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Jhere1, generally it seems the likelihood a rare car posted on eBay is a fake is similar to what youíd think if you saw a Picasso posted on eBay.  Read thru threads on the Decoding / Numbers to get a sense of whatís out there.  Iím just a lurker on the threads and can only say beware.  These guys here are experts and itís a good idea to follow the consensus advice

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Interesting 1969 Z28
« on: January 24, 2021, 04:41:33 PM »
Iíve been following discussion - really fascinating and interesting.  I think itís great that so many are willing to share your knowledge / opinions and DDM is attempting to accurately represent the car.  Until now, there has been nothing for which I could offer an opinion or advice. 

Commenting on the suggestion that the car should be assumed real until proven to be a fake.

In collectibles, whether baseball cards, art, cars, etc. , when there are many more fakes than real items the value comes from proving the item is real - not asserting something is real until proven fake.  Itís why provenance is so valuable in the art world - where sometimes even experts canít distinguish brush strokes of masters vs fakers.   

My opinion, if the seller of the car wants top dollar itís their responsibility to do the work and/or pay for the provenance.  This isnít like a court of law where the jury is required to find the item real unless proven false.   Of course, if provenance isnít or canít be provided then the seller chooses how to represent the car and the community chooses how to judge the car - essentially a community based validation/invalidation of the provenance offered.  Then itís up to the market to decide and buyerís job to protect themselves.

General Discussion / Re: 68 std distributor 1111440 and vacuum advance can
« on: November 03, 2020, 06:15:12 PM »
according to the SMP catalog the SMP VC24A "B1" is the replacement for 1115355.  Since I'm just doing this for interest, not originality I'll just get it to play around for now. I appreciate the info.

General Discussion / 68 std distributor 1111440 and vacuum advance can
« on: November 03, 2020, 04:19:21 PM »
I'm getting my car running after sitting ~15 years.  The vacuum advance can is not working and I need a replacement.
I've read the previous threads, JohnZ's 101,  and advice (thanks to all, great info here!). I plan to get a "B28" and go to manifold port as recommended. I found an Airtex branded version PN  #4V1053 on Rockauto.
Two questions.
- I have the base 327/210hp with a 2bbl rochester.  It appears the vacuum for choke pull off at bottom back is manifold vacuum. Just checking that would work if I tee in there.

- I would like, for curiosity, get a vacuum can for the ported vac as it is now and get it running as it used to run and then switch. The current can is marked MS 355 15.  There are SMP VC171 "B22", VC24A "B1", VC169 "B9" cans listed in Rockauto as replacements for original.  Does anyone know the "correct" SMP can number or PN which corresponds to the "355" can?

Thanks for advice

Originality / Re: 1968 camaro standard grille bracket
« on: August 20, 2020, 03:24:07 PM »
Yeah, Chickís resto thread.
It also has a hardware list with ref to AIM & amk

Restoration / 68 std headlight bucket grill bracket direction
« on: July 05, 2020, 01:31:56 AM »
I was comparing the original headlight buckets from my 68 base coupe and some others I bought years ago as potential replacements. The original has the bracket for the grill facing to be mounted to from the rear which matches what the AIM shows.  The replacement has the bracket reversed to mate with bracket on grill from the front.  They appear identical other than the bracket direction. Both have a CHEV SAE H 68 stamp. The only other difference I see is that on the originals there is a 40 stamped on the driver bucket and a 41 on the passenger side bucket. 

Just curious as to whether the design changed at some point, though my car is a 06 build.  Or they are for something else?

Restoration / Re: Questions for start of 1968 Camaro
« on: July 03, 2020, 04:12:32 PM »
Iíve been wondering the same thing Aggie.  Also a rookie and planning to learn as I go.  I have an old suburban I was going to learn & repaint before doing work on my Camaro.  Canít make the suburban look worse than  does now.

I read a lot of posts also and you find a lot of varying opinions on what is best which I read as there isnít only one true way.  I found a person locally who seems to do nice work and asked what he does.  He uses an etching primer over bare metal (DuPont nason grey etching).  He said if you let sit for too long before you get around to painting (which is what I will do) you would have to repaint the etching primer before spraying a urethane primer. (DuPont nason poly-urethane primer - the guy likes DuPont paints, seems most people have a brand they like religiously.)

For better or worse, thatís what Iím going to start with unless I hear something convincing otherwise. 

General Discussion / Re: Off topic - Nothing wrong with THESE rotors!
« on: June 15, 2020, 03:08:05 PM »
Wow, Iíve never seen anything like that.  Luckily she has you as a friend otherwise sheíd eventually be hitting A wall somewhere!

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Front bumper date code
« on: June 01, 2020, 03:53:03 PM »
I happen to have bumper off my 68 std coupe 06A build NOR. Car is a survivor, I have it since 74 and don't believe bumper was changed prior.  Only numbers I could find were on passenger side - 80E23  - 3 is upside down.

Research Topics & Reports / Re: 67-69 Bumper Jack Design
« on: May 21, 2020, 10:39:29 PM »
I have 68 survivor with original jack

Plant: NOR
Model Year: 68
Body Plate Build Date: 06A
Jack Mast Section: trapezoidal
Jack Base: nothing stamped
Rivet on jacking mech 8E
no date code on mast that I can see but mast is stamped with PATENT 3163925

I also have "Camaro 1968 UN" stamped in the bumper hook

General Discussion / Re: What are these fenders?
« on: May 20, 2020, 05:13:28 PM »
ah - thanks!  I didn't know enough to ask the right questions when I bought them.  Thanks for the response.

General Discussion / What are these fenders?
« on: May 20, 2020, 04:23:53 PM »
Many, many years ago I bought what I was told were 67 fenders for a future restoration of my 68 coupe.
I recently got them out of storage and found that the headlight bucket mounts are different.  I thought that 67 fenders were the same as 68s with the exception of the side lights. The fenders do look/fit as my original 68 fenders with the exception of some minor non-functional metal forming around the radiator support mounts
It looks to me that someone cut out/bent over the original headlight bucket mounts and welded in different mounts?  are these for a 69 bucket? or are 67s different from 68s? The emblem holes were shaved also so it was not used previously as stock.
I'm thinking I'll fix/use my original fenders now. I'd like to know how to describe what I have when I move them on.
Thanks for your help

Restoration / Re: Quality Brake restoration
« on: May 16, 2020, 03:10:33 PM »
I used whitepost for resleeve on my MC and was happy.  Only comment - I opted for black finish and they painted the cover and bale which I did not expect/didnít like.  If Iíd had know I would have told them to leave them as is.

Originality / Re: Air Cleaner Housing ID Help
« on: May 16, 2020, 03:06:53 PM »
Were heat risers in use in 65?  ( not sure what they are actually called- the valve on snorkel to pull air from around manifold on cold start).  I thought they came later.  My 68 327 doesnít have one. If so,  Cover could be from different base or repo decal at some point?

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