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General Discussion / Re: Opinons on tires and wheels for my Camaro
« on: July 29, 2011, 05:53:16 PM »
I wouldn't risk driving any car with 20-30 year old tires. That is just me. These tires are 42 years old so a huge difference between 30 and 42 years.... You get bonus points for original tires so that is why they are on the car, plus I love the Tiger Paws and they look cool:) I have 30 year old 19" NOS Goodyear bias plys on one of my 935's but they are just for display. Would never consider driving on them either and they are unfortunately not reproduced at this time so I run a 16" wheel on the back when I race. Forget the value of the car it is just too dangerous.

Based on the window sticker for the sister car shown in Jerry's book on page 117 (it is optioned exactly the same as my car) I possibly should have YJ rallys and not XT wheels. Not 100% sure but every other option on our cars is identical and they only ordered two COPO cars. So I am looking for a proper set and if I don't find some soon will go with some TT style wheels, grey centers with machine lip.

I appreciate the input. It helped my thought process.

Mild Modifications / Re: Rear disc brake conversion
« on: July 28, 2011, 08:48:47 AM »
I believe you can use GM rear disc from a 79-81 Camaro/Firebird with little modification. Maybe someone can clarify.

Just noticed my thread on the subject at the bottom of the page, it appears to be a direct swap for a 69 according to some. Might be worth a read.

You are correct. I had them on one of my 69 Camaros and they worked great.

General Discussion / Re: df wheels on E-Bay
« on: July 25, 2011, 10:06:03 PM »
Jerry is recuperating from gallbladder surgery . Maybe you can direct your question to one of the gentleman from CRG.

I have the DF wheels off my march of 68 built bb car that I sold .I will check the dates.

General Discussion / Re: Opinons on tires and wheels for my Camaro
« on: July 25, 2011, 05:46:38 AM »
I have lots of photos of Eddie's car it looks killer....

I should be at MCACN this year.

I like the idea of a matt grey center TT with machined lip

General Discussion / Re: 1968 LA L78 car - real or not?
« on: July 25, 2011, 05:43:49 AM »
Here is my old BB 68 for comparison. Click on thumb nail for huge image

General Discussion / Opinons on tires and wheels for my Camaro
« on: July 24, 2011, 11:33:25 PM »
After a long restoration my 69 is on the ground. It has Uniroyal Tiger Paw's on it. These are 42-year-old tires so I won't be driving on them. I need to do a second set of tires and wheels and originally thought I would put another set of XT wheel on it with some repop Goodyear’s. I have begun to rethink that solution and am now thinking that I should look at all my options.

The car is restored and bone stock but still maybe a set of after market/day two tires and wheels would look nice. Whatever I do I need to do it fast so more than likely a set of wheels that is being produced currently is what I need to use. Am open to anyone's suggestions. And no 22" wheels, 14" and 15" only :)

Originality / Re: 302 Rocker Arm Nuts
« on: July 23, 2011, 02:54:58 AM »
Thats great. Thanks for your info and pictures.  Gary

My pleasure Gary.. just playing it forward :)

Originality / Re: 302 Rocker Arm Nuts
« on: July 22, 2011, 08:22:09 AM »
My engine was rebuilt once in my old Van Nuys 69 Z but everything on this car is original so maybe the rocker arm nuts are too. They look like the ones on the left. Here are some thumb nails to large photos. This is my 711 76 76 style trim Z that Jerry looked at in NC back in 2005 or so. Very original Z

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Intent of the 1st-Gen Trans-Am Camaro Forum
« on: March 04, 2011, 01:00:07 AM »
Just spent a weekend with a bunch of Camaro buddies and were talking about the TA cars and Chad's car and then I get an email from Chad about this.  Great addition to the CRG site!

Originality / Re: Body color on firewall
« on: February 02, 2011, 10:43:43 AM »
Could someone please post a clean and crisp picture of a firewall  so I can show my painter how the firewall had over spray on it. We go to paint in a couple weeks and he has never saw what I'm talking about. He says no problem but I'd like for him to see first hand what I want.

 My garnet red Norwood built 69 pictured below had about an inch or so of body color left on the firewall so I duplicated that . I think it is clear from what John Z said whatever you decide , whether it is a 1/4" of body color or an inch of body color on the firewall don't make it a clean hard taped line.

John Z from another thread "Firewall blackout at Fisher Body wasn't a "concours" operation, and coverage varied greatly; the photo below is my untouched original Norwood 02D car, which shows pretty much Fathom Green body color above the plenum seam, and blackout below it. Some cars had blackout further up, some didn't - it was done with a hand-held shield (not tape and paper), and sometimes the sprayers used the shield, sometimes they didn't."

General Discussion / Re: What is a COPO 427 block worth
« on: January 14, 2011, 10:03:04 AM »
Great news.........

We do good work :) Stay out of the way and just put two guys together to work out the deal. Results another COPO with its original born with engine... I think I just devalued mine ::)

General Discussion / Re: What is a COPO 427 block worth
« on: December 10, 2010, 04:09:43 PM »
A fair deal on that block for both parties is 5K ... not a steal . No one would pay 5k for it but the owner of the car it goes to and maybe not even then.It is a premium to the buyer but not a crazy one. Anything above that is getting into serious blue sky. But it is your call.

I did not want to comment because I helped put you in touch with Wayne and was hoping others would pitch in but I do have COPO and actually had to make a deal for my original BE rear end and original M22 from the party who had it. So I have been down this road before . So for what it is worth that is my opinion . Otherwise it is a 2000 block even with a COPO stamp on it .

A legit LS6 Chevelle 454 block for a BIN of $3,375.00  no takers .

There are two other 512 blocks on ebay with BIN of $3,950.00 and $2,750.00 but they are people just hoping that 512 casting will get someone excited. No takers there either.

« on: December 08, 2010, 05:05:20 PM »
No substitute for experience.... way to put it to work Jerry . Congratulations!

I have

Originality / Re: trunk splatter
« on: December 07, 2010, 09:42:28 AM »
I just used Larry's formula

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