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526  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Repro fender/Repro grille fitment? on: August 23, 2007, 07:57:10 AM
Thanks for the reply hotrod68. The company in Georgia apparently uses all Goodmark sheet metal ?, and has complete jigs setup to basically build the car from scratch if necessary. They only do the sheet metal/shell. It looks impressive on their website, but it sounds like it must be a major job to fit all the trim and seal pieces later if holes aren't there, in the wrong place, etc. The company doesn't do that part, they return the finished shell to the owner to paint and finish, etc. My 69 has the original sheet metal fenders, quarters, etc., and when and if I ever restore it, I believe I will try to use the original sheet metal and repair where necessary unless I have no other option. I'll need a real body man who can work with/repair the sheet metal, not just cut and replace panels. So many of them want to just replace fenders, quarters, etc. with repro.

Jimmy V.
527  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Oil Pressure question......... on: August 22, 2007, 02:18:42 PM
I think that there is a maximum pressure that you want as well, maybe 60-70 psi, even when you are accelerating at high RPM. Too much can be as detrimental as not enough. Jerry Mac shifts his engine at 8200 RPM when racing, so he ought to know what works.
Jimmy V.
528  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Repro fender/Repro grille fitment? on: August 21, 2007, 03:44:26 PM
I have seen the website of a Camaro rebody facility in Cleveland Georgia and all they use is repro panels. They do only sheetmetal work and make it sound like repro are the only way to go. (better than repairing original panels) They distribute Dynacorn and Goodmark. Anybody have experience with these guys? From the sounds of things here, repro panels are not the same quality as GM and that original panels are the way to go if at all possible.
Jimmy V.
529  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Denver Hugger Special ??? on: August 20, 2007, 08:15:52 AM
Checked out the baby blue crossram Z/28 on e bay. Shouldn't a 150K++ car have a brake booster and master cylinder cover that are gold dichromate, not silver?

Jimmy V.
530  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Denver Hugger Special ??? on: August 17, 2007, 07:37:40 AM
Checked out the 69 Z in the baby blue paint scheme. Isn't that the car is that is pictured in one of the books by John Hooper, Maybe "Camaro Reference Book A-Z"?

Jimmy V.
531  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How well to the 69 reproduction wheel well moldings fit? on: August 15, 2007, 04:03:55 PM
The fact that GM was making 100,000 plus of these parts probably has a lot to do with the quality. A lot more can be spent on tooling when quantities a huge like this.  I'd be curious to know what quantity of sales is required for the repros to break even, ie, pay the tooling costs, etc. I'd bet it's no more than a few thousand pieces, if that.

Jimmy V.
532  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: What causes fouling spark plugs in a new motor? on: August 05, 2007, 11:37:04 AM
Are the plugs black with carbon when you pull them. That's too rich

Jimmy V.
533  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Tailpan blackout on 69' tuxedo black SS396? on: August 03, 2007, 09:44:40 AM
So were the ovens long? eg if needed oven time was 30 min, and conveyor speed was 2 ft/min, was the oven 60 ft long?

Jimmy V.
534  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: COPO 9737 on: August 02, 2007, 10:20:48 AM
Just imagine what it would be like to stumble across original paperwork documenting all these cars somewhere in the depths of a Chevrolet records storeroom. What would that be worth?

Guess that's how we know it doesn't exist, somebody would have profited from the info by now if it did.

Jimmy V.
535  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / 69 Front coil spring tags on: August 01, 2007, 04:01:20 PM
In looking at some "restored" cars on e Bay, I noticed the paper part ID tags on the bottom of the front coil springs, and it reminded me that when I did my front suspension in 1995, I found the original "EY" blue spring tags intact on my car, but only because they had been installed with the tag at the top up inisde the frame rails as opposed to at the bottom where they would be visible when installed. Had they been installed at the bottom, they would have been long gone. Ii was a pleasant surprise to find them, a genuine Kodak moment!

Jimmy V.
536  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Body Tag No. versus VIN on: July 31, 2007, 02:12:53 PM
Yes, I guess what I am asking is would some very knowledgeable, ie expert, like Jerry or Alan Colvin be able to look at a given VIN and be able to tell that the tag is fake because the body number was way out of range for that particular VIN. I know that there wouldn't be an exact number, but possibly a range which would flag out a fake tag. If there is maybe I shouldn't bring this up, because those into forgery would have one more piece of the puzzle to make their forgeries look more authentic. On the other hand, the info may save some amateur(like me) from a big mistake. I have had my Camaro for years now, and frankly, if I had to buy one today, I think I would be scared to death of what I was buying. That is, if I was buying a supposedly an original Z, SS, etc. Before buying a COPO, I'd probably need therapy!!
Jimmy V.
537  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: bad for our hobby? on: July 20, 2007, 09:24:44 AM
What motivation would GM have for getting involved in the fake trim tag issue? Their business is selling new cars. The cars involved in this issue are not new. For them to get involved would require legal expenses which they would  be unable to recover? What would be in it for them?

Jimmy V.
538  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Camaro orders on: July 18, 2007, 02:55:55 PM
I believe that the 57 Ford outsold the 57 Chevy. Hard to believe today. Where did all those 57 Fords go?? I know several that are now part of a river bank. I guess they helped slow erosion?

Jimmy V.
539  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Camaro orders on: July 18, 2007, 02:08:28 PM
Thanks for the info. I guess at the very beginning of a new model run, eg 67 Camaro, dealers were really going out on a limb since they had no history on which to base their orders. If a model was a dud, they could be sitting on some expensive inventory.

Jimmy V.
540  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Camaro orders on: July 12, 2007, 08:01:12 AM
Curiosity, Who actually initiated orders for 67-69 Camaros? Some were obviously customer initiated by individuals at dealerships. Did dealerships order cars based on what they thought they could sell? ie, colors, models, etc? Did someone in Chevrolet marketing order car models/colors based on what they thought would sell? A combination of all of the above?

Jimmy V.
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