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346  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 z/28 driveshaft on: July 29, 2006, 09:37:11 AM

RE: Picture of your drive shaft.

What was the build date of the car this came out of?  Was it a Norwood car? About how wide were the paint stripes, and the stripe location down from the approx centerline of the front yoke?

347  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: What were the original nuts used on the '69 rear spoiler on: July 29, 2006, 09:20:54 AM
Hello everyone.  Just logged on to see the latest discussion on spoiler hardware and noticed I mistakenly called the nuts "Kelp" nuts.  They are called Kep Nuts.  I failed to mention that the Kep nuts are also used to secure the window regulators to the inner door and rear quarter panels.  If recall correctly, the front window regulators Kep nuts are the same ¼-20 size as the spoiler.

If anyone has any sort of Fisher Body Assembly Manual (not the Chevrolet final assembly plant manual), please let me know if the rear spoiler and window regulator hardware part numbers are called out.



348  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: disc brake rotors on: July 12, 2006, 10:54:46 AM
I have a Norwood X33 Z28 built 05A.  It had 45K original miles before the restoration back in 1995.  It had the original 2-piece front rotors on it.  Unfortunately, they were too thin and shops will not touch them.

349  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: What were the original nuts used on the '69 rear spoiler on: July 12, 2006, 10:50:39 AM
According to Jerry MacNeish and his documented research, the D80 spoiler package became a mandatory Z28 option, with a price increase on April 1, 1969. According to my discussions with Larry Christenson, well known for his 1st Gen restorations and overall knowledge of them (he has had numerous unrestored 69's, plus his #1 of two actual 1969 Pace Car is pictured in Jerry's book, The Definitive 1969 Camaro Z28-SS396 Fact Book, on page 185) the tall "acorn" nuts were changed to Kelp nuts with integrated washer, approx. the first week of May 1969. Thus, it can be assumed that the switch was made about this time. 

You can buy these along with many other GM NOS hardware from AMK Products ( The part number of this nut is 4821091 (w/sealer) or 4821092.  I have an 05A 69 RS Z28 that had the original Kelp nuts on it and I replace with AMK NOS pieces.  You can see pictures of the hardware on AMK Web site.


350  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Body Sequence Numbers marked on firewall and front clip? on: July 12, 2006, 09:48:17 AM
For a Norwood May 1969 built Camaro, were three digit body sequence number marked on the firewall?  Was the sequence number applied as the trimmed out bodies left the Fisher Body Shop, or when the bodies were "released" from the Chevrolet Assembly Body Bank Operation where the sequence number was "broadcast to many printers thought out the plant?  (Ref. CRG Research Report - Camaro Assembly Process, pp. 6 - Cool.

I have seen restored Norwood cars with a three digit sequence number marked on the firewall, on the inner lower surface of the valance panel, and on the inner rim of the spare tire.  I must assume this was to mate the proper completed front end sheet metal and core support subassembly with the body, and to include the proper spare tire.  It has been reported that Norwood built 912 Camaros per day, so was a new start of sequence numbers applied each day or shift?

Any help on this topic would be appreciated. 
351  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: X code on rear seat brace on: July 12, 2006, 09:01:37 AM
During the restoration on my 69 RS Z28 (Norwood Car built 1st week of May), I found an "X3" on the bulk head brace and on the firewall along with other codes.
352  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Z-28 Tires on: July 12, 2006, 08:43:22 AM
I purchased a set and drive on them occasionally with no problems, other than the same typical complaints people had "back then" with bias ply tires versus today’s modern tire technology.  I like to drive to local shows and often go for the pure stock look.  Due to the cost of the reproduction tires, I prefer not to put many miles on them annually.  I have a set of Corvette Rally 15 x 8 rims with BF Goodrich 245-60 in back and 235-60 on the front, and they fit, ride and handle great.  Since I was 15 (30+ years ago!) and fell for the 69 Z28 Camaro, I have liked the way the Corvette Rally rims look on the 69 Camaro.  It retains a stock but more muscular look.  Good luck with you decision!
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