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31  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Hot August Nights Barrett Jackson - 69 black Z on: August 11, 2013, 08:01:19 PM
real Z28 but a repro 10-10 trim tag.  Body work is also rough.

32  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: I found a Sequoia Green Z28 with air plenum 9 k miles ! on: August 04, 2013, 08:55:09 PM
Brian, just so you and the others know.  I have tried to keep my prices reasonable and affordable to everyone.  Rates have been at $500 a day plus expenses for the past 12 years or so.  Through use of my data analysis, I can verify if the drive train is original to the car, check for a rebodied car, verify any and all components as real or reproduction or replacement.  You'll receive a three to four page report from me once I'm done with my inspection work.  I treat every car just like I'm judging any restored or survivor Camaro at the Camaro Nationals.  I captain the team at this event and judge multiple cars in the "Legends" Restored Class and "Legends" Survivor Class every year.  When spending over $20k and up for any classic car, it's good insurance to know what you have is the real deal.  My reports also act as a certified appraisal on the vehicle too.  I am state licensed and nationally licensed through the International Antique Automobile Appraisers Association too.

A few years back, I purchased a 1958 Fender Stratocaster guitar just like the one that the legendary Buddy Holly played before he was killed.  I know music as I've been around it my whole life but before I pulled the trigger on a very expensive original museum quality '58 Stratocaster, I reached out to an expert in that field so I had piece of mind about the purchase.  Vintage instruments are as costly as vintage automobiles. 

I know of too many people in the hobby who get burning every month.  It is not getting better, it's getting worse.  Barrett Jackson brought me on board last year to help weed out any fakes that are brought to the auction.  They too are tired of all the misrepresented cars.

As on late, there is a fake L89 that I inspected in 2009 that has been making the rounds at auctions.  The car still gets listed as a real L89.  Go figure. 

Very sad, but a reality of the hobby. 

Good luck,

33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Big Block Distributor Hold Down Clamp on: July 17, 2013, 03:08:29 PM
What I can add here is the wire style was used on 67 and 68's.  But, I'm not sure on the BB cars.  I'll have to dig though all of my survivor photos and take a look.

In the Nov '68 Super Stock magazine article with Jerry Stahl and the '68 Z28 road test, they talked about how they did not like the wire style hold down as the timing kept moving around while doing their road test.

34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Engine hook bolts on manifold on: July 17, 2013, 02:41:15 PM
Just a quick post here to clarify here.  On Han's engine, I did paint where the intake meets the cylinder head.  I do this is many cases so that area does not rust.  There are variations in this area and sometimes there is a light over spray of orange in this area.  Other original cars have no paint there.  So, restoring your engine gives you several options and how you want to do it.

Regarding engine lift hooks, I have seen them both ways on Z28's.  Painted orange and not painted (natural) or silver in color.  I have inspected and looked at dozens of original survivor cars since the late 1980's and no two seem to be identical.  Again, it's up to the restorer.  If he likes them orange, do them that way.  If you want them natural then that is good too.  Either will net you full points in the "Legend Certification."   I have many original photos both ways.

Hope this helps.

35  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Jerry MacNeish - Fire on: July 08, 2013, 01:06:34 PM
Guys, lightening hit the back of my building and caught fire.  The back half of the upstairs was badly burned but overall it could have been much worse.  I lost quite a few NOS parts that I have been saving for over 40 years but I was able to get the cars out safely.  Only damage on the main floor was from the water and fire department.  The sheet rock got wet and then fell down from the ceiling.  Will take about a month or so before I'm back up and running again.  10 trusses have to be replaced along with the plywood and shingles. 

What boggles my mind is why this happened when there is a 4 story oak tree right next to the back of my shop.  Couple that with the fact that the back wall of my shop is about 10-12 feet under ground (building was built into a bank) meaning that the tall peek of the roof is only about 12' out of the ground.

Thanks for your concern,

36  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Flywheel Inspection Cover Paint on: June 30, 2013, 09:16:02 AM
One in this photo looks to be correct.

37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Flywheel Inspection Cover Paint on: June 29, 2013, 09:04:34 AM
And, here's a big block car, '65 396 Impala that I just restored.  This car sat for over 20 years in a Quonset hut and was a virgin before I began the restoration.  All orange.........

38  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Flywheel Inspection Cover Paint on: June 29, 2013, 09:00:22 AM
Here's one of many survivors that I have for bell housings and whether they are painted or not.........

39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Flywheel Inspection Cover Paint on: June 29, 2013, 08:55:14 AM
I have many survivor cars in my data base so here's one of my client's cars that is a true survivor car that has been in the family since new.  Very orange.  Bell housing too.  Very neat car!


40  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Y55 Battery Warranty Label/Sticker on: June 25, 2013, 09:24:48 AM
No stickers, here's one from my archives, 1968 Z28 from the GM photo archives at the tech center.  Great original photo.

41  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Better or Best Quality Rocker Moldings on: June 23, 2013, 09:46:54 AM
The CHQ reproductions are very nice and in most cases, nicer than originals..........

42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Z exhaust and smog systems on: June 15, 2013, 10:35:52 AM
The famous '68 Z28 ad that was in about every magazine back in the day also states 2 1/4" diameter pipes with deep tone muffler.
43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Z exhaust and smog systems on: June 14, 2013, 12:45:16 PM
Yes these parts would be the best, but finding 46 year old parts such as exhaust system parts in excellent original condition is near impossible.  Also the fact that some of the pieces on original exh systems were welded in place.  Would be hard to do on a finished car? 

The Gardner systems are far beyond anything else on the market.  I have installed dozens and never an issue.  And, no I don't get paid for saying this.  They just make quality parts.

44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / 2013 Camaro Nationals on: June 14, 2013, 07:41:56 AM
Just a note to say looking forward to this year's Camaro Nationals next week.  This year promises to be even better and better with expectations of over 600 cars.  We will have some very nice examples in the 'Legends Certification' class and also some newly found survivor cars for the Legends class.  The large air conditioned building that we now work in is very nice and the city of Frederick has opened its arms to this ACA Camaro National event. 

Hope to see you all there.

45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Z exhaust and smog systems on: June 14, 2013, 07:36:34 AM
Regarding the interior parts needed, choose your replacement parts carefully.  Seems that the reproduction interiors are getting worse and not better.  Regarding headers, they were never available as an option in '69.  Only '67 and '68.  There would be issues with clearing the reverse lock out system on the '69 cars. 

The headers will make the car run much better.  If you need exhaust parts, Gardner is the only vendor that is spot on and makes quality stuff.  All of the cars we judge in Legends Certification have to have a Gardner system.  And, everyone who buys a Gardner system, never regrets it.

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