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1036  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69Z orig goodyear tires on: November 11, 2006, 02:23:48 PM
Yup; E70 x 15 Wide Tread GT with "NYLON" molded into the side wall.

I believe repros are "POLYESTER"
1037  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: were there any 68s with headrest on: November 02, 2006, 09:26:36 PM
Yes head rests were optional for 1968.
1038  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 350 SS EXHAUST BRACKET on: October 31, 2006, 08:07:27 PM
All 1969 dual exhaust coupes received the reinforcement plate on the LH frame rail only. Convertibles did not need it due to heavier gauge frame rails.
1039  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: TACH ON THE DASH on: October 31, 2006, 01:24:52 PM
That was a dealer accessory; not factory installed.
1040  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct locaton of proportionong valve on sub frame on: October 06, 2006, 06:59:57 PM
I did not consider it the prop valve because the explanation in the November 1969 Chevrolet Service News refers to it as a "pressure regulating valve" 5 times in the short article.

Not all disc/drum Camaros had it; some drum brake cars have it.

What I consider the prop valve is the one under the master, Chevy calls it a "pressure metering valve" and also a "pressure regulating valve", point being disc/drum cars have to have it.

I checked the Assembly and Chassis Service Manuals-no mention of "proportioning valve".
1041  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Turbo 400 and column shifter on: October 06, 2006, 12:09:36 PM
Of the 50 '69 ZL1s ordered by Fred Gibb Chev 20 were T400 and all had column shifts.
1042  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: power team orders/axel ratio's on: October 03, 2006, 12:36:43 PM
You could specify anything on the power teams chart. I do not have the info with me but 4.56 & 4.88 were RPO ratios with certain engine/trans combos for 1968.

Things changed a bit for 1969; 4.56 & 4.88 were no longer RPO. However you could get either via the COPO process. I have copies of docs for a '69 Z/28 built with '88s and a COPO 9561 built with '56s.

That means a triple COPO is a possibility: 9511, 9561, 9737.
1043  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct locaton of proportionong valve on sub frame on: October 02, 2006, 12:03:32 PM
That is not the prop valve.
1044  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: X Codes on: September 24, 2006, 06:38:32 PM
Hugger orange convertible with black top, black standard interior. Body started in production the 4th week of May 1969 at the Norwood Ohio assembly plant.

For reasons unknown there were a number of convertibles built at that time with no X code on the tag.

You are free to do as you please with your car. If you wish to build the car as an SS with all the proper componentry and call it a clone, tribute, re-creation, go right ahead.
1045  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: X Codes on: September 17, 2006, 07:45:32 PM
I have to preface a statement with some history about myself.

I bought my 1st 1969 Camaro Z/28 in 1975. Sold it 2 years later, bought another and on and on. From 1983-1997 I was involved with a business selling 1st gen Camaro parts. In those days the cars were plentiful and we parted dozens of them, set up/attended hundreds of swap meets, prowled junk yards from coast to coast, bought and sold an incredible amount of 1st gen Camaro parts during that time. We were small - D & R and Z & Z [to name a few] had many many times more cars & parts than we did. We sold it all: MO & DZ 302 engines, Muncie 4-speeds, '837' alternators, disc brake subframes, 12-bolt axles including 2 BEs, a complete JL8 setup, aluminum intakes including a cross-ram, factory Holley carbs, wheels, glass, sheetmetal including RS conversions and compete bodies supplied by our friends out West. In this time we helped many people restore and unfortunately unwittingly create cars.

This nonsense about claiming a car is an SS, Z/28 or whatever because it has 4-leaf springs, front discs or a 12-bolt has got to stop. We sold all that stuff many times over as did all other Camaro vendors at the time, 23 years ago. While certain characteristcs may have validity such a Z/28 without a Muncie speedo cable routing anything else can be and has been added. The famous '69 LH tailpipe plate takes about a minute to remove intact from a parts car and has been reproduced. And I grabbed many of the meaningless rear brakeline valves in junkyards. Body tags? Don't make me laugh. Those were being swapped 25 years ago. A few years ago I was visiting another vendor who showed me literally hundreds of them in an old toolbox.

The only way you can be certain of a cars' pedigree is genuine factory paperwork or irrefutable VIN-stamped drivetrain componentry.

 
1046  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: X Codes on: September 16, 2006, 10:47:35 AM
Perhaps you are new to the hobby or do not follow it that closely. You have stumbled into an area that definitely has two camps.

What you are asking is essentially "Can I build a fake Camaro SS?" Fakes are also called clones, re-creations and tribute cars. A rose by any other name...

Some seem to think that is fine as long as you display it as a clone. Problem is you will sell it someday and the next owners may choose not be quite so honest. There are several ZL1 clones proudly displayed at shows with no mention on their signage. A fake LS6 Chevelle was just "outed' resulting in a lawsuit as it had been completely mis-represented.

Tread very carefully here.
1047  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Anyone recommend someone to rebuild a power steering box? on: September 02, 2006, 01:46:04 PM
I believe Global West in CA does them. Check mags for an ad.

You are wise to not attempt it. Power boxes are not simple.
1048  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Battery Question on: August 31, 2006, 08:09:29 PM
Nope, just another option.
1049  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Radiator Support Assembly on: August 31, 2006, 12:13:54 PM
One size fits all, slight evolutionary differences 67-69.
1050  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Z28 Question on: August 25, 2006, 06:54:41 PM
Rear bumper guards [V32] were standard on Z/28 but optional on any 1969 Camaro. Many were removed from Z/28s by owners that did not care for the appearance.

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