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1741  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Questtion: hupcaps vs. wheel covers ('67) on: February 11, 2007, 10:44:50 AM
Cannot speak for the whole country, but I had a great uncle who managed our local Chevrolet dealership and sometimes he would "upgrade" to wheel covers to help sell the car.  In other words the car would come from the factory with the dog dish caps (which, if I were you, that's exactly what I would do now), but somebody would tell the salesman, "I don't like those hub caps!", and the dealership would change them to make the sale.  I'm not saying it was "order of the day", but it did happen... 
1742  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Barrett-Jackson lawsuit on: February 11, 2007, 10:30:32 AM
Well, somewhere between "Buyer beware" and "Presumption of Innocence" is the truth...
Again, bad publicity and over-pricing of misrepresented cars is not good for the hobby, whether at a famous auction or in somebody's backyard.
In the end, makes me glad we have CRG --a good place to discuss and learn!
1743  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Clear Lake, IA on: February 11, 2007, 10:24:33 AM

If you use a third party host site to post your pictures, the photo could be larger (and actually posted on the page).  I'm using
1744  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: camaro with a slide back sun roof on: February 09, 2007, 04:55:53 PM
The Buick Skylark with a sun roof was called a Sun Coupe.  I know that was true in the early 70s.
1745  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Repro Delco R-59 Battery - Best Place to Buy?? on: February 05, 2007, 09:40:16 AM
I'm interested in what you guys work out... 
It only stands to reason that a present day battery will not fit inside the repo. case, as they have similar dimensions.  What we need is a way to get a good battery's "guts" in a repo case (or original). 
At this point I'm still swayed by John's idea above --especially for a driver. 
But I've got till April to decide.  Let us know what you decide!
1746  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: trim tag body #s? on: February 04, 2007, 02:48:10 PM
Was that because of the delayed introduction of the 1970 2nd Generation Camaro?  And did the numbers reset again when the 70 1/2 car came out or did they continue from August 69?

Whoops! I did mis-speak as Kurt mentions below... I meant to say 69 1/2, referring to the extended run of the 69.
1747  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Repro Delco R-59 Battery - Best Place to Buy?? on: February 04, 2007, 07:28:33 AM
In other words, when NPD (just got their new catalog) and others put "CALL" in the place of price, it means we may have a problem.  That's generally been my experience.  JohnZ is suggesting the present Delco battery as a substitute.  Does it look like an R-59 or is it "flat-topped" like most other present day batteries?  Also, would a topper fit almost any present day battery?
1748  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Clear Lake, IA on: February 02, 2007, 03:37:25 PM
Me, too.  I'd already dusted off my "Peggy Sue" 45  to remember Buddy.  But tonight, I'm going to search for "Sugar Shack" and "Bottle of Wine" --thanks to Jerry.
1749  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: finding original owner on: February 01, 2007, 02:56:53 PM
OK, here's what I got from the Florida DMV for my $15.00:
1 A computer print out of the info. they have on file (remember they only claim to keep 10 years of records), which tells: other vehicle info (I requested through the VIN), title info., previous owner (there was only one listed in that 10 yr. period and I already knew about him from the transfer of the title to here in NC, but read on), plate and registration info., and Lien holders.  That print out only took it back to 98 when a tag was issued.
2. A duplicate copy of the Florida title that takes it back to another owner and address in 95.  (I figure this guy either brought it into Florida in 95 or that is the extent of the Florida records.  In either case, I've got somewhere to go for more info.)

I guess my bigger point is that I followed Rich's advise (looking for original dealership, classic car research, etc.) and they did send me the info. hassle free.  This is in spite of the fact that they publish a strict privacy policy.

So, it's worth a try...

...And yesterday, I got back a $12.00 refund check from the State of Florida, because they determined the info. they sent me was worth just $3.00 --not a bad deal!

1750  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 302 hemi prototype with crossram on: February 01, 2007, 11:04:21 AM
It's an interesting thought, but Jerry and John are right in more ways than one.  In the five or so true years of the hemi muscle car era, they only sold about 11,000 of the big hemi engine cars.  Why would GM want to pay the big production costs for those results?  It's an interesting thought... But it's mostly hemi-hype.
1751  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Yenko Turbo Z/28? on: February 01, 2007, 10:55:54 AM
They really don't tell what the turbo added... 175 bhp was the rating for V-8 350 4.00 x 3.48 (bore x stroke) 1981 Z28.  What would make the Yenko vauable now is rarity, not horsepower.

But come on, guys!  We're talking the 80s...  There was no such thing as a muscle car --as we know it.  If you wanted a sports car, it came from Japan or Germany --except for a vette (and the improvement for that year was 100 lbs less weight thanks to more plastic and thinner glass).  One of the "performace cars" that Chevy touted that year was the X-11 Citation.  You heard me right, the Citation!  It had what was described as "a potent 2.8 liter V-6 with 135 horsepower".  They offered a 660 Turbo option for it.  As of last year, it would be a "classic".   Roll Eyes
1752  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Yenko Turbo Z/28? on: January 31, 2007, 04:55:26 PM
You bet!  Take a look at this link from the Yenko site:
1753  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Barrett-Jackson lawsuit on: January 30, 2007, 04:25:51 PM
I've never been to a BJ auction in person.  I have been to a few RM auctions.  Sometimes, all those events look a little suspicious  --not just the prices, but also how cars move.  When you are talking that kind of money, it seems like "mystery" often surrounds it.
For what it's worth, I searched the recent articles of the Scottsdale Examiner and found nothing.  Surely, they would have an article on it, if there was anything known.
I'd love to know what Jerry and others who were there felt about how the auction was conducted.  It's hard to tell from TV.
The really sad thing is this cannot help but hurt the hobby for car lovers "big and small"...  Cry  Cry  Cry
1754  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Ceramic Coating on: January 29, 2007, 03:59:41 PM

Thanks for emailing me those pictures.  Your thread kind of wandered to exhaust and back to intake, but it was worth seeing what Jerry does to exhaust manifolds. There are shops with powder coating springing up all over the place.  One of my Chevelle buddies just had a lot of black powder coating done to various parts under his hood.  Looks brand new and shiny.  Do you think your powder coating will chip or scratch much?  I understand the heat resistance.

Thanks, again.

1755  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Seat Belt Tag on: January 29, 2007, 03:42:23 PM
Thanks! Kurt.  That's very helpful info.  Is the article coming out soon?
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