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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My 69 RS - Part of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Intro From Hot August Nights Reno on: August 14, 2014, 02:07:29 PM

The FOX Sports 1 commentator is April Rose and she spent quite probably 30 seconds or so with my car before moving on to another ride.  Picture below isn't the best - hard to take a good photo off of the tv, but anyway you get the idea.


Now when you say the pictures not the best are you referring to your car or April Rose? Smiley...
I was there and actually saw both your car and April Rose. Took the time to check both out. I was going up the escalator while April was coming down. Im not sure all the body panels were original but man what a sweet ride...Thats actually very cool that you made it on the broadcast. Maybe I'll see you next year we had a great time this year and have already made plans to go back. Check out the 5 Z28's that were all together over at Victoria Square.

http://s129.photobucket.com/user/Jack_Buss/media/5Zs_zpsd282721a.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0


Victorian Square in Sparks is a great venue.....and that is a beuatiful collections of Z's....especially the two Hugger Orang ones.

Another highlight for me this year was being able to do the evening cruises without worry about the engine overheating.  When I had the engine rebuilt in my RS, I had the shop perform some minor performance tweaking to the base 327 which put an additional heat load on my cooling system.  I've never overheated, but on a couple of occasions in past years it ran hotter in stop and go traffic then what I wanted it to.  To try and improve the situation, over the last 4 years, I've added an electric fan inside the fan shroud on the backside of the radiator that is both thermostaically and manually controlled (unless you are looking for it, yoou don't even know that it is there), switched from the fixed 4 blade mechanical fan to a clutch driven 7 blade fan, and added the seal between the upper core support and the top of the radiator.  My goal was to be able to take the 20-30 minutes of stop and go driving that you'll get into if you participate in the Hot August Nights cruises either through downtown Reno or through Victorian Square in Sparks without the temp gauge going past 1/2.  This year I did both the downtown Reno and Victorian Square cruises multiple times and the temp gage never went any higher than one tick past 1/2.  Checking with the IR thermometer, that was about 215-220F.

Definitely need to hook up next year.  2015 registration materials will be in the mail to everyone early in Sept from what I understand.

Richard

2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / My 69 RS - Part of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Intro From Hot August Nights Reno on: August 13, 2014, 10:05:22 PM
A little late posting this due to being out of town for the last 10 days on business, but to make a long story short, during the introduction to the Barrett-Jackson Auction that was part of Hot August Nights in Reno on Friday, 1 August, of all the cars that they could have used, my '69 RS was part of the opening sequence.  

They (FOX Sports 1) began from inside the auction hall showing a couple of the cars that would come up on the block, then went across the street to the Atlantis Hotel Resort Casino which is one of the venues for Hot August Nights (over 6500 registered classic rides - by far the largest car event that I know of in North America - lasts for 10 days).  I had reserved VIP parking at the Atlantis venue and had gone across the street to the convention with my son-in-law to watch the auction.  All the time not knowing that across the street, my ride was on national tv.

I didn't realize my car had been on until the later that weekend.  I had recorded the auction on the DVR and when I played it back - guess what I saw!

The FOX Sports 1 commentator is April Rose and she spent quite probably 30 seconds or so with my car before moving on to another ride.  Picture below isn't the best - hard to take a good photo off of the tv, but anyway you get the idea.

Richard
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Final adjustment on RS Headlight doors on: August 05, 2014, 07:41:13 PM
A couple of related previous posts below that may be helpful:

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=6850.0

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=8300.30

Richard
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 327-210hp,2bblcarb jet adjustment on: July 24, 2014, 10:55:54 PM
I'd check the gasket between the carb and the manifold - had one actually fail on me about 20 yrs ago while driving my '69 RS (327 cid / 210 HP / 2 Bbl Rochester) down I-12 in SE Louisiana.  As long as I was cruising ant 70, it ran fine.  As soon as I exited the interstate and came to a stop it died.  New carb to manifold gasket and all was good to go.

Unless the idle mixture screws are way off (typical setting is about 1-1/4 turns out from seated position) I would be looking for a vacuum leak which is allowing too much air into the intake at idle and causing the car to want to stall.
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Nice 69 Convertible - not mine on: July 04, 2014, 05:53:52 AM
Definitely the right color!  Wink  Grin


.....with seldom seen DX1 stripe
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: RS Headlight Vacuum Hoses on: June 11, 2014, 04:34:01 PM
I took a little different approach in that I'm not as concerned as I was 20 years ago about head bolt markings or the number of ribs on the RS vacuum hoses.  I replaced all of the headlight vacuum hoses on my '69 RS back in 2004/05 when I had the front end of my '69 RS spread all over the garage.  Very glad I did.

I want my car to look "original" but at this point in my life there is a limit.  To me it is no different than putting an original wiring harness back in the car - it is 45 years old, has been exposed to the elements of the engine compartment, and it really doesn't matter (IMHO) whether it looks ok or not - it is 45 year old technology rubber and wiring - it has seen better days and it only goes down hill from here.  I took a similar approach regarding distributor points.  It was time to throw them out in the snow and install a Pertronix (or equivalent) kit with their upgraded, higher voltage coil.  If the car doesn't run and operate properly (especially regarding safety related items) the rest really doesn't matter.

If you don't do anything else, by all means please replace the rubber hoses that go through the firewall to the headlight switch.  My car has power drum brakes and with the booster and master cylinder installed, at least for my hands, it is impossible to reach down and replace those hoses without taking everything apart.

Just my two cents - good luck.

Richard
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Restoration help on: May 15, 2014, 05:42:16 PM
Beautiful car!  Congratulations on getting her back - and on the street!

Richard
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original dealer info for 1st gens is available on: May 05, 2014, 05:37:56 PM
From NCRS

We are missing the following data:
1969 Camaro 9N508855 to 9N587275
1970 Chevelle made in Atlanta, Seventh digit would be A.

NCRS does not anticipate nor have we been authorized to offer any additional GM brand information.


So from Sept 68 to end of Jan 69 NOR is missing.

Ok, I gotta ask because I've been sitting here like many anticipating the launch.  When was it discovered that 78K cars were missing from the data?  Hard to envision missing that minor detail.  Would have been nice to have known about it on the forum sooner.  Really deflating at this point to say the least since my 69 RS xxxxx9N581767 is in the middle of that list of missing VIN's.

Richard
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Window Stickers on: April 30, 2014, 11:35:28 AM
I used Triple A to reproduce mine.  Not great communication, but ended up with a decent product.  I have a little different take on these....... I recently attended a show with it displayed, and it was a HUGE hit with the crowd, as it was fun for the younger enthusiasts to see what prices were for these first gen cars and thier options.  If it is used in this manner, I do not see issues with reproducing them.  I used all of my cars data (Protecto plate/trim tag) to populate the template.  Anyone using them in a fraudulent manner to sell a car should be prosecuted.  But that can be said for any misrepresentation.  To me, a reproduced window sticker is no worse than a Showboard with the same info.  It's clearly a reproduction, and is used for display and educational purposes. There will always be scumbags out there using anything they can to purposefully misrepresent what they are selling. I think most buyers would not mistake a fresh reproduction as ~45 year old original..  Just my 2 cents...  Ed

I concur and also used Triple A

Richard
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Mud flaps? fender protectors? anyone? on: April 30, 2014, 11:25:14 AM
I'd pass - just can't envision them adding any aesthetic appeal.

Richard
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: N44 in non HP 69s on: April 24, 2014, 01:40:14 PM
Back in the 2004 time frame, when I rebuilt the front suspension on my '69RS (base V8, Powerglide, 2.73 open 10 bolt), as I studied what came off the car, my conclusion was that along with RPO N40 (power steering) I also had RPO N44; i.e. special steering, quick ratio.  As I understand it, at least for 1969, the two distinguishing features to look for are the long (approx. 5.8" long) pitman arm and the "short" outer arms.  The short outer arms have p/n LH-3954875 RH-3954876 and these were the same part numbers on the outer arms on my car.

Lock to lock on the steering wheel is about 2.2 turns.

If you haven't checked it out, I found the following site very helpful:  http://www.pozziracing.com/camaro_steering.htm#Steering_linkage

Richard
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Got My '69RS Back From Paint and Body on: April 14, 2014, 11:18:22 PM
Thank you all for the kind words - I really appreciate it.  Got some serious driving to do between now and the end of September.
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Your Friday Photo on: April 14, 2014, 04:35:02 PM
Very nice.....beautiful ride

The longhorns remind me of the rest of my week - traveling to Texas on business tomorrow.
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Got My '69RS Back From Paint and Body on: April 13, 2014, 08:32:57 PM
Perhaps it is my ignorance, but I thought it would be comfortweave, like my 712 car.

I don't know how many different seat material combos were available, but mine were / are just vinyl.  Rear bench seat is original - it hasn't been recovered.  Still in great shape - no one ever sits back there, except maybe during one of the parades during Hot August NIghts.
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Got My '69RS Back From Paint and Body on: April 13, 2014, 08:14:15 PM
absolutely GOR-geous Richard.!! Wink I think you hit Camaro Nirvana! Why the standard seats with deluxe door panels?

Car has the dark blue custom interior; trim tag #716
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