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421  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: new to chevys appreciate any info on: October 12, 2006, 11:25:31 PM
Yer asking for a lot, Criz. Chuckle. If you want a stock-block car to turn 10s you'd best try and find a  427 Yenko or a ZL-1. A blower or turbos could get you there, of course, but probably not with a Z/28 and it's little 302. The best factory-backed '69 Zs barely cracked the 11s naturally aspirated on a cool day with low humidity, and Z/28s didn't have 350s until 1970. The 396 Super Stock cars only ran mid-to-low 11s in the A/stick classes. But then, with today's heads and roller cams and incredible technology I guess it's possible to get a 302 into the 10s with turbos and an intercooler, but I hope you have deep pockets. As far as factory forged internals and "4V" heads, pretty much only the 302s had them in '69. The 350 cars didn't get the really good stuff until 1970 with the LT-1, which was basically an upsized 302 with all the goodies. This is assuming you want to build a factory small-block that came with all the hi-po internals! The '69 350 cars had cast cranks, only 4-speed 4bbl cars had 4-bolt mains (nominal), and cast pistons. The '69 350 cars were NOT hi-performance cars in the league you're talking about. But if you're playing loose with the rules and just want to make a numbers-matching SS-350 car hit the 10s naturally aspirated, get out your checkbook and enjoy! My 2 cents for what it's worth.
422  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Has anyone tried this? on: October 12, 2006, 10:36:21 PM
Who would want one?  lol   HEI stands for Herniated Epileptic Ignition. Seriously, I think a Pertronix kit would be a lot better. My 2 cents.
423  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What size wheels can I go with on a 69 Camaro? on: October 10, 2006, 11:18:01 PM
Man, I had the Hi-Jackers, Lakewood traction bars, Cyclone headers, Thrush round mufflers, Crower solid cam, Offenhauser Port-O-Sonic intake, 8-track tape player, the whole shtick! Those were magical days and nights of looking for a race or if you were lucky, a racy gal. I found my share of both and still have the '68 I did it in. It's more priceless than MasterCard! I hope the guys with the Hot Wheels cars of today will have so much fun. Guess 18" Boyd's attract the ladies now. Either way, we're having a blast with our Camaros. Thumbs-up.
424  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Switching from a pwrglide to a TH350 on: October 10, 2006, 10:21:53 PM
You'll have to change the driveshaft yoke to the finer output spline of the 350 or an M-20 or M-21 yoke will work, but the driveshaft or crossmember won't have to be changed. Check the bolt pattern on the flexplate and be sure the 350 converter will bolt up, if not you'll need a 350 flexplate. Also, check the bolt hole alignment on your starter of you have to change flexplates--the straight pattern was for the smaller flexplate, the staggered pattern was for the larger 168-tooth flexplate. Pretty simple swap. I'd check with the repro companies about the console parts--the Turbo 400 stuff may be being reproduced now and will work. All in all, this is a fantastic swap to get rid of that "Slip-O-Matic". Low-end response is unbelievable compared to a Powerglide. Good luck.
425  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New Guy... Just adopted a 37 year old on: October 09, 2006, 11:23:58 PM
Outstanding! Welcome to the 1st-Gen sickness!
426  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What size wheels can I go with on a 69 Camaro? on: October 08, 2006, 11:47:53 PM
I'm from the Old School--I think 18" wheels SUCK on an old Camaro. Gimme 14 or 15x8s on the back and 14 or 15x6s on the front! Or 15" Weld Wheels.  Anything but these New-Age monster wheels and tires with no sidewall that ruin the cars' lines and stance. I know...the big wheels are to clear the big brakes folks are using now and I understand that and say more power to it if that's your stroke. But damn, I miss the days of Keystones and Cragars and Mickey Thompson L-60s on the back and E-78s in front. Guess I'm a dinosaur, but those were CAMAROS that were loud, spit fire and brimstone, and smoked those bias-ply hard as a rock L-60s out of sight. Guess I just dated myself!  chuckle. Anybody else remember 102-octane Sunoco 260 gas for 32 cents a gallon and cruising Main Street? Those were the days..... 
427  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Aftermarket wheels for my '68 RS/SS w 4 piston calipers? on: October 08, 2006, 10:43:36 PM
Weld Draglites and Pro Stars will clear for sure, as will the old American 200S Series, if that's your bag. Right on, on the Keystones, Weston--I have them for my '68 for the street! Man, I'lll bet it's been 25 years since I've seen any ET Mags. They were hot in their day and I had a set of ET slot mags on my '64 Impala in the mid-70s. I've had the Keystones since 1975 and they've been on my '68 since 1983. Just can't let them go...
428  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Cost of Camaro on: October 07, 2006, 10:23:28 PM
429  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Originally a 6 cyl, now a SS 396 Clone on: October 06, 2006, 11:07:23 PM
If it's a true clone your questions would have already been addressed. 6-banger cars had a 5/16" gas line versus the 3/8" for V-8s to begin with, not withstanding the springs and SS trim and everything else. Not to be short, but it sounds like someone is trying to pull a fast one or just doesn't know any better. Ny 2 cents.
430  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Vinyl or Not? on: October 06, 2006, 10:46:21 PM
Shoot, Phil, on a big-block car who cares?  lol. "396" emblems in those days were almost magical, even if it was a mere 325hp car. Those things were tire-fryers--Chevelle, Camaro...Bel Air. I knew a guy who bought a baby blue '70 SS Chevelle 360-hp 4-speed car new in high school. Black stripes, black interior and yes--black vinyl top. It had Magnum 500 wheels and just LOOKED mean. Being a true hot-rodder, he trashed the manifolds and installed headers, changed the cam and intake, and began to clean almost anything on the street with it. He wound up butting heads with one well-modified white '69 Z/28 that sounded like a bunch of tin cans rattling and a clap of thunder at the same time. Geez, that 302 SCREAMED. The Z prevailed by a half-car length (NOT on the street--chuckle). Ironically, the Z had a black viny top! I guess it's all in your perception of what's hot or not. I wonder if that mystical Z could have dusted your dog-bowl COPO?   lmao I'd guess the Z would have met its match with a COPO 427. But it sure dusted that 396 off. 
431  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Vinyl or Not? on: October 05, 2006, 10:34:36 PM
I'm kinda split in the middle. Like gro51 said, no vinyl top gives the car more of a performance appearance versus a more sedate, optioned model. But then, if I had a numbers-matching car or a Z/28 or a heavily-optioned car to restore there is no way I'd not put a vinyl top back on it. My '68 originally had a vinyl top, but the original drivetrain is long gone and the car is a sparsely-optioned Plain Jane coupe--just what I wanted for a hot rod--so I  the vinyl top goes. I voted for Depends on the Color, for on some cars a vinyl top makes a nice statement. Butternut Yellow with a black vinyl top and black interior is sharp for a true resto, eh Phil? You GO guy.
432  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1969 Z/28 Holley 4053 DZ questions on: October 03, 2006, 10:26:30 PM
I'd guess that's just a Holley casting mark anomaly, Lead. Holley made a blue million metering blocks! I'd think the important thing woiuld be the DZ on the choke horn. Can they actually trace the metering blocks to a specific carburetor?
433  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 750 CFM Edlebrock on: October 02, 2006, 09:49:57 PM
For me, nothing makes a better statement than a dual-line Holley! They just LOOK mean. But that's my preference and an Edelbrock is a good carburetor as long as you don't have to work on it. I vote to keep the 600--it's plenty for your engine.
434  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Stupid question of the day on: October 01, 2006, 10:42:09 PM
NO SS emblems were on the 1st-Gen Zs. To have a Super Sport the car would have to be a 350 or big-block car. The 302 was exclusive to the Z/28s. Rally Sport was a trim option and had nothing to do with the drivetrain and could be ordered on a 6-banger! Sounds like you've been Bubba'd. But we've all been there. Still trying to picture where all the emblems would go...chuckle
435  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Cast Iron Transmission on: September 26, 2006, 10:47:33 PM
I'd think a 275hp car sould have a Muncie, but I'm no numbers guru. Somebody will know! Good luck.
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