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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 camaro upper control arms painting on: April 21, 2015, 12:08:34 PM
The only thing not painted would be the alignment shims which would be added in the final adjustment process. Most of the unrestored example have just remnants of the paint due to lack of prep/adhesion on shaft, washers and bolts.
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Accepted for the 2015 MCACN.. YAY!! on: April 08, 2015, 09:11:45 AM
Hi Danny, and thanks for supporting our show and the Vintage Certification program. As many have said you will have a blast at the event as the breadth and scope of cars participating is amazing. Having someone as enthusiastic as you participate in our program is fantastic. MCACN is always fresh event due to the many showcases and unveilings. New for Vintage Certification this year I've set aside a couple of slots for original owners to have their cars Vintage Certified at no cost. Our first original owner car is 1965 Impala SS 396-425 hp with 22k miles.

Anyone interested in participating in our program and wanting to know more about it go to our website at :
As been mentioned we limit the number of certifications to 15 vehicles because our program requires us to spend 3 hours per car. I recommend contacting us early because our program is filling up fast. Also for those interested in displaying their unrestored car, we also have our Heritage Display area. This allows unrestored cars to be displayed together and allows like minded hobbyist to share information and stories.

Presently we have (2) LS6 Chevelles, 66 Mustange Shelby, 67 Corvette, 72 Lemans 455HO, 1968 Camaro Z28, 1969 Camaro ZL1, 1965 Impala SS 396-425.

Very much looking forward to this exciting can't miss event, along with meeting new friends and seeing old ones.

3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Our Beloved JohnZ has a B-Day today! on: February 27, 2015, 05:09:34 PM
Happy Birthday John, we appreciate everything you do and share.
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Ebay 69 Z/28?? on: February 06, 2015, 09:28:19 AM
Everyone loves documentation but it can also be used to recreate cars like this car and the rallye green rs/z at BJ.
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Ebay 69 Z/28?? on: February 05, 2015, 11:06:48 PM
I will only say train wreck with every issue imaginable.
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Z28 registry on: February 02, 2015, 05:58:49 PM
I sent an E-mail today to Larry Eakin and asked if the site is still active or dormant.  Will post status when and if I receive a reply.

Larry had two really nice unrestored 68's a RS/Z28 Sea Frost Green and a RS/L78 Corvette Bronze that we certified in 2003 & 2004. The last contact I had with him he sold both cars and more or less was out of the hobby at that time. That was 8+ years ago. I will contact him and see if anything has changed. 
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Ron Pratte collection on: January 16, 2015, 10:19:31 AM
If we assume that when it was certified, it was as a rebodied/restoration drivetrain vehicle as indicated by the second and final certification. The  professional appraisal value was 100,000-120,000 in 2008. No one on this site questioned the appraisal value then.... I don't know why, to me it was virtually worthless unless you collect documentation.  So logically if it was worth what it appraised for in 2008 at 100-120K, then based on the increased value in cars 148K is not unrealistic in today market.

Again the car has very little value whether it was in 2008 or 2015. There is nothing original and should be valued at nicely restored clone cars...but that's just my opinion.

8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Engine Pad Check on: December 25, 2014, 11:40:02 AM

I'd forgotten your engine was assembled the same day as mine.. Smiley    How often do we get to compare three identical DZ stampings? Smiley

And they all match Smiley  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Engine Pad Check on: December 23, 2014, 07:06:56 PM
Real as rain. Here's my 9A
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Muscle Car and Corvette National November 22 & 23 Chicago on: November 19, 2014, 10:59:23 PM
This event is being held this weekend at the Stephenson Convention Ctr in Chicago, IL. For more information visit our website at

The Vintage team will be certifying these time capsules. Please stop by and see what the program is all about

Vintage Certification Entries MCACN 2014:

1966 Chevelle SS L78 White
1966 Chevelle SS L78 Black
1966 Chevelle SS L35 Black
1978 Pace Car L82
1970 Olds W30 automatic
1970 Olds W30 4 Spd
1969 Z28
1963 Impala
1969 Nova L78
1974 Camaro Z28/LT
1971 Cuda 440 six pack
1970 Hemi Cuda 19k miles
1970 AAR Cuda
1971 Corvette
1967 Indy Pace Car (actual track car)

Heritage Display:
1969 Camaro Z28
1967 Chevelle SS with fact 488's
1969 COPO Chevelle
1963 Impala with 11 miles
1967 L35 Pace Car
1967 GTO HO

We have expanded our judging team which has allowed us to accept a few more cars for certification. A great area exclusively for unrestored cars which provides like minded owners to meet and discuss their cars and share their knowledge.

This is just an amazing line up of cars and judging team.

BTW we are now certifying the original Indy Pace Car!!! this show is going to be amazing thanks to efforts of Bob Ashton and all who are participating.....

Vintage Certification website

11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: amazing 69 Chevelle SS true survivor on: November 17, 2014, 09:19:25 AM
I would remove them and return the car as delivered. Obviously they are part of the history and perhaps why the cars exterior is so well preserved. I doubt the new owner will need them as probably very few miles will be put on the car. I wouldn't do it right away but I think in the end I'd remove and store them for another owner.

There is and exception for me, one of my survivor cars was not optioned with gauges and the orig owner installed a set of after market. I left them installed because I feel its important to monitor the engine.
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: on the Velocity Channel! on: October 16, 2014, 03:33:10 PM
Steve does excellent work. I've used him for close to 20 years and always happy. Easy to wok with and quick turn around.
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Fuel pumps on: September 15, 2014, 02:06:39 PM
That's a good question, I approached it last year with no luck. Was looking for the GPM on a stock/replacement pump.

You won't find a GPM rating chart - the number on the pump is primarily for the pump configuration, essentially the bottom half; where are the inlet and outlet, which way do they point, are they clamped or threaded joints, etc. Shop Manual calls for the same volume for the same time for all pumps.

John:  You said 'primarily' for configuration; Does that mean that if there's a PN difference, that there's some difference in the I/O configuration alignment, orientation, or fitting size/type?  OR is there something else to know about this?   

There are many instances where externally pumps are configured identical but have different part#'s (built in same time period). Therefore I believe internally, output (volume/pressure) was also a reason for different part#'s.
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Ebay gas cap on: September 15, 2014, 07:53:09 AM
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Final adjustment on RS Headlight doors on: August 08, 2014, 11:12:53 AM
As Charley suggested, in the past I've tweeked the bracket to get the door to close the last 1/4 inch.
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