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61  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: replacement 302 block on: February 03, 2010, 06:26:53 PM
I have followed posts like this, here and on other sites for a long time. The question was, if the block date code lines up and the numbers were stamped on after a deck job is the engine numbers matching? In my opinion, yes they “match” what was originally in the car. Is it the “Born With” or the “Original” engine, NO!

Today some of the restamps are darn near impossible to tell from originals, others not so much… I think the issue most people have is falsely representing as original something that is known not to be for a higher profit during a sale. With some of the litigation that has recently taken place around the authenticity of some high end cars I think it be in a sellers best interest not to misrepresent a vehicle.

What if someone was almost lucky enough to win the lottery and found a block that was built the same day as the one needed for their car. It’s not a “restamp” and it’s not “original”.

Mike
62  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 FACTORY ROTORS on: December 03, 2009, 07:09:38 PM
I have both the original rotors on my car, only one has the holes drilled to balance the rotor. I am sure there was a balance spec for the rotors when new, if they were within tolerance no additional machining was needed. Attached is a picture of the paint mark that was only on the rotor without the holes.
Mike
63  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: My Camaro's Birthday on: November 30, 2009, 05:00:59 PM
Thanks Kurt. From the database when do you think the body build might have started?

The selling Dealer was Taylor Chevrolet in Rochester, they have been out of business for quite a while. I have found the original owner and asked a lot of questions about the car. I did not ask, but I don’t think he ordered the car. I hope to have a reunion with him next summer.

Mike
64  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / My Camaro's Birthday on: November 29, 2009, 07:57:11 PM
I‘m looking for some help to see if I can determine my Camaro's Birthday.  CRG has all my numbers, but I am going to leave off the last digits here. 1969 Z/28, build week is 05A, body # is 32247X, and VIN is N64195X. I have the dealer invoice dated 5-15-69 so it didn’t sit around long.  I would like to know best guess when the body build started and about when it might have rolled off the end of the line. Thanks.
Mike
65  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: cylinder heads on: August 19, 2009, 08:00:22 PM
Mr. Gasket makes a replacement screw in stud that you don't have to mill down the bosses to install. Pull out the press in studs, tap the hole, and install with some J-B Weld. You get the peace of mind of the screw in stud with the original look. http://www.jegs.com/i/Mr-Gasket/720/1076/10002/-1
Mike
66  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Z28 Cylinder Heads on: August 14, 2009, 12:59:40 PM
I don't think anyone's are cheap any more. ebay has some now and then, for some reason there seems to be more early heads for sale than mid year. Do your home work and have fun searching.

Mike
67  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Z28 Cylinder Heads on: August 14, 2009, 06:17:49 AM
Mark,

Give Camaro Specialties a call. http://www.camaros.com/ I was there a couple of weeks ago and Bob had quite a few 186 casting number heads with late 68 casting dates lined up in the show room.

Mike
68  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Leaf Spring Scuff Pad Replacement on: April 27, 2009, 08:28:01 AM
I went through the same thing last Fall. I found the correct Parts at SEMA last year. Look on page three of the link.

http://www.eatonsprings.com/LeafSpringAccessoriesApplicationGuide.pdf

I don't remember what part number I ordered, just give them a call. The parts are spot on to the originals. I have no clue why these would not be in the spring rebuild kits for a 1st gen.

Mike
69  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: what a stud on: January 26, 2009, 09:42:36 PM
How about this from the AMK catalog? Maybe a little JB Weld and then cut the 1/4 20 side to the proper length for the front or back, 1" and 1/2".

Mike
70  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Original markings under the paint on: January 09, 2009, 09:12:22 AM
There have been many pictures posted of factory markings that were found under the paint on the firewalls of Camaros. I thought I would post these pictures of what was found under the factory paint on my sheet metal after media blasting. My car has 28K miles on it, both sides front to back had been repainted 30 years ago, original paint on the hood roof and trunk.

These markings were done with a grease pencil and just a faint image was seen depending on the angle of light while looking at the panels. I highlighted the marks with a sharpie to show up in a picture, and only marked up what I could trace.

The right quarter panel had two areas marked up, front ( Alp )  and rear( /W&Bing ). During the paint removal a factory lead repair was found where the quarter attaches to the rocker panel. I had no idea that repair was there.

The left quarter panel had a mark on the front of the panel ( R Buw Z ) but no repaired area.

Besides the normally seen markings on the firewall there was ( Obb ) written on top of the dash on the left side.

Mike
71  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: What was used to cover the chipped paint on the VIN#? on: January 08, 2009, 02:59:12 PM
My 28K Z/28 looks just like your James. I can't see any brush marks, it looks like a clear was poured over the numbers, thick enough to puddle.
72  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Brake line and fuel line clamps and bolt finish on: January 03, 2009, 08:44:30 PM
I think the U clips had a dark phosphate finish like the bolts.

When I cleaned up my fuel and brake line clamps the only place I found the "blue" remaining was on the 3/8" clamps where they were bolted closed. I'd bet that they were color coded for quick assembly at the factory.

I think Brian from SCW posted on the Yenko site he dips the clamps in machinists dye.

http://www.dymon.com/ProductList.cfm?packagingID=9a526b48-df63-493a-af52-ef525dc14941

I'm not sure about the color of the 3/8 spring hose clamps, I'll have to get a better look at mine tomorrow.

Mike
73  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Z28 Cowl Induction Airhorn on: December 23, 2008, 06:20:26 PM
I think the AC is short for Air Cleaner.

Mike
74  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 DRIVESHAFT PAINT MARKS on: December 12, 2008, 06:49:25 PM
Nice first post. I think I can hear pages being turned in service manuals all over the country. Thanks and welcome aboard.

Mike
75  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Muncie Transmission Help! on: December 08, 2008, 06:42:19 PM
I am pretty sure these guy's are the source that other vendors get their parts from. I know they cast the super case...

http://www.autogear.net/index.htm

Mike
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