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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Example of a fairly accurate ebay ad .. 'ez restoration'... :) on: December 04, 2014, 11:55:01 AM
Guy has nothing to loose with the eBay listing.  As for a potential buyer, "a fool and his money is soon parted".
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: What do I have for a 327 on: October 09, 2014, 01:57:37 PM
Remember older 327's had a small journal diameter - if that is importan to you.
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Well My Camaro online Compadres, Time for a fight of my Life! on: September 10, 2014, 04:08:28 PM
Great news Danny,

Keep the positive attitude and outlook on life - best medicine there is.

4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: REAR END DATE on: September 04, 2014, 04:44:15 PM
Strange things can happen, though.

Besides my 69 RS coupe, the other car I have is a 66 Chevelle which has been in the family since it was first purchased on March 30,1966.  I have all of the original documentation including protect-o-plate and have verified all of the numbers when the car was restored between 1995 and 2000.  I even found a date code on the frame.  Point is that everything is within a couple of weeks of the mid March 1966 build date at the Flint, MI assembly plant, except for the rear axle which is date coded Oct 1965.  Axle date code, etc and POP totally agree.  The rear end was build at the Buffalo Gear and Axle Plant and obviously set around somewhere before it made the trip to final assembly.

The issue of rear axle date code, what is correct, what isn't, what can be, what can't, etc. has come up multiple since this string back in 2005.  I never got back to posting picutres which show what I had menntioned in the quote above (previous post in this thread).

The 1st picture is the axle code from my 69 RS.  The car has a 10-Bollt, 2.73:1 open, mono-leaf rear end.  Although I don't have any of the original documentation on my car, hard to believe that this isn't the original axle.  The code is BP 10 18 G1; i.e. October 18, 1968.  My RS is an 01C Norwood built car.  2nd and 3rd pictures show the ring gear in my rear end.  15 and 41 are the number of pinion and ring gear teeth; i.e. 41/15 = 2.733.  The date code is the last two numbers; i.e. 9 68 (Sept. 1968).

As an addendum to the information that William provided in post #9 of this thread, and yes I know what I'm about to state is in reference to my '66 Chevelle and not the '69 RS, but it is still a Chevy product from the last half of the 1960's.

The 4th picture is the axle code from my '66 Chevelle.  Picture is a little old and fuzzy, taken back in 1995 just after I had removed the rear end back when I was restoring the car.  The axle code is CB 1027 B which is a 10 Bolt, 3.36:1 open rear end; October 27, 1965 date code.  Although I don't have any original documentation on the Camaro, the Chevelle has been in my family simce my grandparents purchased it on March 30, 1966 from El Bauer Chevrolet in Decatur, IL  I have all the original paperwork for the Chevelle including the POP which confirms the rear end code.  The Chevelle was built at the Flint, MI plant in mid March 1966 (based on other date codes on the car including one on the frame).  For whatever reason, the 3:36 rear end in the Chevelle was in stock at the Flint plant from early November 1965 until it went into my Chevelle in March 1966; some 4-1/2 months.

Based on the axle code on my Camaro, that rear end was in stock at  Norwood from mid-October 1968 until mid January 1969; approximately 3 months.

Based on my own two observations as well as what William stated above, it looks like axle codes can have more of a time differential between axle code and car assembly date than what would normally be considered acceptable.

Just throwing this out for what it's worth.

5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: She's Painted! on: September 03, 2014, 01:05:15 PM
Very nice - love the color
6  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.

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.


7  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.

8  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:

9  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.
10  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
11  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.

12  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!

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

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.

14  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

15  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.

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