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616  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.
617  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.
618  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: GM will give you an options list for your car on: March 18, 2007, 12:09:43 PM

How do yo verify a car? Do you inspect the actual components and date codes on the car itself, as well as any paperwork that may be available? Is it difficult to spot phony paperwork?

If you check the components and date codes on the car itself, I assume it needs to be put on a lift, etc. to get at the different components that need checking? eg. rear end?

Do you find cars that are not what the owner believes they are? Seems like that situation would be a sticky wicket!

Jimmy V.
619  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / X mark on rear bulkhead on: March 12, 2007, 11:30:19 AM
Is the X marking on the bulkhead under the rear seat only on cars with X coded trim tags, or is it on earlier cars as well?

Jimmy V.
620  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Finding orignal owner on: March 07, 2007, 09:19:53 AM
Here's a shot in the dark:

I have a 69 Z/28 Camaro and am looking for original owner. Car is a rally sport, red with a white vinyl top (Trim plate 52E), white stripes, and black standard interior. Believe was purchased in Chillicothe, Ohio area probably in late 1968. (Trim plate build 10B) Originally had chambered exhaust, short spoiler, and  has no factory tach or gauges.

Perhaps original owner reads this site? If this sounds like it was your car, I'd love to hear from you.


Jimmy V.
621  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 67 z28 on: March 02, 2007, 09:57:46 AM
How does a Z/28 get into the registry? Or asked another way: how are the cars in the registry verified as authentic, not a fake?

Jimmy V.
622  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.
623  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.
624  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.
625  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.
626  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.
627  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.
628  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.
629  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.
630  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.
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