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1876  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: AD or YH wheels on: October 21, 2006, 04:56:05 PM
Colvin lists AD for "early model" 69s.  YH replaced AD, and he dates YH through a manufacter's document (Kesley - Hayes) as of 02/20/69.  But then says he has never documented it through an orignal car.  So, if you are showing it, it may depend on how knowledgeable the judges are...
1877  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 spoiler question on: October 20, 2006, 08:12:11 AM
Me, three!  Originality...  Grin  Grin  Grin

Hang in there, Bob, on restoring your car.  Before it is all over I will have spent almost as much correcting what the previous owner "modified" than I paid for the car.  But that's a big part of restoration and originality now.
1878  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 spoiler question on: October 19, 2006, 03:10:21 PM
The 67 trunk lid wasn't designed for a spoiler.  When the 68 came out, provision had been made in the design for one.
1879  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 307/327/350 on: October 19, 2006, 08:53:30 AM
The engine code (what Hooper calls "Engine Identification") is the code that should be stamped on the engine pad.  And I quote, "1965 through 1969 engine codes consisted of seven alpha-numeric characters." (Colvin, page 39)  The engine suffix is the last two characters.  The other five tell you assembly plant, month and day.  The reason that Rick can say it is probably a 67 is because VINs were not consistently stamped on the pad until 68.  So if it is missing the VIN, probably a 67.

Of course this doesn't help much with your original question about original motor.  But it will make a difference if you are interested in replacing the motor for "matching numbers".

The casting date should confirm about the present motor and the axle code (rear springs, etc.) will start you in the right dirrection about original motor (assuming that wasn't changed, too).
1880  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 307/327/350 on: October 18, 2006, 05:54:02 PM
There is more to the engine code than the suffix.  You need this:
Alan L. Colvin's Chevrolet By The Numbers, The Essential Chevrolet Parts Reference, 1965-69, Robert Bentley, Inc., 1994. ISBN 0-876-0956-9
1881  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Vinyl or Not? on: October 18, 2006, 08:53:55 AM
Love to get a few more votes and opinions.  Otherwise going to shut this one down soon.
1882  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 307/327/350 on: October 18, 2006, 08:51:43 AM
In a Camaro, yes, October would be too early for a 307.  I've never seen the data that Richard mentioned, but it certainly sounds accurate.  But general reference, like Hooper, lists the changeover as 1/69.

You mention the present ME suffix, but no VIN on the pad.  I assume the present motor is a 327.  What transmission and what numbers on that?  Is there an engine code with that ME?  Richard is right: It is hard to "back into" what a car originally was without documentation.  Post all the numbers you can find, trim tag and all.
1883  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Pics of Rally Green Camaro's on: October 15, 2006, 07:27:54 AM
There are a couple of rally green 69s posted here:

http://www.chevy-camaro.com/chevy-camaro-thumbnail-pictures.asp?viewgen=first
1884  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 fold down rear seat back partition - back side color on: October 13, 2006, 12:19:12 PM
You need to talk to Ed:

http://home.pcmagic.net/bertfam/folddown.htm
1885  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Parking lights on: October 12, 2006, 10:54:04 AM
Prior to 68 "Parking lights" in a legal sense were for parking. But in 68 the law now required better night visability so side marker lights were added and parking lights in essence became "driving lights". 
1886  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Sticky speedo on: October 12, 2006, 08:50:56 AM
Are you sure you just don't need to lubricate the speedo cable.  A year or so ago, the speedometer on my 68 buzzed and jumped around.  A little lubrication and it's worked fine since.  Your local parts store should have the lubricant (It's got graphite in it... although some folks swear by white grease and a low viscosity oil combination.)  The point is you will have the cable out as it is, so if it looks dry, try the cheap fix first. 

1887  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Fuel Lead Additive on: October 12, 2006, 08:26:16 AM
Take a look at these threads:

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=642.0

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=312.0
1888  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: carburetor codes on: October 11, 2006, 10:54:11 PM
17057020 = Won't be in "the book", because it's a post 1975 carb. But look on page 154.  The 170 prefix started in 76.

7028212 = 1968 MV used in Camaro with 327/275HP A/T or 350/295HP A/T and in several other Chevy applications.
1889  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Which is right? on: October 11, 2006, 11:11:47 AM
In reading things it says that all SS's are big blocks.
Confused, as other things I read say 350 is a small block.

Go read it again.  It should say "All BB were SS".  There's a difference.  That does not rule out 350s.  All 67-68 350s were SS.

Go re-read this:  http://www.camaros.org/geninfo.shtml#PerformanceModels  --under performace engines.

And this:  http://www.camaros.org/engine.shtml#CamaroEngines  --under what was available.

Some of this stuff can be confusing....
1890  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Vehicle HISTORY on: October 09, 2006, 04:44:01 PM
Go up to the top of this page, click on those buttons and start reading.
Start here, under question 10 (about history):
http://www.camaros.org/geninfo.shtml
Go to question 9 and order first:
Alan L. Colvin's Chevrolet By The Numbers, The Essential Chevrolet Parts Reference, 1965-69, Robert Bentley, Inc., 1994. ISBN 0-876-0956-9

Gather the numbers and anything you cannot figure out, post under Decoding and CRG will help you.  I'm sure you will get more advice from others.  Welcome to the "club"!

(Looking back at your other two posts, I see you've already posted your cowl tag...)
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