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1426  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Cam Options? on: December 31, 2006, 07:30:08 PM
Once the distrubutor is set up with a short curve and light spring set on a Sun distrubutor machine, you're good to go.  Read the customer feedback on distributors on my website,

1427  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Cam Options? on: December 31, 2006, 11:22:29 AM
Sometimes you can get the same sound out of the 346 cam if you tighten the valves down to about .022".  What we've found in our dyno testing research is that you lose cylinder pressure when installing a higher lift camshaft such as the 140 so there are trade offs.  Bigger is not necessarily better all the time.  The 140 uses a lot of fuel on the street too.

1428  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Cam Options? on: December 30, 2006, 11:43:22 PM
All of the factory built 302's that were installed in Z28s received the "346" camshaft.  There were actually two upgrade versions, but they had to be purchsed over the counter.

1429  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Z/28 springs on: December 29, 2006, 10:14:44 PM
Exact original rear leaf springs are available from Rick's and other Camaro vendors.  About $380 a pair plus shipping.  We've installed them in many cars.

1430  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Redline tires on: December 27, 2006, 10:49:46 AM
I think that Brent Roby or Brett Merriman would be good sources.  I know they have or had originals at one time or another.  Don't know if they visit this site or not.  I'll see if I have a phone number,


1431  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Do these 302 DZ Block Numbers make Sense? on: December 25, 2006, 10:41:51 PM

Do you have a photo of the staming?  Would like to examine.  I can tell you if it's a real stamping or not.  The casting date seems too early for that assembly date.  John Z, any thoughts on the gap from May 22 '68 until Sept 13 '68?

Thanks and happy New Year,


1432  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Camaro History on: December 25, 2006, 10:33:58 PM

The average factory built 302 ranges in the 340-360hp range.  With some carb work, stagger jetting and distributor work, you can pick it up another 20-30hp.  Blue printing brings these 302's to life.  Over 400 without any problem.  One of our customers has what I call a day two 69 Z28........headers, no smog.  Built the way it would have been in the late 1960's.  We did the engine, blue printed it, converted M21 to a M20 wide ratio 2.52 trans and 4.10 rear w/street tires.  Car runs in the mid 13's granny shifting about 7000 rpm.  Car would run in the high 12's with a good driver in good air.  We had a great grudge match this summer at Capitol Raceway with the Maryland Camaro club.  One of our members has a 454 in his 69 Camaro.  He kept asking the guy with the day two Z28 for a match up at the starting line.  Guess what, the Z ran a 13.55 and the 454 Camaro ran a 13.90.  It was all in good fun and we had a blast with this grudge race at the Xmas club dinner last week.

Happy New Year to all,

1433  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Best source for resto parts on: December 24, 2006, 04:18:48 PM
Unfortunately, all of the standard interior reproduction door panels are too "puffy" and don't look right.  NG!  Originals were much flatter in appearance.  Many of the Camaro owners who bring a car to the Camaro Nationals for the "Legend" concours class try to find good condition original interior parts.  This will improve your score over any reproduction interior. 

The deluxe interior door panels are good and made by Al Knock. 

1434  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Camaro History on: December 24, 2006, 04:05:05 PM
Lets not forget Dave Strickler's "Old Reliable" NHRA Super Stock Z28 that won the 1968 NHRA World Championship title.  This Z28 dominated the ranks of Super Stock during the '68 season.  At last count, there were at least 40 major magazine articles written about this car during 1968 and 1969, and was the most famous Z28 of the late 1960's.

Of equal mention are Ben & Dave Wenzel and Bill Jenkins.  Both of these veterans debuted their brand new 1967 Camaros (a 1967 Z28 and L78) at the NHRA Indy US Nationals in 1967, crushed the competition, and won the both eliminators in Stock and Super Stock.  And this is the best part, Ben & Dave Wenzel are still racing their 1967 Z28 in Stock eliminator today.  Great guys!

Ed Hedrick, who was part of the Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins race team, put the 1969 Yenko 427 Camaro on the map in the NHRA national event winner's circle.  Ed was the only racer to win an NHRA national event when these Yenko cars were brand new.  This car and driver got plenty of ink!

Merry Christmas,

1435  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Best source for resto parts on: December 23, 2006, 05:13:57 PM
We've been using Ricks for years.  Never a problem, and if there is one, they will do what ever it takes to make you happy.  Unfortunately, it seems like the quality is going down hill with the 69 Camaro standard interior covers. 

1436  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 68 z28 conv. on: December 21, 2006, 09:25:25 PM
I think Al still owns the car. 

1437  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1967-1969 Camaro Original Trunklid Value? on: December 21, 2006, 09:23:09 PM
There were three different deck lids used in 1967, another updated version used for 1968 and three for 1969 models (the 68 deck lid carries over to early 1969 models).  Find out which one you have and that will help you sell it.  I have seen nice ones sell in the $300 price range......and much less too.  Have bought them at swap meets in the summer of 2006 for as low as $20.00.

1438  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: DZ Block ? on: December 16, 2006, 09:25:53 PM

Can you e-mail a photo of the vin stamping when you have a chance.


1439  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 68 z28 conv. on: December 16, 2006, 09:24:19 PM
I think Al Mainerd still owns it.  He was trying to sell it about a year ago.

1440  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 68 M0 Z28 on: December 08, 2006, 09:28:36 PM
This is something we are working on.  Five years ago, a car was not allowed into the Legend Certification unless it had the oem drive train.  If we do let cars in, they will take a hit on the replacement engine as it wouldn't be fair to people who have cars with an original engine.  This is why the oem cars have a high value.  Camaros that survived the past 38 years or so with the oem drive train deserve to have a higher value. 

There still should be a place for cars with restoration blocks.  I don't think CE's will ever have a place in the concours arena unless there is dealer paperwork.  It's getting hard to find anything today, but the cars are still out there.  I just looked at a Z28 two weeks ago that was in storage for over 30 years sitting in a barn in Gettysburg, PA.

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