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2251  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Thermostat housing for L78 on: January 28, 2006, 02:05:06 PM

The bog blocks used the same housing as all other 8 cylinder cars in 1968 except the 302. Group 1.153 (OUTLET, Cooling), P/N 3877660. HERE'S a previous thread and a picture posted by JohnZ of the housing.

I believe the Alternator Bracket with the return spring tab is a 66 Chevelle (1st design) Big Block item. The 68 Camaro Big Block Bracket didn't have the tab.

Hope this helps...
2252  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 AM FM Stereo on: January 28, 2006, 01:49:16 PM

Is this what you have? If so, it's factory and rare! There were only 1335 cars built with the U79 option (AM/FM Stereo). Just how many were installed in the Console (-vs- under the dash) is unknown. Nice option to have, but sure takes up all the room in the Console! Makes it totally useless!

If you ever decide to sell it, let me know! (And just about every other 68 owner in the world as well!!!)


2253  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Convertible Reveal Moldings on: January 25, 2006, 08:24:18 PM
No snaps. Convertible boots were held on by clips. And if you want to have a whole bunch of fun, try putting these d@&! things on!!!

2254  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: any help appreciated on: January 17, 2006, 09:47:22 AM

The Rally Sport option was a "dress-up" combination and didn't require a certain engine. It could be purchased on any Camaro, engine size not withstanding. So yes, his 6 cylinder could be ordered with the RS option.

I LOVE those 6 bangers!! And one with the RS option to boot! Any other options on it?

2255  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Date codes for engine accessories on: January 13, 2006, 10:00:45 AM
Depends on what engine you have, what component you are talking about and where your car was built. Base engines should be fiarly close to the cars assembly date. Within a day to a week or two for Norwood cars. LA cars could be a little more since things had to be shipped to that plant. Optional engines are another story and their components might have a little more of a spread than the base engines. High perfromance engines can be a month or two before the cars assembly date. But again, it all depends on what component you're referring to. Some things like exhaust manifolds were shared between the low end engines and the high perfromance ones. Holley carbs were just for the high performance engines and were built in batches, so they might be up to a few months previous of the cars build. See what I mean?

John Hinckley (JohnZ) can answer this better than anyone so I'll let him reply.

2256  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: '69 Pace convertible on: January 11, 2006, 10:18:48 AM
ALL First Generation Camaro Convertibles, regardless of power or manual top, had the cocktail shakers at all 4 corners. His must be missing!

2257  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 4 Piston Caliper Rebuild on: January 11, 2006, 10:16:47 AM
Vette Brakes!

$99.00 per wheel. I had mine done a few months ago and they work great. They also warranty them for life!

2258  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Need help decoding engine VIN? on: January 02, 2006, 03:12:00 PM

Look again. It's probably an "ME" which would be the base V8 for that year, 327/210 with a Powerglide transmission.

2259  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Saginaw with L35? on: December 14, 2005, 08:05:08 PM
Yes it was. Kind of rare too, if you have one. Most folks that wanted a big block (and a manual transmission), went with the Muncie 4 speed. Only 752 M13's installed in 1968.

2260  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Saginaw with L35? on: December 13, 2005, 11:34:08 PM
Not from the factory. The only manual transmissions available on the 396/325 were the Borg Warner M13 three speed or the Muncie M20 4 speed.

2261  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1967 SS350 Fuel Pump #'s on: December 09, 2005, 06:57:36 PM
My P&A shows the 6416712 (40503) as the "first design", and the 6416886 (40524) as the "second design". Exaclty when the change took place isn't listed. I don't show the 6416148 in my book (September, 1968). Anyone have an earlier book?

2262  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: date codes on: November 19, 2005, 12:03:54 AM
There are actually several books out there that have this information listed incorrectly. By rule, "stamped" dates didn't use the letter "I", but "cast" dates did. HERE'S more on this...

2263  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: how many 1969 camaros on: November 18, 2005, 08:38:07 PM
I believe John Hinkley told me once that about 150 to 200 per day for LA. But you have to remember that they also built other models as well.

John, correct???

2264  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: date codes on: November 18, 2005, 08:31:40 PM
November 25th, 1968 (8L25) was a Monday. But yes, to answer your question, it wasn't unusual to work on weekends, depending on the requirements of the parts or the cars. Major holidays, no. Valentines day - yes. I'm not sure exactly what holidays they got off, but John Hinkley (JohnZ) would know. maybe he'll report in.

By the way, they skipped the letter "I" on items that were stamped, like Distributors, Alternators, Starters, etc...

2265  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: 69 Z/28 Front disc brake upgrade on: November 16, 2005, 07:49:55 PM
Here's David's link...

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