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1456  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Control Arm Alignment Shims on: April 07, 2013, 11:14:47 AM
Thanks rszmjt,   makes sense to me...  especially with you pointing out the larger diameter hole, which I'd ignored......  Smiley
1457  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Need advice on new tires? on: April 07, 2013, 10:07:43 AM
A classic muscle car *without* Radial TAs..  is a muscle car lacking something..  Smiley
1458  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Control Arm Alignment Shims on: April 07, 2013, 12:35:27 AM
pictured are the shims I removed from my upper control arm attachments.   The ones on the left are thin (1/16") and the others on the right and stacked up are 1/8" as I recall).    Are the ones without the top tab original? or were they added by alignment shops in subsequent years?
1459  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Black paint on rocker question. on: April 06, 2013, 10:24:42 PM
Attached below is a photo of the factory paint on my rockers showing what has been stated about the rocker paint...
1460  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Jerry Lagod Trans-Am Camaro on: April 06, 2013, 11:17:46 AM
that engine compartment looks a lot 'newer' than 1988 fresh....?   Looks like it would be a good car to take 'vintage racing'..  Smiley ..  for some fun!
1461  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1969 Z/28 YH Wheels on: April 06, 2013, 11:12:42 AM
Here is an ebay link to a pair of supposed 'YH' rims, which to me appear to be very late (after 1969 wheels - one appears to have a '4' yr code).  Notice that the year portion of the codes do not show well in the photos, nor does the ad point that out the full code, even in response to a specific question, they only provide 'month' and 'day' code, and ignore the YR code.   Regular ebay sellers seem to know all the tricks (to fool people)....?
1462  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1969 Z/28 YH Wheels on: April 06, 2013, 11:05:22 AM
so what you are saying is that very late '69 Z28 wheels and the 1970 Monte Carlo (and maybe full size chevrolet? wheels, made after 9/69 and into the '1970 calendar year) had different cooling slots which are noticeable, or at least detectable?   Are the late '69/70 YH wheels different then only in the minor offset from the later MC FW wheels?  I think I have a loose YH and a FW without tires, so I may get them down, clean them up and make some photos and measurements.  I Like these discussions that make us a little bit smarter about our favorite cars.. Smiley
1463  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Z28 fuel pump on: April 06, 2013, 10:11:04 AM
After 44 yrs, I'd be surprised to see a 'functioning' original fuel pump... even if unused..  Smiley
1464  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Need advice on new tires? on: April 06, 2013, 10:09:35 AM
a 215/70 has a sidewall height about 9-10 mm taller than a 235x60..  ie. about 0.4 inch higher
1465  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1969 Z/28 YH Wheels on: April 06, 2013, 10:06:52 AM
I'm not sure how you tell, but beware...   recently one of the big camaro parts sellers let it slip to me that they have 'restamped' FW wheels to YH wheels; they said the wheels were identical otherwise, although I've always believed there was a difference (else why would Kelsey Hayes have changed the code??).   
1466  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Restoring emblems on: April 05, 2013, 02:18:49 PM
I have some new GM Z28 and RS emblems, purchased in 1976, still in their boxes.. never used..  if it would be beneficial to photograph them?
1467  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Jack Retaining Strap(s) Endura Bumper on: April 05, 2013, 12:04:07 PM
I'm suspecting 'aftermarket', or 'owner custom', as I haven't seen anything like that previously either..  but I don't know for sure.   if someone had something like that and thought it to be original, I'm pretty sure they would have chimed in??
1468  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 69 Z/28 SCCA Racers - Hemmings article on: April 05, 2013, 09:46:45 AM
I've mentioned a couple of friends of mine previously in the Trans Am threads (Bob Christiansen and Bob Mitchell), who were both engineers here in the Huntsville, AL area, who each bought new '69 Z28 cars and immediately stripped them down and modified them for SCCA racing.  They ran local, regional, and national races as well as T/A and IMSA (ultimately).   Bob Christiansen bought his off the local dealer lot in Dec  '68 or Jan '69 (a customer ordered it and then didn't pick it up, so he bought it).  His car was orange/black (with black vinyl top).  He installed the OTC 'service duty' differential wtih HD clutch pack posi, big axles, and brakes, and ultimately added HD front spindles and of course a very HD roll cage.   He was an independent racer, mostly self funded wtih some local support, so the cost of racing limited him, but he ran quite a bit in the early seventies, ultimately painting his orange/black car to a 'gray/black' combo using the R.A.C.E.(for Robert A Christiansen Enterprises) logo on it.  Later he upgraded to a '73 Camaro body for later GT IMSA series, and finally went to the smaller displacement cars because they were cheaper to run.   I hung around Bob's shop a lot in the 70's, helping a bit when I could, and learning what I could.   Bob helped me a great deal when I bought my '69 Z28/RS (orange/black) and rebuilt my engine, and even gave me some of his 'first day takeoffs' (like exhaust manifolds, an AD wheel, etc).  Bob C.s Z/28 was sold to fellow racers in the Atlanta area, was raced out of there for awhile, then was sold to an SCCA racer in Chattanooga, TN area.  I never was successful in tracking down the entire car, but did find/buy two sets of his Amer Racing magnesium 8x15 wheels and a 'service duty' disk brake rear end (4.11 rear with HD clutch packs and axles- with extra axles) which I bought from the Atlanta fellas who once owned the car.
Bob Mitchell's car was special ordered I believe since it came with the factory 4-wh Disk Option, and was also orange.  Bob M. ran initially in SCCA, T/A, and ultimately in the smaller displacement IMSA series.  My exposure wtih Bob was that I worked with him a few years in the same organization, and once got to be a 'crew member' at a Road Atlanta race (1977 or so?).  I understand his Z/28 was sold to a fella in the Nashville TN area in the '70's.
I'd been trying to find some old photos of their '69 Z/28 racers without much success until today when I found the Hemmings Muscle Car article which included a couple of great photos of their cars - probably from the '69 SCCA series?  the link is below.  I'd be interested in any comments from guys who remember these cars on the track!

1469  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Park Light/Turn Signal Housing - Interior Paint on: April 05, 2013, 08:39:03 AM
My originals appeared to have been 'white', and since it was intended to be reflective, glossy white would be the most reflective...
1470  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Restoring emblems on: April 04, 2013, 11:50:50 PM
I've reapplied emblem color using the Testors kits before, and the emblems came out very nice... you can 'puddle' the paint inside the lips, and it smoooths out and glazes when it dries.  I redid my '69 Corvette 'flag emblems' 15 yrs ago, and they still look great.
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