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Original Cars and Details / Re: New Section
« on: December 06, 2015, 05:38:37 PM »
Victor, we have the description of the section as "original or mostly original". We don't have a strict guideline at this point. In my mind the car should as a minimum have the complete original engine, trans, rear axle. Original or mostly original paint and interior. If the car has had some very minor paint repair or a seat fixed, it may still be considered.

But those are kinda what we are looking for in this section. Unrestored...

We will see how this evolves.

Gary, length sounds right.

Stripes should be white and orange I think. Faded orange can look a lot like yellow.

Gary are there any paint stripes still visible on the drive shaft? Do you have a measurement from the center of one u joint to the center of the other?

General Discussion / Re: Just noticed an auction for you original BB guys
« on: December 04, 2015, 11:11:11 PM »
The previous Feature Car (the black 68) now has a 406 SBC with 572 hp at 5700. Eagle rods, high end ARP bolts. Will probably be shifted at 6200 for reliability - but it's been revved above 7000.

Original Cars and Details / New Section
« on: December 04, 2015, 01:37:10 PM »
Stayed tuned for expansion in this category...

We will plan on doing one car or one topic per thread for now.

Who can start a thread is limited (the same as in the Research Topics and Reports section), but anyone can post.

Site Comments/Discussion / Re: "Forbiden" on LTE
« on: December 03, 2015, 05:22:46 PM »
Darrell I was having the same problem a while back. Tried just now, and it works fine. Not sure why.

General Discussion / Re: Just noticed an auction for you original BB guys
« on: December 02, 2015, 05:44:17 PM »
Are you guys suggesting that you can purchase NEW aftermarket rods that are better than factory GM rods for a BB for LESS than $20/rod?   If so that would surprise me greatly....

No, I am not saying that either. But those are stock rods. I will ALWAYS overbuild the bottom end. Build it once and forget it.

Price in this case doesn't matter, because I would at least use thumb rods instead of those stock non-dimple rods.  The thumb rods are not hard to find, and just as cheap or cheaper.   

For someone that is serious about building something, use these.  And if budget doesn't matter, try Oliver or Carrillo rods.

General Discussion / Re: Just noticed an auction for you original BB guys
« on: December 02, 2015, 03:08:42 PM »
Making sure GOOD ARP rod bolts are used is probably just as or more important. Use the best possible that still fits the budget.

General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow
« on: December 02, 2015, 02:59:41 PM »
Danny, just from my experience.  A phone call is at least 100 times better than an email or something written in a thread.  Have had some misunderstandings in the past with the way things are written.  Talking on the phone is much better, and talking in person is even better than that.  "Just sayin'."   Good luck.       

General Discussion / Re: Just noticed an auction for you original BB guys
« on: December 02, 2015, 02:56:15 PM »
Steve, honestly I don't know which would be better.  The "thumb" rods are mainly in 454s. 

I have one 427 short block here with 0.040 over cast pistons, 3/8 dimple rods, forged crank, 4 bolt main block (512 CE from Nov '68).  I have NO idea why someone would put cast pistons in this assembly, but that's the way I got it.  Then there is this other 427 short block (not assembled but it is all there) 0.040 over forged TRW pistons, 3/8 thumb rods, forged crank, 2 bolt main block (512 CE from May '71).  What I would really like to do is swap the forged pistons into the 4 bolt main assembly.  Just have no need to do that right now, since there is a complete 427 (destroked LS5 block with big dome pistons that were fly cut to get the compression where we wanted it) ready to go. That's a backup engine that has been on the engine stand at least 17 years.  Fresh.

Hopefully someone will chime in.  I have heard the dimple rods had better metal, but the thumb rods are a little more recent (early-mid 70s into the 80s I think). 

General Discussion / Re: 3.07 gears
« on: December 01, 2015, 09:02:51 PM »
I can't imagine a 69 Z28 ever being ordered without a posi.
Possible and not all that unusual; over a dozen in our db. Standard equipment; I had one. Posi was not desirable on tight road courses. Only a Z/28 could be built with a 3.73:1 non-posi axle.
Interesting. I never would have thought that. Thanks.

Now we are talking 69 and Z28s guys, right?  Because I know of two 68 L78s that I am pretty sure were built with 3.73 open rear axles.  Mine is one. 

General Discussion / Re: 3.07 gears
« on: December 01, 2015, 09:00:45 PM »
Crawled back under it, can't get a good picture on the ground.  Pretty sure it has a C

Date is 8 11 H   Not 100% certain on the H but that's what it appears to be until I can get it on the lift.

Any way to explain the 68 model year date?

You might be seeing it upside down.  Might be H 11 9  - H is August and the C BL code would then make sense.  Would like to know for sure because we could use your data over in the axle thread concerning this time period.

This is the link to the axle thread.;all

Oh, and you can just go ahead and call me Bryon.  Kinda like Brian with a different spelling. 

General Discussion / Re: 3.07 gears
« on: December 01, 2015, 06:15:06 PM »
   I'm going to say with 99% certainty that this rearend has never been out of the car, has correct casting and is dated prior to the Dec 68 build date of the car.   It's basically a no option Z with the exception of deluxe houndstooth and the RS package, doesn't even have power steering.   

Anyway, as far fetched as it may sound, if you or someone you know may ever pass through Arizona I'd be more than willing to show the car if someone is interested in verifying what I'm seeing. 

I get down to Phoenix every few years or so.  I have a friend that lives south of Sierra Vista that I go visit. Might try to contact you before the next time I go there.  What color is the exterior of this car?

General Discussion / Re: Just noticed an auction for you original BB guys
« on: December 01, 2015, 05:54:41 PM »
Probably not on just the rods.  On the whole deal, yes maybe if someone still has a standard bore block, they might be worth picking up.

For rebuilds, a lot of guys use the truck or "thumb" rods.  They are stronger.  See pic attached.  Arrows show where these rods have more metal, and thus are thought to be stronger.

Or they go aftermarket.  I have some new H beams - all weight matched and ready to go for the next thing I build, after the two 427s I finish.  But that's going to be a while.

General Discussion / Re: Main Page
« on: December 01, 2015, 03:51:49 PM »
The new pics on the main page are up.  These will run for 2 months now, with the next update likely around February 1. 

Please consider submitting pics and information about your car for possible inclusion as a "Feature Car".  If we don't get any more submissions by late January, we may quit doing these.


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