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16  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!
17  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..

18  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.. 
19  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Distributor Questions.. on: August 24, 2014, 02:34:26 PM
There has been quite a bit of discussion regarding distributors lately - but the one thing I really haven't seen is many comments regarding the advance weights in them.
I have a '266 distributor in my '68 Zed and I recall taking out the original weights when I put in a kit and changed (lightened) up the springs and used the aftermarket weights in it, a few years back.
Question I have - since I can't right now locate the weights that are original to my distributor is.. are all GM distributor weights the same or were some specific to certain distributors like the high performance versions in L78 and Z 2/8's or solid lifter motors?
I'm sure the weights I took out are around somewhere (I recall seeing them a while back somewhere - but you know how you can never find stuff when you need to - only to have it show up later when you aren't looking anymore?) but in the meantime I have a couple of other old distributors from regular performance 283 and 327 small blocks, and I am wondering if they would likely exactly the same and be just as good to use.
I was going to trash the Accel or Mr. Gasket ones in it now and return it to 'as built' with slightly heavier springs than what I have in it right now, since the car occasionally has a wandering idle and I feel it is probably a case of the springs being a bit too light to settle it back down, along with possibly the aftermarket weights possibly being a bit different from the GM original types as well..
Any suggestions or comments are much appreciated - Thanks - Randy
20  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: August 01, 2014, 07:35:50 PM
My Z 2/8 pitman arm number - special steering, non-power steering was 3935075A - and as per Pozzi's site it looks like the number pictured is from a 1967 Z 2/8 Pitman Arm.. according to what I read there.
The cast numbers on the original Pitman on my '68 were confirmed as correct by many other Z 2/8 owners on this site that had the same numbers on their cars, when I was trying to ID it and find a replacement a year or more back
21  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: August 01, 2014, 05:39:26 AM
That doesn't look close to any number I've seen on pitman arms for Z 2/8's..
22  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's it Worth..? on: June 23, 2014, 07:24:15 PM
Yep - the 350 4 bolt truck short block was finished off with the 'Born With' (I hate using that phrase by the way).. 302 oil pan with baffles, 302 windage tray, water pump, '266 distributor, '291 heads, '610 manifold, along with assorted other bits like alternator arms, bellhousing, clutch fan, fuel pump, flywheel, balancer, and starter..
Most people would never know except guys like you fellas here - but if ever anyone does ask I tell them it is a replacement engine for the one sitting rebuilt at home.
23  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's it Worth..? on: June 22, 2014, 10:50:12 PM
The car from the time the posted photos were taken, hasn't at all changed for the most part - except for the "Caution Fan' sticker removal  Grin - better '302' decal on the air cleaner and the feed line to the carb from the fuel pump being more a factory-style configuration and make up..
Oh - and it probably has 500 - 600 or so miles more on the odometer in those 5 or so years!
24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's it Worth..? on: June 22, 2014, 07:54:18 PM
25  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's it Worth..? on: June 21, 2014, 01:19:30 PM
I was originally looking for a '66 - '67 Nova to build up back in the mid '80's and ran across this car stored away in a garage covered in grease and oil to protect the trim and available at a decent price because the then owner was building a house and needed the $$..
Since I really wasn't interested in Camaros I almost passed on it, but it was basically a lot less work than any Nova I was getting looks at - so.....
As an interesting side note - I wasn't into 'numbers matching or born with' stuff at the time obviously (how many were back then?) - so my first order of business after I bought this thing was to get it running. It would keep a charge and after a few boosts and having the battery checked out, I realized the alternator wasn't working at all, so I did the logical thing ('80's) at the time I got a parts store replacement to get it one the road, ASAP!
It haunts me to this day, considering how much an original alternator would cost me now, that I probably turned an original one complete with deep pulley AS A CORE!
How's that for being honest about my own stupidity!! 
26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's it Worth..? on: June 21, 2014, 12:53:15 PM
Those pictures were the last ones I took the time back in 2009 or so to do, if memory serves me correctly - when the "Caution Fan' back then was a common and sort of more acceptable 'add on'.. 
Rest assured it has been gone for the last 4 or 5 years now.. - HA  Grin

I really appreciate the compliments from all of you (and the gentle criticism as well ) - I know some things are not exactly how they should be but some were left overs from previous ownerships which I didn't mind enough to change, others I added to suit my own taste in cars and from what I grew up with in the sixties with somewhat... but the real intention of all of this wasn't to troll for compliments, but rather to gain solid feedback of a value from those who certainly should know best..
Thanks again - Randy
27  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's it Worth..? on: June 18, 2014, 06:27:33 PM
Thanks again Darrell for your trouble with this - I have tried numerous times to post pictures of many various things that came up during discussions with no luck getting the file sizes of my pictures small enough!

Guess now everyone can 'fire away'...

28  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's it Worth..? on: June 18, 2014, 06:09:07 AM
Thanks Chick... good to hear from you! How's your car coming along - I haven't seen much about it for quite a while now on TC. I'd be anxious to see more about it certainly..
Thanks for the offer - I did send some old pictures I had of it to Darrell who was going to try and post some of it for those who have stated that the info isn't much good without pictures  Cheesy
29  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / What's it Worth..? on: June 16, 2014, 11:40:29 PM
Got a few guys bugging me about selling my '68 Z 2/8 and I honestly don't really have any clue what I would throw out for a price if one of them actually gets serious, but since I've come somewhat reluctantly to the realization that it sits stored 10 months of the year and I seem to get less and less time each passing year to enjoying driving and playing with it, I am entertaining the idea of my life minus it for the first time in 23 years..

Its a real Z'ed with GM Canada Vintage Service documentation - 64,000 original miles - no other paperwork unfortunately.
Repainted in 1980 - BC/CC red with black stripes and still reasonable - but originally PP (Seafrost Green) w/ black stripes.
Original S. Ontario dealer-sold car and I have traced back all of the previous 8 owners except the first who was rumoured to be an NHL player who played in the US and traded the car back into the original dealer after 1 hockey season.
Original (born with) engine and M21 trans. Rear appears to have replaced with an almost perfect date code 12 bolt - but axle tube stamp indicates it should be out of a '68 Nova?..  2nd owner who was both 2nd and 4th! told me he raced the car so maybe the rear let go at some point by 1972 1973?
Body is very nice and straight with only rear quarters being replaced (G M OEM full panels apparently by the 6th owner in 1980 when repainted red) due to anal tendencies for some apparently very minor wheelwell corrosion.
Very few options - standard black interior in very nice condition with only carpets and dash pad (old one I still have) not 'born with'.
OEM radio gone and 2 aftermarket rear speakers are only mods internally.
I have a cowl hood on it but still have original flat hood.
The hidden VIN stamps are there and match.
Presently the 302 shortblock sits on a stand in my basement for lack of affordable gas and in it's place is a 350 4 bolt with the original bits like heads intake etc. on it - the 302 was rebuilt with race quality bearings, Mains were studded and both they and rods have ARP fasteners and had all had clearances massaged to be perfect - it has .030 over TRW L2210AF pistons and the crank is polished and uncut. I don't have the original 4053 carb. 
Front and rear Spoilers were on the car from the 1980 repaint and are not original to the car.
The car was an early build model with most of the date coding in late Dec '67 and thus has some engine parts that are leftover '67 Z'ed bits like the 266 distributor.
Old pictures I saw and previous owners stated that it had the 302 front fender emblems and not the Z 2/8 ones now in place.
Underside of car is very solid but typical of a Canadian car has some crustiness and things like crossmember, controls arms, and rear, have some pitting as would be expected.
Everything like buzzers, wipers, lights etc. all work as new..
The only thing I haven't gotten around to - as it barely sees 200 miles a Summer at best - to shows and cruise nights - is the rear end is leaking somewhat at the pinion seal and it has a slight vibration telling me the pinion bearings and seal need replacement - but otherwise is very quiet.
Brakes are original including rotors, drums, master cylinder, and calipers (with seals and 'O' ring etc.) and all work amazing.
Front and rear bumpers could use new chrome but are somewhat passable - rest of SS and aluminum trim bits are in very good condition.
Glass is original with the exception of the Windshield which now is tinted.
Still has T3's, original marker light and rear lenses etc.

Lots more... and I could go on forever - but if a few of you who are market-savy would care to pass along some rough numbers to give me some starting point when and if I get up the courage when needed, it would be very much appreciated - Randy

PS - I know what the first response will be.. and I've never had any success posting pictures up here so I long ago gave up trying..

Thanks Again..   
30  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Ron Pratte collection on: June 02, 2014, 10:23:05 AM
Is that the one with the 'RS' on the grille, the questionable history, the previous owner who surfaced and then disappeared amidst threats against him after commenting that the VIN attached to it came from a car he scrapped years prior, and that went for something like $129,000 a few years back?
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