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556  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Exhaust manifolds v. Headers? on: February 15, 2007, 08:51:37 AM
I am installing a 502 motor in my 69 Camaro.  I am up in the air about installing headers or exhaust manifolds.  I like the clean look of a manifold and the ease of installation as well as not having exhaust leaks, burnt spark plug wires and easy access to my spark plugs.  What would the significant different in installing one over the other?  Have headers come a long way and the problems above not as big anymore.

I am either going to go with one of the following and would like opinions.  Thanks guys.

factory exhaust manifolds

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Exhaust-manifold-big-block-w-o-Smog-new-67-68-1969-70_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33632QQihZ016QQitemZ260084202526QQrdZ1

or
Hooker ceramic coated headers.

http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=HOK%2D2457%2D1HKR&N=700+115&autoview=sku

Also, it says I can't use ceramic coated headers to break in a motor.  What the heck is that about?
557  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Stupid question...small block v. big block weight? on: February 14, 2007, 10:15:44 AM
I was wondering how much a small block factory setup in a 69 Camaro weighs versus a 502 big block.  When shipped to me the shipper indicated the engine with the serpentine belt setup with AC, PS, Alt etc. were 900 lbs.  I know some of this is contributed to the crating and over estimating.  I look online but can not find this info.  So, for anyone who may know.  What would the actual or at least close estimate of weight be for a loaded up 502 and just out of curiosity, what would this same weight be for my factory 350 smallblock in my other 69 be? 

I know...stupid question.  But I don't know and I am curious.  Besides, there is no such thing as stupid questions...just stupid people...RIGHT?

Thanks,

Steve
558  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Recommendation for Radiator and Electric Fans for Big Block on: February 13, 2007, 07:52:41 PM
I see many different brands of radiators and electric fan setups.  What has anyone out there used that they were happy with the setup of radiator and an electric dual fan setup?  What brand, type, etc.  This is for a 69 Camaro with a 502 big block with manual transmission.

Thanks,

Steve
559  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Wheel well mouldings discontinued on: February 11, 2007, 10:20:35 PM
I did try a set of repro wheel well mldgs and they were not even close. The fit was horrible.  Not even remotely close to the contour needed.  How is it that 38 year old technology produced better parts than we can get repro now?  I got a set for my last Camaro just before they were discontinued.  If anyone has used the newer repros themselves and can verify that they actually fit close to OE than please let me know.  I need one more set for another car.

Steve
560  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Keisler Tremec versus Classic Chevy Transmissions? Any opinions? on: January 31, 2007, 11:25:04 PM
Hey guys...I am trying to figure out if anyone has used either supplier for a Tremec 5 speed.

I have looked into both suppliers and spoke with them.  They both seem knowledgeable, but of course they are salesmen.

Has anyone had any experience with either one of them.  There are things I liked and disliked about what they are offering so any opinions would help.

http://www.keislerauto.com/gm/transmissions/camaro_67-69_6spd.asp

or

http://www.classicchevy5speed.com/Camaro-Firebird-1967-81-Kit-Select.aspx

The components are different and the pricing is about $500 cheaper for one of them for the identical kit.  I don't mind spending the difference if the money will get me a better setup.  But, is it really better or just higher priced.  Overall, which one with have the highest quality, ease of install and help if I need it.  If anyone has used either kit, please let me know.

Steve
561  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Keisler Tremec Transmission versus Classic Chevy Transmissions? on: January 31, 2007, 11:24:15 PM
Hey guys...I am trying to figure out if anyone has used either supplier for a Tremec 5 speed.

I have looked into both suppliers and spoke with them.  They both seem knowledgeable, but of course they are salesmen.

Has anyone had any experience with either one of them.  There are things I liked and disliked about what they are offering so any opinions would help.

http://www.keislerauto.com/gm/transmissions/camaro_67-69_6spd.asp

or

http://www.classicchevy5speed.com/Camaro-Firebird-1967-81-Kit-Select.aspx

The components are different and the pricing is about $500 cheaper for one of them for the identical kit.  I don't mind spending the difference if the money will get me a better setup.  But, is it really better or just higher priced.  Overall, which one with have the highest quality, ease of install and help if I need it.  If anyone has used either kit, please let me know.

Steve
562  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Camaro battery on: January 27, 2007, 12:57:28 PM
Since the side post battery sold is garbage, is there any indication that a side post battery topper will be made?  I spoke with guys at batterytoppers.com at least a year ago and they stated they were looking into a side post topper, but it is still not available.  I imagine that all it is is their top post topper only without the holes.  Am I correct.  Are they going to ever make this?  I thought of getting a top post topper and attempting to fill in the holes but it is something I have been holding off doing since I keep hoping a side post topper is coming soon?

563  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Send me your car pics for the homepage... on: January 20, 2007, 02:22:48 PM
Hey guys...just my usual begging of photos of your cars to post on the home page at the beginning of every month.  So send em to me.  As usual, I need 67 and 68 pics badly.  I still have a few 69's but send em to me anyway as I will get to them in the next few months.

send to:

sdkar@bellsouth.net

Thanks guys,

Steve
564  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Was there a power seat option for first generation Camaros? on: January 04, 2007, 10:45:01 PM
Was there a power seat option for the 67-69 Camaro...either factory or dealer option?  I saw what looked like a power seat track at Rick's Camaros when in Georgia, but have never seen or heard of one on a car.  Was this a proto-type that never made it or does this option really exist.  If so, anyone got any pics of it?

565  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 SS350 convertible w/Powerglide, how rare is it? on: January 03, 2007, 12:01:33 AM
I have an SS350 pace car that also came originally with a column shifter, powerglide and a 10 bolt.  Not sure if you car originally had a column shift but I am almost positive that all SS cars with the powerglide did have a 10 bolt.  I know of one other guy that has an SS as well that has a powerglide/10 bolt setup.  Like you, I wanted a 3 speed automatic.  What I did was install a TH350 and took my powerglide and all of the linkages and stored them away for later on.  That way, IF I ever sell my car (I would have to be dead broke at this point) I have the original tranny.  But the car is for me.  So I installed the 3 speed and it is much better driving than the powerglide.  So, change it if you want to and just save the tranny.  Most importantly, do to your car that will make you the happiest.  The heck with what the next owner wants.

Steve
69 Camaro Pace Car
69 Camaro Pro Tour
566  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Ron Francis XP-768 Wiring Kit for 1967 - 1969 Camaro For Sale on: December 06, 2006, 12:24:05 AM
Sorry about the shameless plug, but this is really a good deal for someone wanting to upgrade the electrical system in their first gen Camaro.

I am selling on ebay a Ron Francis Wiring kit for 1967 -1969 Camaro.  It came with my 69 Camaro project car when I bought it but I am not using it.  This kit costs $420 new and I am listing if for less than half of that.  This kit is BRAND NEW and unused.  I am not looking to make a huge profit on it as I would really just like to see it go to someone who wants it and can really use it.  Check out my auction at Ebay # 190058917938


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1967-1969-Camaro-Firebird-Wiring-Kit-Ron-Francis-XP-768_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ34207QQihZ009QQitemZ190058917938QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

Also, check out Ron Francis website for better details on the kit itself at:

http://www.ronfrancis.com/wiringharness.htm

Again, sorry for the shameless plug, but I am hoping someone will want this.
567  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Programming keyless entry for 97 Firebird on: November 30, 2006, 08:29:17 PM
Found it....for anyone else who wants to know...here it is.  This will work for Camaro too.


1. Pull radio fuse

2. Cycle the ignition switch from OFF to RUN 3 times within 5 seconds
You will know when you have done it right because the doors will lock and unlock and the hatch release will pop. (leave key in RUN position the last time)

3. Hold lock and unlock in the remote for 16 seconds
The doors will lock/unlock and the hatch will pop again to give feedback a transmission has been recognized. Wait for the doors to unlock before procceding.

4. turn the ignition off and replace the radio fuse
568  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Programming keyless entry for 97 Firebird on: November 30, 2006, 07:44:09 PM
Okay...so this is not Camaro related and I am sorry for this post if anyone is offended.  However, consider it a compliment as you guys have been helpful on my 69 Camaros when it came time for information.  I just bought a 97 TA WS6 and had to get another keyless remote.  How do I program the remote to my car?  I am hoping that at least one of my first gen experts can help me or at least direct me with this request.  I have looked all over the internet and can not find instructions that work. 

Steve
69 Pace Car
69 Pro Tour
and now
97 Trans Am Conv WS6
569  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Need pics of Camaros for homepage ALL YEARS!!! on: October 29, 2006, 08:22:42 PM
Something horrible has happened.  My hard drive has crashed.  I lost EVERYTHING.  So...everyone who has sent my a pic of their car that has not yet been posted...please, please, please...resend it.  I need all years.  The first pic of each year I receive will be on the site for the month of November.  Thanks all for your help. 

Send pics to:  sdkar@bellsouth.net

Steve

570  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What size wheels can I go with on a 69 Camaro? on: October 12, 2006, 09:00:23 PM
Okay, here is what I ended up getting and you can not get a bigger wheel/tire combo on a stock 69 Camaro.  I have 255/40-19 on the rear mounted on a 9-1/2" wheel and 245/40-18 on the front with an 8-1/2 inch wheel.  The rears fit perfect and fill the wheel perfectly with just about a 1/4" clearance on the backside of the well.  The fronts just slightly hit the frame, but only on the tightest of turns.  This will probably only affect me when parking with lock to lock turns.  Otherwise, they will work fine.  I got the 8-1/2" because they did not have a 7-1/2 or an 8 in the rim I chose.  I ended up getting the Ruff Racing wheels in hyperblack with Falken 452 tires.  Here is the auction on ebay. 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300031822165&sspagename=ADME%3AL%3ARTQ%3AUS%3A1

Adriano was the guy I dealt with and you couldn't deal with a nicer guy without a doubt.

I test fit them on my Pace Car and they look great.  I mounted them on the subframe of my pro tour car I am building and with the wilwood 12.5" drilled and slotted rotors and billet calipers....they look awesome. 

So there you have it....the largest wheels and tires you can get on a Camaro wtihout looking too big or too ridiculous.  The perfect pro tour look in my opinion.



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