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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 RS Back up light question on: January 28, 2014, 10:52:15 AM
I would measure it for you but Id have to drive 120 miles one way and get permission from the guy that bought it from me, then drive back home. Smiley  sorry , I sold it a year ago last Nov.
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 RS Back up light question on: January 27, 2014, 03:47:32 PM
Just to help confirm, this is my 69 RS factory backup light hole in the trunk:

3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Help please, decoding car on: December 16, 2013, 06:34:53 PM
If someone said it already I missed it..but easy way to check for 'possible' SS is behind the driver's side rear wheel, along the frame rail at about 1 o'clock see if there are 2 holes OR a steel plate apox. 3x5" welded onto the frame rail there with 2 holes in it. If its just 2 holes drilled thru the frame, its NOT an SS.  If that plate is there, it 'MIGHT' be an  SS.  The plate indicates dual exhaust from the factory which SS had. BUT any V8 could be ordered with dual exhaust. Its just another part of your puzzle to add to. Smiley
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: vinyl top, rust spotter guide? on: December 09, 2013, 02:45:38 PM
I have no way of knowing if the vinyl was the 'original' vinyl on my car but it came from factory with the blue vinyl per the trim tag. My car was originaly purchased in So. Calif and then it went to Texas, so Im guessing it could have been stored inside alot but the area at the bottom of the rear glass above the trunk was pretty bad. There were no 'repair spots' on the metal roofing at all. The vinyl peeled off in one piece but alot of rust from that area near the trunk stuck to the underside of the vinyl when it came off. Im sure he will see more than he is thinking...we always do  Smiley
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: vinyl top, rust spotter guide? on: December 09, 2013, 10:01:23 AM
When you have a few minutes feel free to glance at the photos I took of my vinyl top before and after. It was very rusted out along the bottom edge with alot of bubbles under the vinyl. Good luck. I loved the look of the vinyl top cars.
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Need help on IDing a 69 RS-SS ??? on: September 07, 2013, 10:13:59 AM
IF its an SS it will have a 3"x5" welded steel plate behind the driver's side rear wheel, on the frame rail and it will have 2holes in it for dual exhaust hanger... only the dual exhaust coupes had this plate there. Very rarely someone has tried to fake that plate but if its original (post pics of it) the car came from the factory with dual exhaust. Keep in mind you could order dual exhaust on any V8 engine too, not just SS or Z28.
 If its true RS there should be a 2nd solenoid on top of the wiper motor and hoses going up to headlight squirters above each headlight. There should be a large black vacuum container on drivers side inner fender and hoses to the headlight doors, plus hoses up to the headlight switch. The rear back up light holes should be stamped out cleanly, not cut with a torch.
 Thats a few things you can find for yourself or have current owner check out for you.
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Help decoding this PA Amish barn find 302 engine on: June 16, 2013, 08:55:54 AM
 Your post in Team Camaro was honestly answered with the same information you just got here. There was no sarcasm in the replies, unless you took something wrong. This site and Team Camaro work closely together and have many members that use both sites. We strive for accurate information and when strange stories surface, folks tend to dive deep into them to figure out the truth about a car. The numbers AND PHOTOS of the numbers, as requested several times in Team Camaro and here, will bring out the 'facts' about your engine. Be patient, reply with what folks request and the truth will be known.
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: powerglide to th350 conversion on: June 09, 2013, 08:58:37 AM
Mike if its like this pic of my setup, my mechanic torched away the lower lip of the engine mount to give access to the pan bolts on the 700r I had installed. If you are not concerned with 'originality' of the mount, it might be an option for you.

9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Z10 on eb@y on: June 04, 2013, 12:26:59 PM
Missing the extra RS solenoid on top of the wiper motor... rear stripes are painted wrong, so its either been repainted or spoiler added or something is not original... the stripe should end 'under' the spoiler and not follow down over the trunk lip.  Without a pic of the trim tag, its hard to know what it was originally. Without original engine, every worse to figure out.
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Property Tax Rate Schedule on: March 20, 2013, 04:01:36 PM
No personal property tax here in Minnesota either.. collector plates for my camaro were a ONE time fee of around $100. No renewal or tabs Smiley 
  Iowa is looking at legislation to TAX big motor homes that are being registered in Montana and other states under LLC systems... like Danny mentioned. They are closing those tax loopholes in alot of  states these days.   Oh well
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Interesting 69 For Sale on: January 05, 2013, 11:29:49 AM
Im pretty sure that the LM1's could have PG or Th350 and could have 10 bolt or 12 bolt... several of these combos have been seen over the years. Depends on what you 'ordered' .  Mine was LM1 with Th350 and 12 bolt 308...
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: building a garage on: December 20, 2012, 11:10:51 AM
John have you any need for an 'adopted' family?  Smiley
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: building a garage on: December 20, 2012, 10:47:37 AM
Our pole building required the posts to go down 5' below grade as well but no concrete footing under 32x50 pole barn has not moved an inch in the 8 years its been up. Much cheaper to build for sure but sadly you cant 'attach' a pole building to a home or structure that has concrete footings since the 2 styles of construction move differently. Maybe down south they can?
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: building a garage on: December 20, 2012, 10:28:10 AM
Our frost line requirement for footings is 5 feet below grade, since our frost can go down almost that far here in Minnesota. Frost will 'heave' a footing and affect the structure above it, if it moves.

 Note, you dont go 42" below frost line itself... you go 42" below grade...
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: building a garage on: December 20, 2012, 10:05:08 AM
When we wanted to add an attached 24x26 garage to our old farm house, we had no limits on height or size, our garage part is 24' deep, and 26' wide, we also had 10' more feet in additional width as a 10' wide entry for our house which we needed badly, then we have 8' overhang in front and 12' overhang in back for a 12'x36' screen porch. Our zoning does not consider overhangs as part of the dimension for future taxes that you apply for. The overhang is taxed at much lower valueation...  but consider these hints:

1. Truss company will help you design the roofing trusses (most do it for free) to maximize space you can use above and below the trusses. Consider " attic trusses " which give you full stand up height storage space in the 'attic' area but on the outside it still looks like a 1 1/2 story design to get you past nosey neighbors or inspectors.
 The trusses can also be built to extend out over your garage doors for a HUGE overhang area in front of the doors. Great for parking cars under the overhang in winter for guests plus it keeps rain away from your garage doors. My overhang is 8 feet out from the garage doors. Smiley
They do wonders these days with custom designed trusses that give you huge storage areas, then add gable end windows for ventilation and light up there.

2. Use 2x6's for your walls, allows more insulation and strength for 'attic truss' needs.

3. I also 2nd the  "in slab" heat, its wonderful but remember to plan it so that any lift you install wont puncture any heat tubes in the floor. In fact, if you plan your lift location accurately, you can 'beef' up those corner locations with more slab concrete at those points where you will have bolts installed. Then you route your slab heat tubes around those areas.

4. Use at minimum a 100 amp elec. breaker box just for the new garage, so you have endless power options, 200amp boxes are about the same price but you might have to have new 200amp service pulled in from the pole, which adds to the price. Then put 20amp GFI outlets every 4' all the way around your new garage, plus a 220v if you plan on welding equipment. Also have exterior outlets on all 4 sides.

5. Plan your CAT 5 wires and TV cable for internet and speaker wires for TV and stereo system or surround sound.

6. Buy only thermal insulated windows of course to hold heat and keep out hot air in the summer.

7. Consider a heavy dute ventilation fan to exhaust summer heat out and any fumes you might create in the garage.

 Those are a few ideas that we used in our new garage.

Here are some pics that might give you some ideas and ask if you have any questions about our project  :

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