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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What starting letter should my Plates have? on: March 07, 2015, 12:25:28 AM
Hello Danny,
As others have stated, the plate numbers really depend on when a car was first sold or transferred into the state and not so much on when it was built.

Here's my two cents worth of black plate info and maybe a suggestion or two....

Even though the Y series plates that you have were once assigned to your car, in my recent experience it's been difficult to get DMV to work with plates that are not "clear".  It would be cool if you can them reassigned to your car, but it may be more of a challenge than you wish to deal with.

I've probably had at least 30 original local Bay area 1968 cars with W series black plates, but only a few with the X series.  There is one local 68 RS Z that was special ordered by a guy in San Rafael (through a Point Reyes dealer - Cheda Chevrolet) that was built a little later than yours and has plates with "WNA" series.  I would use that as a high letter target when choosing a set of plates if you go that direction.

It might be easier for you to get a set of clear W series plates and have then assigned to your car.  I may even have an extra set you can use...  If you do. you might also get less grief from the local "experts" who see your car with the Y series plates and tell you they are wrong (like I get on my 67 Corvette which has Y series plates).

I could probably give you some more accurate letter series suggestions based on some of my old cars, but my records are at home and I'm currently in Korea.  I'll chat with you when I get back.
BTW - any progress on your distributor?  I may need mine back some time in the next couple of months so I can get that Z fired up and dialed in.
Talk to you soon, Charlie
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Service Engines (CE coded) on: December 09, 2014, 12:03:28 PM
If you are gathering CE block data here's a couple for your list:

The block in my '67 Corvette (390hp) is 3999289, cast F 21 72, CE264155.  Based on the previous owner who purchased this car in '73, this was installed in the Corvette in '72 and has not been out of the car since.

The block in my '69 Camaro is 3932386, cast J 22 8 (might not be 22 - hard to see in the car), CE936524.

3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: October 03, 2014, 08:45:21 PM
I'm hoping the carb does the trick, but if it doesn't than we move on to the next item until we find the issue.  Like you all say, one thing at a time. 

Danny - went through about 50 of my Camaro harnesses and didn't find an ignition harness that would be worth using on your car as it is.  We can still find your problem regardless of the condition of your harness.  That can be resolved later.

And Steve from Northgate Automotive is a great guy who is extremely knowledgeable!  I've known him for decades (I'm actually from Marin) and he calls me now and then whenever he needs some help on Corvettes and muscle cars (or some correct OEM parts).

FYI - the practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway (Sears Point for us old locals) were a blast today!  Didn't break the Corvette, which is always good.....

4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: September 29, 2014, 10:51:08 AM
How about I jump in on this bandwagon.....

I believe you live in Sonoma?  I live in Petaluma and work in Napa so I pass your way twice a day.  I would be happy to pull the carb off my '69 Z/28 (which runs superb) and bring it over to your place for a quick experiment.  It's an OEM Holley replacement carb that worked absolutely perfect right out of the box.

Any day after work is fine with me - I typically get off at 3PM.  FYI - Won't be available this Friday or the weekend since I'll be pit crewing at the Vintage races at Sears Point.

Let me know if I can be of help....  Charlie
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Master cylinder cover on: September 28, 2014, 02:36:48 PM
My 10A of '68 1969 Z/28 master cylinder has a date code of 241.  I believe it is original to the car?

My original cover is the version 1 style (which I still have), but I currently have the version 2 style on the car - that I stole from my Jan of '69 Z/28.
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: '69Z 302 - current header recommendations please? on: May 10, 2014, 07:04:55 PM
Hedman after - why don't they build them this way?  Perfect fit with zero clearance issues...
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: '69Z 302 - current header recommendations please? on: May 10, 2014, 07:03:21 PM
Hedman before - no way it would clear the P/S box
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: '69Z 302 - current header recommendations please? on: May 10, 2014, 07:00:52 PM
Couple more shots...
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: '69Z 302 - current header recommendations please? on: May 10, 2014, 06:57:36 PM
Back to my original question and forum topic...

I ended up building my own Super Scavengers and just wrapped up the install last week.  Still a few more bugs to shake down with the project, which is why i haven't posted any progress info.  Used some Hedman 65003 headers as my starting point since I wanted something cheap to chop up for my experiment.  I'll post the fit issues with the the Hedmans if anyone is interested.

Attached are some pics if I can get them to work properly...

Bottom line - watch out for rookie welders with a MIG, some cold beer and too much imagination......

10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: '69Z 302 - current header recommendations please? on: September 12, 2013, 08:20:46 PM
All the input in this thread is really helpful, and I'm getting close to making a decision.  My engine is done, dynoed and ready to install so it's time to pull the trigger on some headers regardless of the choices.

However, now you guys got me obssessing over those M/T Super Scavengers.  I understand they're hard to find and most likely very expensive if you ever do, but I really like the design of them.  It wouldn't matter if they were originals or reproductions for my usage, but they may just have to stay on the wish list until I locate a decent set someday.

Thanks for all the suggestions!  Charlie
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: how about this one on: September 10, 2013, 09:54:17 PM
A friend of mine had an unmolested original paint 1968 Z/28 long ago (actually belonged to another friend of mine before him).  It was Carolina Blue with the - - paint code and body colored rally wheels, incuding the original spare tire (before he stripped the car and painted it black).  Only one I've ever seen in person with body colored rallies. 

FYI - This was an early '68 Z with the 302 emblems on the fenders.  Charlie
12  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 2013 Monterey Rolex / any parking in the paddock area? on: August 13, 2013, 09:49:00 AM
Some of the group members here will be racing in Monterey next weekend, and I have a question for you guys.  Any chance you would have some extra space to park a car overnight near your trailers/cars in the paddock area?

I'm trailering my "barn find" 1967 Corvette (sorry, I know this a Camaro forum) to have on display in the Corvette Coral during the day.  Evidently, they want the Coral cars removed at night due to lack of security or something of that nature.  My car runs and drives pretty good, but has only been driven a couple times since it was revived (after sitting for 20 years in a field of weeds) so I am apprehensive about driving it to and from the track every day (especially in that weekend event traffic). 

Currently my plan is to trailer the car back and forth down from the Pebble Beach area every day, which will be an excessive amount of effort and a pain in the butt if it comes to that.

I was told it could stay at the track if it was parked in the paddock at night, which is secured, hence my question.  I can easily drive the car to the paddock after the days activities and remove it early before the next days events begin.  You can have a spare key and drive it or move it as well.  I realize this is a strange request, but I'm running out of options and time. 

So guys, any of you have room and are willing to tolerate an old faded Corvette near your rigs?  It's a longshot but you never know unless you ask....  Charlie
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / '69Z 302 - current header recommendations please? on: July 24, 2013, 09:56:19 PM
So I am just about done with rebuilding my 302 for my '69 Z and decided to change from stock exhaust manifolds to headers.  I'd like the car to be louder and a few extra HP never hurts anyone.  After researching all the threads I could find on the subject, it seems prudent to ask the group once again what the current best choices may be based on your experiences.  Every time I see good recommendations, I seem to run across not-so-good ones for the same product.

Here are some specs on my engine:
Bored .020 over with true final 11:1 comp ratio (custom built pistons with no block decking)
30/30 solid lifter cam (Comp Cams OEM replacement)
OEM heads with no porting
OEM intake and carb (upgraded to 72 primary jets)
OEM distributor (set up per CRG recommendations)
Roller rockers and a few reliability upgrades
FYI - The car has OEM power steering.

I also plan to keep the chambered exhaust because it appeals to me.  The car typically gets driven locally mostly / a Sunday-Funday cruiser.  No racing or drag strips, but maybe an occasional slip of the clutch to see if the rear wheels can still smoke a little.

I'm looking for an excellent quality product, that fits properly out of the box, and doesn't require mods for my power steering.  My first inclination is to go with Stahl headers, because they built me a couple of sets for my midyear Corvette race cars and were superb, but I have not used them on a street car as of yet.  Also thought about buying some repro OEM style headers because that would be cool, but they seem to be fairly pricey. I've had Hookers, Hedmans, etc. on my street cars which were fine, but not great.

The rebuilt 302 goes on the dyno soon, so it's about time to order some headers.  Any suggestions or comments, good or bad, from recent purchases?  Any new input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!  Charlie
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 69 1111480 distributor on: July 24, 2013, 09:23:35 PM
Hello Gents,

Just wanted to add some current info on the vacuum advance can for the 480 distributor.  I am almost done rebuilding the 302 for my '69 Z and after some research realized that this was an important part of my engine assembly.  Even though my car ran fairly well previously, I tested the existing B28 vacuum can and it did not function properly (per the specs provided via this forum - Thanks!) and wouldn't hold advance with vacuum applied.

So off to the parts stores I go with my parts number list courtesy of CRG.  Most stores (O'Reillys, PepBoys, Napa, Autozone and a couple small stores) did not have the listed part numbers, but were nice enough to order me an advance based on the application (the only way they really know how to look up parts on their computer nowadays).  Man I miss the old days with parts books and interchanges and spec books.  Of course each one of those were incorrect, with some being B1's, B25's and one with no number stamped in it at all.

While I was at Autozone examining yet another incorrect part, I asked them to see if there was an "1810" in their brand parts list (Duralast) and there was - a "DV1810".  Of course they had no specs on this item but I ordered one anyway - at $11.99.  It came in today and low and behold, it has B28 stamped in it.  Eureka.  Oddly, it didn't even come in a box - only a FedEx bag.

During this adventure I checked some of my other Z distributor vacuum advance units.  Turns out there was a B1, a B20, and another bad B28,  so I ordered three more today when I picked up the first B28.  Sure hope they are the same upon arrival.

Once my distributor is set up on the Sun Machine, I'll try to post the resulting performance (vacuum and mechanical advance stats).

Final comment:  If you think you may need one in the future, it might be wise to go order a couple while they are still available.  Who knows when the supply could dry up....

15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: spoiler hardware on: July 17, 2013, 01:48:02 PM
on a different note, HUBLEYMAN what is with all the black residue on the underside of your deck lid? I have a similar film of black on the underside of mine , did your car have some kind of rust proofing done at one point?

I'm guessing that the inner portion of my trunk lid was undercoated early in the cars life (by factory, dealer or otherwise?) and at some point in time the spoiler and emblem were removed. That would explain why those areas do not have any undercoating on the spoiler mounting hardware instead of them being completely covered with the same goop.  If you look at the inner structure from an angle, you can see more undercoating extending further inside of the trunk lid.  Maybe some soundproofing or undercoating was part of the style trim group?

This car doesn't have any extra undercoating or rustproofing inside of the fenderwells or on the bottom floor pans, other than what the factory may have applied to all productions cars.  Charlie
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