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1969 - Orphans / Re: 69 L-78 JL 9Nxx3691
« on: April 11, 2022, 05:47:45 PM »
I had an interesting conversation with a gentleman who now owns a L-78/auto coupe that has a VIN that is 42 cars before the VIN on the block I have.  The VIN on his car is 603649.  So mystery solved. 

1969 - Orphans / Re: 69 L-78 JL 9Nxx3691
« on: February 20, 2022, 01:55:46 PM »
I looked at JMís book on p.199, VIN range from March to May 69 began with 61 and ended with 64.  The VIN in all probability starts with one of those 2 digits, maybe even a 65. I looked on an L-78 registry but didnít see a car listed with those possible VIN combos. The car may even be long gone or not on any registry.

Iíll try the tips mentioned to try and see the missing digits. I tried to post a picture of the stamp but it was too large.

1969 - Orphans / Re: 69 L-78 JL 9Nxx3691
« on: February 20, 2022, 12:02:08 AM »
Unfortunately that's all that I can make out.  In all likelihood it is a March or April car, not sure what the first 2 would be.

1969 - Orphans / 69 L-78 JL 9Nxx3691
« on: February 19, 2022, 08:21:46 PM »
I have this shortblock. The block had been sitting in a Houston area machine shop for almost 50 years.
Itís probably a long shot but maybe the car is still around. I have only seen 2 JL code L-78s. Pad is stamped T0212JL

Originality / Re: Subframe hose brackets with JL 8
« on: November 22, 2021, 08:51:12 PM »
Thanks. My last Camaro resto was in the 90ís and I didnít recall seeing that.

Originality / Subframe hose brackets with JL 8
« on: November 21, 2021, 07:53:51 PM »
There brackets were on a subframe I just picked up. Iíve never seen a bracket like these that were stamped with anything other than a vendor logo. Maybe others have.

Restoration / Re: GM hood hinge springs
« on: November 20, 2021, 05:23:26 PM »
GM Part number?
The GM P/N is 3848372 and I paid $30 for the pair.
It is a 28 coil spring.

It doesn't look like that part number is good anymore.  I did find #3848272 which is also a 28 coil spring for $14.62 each.  I hope it's the same one.  There are also some springs listed on ebabe with the same 3848272 part # which allegedly also fit Impala, Camaro, Chevelle and Firebird. 


Restoration / Re: Harrison radiator restoration
« on: October 12, 2021, 09:09:40 PM »
Thanks for the info.  I am also finishing a restoration on a 57 NAPCO 3100.  Correct restoration parts are not as plentiful for trucks as they are for musclecars.  I have the original dated radiator and was referred to Brassworks for restoring it.  I have never heard of Glen-Ray but that's also an option. 

Eckler's shows them: has 4 core manual "A" body radiators they say are completely correct (rails and cores, brackets) for around $750. Pic looks really good, too -

One of these days I'll send mine to Glen-Ray, when I can access my 401K, pension or home equity (i've got 4 manual trans radiators to spruce up, from Nova to Z to L78). Thank goodness the rails. brackets and tanks are originals and intact.


Restoration / Re: Harrison radiator restoration
« on: October 10, 2021, 11:25:48 PM »
The radiator in my 69 L-78 is long gone.  Who makes the best reproduction?  I checked with Dewitts but they only have hotrod parts it seems.


General Discussion / 68 302 for sale on Houston Craigslist
« on: June 12, 2021, 12:50:10 AM »
I know nothing about it, just passing it along. There were no pictures and very little info.


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