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General Discussion / Re: hidden vin numbers
« on: December 02, 2007, 04:28:20 PM »
Why do you ask???

Decoding/Numbers / Re: x66 on ebay?
« on: November 27, 2007, 03:25:04 AM »
As with many "restorations" Z21 style trim was added.

General Discussion / Re: Texaco Crushes a 68!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: November 26, 2007, 06:01:58 PM »
I'm just glad it wasn't a 69.

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Question about 1969 Z28 DZ engine
« on: November 17, 2007, 06:10:21 PM »
Forget the April 16 engine; not even close.

06A is misleading as it includes all Norwood Camaros built in June; a span of about 3 weeks.

Originality / Re: X-22
« on: November 09, 2007, 03:26:28 AM »
Look for alpha-numeric run dates on the inner structure of sheetmetal. Those who know more should jump in but I believe the number corresponds to the week the part was stamped. A 10A '69 I know of had H 39 and H 40 stamped into the rear quarter panels in the upper corners of the trunk opening. That works out to late September '69.

General Discussion / Re: ZL-2 original air cleaner value?
« on: November 03, 2007, 03:28:40 PM »
There were initially 3 versions of the ducted hood air cleaner for Camaro:

SS-350/manual-no snorkel valve, 3/4" vent tube
SS-350/automatic-has snorkel vave, 3/4" vent tube
Z/28 & all bbs: no valve 1" vent tube.

Later in the model year the base was modified to add the bead around the bottom.

Of these the 350/auto probably is the hardest to find. Someone just bought one off ebay for less than $100. That was a steal but $2500 is hard to believe.

General Discussion / Re: 1969 rs z28 production #'s?
« on: October 10, 2007, 12:31:16 AM »
No. Chevy published production totals for Z/28, RS, but not in combination.

Statistical interpolations are worthless.

General Discussion / Re: 302 in 1970
« on: October 08, 2007, 11:34:34 PM »
Yes-no 302 for 1970. He may have had a '70 with a 302 but Chevy did not install it.

Z28s had the 360hp/350 LT-1 engine. 1st year for an automatic Z28.

Originality / Re: T3 vs PowerBeam Headlamps in 67-69's
« on: October 05, 2007, 05:58:44 PM »
Just for the record there is a 1-owner September 69 build car nearby that has one of each.

Restoration / Re: Help! I don't know how to weld!
« on: October 04, 2007, 10:32:28 PM »
Everyone starts somewhere. With Toms' approach and attitude you could learn to fix anything.

General Discussion / Re: 69 rsz28 master cylinder
« on: September 30, 2007, 11:20:28 PM »

Early 69 disk brake cars got the 68 346 master cylinder, but only for about a month. All disk brake cars after that got the 309 ("US") master cylinder. The one you describe sounds like the standard aftermarket replacement.

HERE'S A LINK for you regarding the brakes.


Well maybe.  I know of a N511xxx VIN with a 309 and an N521xxx VIN with a 'US' 346.

General Discussion / Re: Supposed 69 Camaro Pace Car Festival Car on Ebay
« on: September 26, 2007, 05:22:38 PM »

 Dear 9t4z,
 That was a primary concern of ours to Gary when we were first told this was a festival car. But then we were informed that the 396 Camaro's made up the majority (but not all) of the earlier Vins. As far as documentation is concerned I'm sorry to say that to this day there is no list of Vin's or other documentation on the cars that were there. In the beginning they were all issued numbers with temporary road permits, and this has served to prove the authenicity of some of the festival cars. But once again I regret to inform you that through the transfer of owners the numbered tag didn't make it. As far as identifying a festival car, most inspectors have to break down the little differences in the cars to determine it they'd be a likely candidate then dig back through the owners records and try and find a match from dealer records. We have all the previous owners records on the Camaro dating back to the first owner and through the time it was in a museum in tennessee. We plan on giving the auction winner all of our information. Sorry we won't be able to give you physical paper work proving authenicity. But if you have any more question concerning the Camaro or the points that are recognized on a festival car please feel free to ask. Thanks again for your time! -James Milby
 - jamesmilby

There IS a list of Festival Z11s; many are 350s and they are in the VIN range N608xxx-N610xxx. The list was published in an old issue of the Camaro Enthusiast.

Not only is this car not on the list it was built months later than the cars on the list.

What absolute BS! They make a claim intended to enhance the value but can't back it up. Any wonder why classic car dealers have a sleazy rep?

General Discussion / Re: 1969 L-78 convertible
« on: September 22, 2007, 06:47:25 PM »
Unfortunate but true.

With so many well-done technically correct clones out there a car without original VIN-stamped drivetrain and/or genuine original Chevrolet paperwork will be valued as a clone. To quote an an auctioneer clones are..."the cubic zirconia of Muscle Cars".

$40,000 is at the low end. You will be competing with the COPO crowd for the unique parts the car needs [837 alt, 499 dist, XTs, shifter] and they will pay whatever it takes.

Unless you are handy with tools & money and have lots of automotive friends you do not want to get involved with a basketcase.

Decoding/Numbers / Re: 69 396 fender emblems
« on: September 20, 2007, 10:11:02 PM »
Careful with "NOS". GM substituted the '70 Nova 396 emblem for some time under the Camaro part number.

Why not buy the repro?

Maintenance / Re: Electric Problem
« on: September 18, 2007, 05:45:23 PM »
The dash cluster is grounded via a wire that runs from the back of the cluster to the top center of the plastic dash panel. The wire has a loop in it that is intended to engage the screw when the panel is installed, grounding it to the metal dash panel. It is common for the screw to miss the loop in the wire; cluster will not be grounded.

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