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Back in the early ‘90’s when I started working on my ‘66 Chevelle & ‘69 Camaro RS, I tried to acquire every relevant reference book I could lay my hands on.

The attached picture is jus a few of the one’s I acquired and they were invaluable in terms of basic education with regard to my Camaro.

Yes, now we know that some of the information in these books needs updating but they were sure a big help to me. 

Although today we have the Internet, I highly recommend having these in your library - if you can find them.

(scroll left to right for full picture)


Maintenance / Re: AGM vs Wet cell batteries
« on: March 25, 2023, 03:08:59 PM »
If you have corrosion build up, you’re not under the hood of your car frequently, if ever. It doesn’t happen overnight folks, it takes months.


I’ve never had a battery tray corrosion issue on either my ‘69 Camaro (which I’ve owned since 1991) or my ‘66 Chevelle (which I have owned since 1995). 

Spending a little time under the hood and ensuring everything, including the battery tray, stays clean will eliminate the problem entirely.


Originality / Re: 69 RS front turnsignal lens trim
« on: March 10, 2023, 04:15:10 PM »
My 01C NOR '69 RS does not have them.


Originality / Re: 1969 Camaro trim tag legit?
« on: March 03, 2023, 04:40:07 PM »
Most people who want our cars don't care about numbers that match or a certificate.  I've plenty of people who wanted to buy my car at shows / cruises.

Totally agree and I have also had many offers over the years for my lowly NOR 01C base V8 ‘69 RS, especially at “Hot August Nights” in Reno (which I have participated in every year since 2001.)

When I bought my car off of the showroom floor of the Chevy dealership in Baton Rouge, LA in November 1991 (it had been traded in), I was not concerned at all that the original 307 was long gone and that it had a 327 from a ‘64 Impala in it.  The car was solid, it ran, and over the years I went completely through it - mechanicals first, including complete sub-frame removal, engine (replaced the ‘64 Impala engine with a ‘69 327 Camaro engine / Nov ‘68 build), tranny, rear end, cleaning the under body, cleaning, painting, restoring components & sub-assemblies, etc.  Point being that all of the mechanical work was broken down into various sub projects, with one being attacked each winter in the garage & finished by spring so the car was driveable.  The mechanical work was finally wrapped up in 2008.  During that entire time (Nov 1991-2008) my ride was never unavailable to me from Spring to early Fall which allowed me to drive and enjoy it every year when the weather was good.

From Sep 2013 - April 2014 the car was taken down to bare metal and re-painted.

My ride is obviously not original, it has the original Powerglide & 2.73:1 open rear end, and a Nov ‘68 built 327 Camaro engine, but I enjoy it, drive it, and am not overly concerned about originality.  One positive, IMHO, of having a car where non-originality isn’t going to impact value, is the ability to make changes/improvements (some safety related - new wiring harnesses for example).

Bottom line is that undoubtedly most 1st Gen Camaro owners do not own high $$, number matching Z’s, etc but have a car similar to mine which are driven and enjoyed as much (if not more) than any other 1st Gen Camaro .



Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1969 Z28 interesting engine stamp
« on: February 21, 2023, 04:31:19 PM »
There were many cars that did not get the second hidden VIN. The car I am working on now does not have one. I looked around the area and it's not there.. Danny

Any idea why that happened?


Originality / Re: Preservation of a 68 Camaro
« on: February 21, 2023, 04:29:29 PM »
Anyone cracked the coding on the sides of the flashers?  One is 7 4 5 and the other is 1 5 3.  If I were guessing it'd be 67 - 45th day and 71 53rd day.?.  But I hate assuming.

You might find this thread helpful.


General Discussion / Re: RS. NOS vs Repop
« on: January 28, 2023, 10:51:04 PM »
I had to replace my original relay valve in Aug 2021 on my '69 RS.  Went with the repo from Classic Industries.  Works just fine, no issues.

I also replace my actuators about 15 yrs ago, not because the originals had gone bad, but since I was that deep into restoring the front end (complete sub frame removal, etc) it just made sense to do so.  I packed up the originals and still have them.  Again, I haven't had any issues with the repo actuators either.


General Discussion / Re: 1004 Hp 2023 COPO Camaro
« on: December 21, 2022, 05:43:17 PM »
maybe electric?

From what I’ve been reading, Chevy is saying 2024 is the last year for the Camaro.

As far as NASCAR goes, if the manufacturers keep moving toward “all electric by 2035”,  (I have some long term doubts) then something will have to dramatically change.

And then consider Indy Car & F1 - what will they become in an all electric world?

But before any of that happens, huge/significant/massive changes in the existing electric grid & charging station infrastructure has to occur in order to handle an all EV vehicle world.


General Discussion / 1004 Hp 2023 COPO Camaro
« on: December 19, 2022, 05:21:01 PM »

Sure this is reported elsewhere but I’m just now getting up to speed.

For the track only - not street legal.


Garage Talk / Re: December 7, 1941 ... May it live in infamy!
« on: December 08, 2022, 04:55:36 AM »

Maintenance / Re: At a loss - engine stalls under load
« on: November 15, 2022, 03:44:49 AM »
What electrically is “in the circuit” now that wasn’t when you used the MSD distributor & box?

If the car truly ran correctly on the chassis dyno with your ignition system not used/bypassed then methinks you have isolated the problem.


General Discussion / Re: USPS Muscle Cars
« on: November 09, 2022, 09:23:23 PM »
Today was the first time that I had stopped in the local post office in Minden, NV and they had these in stock.  Picked up a sheet.


Restoration / Re: SS & Z/28 stripe colors
« on: September 27, 2022, 02:24:27 PM »
Dupont was largely owned by GM in those days and was the paint used in production.

Wasn’t it the other way around - DuPont infused cash into GM buying something like 23% GM in the 1920’s - saving GM from collapse.  Due to anti trust issues, DuPont had to divest themselves from GM in 1965.  However, strong business ties still remain to this day.


Restoration / Re: Cleaning 69 front turnsignal lens gaskets
« on: September 18, 2022, 02:25:27 AM »
a) I have had no luck with any attempts to clean factory gooey moldy dirty gaskets.

Same here - fortunately you don’t see them once the lens is installed and after some futile attempts at cleaning I just put them back as is.


Garage Talk / Re: My 68 in AACA's Antique Automobile Magazine and Speedster
« on: September 13, 2022, 04:05:28 AM »
Very nice - and congratulations!


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