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616  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? 
617  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.

618  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Does anything seem wrong with this auction? on: May 06, 2006, 02:16:10 PM

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.
619  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.

620  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.


621  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Anyone recommend an aftermarket front subframe/4 link suspension. on: May 04, 2006, 03:10:26 PM
I am completely rebuilding my 69 Camaro.  I want to get rid of the stock subframe and leaf spring setup and go with an aftermarket suspension with coilover shocks, rack & pinion steering, 4 link rear, new rear differential and 4 wheel disc. 

There are a lot of choices.  Has anyone used any of these brands and what do you recommend or suggest or have had experience with as far as installation and overall performance, and finally price?

The car is going to get a 502 motor and either a 5 or 6 speed transmission.

Thanks guys,


622  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: HELP with suspension upgrade? on: May 04, 2006, 03:05:43 PM
After installing new ball joints and tie rods and shock...I highly recommend upgrading to the 1" or 1-1/8" front sway bar.  It costs between $100 - $150 for it.  You wouldn't think this slight difference would make a big difference, but it really does.  It won't help with your bouncing (the other stuff will take care of that) but it will handle corners better and be a little more firmer in the turning. 
623  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How Many 1969 Z28 Rally Sport Camaros Were Built? on: May 03, 2006, 09:09:23 AM
According to my last search on ebay there were 37,865 Z/28's with the RS option for sale.

624  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rally Sport Vacuum problems. HELP! on: May 03, 2006, 09:02:23 AM
This may be a resolution.  I haven't tried it, but it may be worth a shot.

see ebay #4634888328

625  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / What other subframes fit a first gen Camaro? on: April 30, 2006, 06:52:20 PM
Okay, I know a Nova subframe will work as well as its brother the Ventura.  What other subframes will work on a first gen Camaro?  Anything late model?

626  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / 69 Camaro metal dash replacement - will Nova work? on: April 27, 2006, 02:45:59 PM
I need the metal dash for a 69 Camaro.  I have located one for a Nova.  The glove box and ashtray look the same.  The gauges are different though.  Will the metal section of a Nova work for a 69 Camaro and fit the Camaro gauge bezel etc.?

627  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rally Sport Vacuum problems. HELP! on: April 27, 2006, 02:39:43 PM
Heres one resolution to the RS vacuum problem.

628  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / X77 Rally Sport - is this possible? on: April 27, 2006, 02:38:02 PM
Okay, I need my head examinined...really.  After a full sub-rame off restoration on my 5th owned First gen car (69 Indy Pace Car).  I swore I would never do it again. time heals all wounds.  I have forgotten all of the horrible nightmares and only seem to recall how much fun it was.  How easy everything went together and how very little money and time it actually cost me. 

I just bought a 69 Z/28 RS rolling chassis. It's an old pro street car, so I will have to remove the tubs and put back all the original sheetmetal back there.  The great news, it has NO rust.  NONE.  Very very solid body.  The trans tunnel is a little tore up, and the metal dash is missing (I will need one...anyone got one laying about?). 

Now...on to my question.  This car is an X77 car, but it has all of the rally sport items.  Headlight buckets, RS taillights and backup lights.  I thought the X33 was the Z28 with the style trim package and the X77 was without the style trim.  But I thought the RS meant you got the style trim.  I am inclined to believe that the RS stuff may have been added.  So, is it possible for an X77 to be and RS as well?

629  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Does anything seem wrong with this auction? on: April 25, 2006, 02:49:29 PM
Check out ebay auction # 8059805500.  Several things concern me.  First, it's a three day auction.  Second, the seller has a 0 feedback rating.  Finally, if you look at the seller's history, you will see he has sold the same exact subframe setup three times.  Three different auctions all with the exact same pic and different high bidders.  My concern is maybe the guy is collecting money only.  He said he would accept paypal, so am I protected if I never get the item?

any opinions are greatly appreciated.

630  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Plastic bezel repair service recommended on: April 24, 2006, 02:04:03 PM
I was taking out my steering column and broke the corner off of my gauge cluster bezel.  Not just the little tab that hold the lower plastic piece, I mean the whole darn corner.  Is there anyone out there who does this type of repair?  Is it any good?  Is it expensive? Is it worth it or should I just buy a new replacement bezel?


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