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Originality / Re: 68 L78 radiator core
« on: November 11, 2005, 05:12:19 AM »
Well... With a little simple math, let's see how far you can get before you blow your engine up!!


1. A 4.56 rear end, with typical 25 inch tires will buzz your engine at 4150 RPM at 65 MPH. (This is assuming you have a 1:1 final drive ratio on the transmission.)

2. Indiana to Carlisle is approx 600 miles (depending on just where in Indiana you are) and will take around 9 hours to get there (again, that's travelling at 65 MPH).

3. 9 hours at 4150 RPM will grenade your engine in approx (insert number here) hours!

It's time to start a pool!!


I say you'll get about 1/3 the way there (around 3 hours) before something lets go.

Anyone else care to wager?

But, to be serious, a 4.56 ratio on the freeway (for extended driving) is way too low. You'll be driving at very high RPM's and going through gas at a rate of only a few MPG. Especially since you have a big block. My L89 gets 10MPG with 3.31 gears! It turns just over 3000 RPM at 65 MPH. I can imagine how bad it would be with 4.56!!

You might want to re-think your ratio if you're going to do mostly freeway speed driving. If not, and you only plan on 1/4 mile trips, then go for it!


Decoding/Numbers / Re: Is this a re-stamp?
« on: November 07, 2005, 03:57:00 AM »

Most of the guys (and girls) that frequent this site, also frequent the other First Generation Camaro sites like Team Camaro and The Supercar Registry. We also frequent other model sites like Team Nova and Team Chevelle because a lot of the questions that come up on those sites, pertain to Camaro's as well. It's amazing how much in common early Camaro's, Nova's, Chevelle's and even Corvette's have in common!

Chances are if you post a question on one, you'll really not need to post it on another. Unless of course, you don't get an answer.

What other kind of information are you looking for?


Decoding/Numbers / Re: BB fan shroud part number
« on: November 03, 2005, 03:16:10 PM »
3893814 - 67-68 Camaro with A/C (327, 350)


Restoration / Re: 1968 RS/SS oil pressure line routing?
« on: November 03, 2005, 03:13:07 PM »

Most definately. Although he concentraits on the Z, there's still lots of good "general info" that pertains to all Camaros.


Maintenance / Re: '68 396 timing suggestions?
« on: October 29, 2005, 04:18:01 PM »

EXCELLENT article. I'm going out right now and move my vacuum advance from ported to full!!




GREAT job. Well written and very informative. Just what I've come to expect from this group.

Now, not to be a pest, but how's the research report for the front and rear springs coming!!??



Originality / Re: Spring loaded antenna
« on: October 27, 2005, 11:41:35 PM »

You mean like this one? (This is the basic style, yours may vary a bit...)

That's an aftermarket item. Popular in the 60's and 70's, although the seller in the ebay auction states 50's as well. Not sure about that. I had one on a 64 Rambler American I owned while in college during the mid 70's. The idea was that the spring would keep people from breaking the mast off.


Decoding/Numbers / Re: CE or CEA block codes for small bocks, Got DATA?
« on: October 27, 2005, 01:07:33 AM »

Start here


Decoding/Numbers / Re: X55 R/S ??
« on: October 23, 2005, 10:04:00 PM »
Here you go...


Decoding/Numbers / Re: X55 R/S ??
« on: October 23, 2005, 09:46:17 PM »

Send it to me and I'll reduce it for you.


Restoration / Re: 1968 RS/SS oil pressure line routing?
« on: October 23, 2005, 09:41:17 PM »

For anyone working on, or restoring a first generation Camaro, I recommend at a MINIMUM the following manuals (see the pictures of the covers below):

1. Factory Assembly Instruction Manual (AIM) - This is the book the factory used to assemble the car!

2. Body by Fisher Service Manual - This is a book dealerships used to fix any part of the car assembled by the Fisher Body plant (basically, from the firewall back).

3. Chassis Service Manual - Another book used by the dealership. This one's for mechanical parts (engine, trans, etc...).

4. Chassis Overhaul Manual - This book was used in conjunction with the Chassis Service Manual by the dealerships. It shows how to rebuild mechanical parts (engine, carb, etc...).

5. Console Gauge and Headlight Wiring Diagram Manual - I'm not sure where this one actually came from, but if you have a console (with gauges) or your car is an RS, it's definately required!

6. Alan Colvin's "Chevrolet by the Numbers, 1965-1969" - THE book for decoding casting numbers, engine numbers, transmission numbers, etc...

7. The Camaro Owners Manual - It came with every car off the assembly line. Invaluable!

The above are available reproduction and are around the $20.00 each. You can get them from just about all the Camaro vendors.

There are other manuals you should get if you're hardcore about this, but some of these are VERY difficult to find:

1. Chevrolet Parts and Accessories Manual (P&A 34) - This shows EVERY part number used on your car! (Comes up on ebay once in awhile. Expensive if you can find one.)

2. Chevrolet Illustrations and Special Information Manual (P&A 25) - Used in conjunction with the P&A 34 above, it shows all the parts in an "exploded digram" format. (Again, this comes up on ebay periodically, and again, expensive if you can find one.)

3. Dealer Parts and Accessories Price Schedule (P&A 26) - This is a Dealer only item that shows prices and part numbers, as well as what other model the part was used on. (Rarely comes up on ebay, but snag one if you can. Prices vary with the years covered. Most are from 1946 through 1973. Find one from 1946 to 1970 if you can.)

4. "Camaro, Untold Secrets" by Wayne Guinn - VERY interesting reading for prototype and racing only parts. (Available from just about all the Camaro vendors)

5. "Camaro, 1967-1969 Fact Book" by Frank Incremona and Dr. Murrell Dobbins - Old, but still a GREAT reference book. (VERY difficult to come by, but I see them on ebay once in a great while. Prepare to spend a few $$$ on this one!)

6. "Camaro Restoration Guide" by Jason Scott - Has inconsistancies and errors, but still a good reference book. (Another Camaro vendor item)

7. "The 1967-1968 Camaro Reference Book" (or "The 1969 Camaro Reference Book") by John Hooper - Again, has inconsistancies and errors, but still handy to have. (Camaro vendor item)

8. "Camaro, Chevy's Classy Chassis" by Ray Miller - Another old book, but still has some great info in it. (ebay)
9. "The Definitive 1967-68 Camaro Z-28 Fact Book" (or "The Definitive 1969 Camaro Z-28/SS-396 Fact Book) by Jerry McNeish - Both EXCELLENT reference material (Camaro vendors should also have this one)

There are more, but this should get you started!


Restoration / Re: 1968 RS/SS oil pressure line routing?
« on: October 22, 2005, 02:44:56 AM »
You should get a copy of the 1968 AIM. It has all the hole piercing information in it, including the location of the tube for the oi pressure gauge.

The first picture is of the piercing locations on the firewall. The oil pressure gauge line hole is number 5A (U17). It's located just to the left (as looking from the front of the car) of the wiper motor. The second picture shows the grommet and the line locations (Observe "View C").

Hope this helps...

Okay, got it. Thanks Chris. And, as a matter of fact, to get to this page, it says "Page created in 9.568 seconds with 18 queries". This one was a bit slow, but there have been other times a LOT slower. In the same range as your 31.213 seconds. Glad it's not just me!



Thanks. Where exactly do I find the Render info?? Bottom left? Bottom right??? And what does it look like?

My OS is Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2 (with all the latest updates), and my browser is IE 6.0.2900.2180.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519 (at least that's what it has under the "Help" button, "About Internet Explorer".


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