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601  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Your worst 1st generation Camaro fears - realized on: July 03, 2006, 07:58:00 AM
Morality aside, I don't believe that it would be illegal to attach a VIN to a new body.  You should look at the spirit of the law and not the technicality of it.  The law does not want re-VIN's to in order to prevent the theft and fraud of a stolen car and possible resale of it.  The law wants to avoid there being a victim (the guy whose car was taken and re-vin'd).  However, the rebody scenario described above includes a person legitimately buying a shell and taking a VIN from a car he owns and installing it.  There is NO victim.  Even if the VIN laws are violated, I would be surprised if 1.) a cop actually found out about this.  How would he?  2.)a cop, upon finding out, who would actually file a formal charge with the state attorney's office, and 3.) the state attorney actually moving forward with the charge and not dropping the charge (no file).  There are way too many actual vehicle thefts that most legal systems can barely deal with them let alone this victimless crime.  No harm no foul.  Putting together a dynacorn body without a donor VIN merely means you have to apply for a VIN from the motor vehicle in your state as you would a kit car. 

A good question would be if I built a dynacorn body and had not yet installed a VIN on it, would it be or at what point would this be grand theft auto or simply theft of property?  Hmmmm.

Just putting in my 2 cents.
602  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Vintage Air or Classic Auto Air? on: May 21, 2006, 08:53:33 PM
Up until recently, I was always under the impression I was gonna go with Vintage Air for my 69 Camaro Pro-Tour.  However, upon talking with some guys at a local car show, I was told that the company, Classic Auto Air, out of Tampa Florida, was a much better system.  I see that with Vintage Air, I may have to buy the adaptor bracket from Detroit Speed, so that the unit fits properly.  Has anyone used either of these systems?  What are the opinions of either of them?  What do I do with the firewall...smooth it myself or does the kit account for this?  Finally, what is the performance like for either of these units.  This car will be my daily driver and the AC needs to perform like a new car as I live in Florida and hate to sweat.  Any opinions on your experiences, both on the installation itself and the finished item, is greatly appreciated. 

Thanks,

Steve
69 Pace Car
69 Pro-Tour
603  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Whats the largest wheel tire combo for 69 Camaro? on: May 18, 2006, 10:25:11 PM
Okay...so I'm playing 20 questions.  I am trying to figure out what the largest tire and rim combo for a 69 Camaro Pro tour.  I have stock wheel wells front and rear with 2" dropped spindles in the front.  I am wondering if I should stick with a 17" wheel or can I fit an 18" wheel?  What is the biggest I should go without looking ridiculous.  I just want a tough stance but not oversized.  Should I go larger in the rear or stay the same size all the way round?  What do you guys think?  If anyone has pics of their car with certain size wheels that you think look cool, can you possibly email them to me? 

Thanks,

Steve
sdkar@bellsouth.net
604  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 Camaro trunk springs - will Nova trunk springs fit? on: May 18, 2006, 09:18:36 AM
No they won't.
605  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Recommended Rear End Ratio... on: May 17, 2006, 06:49:31 PM
502 Chevrolet Crate motor 502hp and 567 ft. lbs. torque.    The transmission ratios are as follows:  3.27:1, 1.98:1, 1.34:1, 1:1, and 0.68:1.



606  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Recommended Rear End Ratio... on: May 17, 2006, 01:53:06 PM
Okay, I am up in the air on a decision and looking for a consensus of what you guys think.  I have a 69 Camaro that is going to get a 502 Crate Motor, A Tremec tko 600 5 speed manual transmission and a Ford 9" Rear.  I am going with the Martz Rally and Road Race front subframe and a TCI 4 link setup in the back.  I have been given a choice of a rear end ratio.  Well, I have no clue at all what to tell them.  This car is going to be a daily driver and not raced.  I want something that leaves the line quickly bt will cruise nicely at 80-90mph down the highway.  I have been told anywhere from a 3:40 rear up to a 4:11.  I don't want too radical, but I don't want a dog either.  I am going to go with the majority of what you guys say.  So, you all get to help me build my car.  Tell me what you think and if so, why. 

Thanks for the help.

Steve
sdkar@bellsouth.net
607  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Donor cars for a Tremec 5 speed tranny? on: May 17, 2006, 07:21:56 AM
I would like to try and get a 5-speed from a donor car.  I hear all this info about WC and NWC tremec transmissions.  What does that mean.  Also, what donor cars should I look for to get a good 5 speed tremec manual transmission that will hold up with a 500hp motor?

Thanks.

Steve
608  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / 1969 Camaro trunk springs - will Nova trunk springs fit? on: May 15, 2006, 07:43:44 PM
I need the two spring bars for a 69 Camaro.  There is a 68 Nova in the junkyard.  Are these springs interchangeable?

609  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Camaro metal dash replacement - will Nova work? on: May 12, 2006, 11:56:35 AM
I wasn't talking about just the top part of the dash that commonly rusts out.  I was talking about the entire metal dash setup, that the gauges, ashtray, glove box etc was all housed in.  I was looking at buying a 69 Camaro that had this part removed.  However, I opted to not buy that one and ended up buying one that had a full stock dash in it.

610  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rally Sport Vacuum problems. HELP! on: May 10, 2006, 12:48:51 AM
I spoke with the guy and just for the heck of it, ordered the directions.  He stated that the motors used are from the 90's Chrysler Lebaron type cars with the headlight covers.  These cars use a single motor with two rods extending to each cover.  He stated I would need two of these.  These cost less then $10 at the junkyard near me and were plentiful. 
611  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Pro-Tour Camaro - Drop spindles or stock height? Tire size? on: May 09, 2006, 10:43:00 PM
I am looking at a new front subframe from Martz chassis for a 69 Camaro.  They are offering either standard height or dropped spindles.  What is the difference in handling and looks?  Is one better than the other and for what? 

Also, is there a tire size limit on the dropped spindles?  Finally, what is the biggest wheel and tire that will fit under a 69 with standard wheel wells? 
612  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: ignition system on: May 08, 2006, 10:26:39 PM
I used the Crane XR-i HEI conversion.  It fits in your existing stock distributor.  I got it from Summit racing and it costs $64.  It was recommended I upgrade the coil as well, so I bought a black coil that looks exactly like the stock one for $30.  This was done about 2-3 years ago and still runs great.  One of the best upgrades you can do for your car.  Total cost about $100 and it was done in well under an hour, and I took the entire distributor out to do it.  But the job can be done leaving the distributor in your car.  I highly recommend this upgrade.  Here are the links to the items I used.

Steve


http://store.summitracing.com/egnsearch.asp?Ntk=KeywordSearch&DDS=1&Ntt=750%2D1710&searchinresults=false&N=115

http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=CRN%2D730%2D0020&N=4294890813+115&autoview=sku
613  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Does anything seem wrong with this auction? on: May 06, 2006, 02:16:10 PM
Okay,

I ended up buying the Camao.  I took a chance because everything else restorable was $12,000 and up.  The seller delivered the body to my house today.  Turns out it was a really good buy.  The work that was done was very nicely done and everything lines up almost perfect.  The car came with brand new asembled door panels, a Ron Francis wiring kit still in the box, and new carpet and a new gas tank.  The guy even threw in a couple of extra door that are really nice.  All of the seats, taillights, visors along with a few boxes of misc stuff that will be needed to put it back together.  To be honest, if the seller had better pics, was a little more clear on his answers to questions, and had a better feedback, the car would have sold for quite a bit more money. 

Overall, I think I got more then I expected and I am happy.  The body really only needs finish welding and skimming and I'm ready for the new suspension.

I know this is nothing important, but I felt it would be appropriate for the end of the post.
614  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / What other rear end differentials will fit a 69 Camaro? on: May 04, 2006, 03:29:18 PM
What, if any, other donor cars can I look for to get a rear end that will fit a 69 Camaro?  I don't care about the perches as I am going to cut them off anyway and install the rear with a 4 link setup.  I just want to make sure the width from wheel to wheel is okay to use.  Can I even go a little smaller and adjust it with offset rims.  This is for a pro-tour project with 17" or 18" rims.

Steve
615  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: 700R4 conversion in a '68 on: May 04, 2006, 03:25:39 PM
I installed a 200-4r in my 68 and it was the easiest swap ever.  I had to get the TH400 crossmember, the shift plate and shifter plate from shiftworks, the torque converter lockup module from TCI.  I got the tranny from a buick (I think a riviera).  It cost me under $500 for everything.  It was easy to do and the results were tremedous.  The 200 had a luxury car shift feel so I highly recommend a shift kit to firm it up a little.  It was installed behind my smallblock.  Not super high horsepower, but the 200 handled it fine and worked great.

I have the original article from Chevy hi-performance magazine from several years ago.  I saved it.  It has the step by step instructions and the list of suppliers where to get the parts as well as the list of donor cars to look for to get the tranny.  I will mail this to you if you email me with your mailing address. 

sdkar@bellsouth.net


Steve

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