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46  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Wheel clearnces on: June 28, 2008, 12:07:19 AM
Can anyone help me out here.

I have just fitted a pair of 15x8 rally wheels to the back of my 68 and now I am not too happy with the "look".
The wheels I fitted are Classic Industries reproductions with a 4 1/4" backspacing, which I assume is a standard backspacing.
The problem is that now I want to have them altered so that the extra 1" is on the inside of the wheel arch instead of the outside as it looks a bit odd as it is now.
Also I have the car lowered a bit and I think with the extra inch on the outside I will have issues with the tyres rubbing on the inside of the wheel arch trim.
If I alter them they way I want I can also then use the original wheel trim riings and it would appear to be the same as the front and not have a gaping gap between the ring and the centre of the wheel but still have an 8" wheel.
The tyres on the back are BF Goodrich 245x60x15.

Any clues anyone?


47  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 68 multi leafs in AIM? on: May 07, 2008, 03:58:40 AM
Amazing what you find in the forums when you have a few hours spare.
I also have a 4 leaf 12 bolt in my car and it has the (as it now appears) the mono bottom plate.
I am having problems with the shocks. The previous owner fitted Koni Adjustables and they seem to be the wrong ones for a number of reasons.
Firstly with the shocks not connected to the bottom plate I can hop in the boot and bounce the rear end quite well. With them bolted up and I try again there is virtually no movement.
Secondly when I checked teh part number on teh Koni site it appears I have the wrong ones fitted.
I checked with a Koni dealer today and aparently the two part number are the same dampening rate but the ones listed for a multi leaf rear end are about 30mm shorter.
Bearing in mind that the adjustable part relates only to the rebound and not the bound.
SO my question is..... does the multi leaf lower mounting plate have the hole for attaching the bottom of the shock at the same distance from the bottom of the plate as the mounting plate for the mono leaf spring?
What is the major diference between the two types of mounting plates other than the number of "wings"?

Furher to all this, just to add to the confusion, the rear springs are brand new Landrums. I am unsure of the spring rate.

I hope this all makes sense. I would like to get it right as at the moment i have two 40kg bags of cement in the boot to inprove the ride.( DONT LAUGH )


48  Orphans - documentation or VIN-stamped drivetrains - in search of the original cars / 1968 - Orphans / Re: 8L332343 - L48 engine on: May 06, 2008, 05:50:19 AM

Could be just about perfect for my car.
Almost the same VIN as well.
49  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: I have seached the site........but......... on: May 06, 2008, 05:47:46 AM
Hi again everyone.
Thanks again for all your input.
I have attached some photos of the engine numbers.
I am not totally computer savvy so please excuse me if I get this all worng.
Pic one is pretty obvious. Could this still be a 350?
Pic two is of the front pad. Its really hard to make out the last letter of the suffix. The 01884 appears to be double stamped. The ER has me stumped.
Pic three is the casting date. Hard to tell if its a 6 or a 8 at the end. More experienced eyes may be able to tell.
The heads appear to be early fuelies withoug the water temp sensor hole in them. I will get the casting numbers off them in teh weekend. That may help to nail down what it is.

Thanks again guys for your input.
50  Site Comments / Discussion / Test Drive / test2 on: May 06, 2008, 05:37:45 AM
more test
51  Site Comments / Discussion / Test Drive / test on: May 06, 2008, 05:34:48 AM
52  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: I have seached the site........but......... on: November 29, 2007, 03:21:57 PM
Ok guys.
I have double checked and the "H1 8" is definately cast on the back of the block at the bell housing flange directly behind teh distributor and ever so slightly to the passengers side.
Now, the "8" could be a "6" as it is not perfectly defined but I am positive that it is in the correct location to be the casting date.
I have had a really close look at the "VO828HO" stamping on the front pad.
The "HO" look now as if it may be "HG". It all depends on the light at the time.
which means it could be one of:
HG - 1965 327  fuel inject, m/t   375  FI  Vette
HG - 1968 327  Powerglide   250  2  full size
HG - 1969 350  manual trans.   300  4  full size
Along with:
3892657 - 302 & 350  1967 casting number
H1 8 - August 1 1968

Sooooooooo now i am confused as none of this seems to make sense when put together.


53  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: I have seached the site........but......... on: November 27, 2007, 03:23:21 AM
Hello again guys.
I have had the car in to have the trans swapped over from a powerglide to a TH350.
I have been able to get the casting numbers finally from the rear of the block........ Now for the surprise.....
The casting  number is 3892657, which is a 1967 casting if I am correct.
As I mentioned above there is 14GM cast above the oil filter and the H18 is in fact H1 B. Still unsure how to decode that for the casting date, if I have got the right numbers.
The stamping on the front of the engine is still a mystery as well.

Any help would be appreciated.
54  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Camaro 45rpm Record by The Cyrkle on: November 26, 2007, 05:33:42 AM
Hi there,
I would very much appreciate it if you could email that MP3 to me also,
55  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Hello from New Zealand on: October 07, 2007, 05:01:18 AM
Hi there.

No sorry I don't Know him.
I am still looking around for a local muscle car club to join so I may run into him.
Very nice car ....
56  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Hello from New Zealand on: October 05, 2007, 12:55:18 AM
Hi guys.

I have no idea where it was sold when new.

I will keep digging

57  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / I have seached the site........but......... on: October 04, 2007, 01:35:43 AM
Hello all.

Right, time to decode my 68SS.
I suspect it does not have the original engine, but would like to find out what it is anyway.

No partial VIN as I would expect on the engine pad in front of the passenger side head.
What I found was : 01884 ER VO828HO. The "O" is very faint and may be a "G" or "C" or "Q". I have figured out the VO828, just not sure on the suffix.
I can make no refernce to the "ER".
The VIN of theh car is 124378L338993, so the "01884" is a mystery also. The stamping of the "01884" also seems a little odd. A couple of the digits look as if they have been double stamped, as if someone had another go at them because the first attempt wasn't hard enough. Has anyone struck this before?
I have had a look for the casting Nos.
All I can find at the back of the engine is : "14GM" cast above the oil filter on the block behind the inlet manifold on the drivers side;
and: an "x" inside a circle, followed by"H18" cast on the passenger side .

I have not found any other cast numbers or stamped numbers at the back of the engine YET.
There is what appears to be a bracket that supports either the accelerator or the kickdown rods that runs right at the back of the block on the drivers side where the bell housing bolts up. There may be more under there. I will investigate this weekend.

Any help  would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


58  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Hello from New Zealand on: October 04, 2007, 12:15:07 AM
Hi there.

There are a couple of 67's for sale at the moment and a couple of 69's.

Yes I am  in Auckland. I am relatively new to the "camaro scene" here.
I am sure once I track down a club here I wll come accross him and a few more cars as well no doubt.
They are scattered about a bit and its not very often you see them out and about.
I bumped into a guy here in Auckland yesterday who has a near identical car ro mine. We will both get out babies out of mothballs if its not raining on Saturday and compare them for any differences etc.
I have two friends here that both have 68 RS/SS's.
One is a lovely 327 non matching Nos ragtop that he has only just got on the road.
The other is a matching Nos coupe, still in the rebuild stages, with factory aircon, electric windows, delux interior, fold down cargo rear seat and tic-toc-tach with extra guages on the console.
Its thanks to these two that I began hunting for one of my own.

Is it posible to find out what a car was originally optioned with and what type of engine etc was fitted when it left the factory if you search the VIN number behind the windscreen?
Or is that data lost for all time?
I will post in the other forum alll the numbers I have so far.

Thanks guys.

59  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Hello from New Zealand on: October 01, 2007, 04:16:08 AM
Hello to all.
Firstly I would like to congratulate you all for a fantastic website full of information.
I have been searching for a camaro for some time and found this site invaluable when figuring out what I was (and wasn't) about to buy.
There are a lot of 6cyl camaros down here that have has V8's fitted to them along with a few stripes and are getting passed off as SS or what have you.

I have recently purchased a nice black 68 SS which the owner was quite reluctant to sell as he has restored it as a keeper. Unfortunately for him money problems forced a sale. Fortunately for me I was able to afford it.
Funny thing though, He was offered A LOT MORE by other people once word got out about it being up for sale, but still he honoured our agreement. As he said, " I know its going to a good home".
In short this is a quick note to say hi.
I will bombard you with questions soon, once I have found all the other numbers I want to check out.
I dont think its matching numbers but for now the VIN is 124378L338993.
So thanks again for the wealth of information.
See you in the other forum topics.

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