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General Discussion / Re: How to read a CEA stamp
« on: February 18, 2019, 03:52:17 PM »
If you get a chance to have a look, I'd like to know if there's anything stamped on the oil pan rail near where the starter motor goes. Been following that info, which is possibly the date of machining/assembly, to see how it lines up with block casting date.

General Discussion / Re: Two questions of 69 Camaro options
« on: February 12, 2019, 08:28:32 AM »
My point was that the details of those engines are not included in the main list of power team combinations in the literature, they are buried in the supplementary scanned pages towards the end of that PDF document. Same applies to the list of engines shown in the sales brochures, not even listed in contemporary documents under 'Extra Cost Engines' in the 1969 Camaro Power Teams chart.

General Discussion / Re: Two questions of 69 Camaro options
« on: February 11, 2019, 02:21:36 PM »
GM Heritage PDF has loads of info on the Z28 including power team, also has power team info on the L78 and mentions the L89.
Not in the Power Team section of this one:

General Discussion / Re: Two questions of 69 Camaro options
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:29:58 PM »
Several engines don't feature in some power team lists. If you download the '69 Camaro package from the GM Heritage Center, it doesn't even have the 302ci Z/28 engine specs, or any 396ci other than L35.

Foreign Camaros / Re: Australian Camaros
« on: February 10, 2019, 10:25:34 AM »
I haven't checked out that particular car's conversion in detail, but most of the 'new car' conversions back then were done by retaining as much of the original dash and firewall as possible. The instrument panel (carrier) was just moved across as an entire unit, the support structure was cut and repositioned, and soft dash pads were typically cut in multiple locations and pieced back together with heat-welded joints; sounds crude, but they were quite professionally done. Firewall modifications were fabricated locally, often the heater box was just flipped upside down on the other side. Steering mechanisms were often sourced from locally-made domestic models (like GM's Holden division) and subframe/chassis adapted to suit.
Although most of these conversions were done in very low volume (and therefore very expensive), there was quite a steady and experienced market here in that era for doing these specialist modifications on numerous brands and models.

Some later private imports were very shoddily converted, I have looked at some cars that I just would not drive; boosters and master cylinders still on the left side of the firewall, with pedals on the right connected by cables or metal rods; chain-driven steering gear; hacked-up wiring harnesses that are a fire risk.....
Unless it's a professional, older and certified conversion, I would stay LHD.

Foreign Camaros / Re: Australian Camaros
« on: February 09, 2019, 10:10:50 PM »
That magazine looks very familiar; I'll have to hunt around and see if I have a copy somewhere.
To answer your original question, Camaros (along with other LHD models) that were imported to Australia as new cars back then had to be converted to RHD by law, at least for on-road use. These conversions were usually done by one of a handful of specialist companies that took on the job of mirroring the factory layouts. I have a bud who owns an early '69 Camaro that was imported and converted locally, pictures below - even to me, it looks very strange to see the wheel on the right and the brake booster and heater box reversed in the engine bay.... apart from the conversion and the previous owner's decision to add the D96 fender stripes, the car is otherwise very original still and is driven very regularly.

In subsequent years, many used Camaros have been imported and some of those converted to RHD by owners. Quality of these conversions varies greatly. Nowadays opinions are split as to the merits of converting or remaining LHD; some prefer the everyday advantage of RHD (think of drive-throughs, inserting boom gate tickets at secure parking lots, visibility for passing etc) but many, like mine, remain LHD as the General intended.

General Discussion / Re: F41 rear springs
« on: February 07, 2019, 04:13:50 PM »
Gary I researched shocks a couple of years ago, and bought Koni shocks for front and rear, for when the time comes. At the time (probably no different now), the repro spiral shocks were described as 'for show purposes only', so like you I figured go for the best aftermarket brand and paint the original color.

General Discussion / Re: F41 rear springs
« on: February 06, 2019, 08:47:51 PM »
From their website, I believe Dan's Shocks can rebuild them, although they typically deal in selling date-stamped NOS units. I'm not sure of the process or cost to rebuild, nor have I any personal experience with them. Could be worth a call to discuss though:

Restoration / Re: 69 RS reverse lights install question
« on: February 02, 2019, 12:37:01 PM »
Stunning color Rich

General Discussion / Re: ZLP955 Racing BITD
« on: February 02, 2019, 12:35:20 PM »
Thanks Chick!

General Discussion / Re: Factory to Dealer delivery
« on: February 02, 2019, 12:33:53 PM »
The dealership could have advertised a car or cars that it had ordered and was expecting imminent delivery of, especially if it was a performance model and could bring interest to the lot. I've heard several stories from original owners of the sales team keeping them advised of expected arrival date.
Many states didn't mandate that dealer ads included a VIN or plate number.

General Discussion / Re: ZLP955 Racing BITD
« on: February 01, 2019, 08:42:22 AM »
Not a dedicated thread on this site - I have one over at the SYC site in the COPO section. 
Ah, Rat's Nest - don't know how I didn't put that together sooner - I've been following that thread with much interest! Great car, congrats!

General Discussion / Re: ZLP955 Racing BITD
« on: January 30, 2019, 06:10:56 PM »
So... just reviewing this whole thread, couple of unanswered questions back to the top.....
- anyone else think the steering wheel looks like an N34 simulated woodgrain wheel?
- any tips on carefully removing the second/current paint job from the doors and fenders to try and reveal the side panel color from the 1971 pictures?

General Discussion / Re: ZLP955 Racing BITD
« on: January 30, 2019, 06:05:08 PM »
Thanks for the advice, on both the hood adjustments and the Coca-Cola decal. I had no idea they were associated with racing back then, but now that I think of it, many of our race teams down here in that era were sponsored by big tobacco and alcohol brands.... duh.

General Discussion / Re: Are these known photos?
« on: January 30, 2019, 05:54:46 PM »
Presumably prototypes? Very interesting!

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