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1456  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: any ideas how to find my old 69 Z-28 on: December 20, 2012, 12:27:46 AM
I still live in Meadville, PA , can't find him. Huh I believe that picture was March or April 1969. The car was only one or two weeks from delivery at that time. I purchased the Z new from Kaputa Chevrolet in Tionesta PA. I had been looking for one and a friend told me they had gotten one in. The dealer told me that when he ordered it he requested the vinyl top to be deleted, but he was still surprised when he saw it on the transporter without the top. Eight years ago I gave Ray Goss, who was the third owner, all the documention; window sticker, finance papers, bill of sale,everything that I had been holding on to for years. When I bought the car, the dealer asked, " do you want the emission equipment left on the car or do you want it in a box in the trunk". I said " in the trunk". When I handed over the documents, I gave him all that smog stuff, except for the air pump, I had misplaced it. Those too tall slicks on the car in the pic belonged on a friend's Dodge 440 RT. The Z with it's stock 4:11's wouldn't turn em, and I ruined the clutch disc trying. Two weeks old and Chevrolet replaced the disc and ground the flywheel under warranty for me. My dad who was all about racing stuff, was p/o, he wasn't making the payments but couldn't believe that a new car needed to have headers and was less than a month old. Smiley  I never thought to make a copy of the window sticker/vin.
Judging by the height of those slicks, you cut your rear end gear from 4.11 to an equivalent 3.xx which probably had LOTS to do with not breaking the slicks loose... (I heard they had sticky tracks in PA?).. Smiley     
Ps.   You should have told your dad that early Z28's needed headers on day 1...  Smiley

Gary
1457  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Z10 on Ebay on: December 18, 2012, 10:39:44 AM
The 'warped' trim tag was the *worst* thing I noticed about the car; as click said, the other issues are easily corrected.. Smiley ..   I don't know how one would 'correct' the trim tag deformation without replacing it with a repro, which would raise questions about everything else on the car!

I was also curious about the 04L body date code....   what' with the 'L'??

Gary
1458  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Z10 on Ebay on: December 18, 2012, 12:35:28 AM
The tag appears to have been 'sandblasted', or otherwise gotten too hot somehow.   Sandblasted tags 'warp like that one appears to be...

Gary
1459  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: This Car Has "Wrong" Written All Over It. on: December 16, 2012, 02:40:27 PM
I'd say that is 'one of the worst deck RESTAMPS' I've ever seen..  Smiley   
it's probably based on 'fooling 'some of the people' some of the time'.. as he only needs to find ONE....

Gary
1460  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: where can I send my water pump to get rebuilt on: December 16, 2012, 02:27:15 PM
Where does one get the kits/seals for rebuilding the water pumps??
1461  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Camaro on Ebay on: December 14, 2012, 06:05:16 PM
In a bit over 2 hrS it will have a new owner, who will believe he has bought a *real* Z28 (true or not) for something over 25K...
the engine is definitely NOT the correct one... so that makes one suspect everything...
1462  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Which Master Cylinder Repair Kit? on: December 14, 2012, 05:52:07 PM
thanks John.. very interesting!...    somehow I knew you'd come thru.  Smiley

Gary
1463  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Sick of seeing this Z on ebay on: December 14, 2012, 10:16:43 AM
'seats and door panels ... are OEM pieces' ...    makes it sound like no parts have been replaced.. ie.. as from the factory'.
     
Since the owner found 'OEM material' somewhere, and used pieces of that material to replace worn sections (ie. 'recondition' the seat'..   the dealer could have stated that just as well, and been more accurate.  (Note:  OEM material is not the same as 'repro kit material'....)  and I think from what Charley said, the owner found OEM material...

I think overall the dealers statement is 'not wrong', but is a little bit misleading by the way it was stated (by omitting some of the story).
1464  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Sick of seeing this Z on ebay on: December 13, 2012, 08:57:57 PM
"Caveat emptor"....   all the time..  every time..
1465  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Which Master Cylinder Repair Kit? on: December 13, 2012, 11:35:47 AM
thanks for all the comments (which I do agree with)..   After disassemblying my MC, I found where it sat so long (32 yrs), it accumulated a little water and there is a rough area on the bottom of the cylinder that doesn't look like it will hone away.. so I'm probably going to send it to WhitePost Restorations for brass sleeving and rebuilding ($175 and LT warranty).  I've used White Post before, but it was on an early Corvette MC, and now Billy has passed away.   

Does anyone recommend any other shop for sleeving?  My MC is the original one and worth the cost.   

Did you guys know there is a casting date on the side of the Delco Remy MC?   Mine is dated '175' which should correspond to late June and my car is a 09C (Sept) with a late August engine.   The MC also has a 'D4' cast into it, just below the '175 date code'..  anyone know what the D4 is for?

Gary
1466  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Trim Tag Numbers on: December 08, 2012, 10:27:04 PM
What is someone buying with that last NBR convertible..  other than the trim tag??  Smiley
1467  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Four piston caliper re-building, stripping and painting on: December 07, 2012, 11:20:32 PM
I have 'half' of an NOS caliper for a '68...  in the box..   Had it for many years (35?)..  Is there any value to just the one half?
1468  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Vinyl top seam measurement on: December 06, 2012, 01:02:27 AM
George,
Mine measures 39" on top and 45.5" below the rear window.
Exactly the same as mine (outside of seams)... Smiley    they must have been pretty consistent..
Gary
1469  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Reproduction Endura Bumpers are horrible on: December 03, 2012, 10:33:32 AM
Sure appears to be a 'poor design' to me.... but of course, this is looking back after many years, so lots of design fail that test...
PS.  I always thought if I liked the look of a 'painted bumper', I'd think about stripping the chrome from a regular bumper, and then painting it body color...   Has anyone else done this?

Gary
1470  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Which Master Cylinder Repair Kit? on: December 02, 2012, 05:42:02 PM
i've rebuilt 3 cars brake systems over the past 25 yrs, using DOT 5, but in each of those cases, I rebuilt/replaced every rubber part, and flushed all the lines with alcohol and dried first.   In each of those cases, I've had no reason to do any further work on the brakes, and those cars *sit* 99% of time..  and the brakes are always good when I drive them!   I'm a believer, but I also do it *right*.. and use fresh rubber parts, and use DOT 5 as the assembly lube when assemblying the parts..

Gary / 69Z28-RS
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