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General Discussion / Re: 1st 69 Z28
« on: December 26, 2020, 02:01:27 PM »
Sometimes a car would be marked as "scrap" but then sent to a shop to use for parts or a race car build or test car.

not sure how much of this story is true but this 1970 Camaro is said to be a pilot car , then test car , then sat at Smokey Yunick's shop for 20yrs

In his book, Yunick said he was given pre production cars to build his NASCAR Chevelles

General Discussion / Re: 7 mm Spark Plug Wire Crimping
« on: December 01, 2020, 12:39:03 PM »
try Home Depot , they have a lot of tools for doing wiring , the store here has them in stock , maybe more choices online

General Discussion / Re: Sporadic chugging when cruising
« on: July 07, 2020, 11:22:30 AM »
are you running stock distributor set up?

I would look at the distributor vacuum advance  assuming your mechanical advance is working correctly

a lot of tuning can be done with the vacuum advance unit.

If you search on it , should find info on running ported vacuum vs non ported vacuum

The amount of advance is sometimes too high on a stock vacuum advance unit

I made plates for the vacuum advance unit where I can limit the amount of vacuum advance you get from the stock unit

General Discussion / Re: Flashback!
« on: April 27, 2020, 12:28:01 PM »
this was the caption for that photo...

"This scene was recorded on the front lawn of Phelps Chevrolet “Eastern Carolina’s Volume Dealer” located in Greenville, NC. The press photo was taken by a photographer from the Greenville “Daily Reflector” apparently for a year-end clearance sale held on August 1-3, 1967. In the line-up, visible here are seven Camaro’s four of which are Super Sport models and the third from the far end is a Rally Sport.

1967 was the beginning of production for the all-new Camaro, Chevrolet’s new offering that was under development since the early-1960s and rushed into production to compete with the Ford Mustang. The first examples were on sale in the showrooms in September of 1966 and available as the standard model, the Rally Sport (RS), the Super Sport (SS,) and later in the model year the Z/28 was introduced. A wide range of engines was obtainable including six-cylinders and V-8s in sizes all the way from 250 c.i. to 396 c.i."

General Discussion / Re: New - Bryon's axle carrier article
« on: March 20, 2020, 04:08:00 PM »
looks good , thank you for all the time and effort you put into it

General Discussion / Re: ZL-1 Stock Eliminator
« on: March 05, 2020, 01:21:36 PM »
It would be interesting to put together a page (or ad to the one here) with more information and history on the 1969 ZL1 Camaros.

Some may be interested  to read about the real production cars and built up race cars and show cars including when and where they were used.
Many of the 1969 ZL1 Camaros are on auction sites and other sites so it is public information

There is a lot of info already on the internet but it would need to all be assembled 

The production ZL1 block was used for racing but was not very strong so Chevy made a better "Can Am" block. Some racing rules required the production block such as in Super Stock and SCCA road racing but other racing rules allowed the non production "Can Am" block such as NHRA Pro Stock.

Bill Jenkins , Dick Harrell, and others ran the production block in 1969 but also ran the "Can Am" block in 1970 and later

Ken Barnhart's ZL1 Camaro only ran the production block in Super Stock and bracket racing as far as I know

Don Yenko ran a ZL1 powered production block in a 1969 Camaro at Sebring in 1970

Bob Jane in Australia had two 1969 ZL-1 Camaros
One was used for drag racing and the other one Jane road raced going on to win the 1971 and 1972 Australian Touring Car Championships

Bill Mitchell (Chevy designer) had a custom personal car built using the ZL1 engine in a 1969 Camaro and badged as " Z-427"

The 1969 ZL1 Camaros (clones) are one of the top dogs in the Pure Stock Drags
running 11.5 ETs with stock exhaust manifolds and original size tires

General Discussion / Re: ZL-1 Stock Eliminator
« on: February 29, 2020, 12:21:43 PM »
Ken Barnhart ran a ZL 1 engine , here is a quote from a story on his car..

"Curiously, as soon as the Camaro was in Barnhart's garage, the original aluminum 427 was removed. It was replaced with the duplicate, over-the-counter ZL-1 engine that is still found under the hood today. Except for an old-school Edelbrock Torker intake manifold and replacement 850-cfm carb, the engine is faithful to the original ZL-1.

The graphics and lettering that adorn the Camaro's bodywork were done in 1969 and haven't been touched since. The only paintwork that's been applied to the car's flanks occurred when the rear fender openings were slightly stretched to accommodate larger rubber.

Barnhart's reliable and potent combination made his Camaro the scourge of Super Stock racing for a couple of years. He captured the SS/B title at Indy in 1970, and was runner-up at the Nationals in 1971.

Barnhart slogged it out in Super Stock through the mid-'70s-recording a best e.t. of 9.92 at 134 mph-with a narrowed Dana rearend and 5.38 gears"

General Discussion / Re: ZL-1 Stock Eliminator
« on: February 29, 2020, 12:13:16 PM »
Another '69 raced by Shay Nichols, is supposed to be a Gibb/Harrell car but vintage photos show a white standard interior. The only ZL1 built with that interior is in near perfect original condition and was never raced.

Shay Nichols ZL1 may have had a white interior swapped in.  It can get very hot sitting in a drag car in a long staging lane in the summer.  My Camaro was an old drag car and had a white vinyl top put on for this reason.
You also see old drag car photos showing some with tinted windows of various colors which was another way to lower the interior temp in the hot sun.

Promotional Events and Concept Cars / Re: 1969 Harrell Camaro 454 Photos
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:12:55 PM »
great photos

the 69 Camaro looks like it may have been a COPO 427 with that hood and silver grill and bow tie emblems ?

maybe Harrell swapped out the shortblock to make it a 454?

interesting they used a Thermoquad carb and Hurst products and that spoiler
all items that Harrell did ads for

General Discussion / Re: Decisions Decisions
« on: January 31, 2020, 02:30:07 PM »
if original baby pictures are ever found , you will be happy that you restored it to original 

General Discussion / Re: 69 Brown Vinyl Top cars
« on: January 21, 2020, 12:21:08 PM »
I wonder if reproduction trim tags can effect the numbers
A reproduction trim tag would more likely be made in colors like black, hugger orange, and daytona yellow 

General Discussion / Re: My photobucket restored
« on: January 14, 2020, 03:31:48 PM »
thanks for getting it fixed

that is a great thread with a lot of detailed information and pictures

General Discussion / Re: ‘69 z28 Salem, OH Facebook Marketplace
« on: December 26, 2019, 12:53:05 PM »
the ad says
"This car is truly turn key and is ready for a cross country trip.  Fly in and drive home "

also says " It has the correct 12 bolt posi rear #389 486 ON F that has been rebuilt with 4.88 gears"

that 302 would be over 3000 rpm all the way home with a lot of gas stops

General Discussion / Re: Interesting period photos.... :)
« on: December 14, 2019, 12:00:02 PM »
thought this is an interesting photo

Pete Estes in a 67 convertible at the GM proving ground

it has been said that Pete liked convertibles and this was a reason given to build the 1968 Z/28 convertible

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