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601  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: valve cover grommets 350 and 302 motors on: October 17, 2009, 08:40:04 AM
The grommets on my '69Z are the originals, and they're flat (not angled).
John can you post a picture?
602  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Z Voltage Regulator on: October 16, 2009, 09:02:51 PM
I got my original VR back from Pirkle and it is now operating correctly. I hope it lasts.
603  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Front Calipers on: October 16, 2009, 08:57:41 PM
Black, mine also had paint dabs or inspection marks on them. Both calipers had orange paint dabs on them.
604  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Coorect engine block for 1969 SS350 on: October 16, 2009, 05:33:50 PM
Wow, I'm overwhelmed by all the help! Thanks!!!

What is meant by trends? Because the block that sixt9x33rs refers to on TC seems like a good match. Am I right in my thinking that as long as the casting numbers and casting date is correct, the deck stamp is not relevant since it won't be matching anyway? In other words, a 3956618 could have come out of other Chevrolet models, not just the Camaro.

Paul: I did see the engine on ebay, thanks. I think the date works because it's within 90 days of the build of my car (3rd week of January). I'm also looking on Craigslist and asking around. It does seem crazy to sell a totally matching numbers motor!

Steve
Jerry mentioned that while on site inspections he has observed the trends of L-48 cars having 388 blocks. That is the way I understood it.
605  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Coorect engine block for 1969 SS350 on: October 16, 2009, 06:13:43 AM
I read this guys ad. Unbelievable, I cant believe the guy is taking a perfectly good matching numbers car and selling the motor out of it. He would be better off just selling the entire car and buying a 6 cylinder shell then putting his race engine in it.
606  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Coorect engine block for 1969 SS350 on: October 16, 2009, 06:06:24 AM
Steve,

Here is a block (688) that will work for your car on TC. However, if it were me I would probably go with what Jerry is saying and stick to the trends.

http://www.camaros.net/classifieds/showproduct.php?product=38051&cat=8
607  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Front Calipers on: October 11, 2009, 08:35:47 PM
No, I could have the 6 mistaken for an 8? When I took the numbers off the calipers it was before I cleaned them up and repainted them.
608  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Low Fuel Lite not working on: October 11, 2009, 06:41:54 PM
Thats a good idea.

Thanks,
609  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Front Calipers on: October 11, 2009, 05:13:46 PM
My original calipers are:

Right front part number 5463633
Left front part number 5463833

I did not look for a date code when I wrote those numbers down 4 years ago.
610  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Low Fuel Lite not working on: October 11, 2009, 05:10:48 PM
My repro sending unit is not reading the level of fuel correctly. I.e. when my gauge reads empty I have 5 gallons in the tank. I would like to run the fuel down to 2-3 gallons to see if my low fuel lite will come on, but I dont know how the fuel lite circuitory works. Does the lite illuminate when the sending unit gets to a certain loaction or when the gauge gets to a certain point. If it is when the gauge gets to a certain point then my lite should be on now b/c my gauge reads empty. If the sending unit triggers the lite then I will have to ride around with a portable gas tank in my car, since if my gauge does not lite up I may run my car out of fuel trying to lite up the gauge. Grin

Any help or ideas on how to trouble shoot this would be appreciated.

Thanks!
611  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Original vented gas cap on: October 09, 2009, 09:15:15 PM
I have not changed the cap. I will check again to see if I have the same issue.
612  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Original vented gas cap on: October 08, 2009, 08:48:02 PM
My cap seems to hold a lot of pressure. When I take it off just seems to pop to hard. I dont recall having this issue with the original tank.

John Z would a tank change have anything to do with the pressure at the cap?

Thanks Smiley
613  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Z Voltage Regulator on: October 07, 2009, 06:31:28 AM
As I thought.

I keep getting a varied voltage reading after Pirkle has rebuilt the VR. I have sent it back to him twice the second time he found a loose resistor so I thought the problem was cured. Last night I installed got a 13 volt reading once, then a 16.6 then a 17-18 volt reading. The funny thing is that my amp gauge is steady not pulsating...the gauge looks like I have a normal charge scenario. I took the original one off and put the auto zone model back on and have a nice 14 volt reading with a good amp gauge reading. I don't know what to do. Any ideas other than calling Pirkle back.

Thanks

I have a dated rebuilt original that has started to charge high, then discharge, then go neutral. I bought it somewhere else, but I hope Pirkle can fix it.

By the way, the gauge is a mili-volt meter, not an ammeter. It measures the drop on a wire between the terminal block and the horn relay. I thought that was interesting.

I sent mine back to Pirkle yesterday. He is going to replace the resistors. After talking to him he did not rebuild it when I sent it to him the first time. He replated the base set it and then repainted the cover.

I should have just repainted the cover and left well enough alone. Mine is the same VR that the car left the factory with and worked perfect before hand. Live and learn. I hope John can fix it I want to put that one on the car.

Good luck with yours.
614  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Z Voltage Regulator on: October 05, 2009, 08:46:36 PM
I am going to send it back to John one more time. He is going to replace the resistors. I hope this works.
615  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Z Voltage Regulator on: October 05, 2009, 08:45:33 PM
Why do I have it in my mind that there might be some rubber expansion mounts behind the regulator, like they use on one side of a radiator?Huh Am I just loosin it?

-Mark.
Correct.

Well nuts were not used on 69's.
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