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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Info for everybody,,,1969 Z28 for sale ? on: January 22, 2015, 10:17:00 AM
My first suspicion at this point is that a past owner, not knowing the VIN was stamped above the oil filter, had the VIN stamped into the pad... I know when I bought my car, and didn't see the VIN stamped (as other cars I'd owned) on the pad, I *wondered* should I stamp it in myself..  I Now am very glad that I didn't do anything so stupid..  Smiley

Of course it's also possible that someone 'new' or forgetful' in the stamping station of the plant stamped it in the 'old' place, and then someone informed him, or he remembered, to stamp it in the 'new' location as well.

Seems like every stamping discussed here anymore is either an exception or some kind of assembly line mistake? Uh huh.
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: dz Carburator 4053 stamping on: January 21, 2015, 04:50:07 PM
Yeah me too! I guess with only numbers 0 thru 9, it makes it kinda tough to cover 12 months.
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Ron Pratte collection on: January 17, 2015, 11:43:49 AM
Can somebody please explain this all to me? How is it that what is now acknowledged as being a rebodied Z28 with a Jerry MacNeish  report from 2008 stating it has a "restoration drive train" ever be worth anything close to 148K. Confused..........

Is the VIN of the donor body known by anyone? Other than by whoever did the re-body?
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Motor vin stamp vs. transmission vin stamp on: January 15, 2015, 04:00:35 PM
So a 2 door could be followed by a station wagon? I can see once the basic body is welded up on the Fisher end where the rest of the process is mainly a matter of the correct parts coming from the various feeder lines. It's the beginning part where the various sheet metal parts were being lined up and welded that I find amazing, especially when two basically different bodies were one right behind the other. I guess the tooling mainly involved holding the parts to be welded, and there were locating holes/pins in the parts themselves? Or maybe the fixtures were universal, and had locating pins to work with every body to be built?
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: dz Carburator 4053 stamping on: January 15, 2015, 10:16:19 AM
Here's mine for an Oct 68 build 69Z.  Dated 872, July 2, 1968. If yours is 781, that would be Aug 1, 1967 and would make sense for an early 68 Z.
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Motor vin stamp vs. transmission vin stamp on: January 11, 2015, 01:46:33 PM
So I was looking at the report and saw that Firebird was added to Norwood in 69. How was this accomplished? Would the Camaro fixtures work on the Firebird as well, or was there different fixtures/equipment depending on the build?
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Motor vin stamp vs. transmission vin stamp on: January 06, 2015, 09:10:41 AM
My guess would be that the change had to do with improving the assembly process, however the move accomplished that.
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Trim tag and engine stamp opinion on: December 28, 2014, 07:04:16 PM
A Tonawanda built SHP DZ block?Huh   Is that possible??

Nope!
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Camaro Z/28 Sequoia Green on: December 25, 2014, 02:18:32 PM
Engines were assembled and date stamped at engine plant - Flint. So same whether Norwood or LA.
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Interesting Craigslist Finds on: December 17, 2014, 03:13:32 PM
Timing chain cover been off? It's not painted orange.
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: car that lost its barn! on: December 05, 2014, 02:50:46 PM
I can't understand the logic behind people holding on.

Here's my theory: Guy knows he's never gonna fix it, probably can't; but hey he's got something somebody else wants and so it gets him attention. He also thinks he's got one of a kind. And like a little kid, he's got a toy he won't let anybody touch, and loves teasing them when they ask about it.
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: This Pic got me thinking.. on: December 03, 2014, 12:00:04 PM
I could be totally all wet, but on the fan shroud I see writing that appears to me to be a "T" with 12 8 67 below that, and -20 below that? Maybe I'm dreaming?
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Nice Z28 For Sale on: December 02, 2014, 10:07:59 AM
So what's the % of Z's with their original drive train? I heard opinions in the 10% range. If that's true, there aren't that many out there to pick from.
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Ron Pratte collection on: November 22, 2014, 11:21:20 AM
RS grille emblem??
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Ron Pratte collection on: November 21, 2014, 03:02:03 PM
Is that the one all the controversy is/was about?
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