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571  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Header installation on: May 02, 2007, 10:08:26 AM
I am going to install a new set of headers in my 69 Z in the near future, and wonder what is current thinking regarding gaskets, etc. in order to get a good seal, minimizing exhaust leakage. It's alway been a headache. What's working for others?

Jimmy V.
572  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Camaro Hi-Performance Web Site Revamp on: April 16, 2007, 02:47:34 PM
Hi Jerry,

I was checking out the 69 fathom green Z on your site, and noticed it does not have factory gauges (like my early Z does not) Is it an early Z? I noticed in your book that several of the window stickers shown for early Z's do not have factory gauges either. Just wondering if this was an "early" Z phenomenon?

Don't know how many times I've heard that "all" Z had gauges!

Jimmy V.
573  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How Much Do You Drive? on: April 12, 2007, 02:29:08 PM
Have driven my 69 Z pretty much on weekends. Had 77K on it 1982, now has approx 93K. so ... 600 miles a year?  If you are really worried about price of gas, better sell that boat!! On hybrid, I heard stat claiming it would require 23K city miles/year to break even versus standard gas engine. Maybe a taxi would be ahead.

Jimmy V.
574  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: New tag for registry on: April 12, 2007, 10:31:38 AM
Are these rivets easy to fake today, or are they a type from the past which makes it harder to fake them?

Jimmy V.
575  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: This is scary.....Look how easy it would be on: April 12, 2007, 10:24:28 AM
I see where the interior is totally over painted as original cars are more red primer with maybe some color overspray.

Jimmy V.
576  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / 69 Crossram manifold on: April 11, 2007, 11:09:17 AM
The 69 Z/28 factory aluminum 4bbl intake is blocked off in front where the oil filler tube is located on the 67 version of this manifold. Is this true for a cross ram manifold as well? If a cross ram manifold has an oil filler tube located in front, does this mean it is not a 69 version, but an earlier year? 67 or 68? Or are they all the same?

Jimmy V.
577  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: L88 heads and intake question? on: April 11, 2007, 09:41:51 AM

Why do racers block heat riser passages? To keep carb/fuel charge as cool as possible? What are down sides (if any) to this when warming engine on cold day?

Jimmy V.
578  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: X mark on rear bulkhead on: April 02, 2007, 01:58:19 PM
Is there anything that is "proof" anyway? Can't it all be faked, including paperwork? I do not have the original paperwork or POP. What I do have is the car itself with the original engines trans, rear et. al. I'll let it stand on it's own merits.

Jimmy V.
579  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: X mark on rear bulkhead on: April 01, 2007, 08:01:42 PM
I think my point was missed. I have owned my car since 1982. At that time, there was not even information regarding "X" codes on the trim plate, much less the rear bulkhead. It was fun finding the X3 marking where it had been hidden since 1968! It is really just another of many pieces of the puzzle documenting the car, most of which have been identified long after I bought it. All I knew for certain at the time was that "DZ" was the 302.

Jimmy V.
580  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: X mark on rear bulkhead on: March 31, 2007, 11:36:31 AM
Just removed rear seat from my 69 RS Z/28 and sure enough, X3 on the rear bulkhead just like the man said. Mine assembly date is 10B. All these years I thought my car could not be verified as an X33 because it was an early build with no trim tag code; code was there all the time, I just didn't know it until today! You can bet I took a couple of photos. Thanks to the site for the help. Sherlock Holmes would be proud of the detective work that goes on here.

Jimmy V.
581  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: X mark on rear bulkhead on: March 23, 2007, 02:19:53 PM
This is fun. I look forward to checking out my 10B Z. Of course, I could be disappointed if there isn't anything there! I'll check it out and advise results.

Jimmy V.
582  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: crayon marks behind rear seat on: March 23, 2007, 02:12:53 PM
so all you need to see the marks is remove the rear seat, correct?

Jimmy V.
583  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Correct Front Coil Spring Tape Decals for 1969 Z/28 RS on: March 20, 2007, 11:16:21 AM
My 69 RS/Z28 has power steering, and uses spring coded "EY"

Jimmy V.
584  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: GM will give you an options list for your car on: March 20, 2007, 09:27:35 AM
Another story:

I work for a hardware distributor, and overheard a customer in our lobby recently talking to one of our salespeople. When I heard his name, I went out and asked him if he was Dave who had owned the fathom green 68 Z/28 back in 68 that I used to drool over. I had known his younger brother somewhat. He was in fact the original owner of that car, and he smiled as he recalled blowing away Covettes and Chevelles at the drag strip with his little 302 back then. (Not sure the level of exaggeration) A legendary car from day one! It was interesting to note the disappointed tone in his voice when he stated that he had traded the Camaro in for a Vette.

Jimmy V.
585  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: GM will give you an options list for your car on: March 19, 2007, 02:04:13 PM
Hi Jerry,

Thanks for the overview of how you certify a Camaro, as well as your comments regarding values on Z/28's with suspect drive trains, etc. I do have a 69 Z with original drive train, etc. It runs great and looks great, but it is no show car; eg. original white vinyl top is starting to pull up in places, and other typical wear issues. Still, when I pull  the cover off (yup, me too!) this 40 year old car, it still gives a thrill; and I've owned it for 25 years. It boggles my mind to hear 70-80K price ranges, I just do not think of my car as being that valuable. Best investment I ever drove around! Of course it was never intended to be an investment when I bought it. It was all about fun. And still is.

Jimmy V.
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