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1801  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?
1802  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Dynacorn title question on: January 28, 2007, 12:43:03 PM
Exactly!  And we've all lamented that issue...  Those who know about the car will do fine, but many will be deceived.  Sadly, if the donor car (and its VIN) is a classic, then any sort of kit car can claim to be a "classic"  Many kit sites point out that title perk when they describe their car.  That's a big part of keeping aware through CRG!  Practically all the classic Euorpean cars have a kit... then there is the Cobra... and clones... Buyer beware and be aware!  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
1803  Site Comments / Discussion / Site Comments/Discussion / Re: Pictures in Messages? on: January 28, 2007, 08:13:35 AM
Ed taught me that the best way is through a third-party hosting sight...
1804  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: How do I title a Camaro without one? on: January 24, 2007, 10:17:49 AM
In NC, the short answer is the seller is supposed to supply a title. 

I asked the guys at Old Muscle in Winston-Salem, and they said no title is a "big red flag".  The most obvious thing is it might be stolen --even if you trust the present owner...  So, get the VIN (and they said no VIN buy it just for parts) and have a check run on it.

Beyond that, to get a title on an untitled vehicle in NC requires what is called Supporting Documentation.  That's going to require a trip to the local DMV office, a form and the gathering of those documents; then another trip (or two) to DMV.  If the last title on the car is from out of state, you will have to go through the process with that state.  The good news is that NC does have some info. more than 10 years old on microfilm.

Here's a link to that DMV info.  (It's 10MB, so it will take a minute to download.)

Good luck!  And BTW, if you are from NC like me, then surely you know to go to a DMV office in a smaller county --much shorter lines and generally better dispositions...
1805  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 woodgrain ash tray+dlx hubcaps on: January 23, 2007, 01:07:10 PM
Thanks Cfar for this thread!
I'm putting an "amen" to Ed's appeal to anyone who might know the difference between the two early (black) 68 ashtrays!

I'm still pursuing the original documentation on my 68 12D (so I cannot prove anything), but the interior appears to be all original.  It has the woodgrain, console; but with a smooth black ashtray, which I have always assumed was correct.  But now you guys have raised some interesting questions.  So, Dan, it is supposed to be black, but which one?  Good question...

I looked in the Oct. 1, 1967 P&A 34 hoping it might clarify the difference between the two 68 black ashtrays (since it predates the woodgrain), but it does not even refer to either as "(black)".  In fact, it has a discrepancy, describing the 3919123 as "w/console, w/intr. decor. pack" --That's right "with" not "exe."  (I've checked it a dozen times making sure my eyes aren't deceiving me.  That's gotta be a typo, right?)  The 3927460 is "w/console".  There is only one 67 ashtray listed: 3891667, which must have been used with any interior in 67.  So, there has to be some reason for two early 68s --logical or not...

So, somebody with a documented 68 please help answer Dan's question....
1806  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Astro Ventilation decals on: January 22, 2007, 10:49:18 AM
Thanks for that information!  You even answered my "yet to be asked" question about the feel of the etching.
1807  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: ABOUT TO BUY: camaro convertible 1968 trying to confirm 327/275 hp engine on: January 21, 2007, 08:26:18 AM
At least it hasn't been cloned to death!
If the numbers match and it's in decent shape, you'll probably have to pay about 25K to get any sort of decent car nowadays...
1808  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Kerosene washing??? on: January 21, 2007, 08:23:04 AM
Speaking of that, when you take inflation into consideration, tires have actually kept their price about even...
Remember "price wars" for gas stations?  When gas was .259, one station would drop it a nickle and bring them all down.
1809  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Seat Belt Tag on: January 21, 2007, 08:18:52 AM
Of course Kurt saying they were OK was enough for me...
But I did find enough in Hooper's Conclusive book to figure out the date decoding.  Nothing about models...
I didn't find a decoding chart at that site either, so I emailed them...
1810  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: ABOUT TO BUY: camaro convertible 1968 trying to confirm 327/275 hp engine on: January 20, 2007, 01:03:13 PM
Ed (the new CRG --congratulations!) is steering you right...
If you were hoping for a L30/M20, the suffix should be EA in 68.
EE points to exactly what he described: a 68 L30/M35

Look here: --footnote 9

Also, if you're really shopping, you need a copy of Colvin's Chevrolet By the Numbers, 1965-69 to check the numbers.

But if you are looking for a good driver -- cruiser, a L30/M35 is a fine Camaro.  I love mine!
Do post an answer about Ed's last question...
1811  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Kerosene washing??? on: January 17, 2007, 04:09:21 PM

My grandfather used a litttle kerosene to wash his cars back in the 50s and early 60s, as well.  But he used it as a "cutting agent" to clean road grime, etc. off his car.  (Sort of like some folks use WD40 today.) He also would rinse it well to make sure none of the kerosene was left on the car.  I really don't remember him waxing his car either.  But he did wash it regularly year-round.  So, waxing would have been a waste of time, since the kerosene would have "cut" the wax.

Everything you read about clear coating and plastic parts on newer cars says that even stuff like washing powder will dull the shine and eventually cut into the paint.  I doubt if it would be a good idea. 

On the other hand, the gas station/garage my father used (and paid 19 cents to the gallon as late as 1969) would throw a couple of tablespoons of baking soda into their wash water.  That actually makes a little more sense chemically, since the soda would reduce any acids.

At any rate, your question takes me back to some fond memories.  Thanks!
1812  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 68 wheel rim date codes on: January 15, 2007, 10:01:21 AM
I read and replied to your other post about original owner, as well...

Probably cannot say definitively about wheels without original documentation, but if you've got a L30/M20 that is more or less close to original, you can work out a "defendable" answer in your mind.  Is your car originally heavily optioned?  You should be able to tell from a 67 cowl tag.  Post your VIN and cowl tag under Decoding...
1813  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: finding original owner on: January 15, 2007, 09:53:10 AM
At least ask about:
1. Any original documentation (build sheet, POP, sticker, etc.)
2. Any resto. or replacement along the way (and what happened to original)
3. The history of the car working toward original owner and/or dealership of origin.
But ultimately what you need is #1.  If you cannot get that then you have to piece the puzzle together as best you can from other info. in 2 & 3.

Good luck!
1814  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Tower Clamps on: January 13, 2007, 02:51:06 PM
Thanks, Dave.
Although I already have my tower clamps, they aren't on the car yet.  So it will be great to have pictures (especially your original smog hose clamp) to show my group.  Thanks again for the hint on how to install them.  That's a February porject for me.
1815  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: finding original owner on: January 13, 2007, 10:40:40 AM

To your knowledge, since I live in Florida, will the Florida DMV have information on previous owners that were titled out of Florida? I assume they won't and I will  be the only one on the list. I would also think it should tell me the last state it was registered in.

From what the email from Ms. Hall at the FDMV says, I probably will not be able to answer your question.  My car was with the previous owner in Florida prior to 96, and the FDMV was crystal clear that all I'm getting for my $15 is 10 years of microfiche records for Florida($75 seems like robbery). 

I know about the previous owner by that "quiet" method --even got a copy of the Florida title through my dealer.

But, hey, it's only 15 dollars, so first chance I get I'll fill out the form and see what happens.  In the meantime, I'm going to follow Rich's #2 suggestion with the previous owner and see if I can find out where he got it from...
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