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General Discussion / Correct Shocks for 1968 Camaro LF-7 327 SB
« on: May 29, 2018, 01:31:52 AM »
Hi Camaro experts - 

I really need some help on the correct spiral shocks for my 1968 Camaro 327 SB base LF-7 model, no A/C, sport coupe, 3-speed, no RPO F41 heavy suspension system.  In researching shocks, according to the 1969 P&A 34 Revised July 1, 1969 catalog 7.345 Absorber Assy (7.242-7.345), the 67-69 Camaro Delco front spiral shock should be GM part number 3192953. Also, in the same catalog, 7.345-7.346, the 68 Camaro (327) (exc: 4-speed) rear spiral Delco shock mono-leaf should be GM part number 3192976 11.55 unit. However, in the 1968 Camaro Factory Assembly Instruction Manual, UPC 3 A4, the front spiral Delco shock absorber is GM part number 3192826 (3192477 is RPO F41). In the same manual, page UPC 4 B3, the rear mono leaf spiral Delco shock absorber is GM part number 3192831.  Also, some Camaro parts retailers have the front spiral shocks with GM part number 3192419 and GM part number 3192477 and the rear mono leaf with GM part number 3192831 and GM 3192420.  I'm really hoping some Camaro experts can really help me out and provide the correct GM part numbers for the front and rear spiral shocks without a heavy-duty suspension system for a basic 1968 Camaro.  Finally, since my car was manufactured May 8, 1968, would a good date code for the shocks be Feb 7, 1968?  Many thanks in advance.   GWP4

Restoration / Manufacturer of AM telescopic antennas for 67/68 Camaro?
« on: April 05, 2018, 05:27:30 AM »
Hi folks -

Can anyone confirm that the Ward Antenna Company manufactured the AM front-mount telescopic antennas for the 1967 to early-mid 1968 Camaros?  I thought it might have been AC Delco but now I'm hearing it might be Ward Antenna, which has since gone out of business.  Thanks. 

Restoration / 1968 Camaro Exhaust Manifolds/Dip Stick tube color
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:08:15 AM »
Hi all - I'm trying to get my 1968 Camaro back to original.  I have a 327 sb 210 hp mt no ac with smog system, which was removed years ago.  The original owner of the car drilled out the holes and there is no seat left for the air pipe manifold to sit against to make its seal.  Would it be possible to have the original manifolds "redrilled" or "rethreaded"  so I can install some original smog tubes I purchased or do I need to find either original manifolds or aftermarket ones?  The exhaust manifold casting numbers 3872730 RH and 3892683 LH are correct for the car.   Also, does anyone know the correct color for the dip stick tube?  I've heard it should be painted semi-gloss black or left natural galvanized steel.  Many thanks in advance.   

General Discussion / Re: Recommendations for Painting Metal Dash
« on: September 14, 2017, 03:41:16 AM »
Hi 70z28lt1:

That's very interesting.  I looked on the back of the 1968 Ditzler/PPG Colors paint chip sheet and the correct black acrylic lacquer for the metal dash is DIA 9266 semi gloss (S.G.)  DIA 9317 is listed as a flat black on the paint sheet.  I purchased a quart of 9266 black acrylic lacquer from a local jobber here in Northern Virginia and it cost $210.61.  The PPG formula as listed for the 9266 is the following:

DMA358 - Black - 855.8 parts
DX265 - Flatting - 151.8 parts

I'm trying to keep the car as stock in appearance as possible.  Wouldn't the 9266 with the formula above be the correct semi-gloss color for the dash?  I'm not a paint expert by any stretch.  Many thanks. 

Hi everyone -

I've been following the dipstick discussion with a lot of interest.  I've got a 1968 Camaro 327 standard base model manual transmission with no a/c.  During the recent restoration, the guy doing the work somehow misplaced my original dipstick and tube.  From some of the other forum postings, I think the correct dipstick is GM part number 3923239 with a "grey tip".  I'm not sure though if should have a flat or round handle or what letter should be stamped on it.  The car numbers are as follows:

VIN - 124378N4326**
Engine code - 3914678
Engine application code - V0508MA 

I'm also trying to find a NOS or good used dipstick tube and I've gotten conflicting information on the correct GM part number.  Some say GM 3951600 and others say GM 3865664.  I'm want to keep my car as stock as possible so I appreciate all the help the experts can provide.  Also, any idea on who might be selling these items?  If I need to provide another car code please let me know.  Thanks.

General Discussion / Recommendations for Painting Metal Dash
« on: August 28, 2017, 11:40:06 PM »
Hi all -

I'm restoring my 1968 Camaro with a black interior.  I want to keep it as stock in appearance as possible.  I'm starting to paint the metal portion of the dash and wonder if anyone can give me recommendations.  I've heard that SEM paints are good.  Would the SEM trim black be the best match for keeping the car stock or would SEM black lacquer be the better choice?  SEM trim black seems a little dull in the finish and doesn't resemble the original, which had a more glossy look. Also, would using a spray bomb be good or should I use a spray gun?  Finally, should I first use 400 grit sand paper to get it smooth, prime then use 600 grit on the primer before applying the lacquer paint?  Many thanks and look forward to the help. 

General Discussion / 1968 Camaro 327 sb crankshaft heads
« on: September 02, 2016, 03:07:35 AM »
Hello fellow Camaro drivers:

I need to have the heads replaced on my 1968 Camaro 327 sb stock engine.  The original engine shop that did the work on the car machined the heads incorrectly (crooked) and the bore for the valve stem is off slightly.  I want to keep the engine as stock as possible.  Would Edelbrock heads be as close to stock or are GM heads better?  Really open to suggestions/recommentations.  Many thanks.   

Hi fellow Camaro owners:

What is the best paint to use to restore a 1968 Camaro butternut yellow (original color)?  I currently have water-borne PPG yellow paint on the car with a clear coat.  It looks pretty good but seems to not quite match the acrylic butternut yellow manufactured by Dupont (shade lighter).  I'd like to make the car look as stock/original as possible.  Also, if I decide to have the car repainted with all the trim removed does anyone have a ballpark idea of what it may cost?   Many thanks.       

General Discussion / Correct AM AC Delco radio and front dash speaker
« on: April 24, 2016, 05:40:24 PM »
Hello fellow CRG'ers:

I'm hoping someone out there can let me know the correct stock model numbers for an AM AC Delco radio and AC Delco front dash speaker used in a base 1968 Camaro coupe.  Many thanks. 

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