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Decoding/Numbers / Re: Fisrt time 1st gen buyer - VIN research
« on: December 01, 2009, 05:43:29 PM »
There are ways to point you in the right direction, short of having someone who is an expert looking at it. As Tom said- Cowl tags, body #'s, build dates, VIN's, structural / option enhancements- post what you have- leave the last 3 numbers off the VIN if you like, just shoot some Info of what you know. Their is always the risk that one may get taken-but knowledege is power if applied properly!     

Hello All,

I am a long time 1st gen camaro fan and have finally gotten to the point where I can afford to buy one. I found a 1969 X11 SS(not numbers matching) for sale through private party, but I am extremely worried about getting ripped off. The seller has provided me with the VIN number, but I am not sure where to start with it. I'm going to carfax it, but I don't know what else to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

General Discussion / Re: 350 Thermostat
« on: December 01, 2009, 05:29:05 PM »
JohnZ's article is great-although I occasionally get folks whojust do not get it. Their loss. BTW, if you have a clutch fan...this can do it too- not that I know!!!

Try this it worked for me in both my cars.

General Discussion / Re: Ben Wenzel, MacNeish Qualifiying Session
« on: August 22, 2009, 08:07:06 AM »
Jerry- Have you thought about a video chronicling your fantastic 1st Gen racing efforts. I live too far away to likely see you run, but would surely pay for a video; seemingly others would as well. Just a thought!


Robert W.
DFW- Texas

General Discussion / Re: headers or manifolds on my 69 Z28?????
« on: August 10, 2009, 05:35:16 AM »
I started with the headers on the rebuilt engine, and also had JM re-curve the distributor and rework the Carb. Also did a bowl blend on the heads- car runs real well with 4.10 gears- so for now the headers stay, but the original look is nice. Main reason I did it was these are high end/ good quality Hookers, which I had- and I wanted a good taste of the cars potential with the headers.

General Discussion / Re: VIN LOCATION OTHER THAN DASH ?
« on: September 28, 2007, 09:30:35 PM »
I am not sure I understand the question- but there is a wealth of Info right here at the website-


General Discussion / Re: 302- Finally!
« on: September 28, 2007, 09:26:19 PM »
I too am a 21 year member of the cities fulltime fire dept. We have 6 first gen camaros amoungst us at work. My 302 runs great with the ACs and high test pump gas. these 302s are an absoulute blast to drive and tease other drivers on the street. Enjoy your car you deserve it.

Thanks for the comments- I hired in, in 1988, promoted to Lt for 9 years, then had a heat stroke after 15 years of service- good bye fire service. Lot of talk honoring PS employees by municipalities after 911- but after my injury I apparently became a "liability" to my employer- a story which plays out much too often. Many firefighters have the moto "whatever it takes...", which includes the ultimate sacrifice if needed- so please guys and gals-please honor those who keep us safe- Its the real deal. And stay safe Bro' fireZ.


General Discussion / Re: 302- Finally!
« on: September 25, 2007, 06:39:52 PM »
Thanks Gary- lots of good Info here, free of charge!!!


General Discussion / 302- Finally!
« on: September 25, 2007, 03:56:24 AM »
I purchased my 1969 Z28 back in 1984, and promptly put it into storage- for a long time after driving it once ( the motor was basically dead, Etc). Finally, after a career ending injury ( paid firefighter), marriage, a couple of moves and some other "stuff", I got the thing running and was actually able to drive the car again yesterday. Only 23 years, right!!! 11:1 302, Mech cam, 2.20 Muncie with 4.10:1 rear- what a wait it has been after all the posts here and there...anyway, I want to thank Jerry MacNeish for the excellent work on my DZ Holley, and for rebuilding and recurving my distributor. Its not all about parts looking good- which they do- but also the performance potential of having these important parts blueprinted and optimized for the 302. I am running pump premium, no additives- no problem.  Jerry, JohnZ, PDQ and many others offer great advice Ref setting these cars up. For now, until I get some more shake down runs done and get it licensed again, I am impressed with the little 302- and I feel pretty confident I will be happy with its ultimate performance. Thanks again to those who take the time to help others realize their dreams by posting here ( and there), offering essential services, and a friendly chat as needed. If your building a 302, follow the posts from these guys and you should be smiling too. 

Restoration / Re: metallic factory paint
« on: September 19, 2007, 02:53:15 PM »
Thanks guys- my Buddy is coming unglued with this "revelation"- but it is what it is as they say!

Restoration / metallic factory paint
« on: September 18, 2007, 06:04:11 PM »
When the cars were painted at the factory- were the metallic paints like Silver or Gold clear coated as part of the process? I am not under the impression that this was done, but have a friend who believes it was- no problem just want to pin down the actual process for metallics in 1969.


Decoding/Numbers / Re: JL-8 SURVIVORS
« on: September 04, 2007, 03:17:19 AM »
I dont know anything about these guys, but they ( he)  appears to have an original JL-8 Z:

BTW- Congrats on getting the car, very cool deal. Looks like it worked out!

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Please help me verify my 1967 Z28 Camaro
« on: August 20, 2007, 12:46:20 AM »
You might want to try contacting Camaro clubs in areas where the car was known to reside. There are several clubs around- maybe someone remembers the car. Just look at the story Jerry MacNeish relates on his web site Ref his latest aquisition!

Good luck. And, if the car was in the Dallas area, let me know- maybe I can help.

Decoding/Numbers / Re: 69 Horn Relay
« on: August 20, 2007, 12:36:34 AM »
Interesting- I appreciate the responses. Still works so I guess it waiil stay!

Decoding/Numbers / Re: 69 Horn Relay
« on: August 17, 2007, 04:47:16 AM »
I did some more cleaning on my horn relay, and found numbers 889 stamped into the metal part. Is this a familiar part number? 03 build Norwood car. It does have the embosed cover with Delco Remy and Made in US on it.


General Discussion / Re: The 68 Camaro project
« on: August 09, 2007, 02:36:12 AM »
Congratulations on your persistence! I hope to make a donation soon-

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