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541  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 Pace cars on: March 01, 2007, 03:37:28 PM
I have been reading all this regarding the origin of the 375 HP 396, and find it all very interesting. It has left me curious with a couple of questions:
Wasn't there a 425 HP version of the 396 used in the 1965 Corvette? And if so, What is different about the 375 HP 396, and why develop it when a 425 HP version had already existed? Something to do with power/weight ratio? Or Corvette only? Thanks!  Smiley

Jimmy V.
542  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / 1967 Camaro A/C Evaporater on: February 07, 2007, 04:35:25 PM
Just in case anyone can use an a/c evaporater (the heater exchanger under the dash), I have one which came from a buddy's 1967 SS Camaro which was crashed and parted circa 1976; (damn shame, it was a super car, butternut yellow with SS hub caps, and a bench seat, column shift) I've had it ever since. Can't verify that it does not have something wrong with it, but I believe it is very usable. Also do not have any idea what it is worth? Is this of interest to someone? If so, I'll pull it out and maybe can add more info after looking at it again. Thanks!

Jimmy V.
543  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Cowl Tags from the B-J on: February 02, 2007, 06:45:51 PM
Correct me if I am wrong, but the valve covers on the car in the pic appear incorrect as well. Aren't original 69 Z covers dull cast aluminum, not shiny/chromed like the pic? 4 out of 5 supposed original Z's I see have these shiny (later vintage?) valve covers.

Jimmy V.
544  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Barrett-Jackson lawsuit on: January 31, 2007, 11:05:59 AM
It is amazing to me how this whole hobby has gone full circle. Used to be fixing up your muscle car was just plain fun. Now it's too damn serious! What do you do with 69 Z with 4 wheel discs and a crossram anyway? Store it in Fort Knox?

Jimmy V.
545  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Do these 302 DZ Block Numbers make Sense? on: January 19, 2007, 04:36:45 PM
I read the link regarding machining of 2 versus 4 bolt main blocks at the factory. Does it not make sense that as soon as a block (or any part for that matter) is machined or changed that it then becomes a different part no.? So the part no. on the block is for the raw casting only, and as anything is done thereafter it becomes a different part. A machined block with 4 bolt main would be a different no. than the same block machined with 2 bolt mains. For identification purposes at the factory, they made have had a sticker or tag with the applicable part no., 4 or 2 bolt. Or a least some type of job no. Surely they did not rely on visual identification to distinguish?

Jimmy V.
546  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Do these 302 DZ Block Numbers make Sense? on: January 18, 2007, 03:05:06 PM
So if is not an original 302 block then someone took a 327 block, added 4 bolt main caps, (are the 4 bolt caps dated somewhere) had to  machine, drill and tap for the 4 bolt caps, and probably align bore? Then machine the pad to re-stamp with partial VIN and DZ markings? All this to sell a bare block for a profit? I don't know how much was paid, but it doesn't seem worth it to me? I vote for it being legitimate.

Jimmy V.
547  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: finding original owner on: January 10, 2007, 12:13:50 PM
Is the title search with BMV route available anymore, or has this fallen victim to the privacy laws?

Jimmy V.
548  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Z/28 proportioning valve on: January 08, 2007, 04:25:14 PM
I have a 10B 69 Z with no proportioning valve. I replaced orginal brake lines myself, and there was and is no valve under the front seat. Who says they all had the valve? Probably the same ones who say they all had tachs and guage package!! And that they never made a Rally Sport Z!! And that there was another gunman on the grassy knoll!!!

Jimmy V.
549  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Do these 302 DZ Block Numbers make Sense? on: December 27, 2006, 11:56:58 AM
Is it 4 bolt main? Wouldn't that qualify it as 69 model year? Or could that have been modified/added? 68 was 2 bolt correct?

Jimmy V.
550  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Markings on factory orignal Camaros on: December 27, 2006, 11:49:42 AM
I am starting to see "restored" Camaros with all kinds of paint and chalk markings on tihings like front suspension, rear leaf springs, and a "DZ" chalk mark on a 69 Z Cylinder head. Were all of these markings on original cars? And if they were, does somebody have pic's of orginal cars, or just how do we know this?

Jimmy V.
551  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Fender striping on Rally Sport z's on: November 30, 2006, 04:45:18 PM
Did Rally sport Z's come with the striping on the front fenders and rear quarters? Or was this deleted with the rally sport package?


Jimmy V.
552  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / "Rotisserie Restoration" on: November 30, 2006, 09:50:20 AM
I am constantly seeing the term "Rotisserie Restoration" cars for sale ads. What does this mean? Do they mount the car and rotate it like on a barbecue grill? Or does it really mean: This car is for sale by a dealer?

Jimmy V.
553  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Crossram and exhaust manifolds anyone????? on: November 29, 2006, 09:12:02 AM
Hello pluml78,

Just curious - what rear axle ratio are you using?

Jimmy V.
554  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / X77 Cars on: November 14, 2006, 08:32:07 AM
Would an X77 coded Z/28 have the following:

Rear Quarter louvers
Chrome wheel well moldings
Chrome roof drip rails

I was under the impression that these items came with X33 Cars. Otherwise, these areas are painted only.  It just seems that every car I see on E Bay has all or most of these, and I'm wondering if everybody is adding them... sort of like cowl hoods.

Jimmy V.

555  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Z28 motor / trans authentication on: November 06, 2006, 04:19:35 PM
VIN stamp should be on both engine and trans if they are original to car. On trans, VIN stamp is right next to build date code.

Jimmy V.
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