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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Force is back on: January 19, 2015, 07:06:31 PM
I never would have bought a Furd anyway so it's mute point... but now that Castrol has pulled out of sponsoring JFR and have quit buying their oil and other products..
I know its mostly a small and mostly symbolic thing, but I personally feel that if they couldn't support the most popular and best entertainer in racing - they don't deserve my patronage.
I have hear others gripe and complain about Force because he had so much money and won everything - but he wasn't always so successful and scraped and clawed away until he did start winning and made the most of his opportunities, and for that I think everyone who loves drag racing and how successful it has become, owes just a little bit of respect to John.
In person he is a very calm and likeable guy and easy going to talk with as I have found whenever I managed to find him in a quiet time (usually at BIR where the atmosphere is admittedly pretty laid back) and more than that, there is no doubt he puts a lot of time and money (lots of it his own) into keeping his family together and sharing his dream with them..
Just my 2 cents for what it is worth..   
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Dealer Advertisement on: January 03, 2015, 12:53:06 PM
I do recall seeing a poster looking very much like that here in the late '60's or early '70's and if I recall it was posted on the front of one of the dealer's service desks inside the shop..
That would probably have been in a Chev / Olds dealership - but since I also had friends who worked in the service areas of a few different dealerships nearby for GM Ford and AMC I have no recollection or idea if it was in fact a GM poster or just one maybe from a company that supplied Freon or parts to service A/C systems in the vehicles..
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Camaro Z/28 Sequoia Green on: December 28, 2014, 06:03:21 PM
In the picture of the car showing the crusty underhood view with the ribbed valve covers, it appears to have a cowl induction air cleaner in place on the engine but at the same time doesn't appear to have the firewall opening cut out to make it operable..
OR maybe its just my old eyes playing tricks on me again..
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Camaro Z/28 Sequoia Green on: December 27, 2014, 11:06:58 AM
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Camaro Z/28 Sequoia Green on: December 25, 2014, 09:44:06 AM
I asked over on the Yenko site (but got '0' responses - I'm not one of the 'group' over there nor do know much about Van Nuys cars admittedly) but is it normal for the assembly date stamp and vin code to be reversed compared to Norwood stampings?
I'm used to seeing the assembly stamp on the right side of the pad often very close to the front edge like my car's version and was wondering if the L cars were normally different in that sense..
The stamping does look pretty fresh to me considering.. but again I'm certainly no expert!
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: mig welder on: December 21, 2014, 10:27:04 PM
This is what I wish I could have:
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Intake Date Code on: December 20, 2014, 11:38:00 PM
Were specific lower volume intakes like the '610 models for Z 2/8 models and some Corvettes ever cast in batches considering their much lower limited and specific usages, and what would be considered acceptable 'close' casting dates for them compared to engine assembly and block casting dates for early 1968 build 302 engines?
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: '68 mo block and other gear on: October 19, 2014, 08:05:04 AM
Wow.. did you know this guy at all? Do you have any mutual friends who might go and talk to him and provide him with a whack upside his head to try and get things functioning?
Did you get the impression that he felt he had paid far too much for the car originally or was resentful for some other reason to make him so illogical, like maybe he felt the engine should have been included in the sale.
He obviously doesn't have much of a grasp of just how many owners would love to have the same opportunity presented to them.. 
Depending on what 'nominal' pertains to - in your comment "I did ask for a nominal amount" - its certainly hard to imagine his train of thought or lack thereof.
I would suggest if you still have any contact with him, try and get back and give him one last chance to readjust his logic.
If that doesn't work get whatever you can for what you have, but try and retain some idea of where the parts might end up so you could pass along such valuable info in the future if it becomes necessary to someone who cares..     
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: October 14, 2014, 10:32:15 PM
Why not call or message Eric at:

Carburetor rebuild & restoration
Engine & Driveline parts & services
Temporary hours: MWF 10:00-4:00 Eastern
(937) 836-5927

He apparently does amazing work and is often complimented by many who frequent the Yenko Supercar Registry site...
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: September 26, 2014, 10:56:44 PM
If you have the intake off anyway - its not such a bad idea to remove the pan off from the bottom side just to clean all of the crap that might have accumulated up under it anyway - regardless of whether you are looking for a cast date or not.
And as Kelly stated you want to make sure the knurled pins aren't at al loose, so by hammering the metal around the original holes a bit smaller in addition to staking them in place with some good quality Loctite or Permatex product it should assure that they won't come loose..
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: September 26, 2014, 09:00:16 AM
Did you remove the tin splash pan on the bottom of the intake - the date is cast in the area under it that can't be seen unless the pan has been removed - and as far as I have seen they all have it cast there!
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Got Rust? on: September 21, 2014, 12:03:28 PM
"The opening bid should be more like $250 or $500... and NOT $1500."
Don't know if I could even get $75 scrap price at the local junk yard considering whatever metal is or isn't there..
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Z28 on: September 08, 2014, 05:46:30 AM
Mine is a 02D car and it originally came with '302' versions from old pictures I have seen - unfortunately it now has the more common 'Z 2/8' emblems and unless I want to paint the fenders I can't revert back since the attachment holes aren't the same!
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Distributor Questions.. on: August 28, 2014, 10:15:07 PM
"they did a bunch of GM and aftermarket weights and mapped them out on a graph and you can see the different shapes of the curves RPM vs degrees"
Joe, do you mean from this that ALL the GM ones were the same in the test - but the aftermarket versions were the ones that differed..? I still trying to gauge if there are variances within the GM ones based on application - or if they are all basically the same and interchangeable between distributors.
I can understand and imagine the aftermarket versions being vastly different from the GM variants - but I am looking to see if there are differences within the ones GM used, to determine if any weight would replace the OEM ones that my '266 distributor was born with, and in fact if I need to keep looking for my original ones verses dropping in any old GM ones I presently have laying around..

15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Distributor Questions.. on: August 26, 2014, 06:22:37 PM
Thanks for the replies so far - guess I was hopeful of JohnZ or Jerry M or others who had vast knowledge of the Z 2/8 model and I'm sure that model's distributor, to assure me that I could use any SBC weights and feel secure (at least until my originals make a re-appearance) that all would be interchangeable and operate correctly as per original specs..
I swore I saw a post where someone had stated that the aftermarket ones weren't correct weight and profile-wise and that ANY SBC weights would work better than those sold with the spring kits, as all of the SBC ones were all the same - but for the life of me can't now find where I saw this stated or by whom.. 
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