only one year because of new safety standards.  The 1971 model was moved forward in a hurry.  Might explain why the tooling wasn't ready? 

General Discussion / Re: ZP2 Trim & Color Override
« on: October 04, 2019, 06:35:52 PM »
My '69 is also a 71/715.  I like the combo except the dark blue plastic parts fade horribly!  The black does not for some reason.

Also discussed here   Note reply from JohnZ.

Originality / Re: 1969 Dealer Order Form
« on: October 04, 2019, 06:19:07 PM »
Which cover price book did you get, the $19.95 with 2 authors or the $21.95 with only Incremona as the author?

I found the $21.95 one, for under $40.  Is there any difference other than the covers?

Originality / Re: 1969 Dealer Order Form
« on: October 03, 2019, 07:55:50 PM »
Thanks guys. I found a copy for less than twice the original cover price  ;D ,  for a book published in the mid '80s.   When searching around this old Incremona blog popped up.  He mentioned an updated edition being in the works.  Any idea what happened to that?   You'd think a lot has been discovered in ~35 years.   Who knows... maybe one day I'll get my wish for the 'Book of Bill'.

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