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1531  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Another Trim Tag For Sale on: May 16, 2013, 12:38:24 PM
Is that Bill Clements?
1532  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Why Are Some Blocks Stamped and Some Not on: May 15, 2013, 11:09:11 PM
Over the past few years, I have been watching and reading about original 69 Z/28 blocks with just the pad stamped, and some with the pad stamped and partial vin. # stamped by the oil filter. I understand from this site, why they changed the location of the partial vin. # and about when, so here is my questions.

With all the factory controls in place, along with a QC system they had back then, why weren't all car/blocks confirmed to be properly stamped both on the block pad and by the oil filter after they made the change?  Did it become so difficult to do during the production process to get done right, or did they just say oh what the heck, its not going to matter anyway and just let it go. Or, did they get it right and they are just that many re-stamp block out there these days.

As a hobbyist this continue to confuses me. Are there really that many re-stamps blocks out there these days and if so, about when did all the fakes start showing up.

Eddie

1) I believe there was a federal law in place that required the major components (engine/trans) be stamped with the VIN.    I believe taht the factory complied in all cases.
2) I also KNOW that the stamped code on the rough cast surface near the oil filter ARE extremely difficult to read.
3) I suspect that the 'block restamper/fakers' try to take advantage of the difficulty of reading the block stamp on the cast surface
4) YEss, there are a lot of restamped blocks.  (I do not believe the two posted by Steve are original stamps...)
1533  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: manual trans neutral switch on: May 15, 2013, 04:30:31 PM
The one from my late September (09C) Z28 is the same as the one Hans pictures...
1534  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: manual trans neutral switch on: May 15, 2013, 01:49:12 PM
I happen to have most of my instruments out of the way right now, so it's not difficult to see..
Mine is a metal cyclindrical can wtih black plastic cap (terminal end?)...  I could probably get numbers off it if you wanted ..

Gary
1535  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: manual trans neutral switch on: May 15, 2013, 12:50:34 PM
Lynn,

it's located on the clutch pedal lever?    I've never looked at mine..    but I'll peek under there and see..  Smiley
so basically it's the switch that ensures you have the clutch pushed in to start the car.. (a 'clutch-engaged' switch).  Smiley
I haven't driven that car since 1980... my memory is going. Smiley
1536  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: manual trans neutral switch on: May 15, 2013, 10:58:22 AM
Lynn, 
assuming that the 'neutral safety' switch is the same as what I've called the 'Rev LO switch' ??  (see photo)
... then Yes, my late 09C Z28 has the white plastic switch.   THis is my original column and switch; never been exchanged or removed until I took the column out for cleaning a couple of months ago.  My car was built approx  17 Sept 1969.
1537  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Ball Joints 69 Camaro on: May 15, 2013, 09:57:36 AM
I reused my uppers also (they were good and tight), but replaced the lowers...
there is very little load (only lateral) on the uppers, so they generally last 2-3 times longer even in a car that sees lot of miles...
Attached is a photo of my orig upper, after removal for cleaning and suspension & brake rebuilding.. and reinstallation.   
These uppers are the originals, never replaced on my 09C 69 Z28..
1538  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 camaro grill NOS on: May 14, 2013, 12:21:26 PM
69Z28-RS>>>>;
  #3891693 is a '67 Standard Grille.  I have a N.O.S. one for my Camaro.
Thanks!   Smiley   I need to find a '67 owner then... and so some trading.  Are these of any interest to a '67 owner?
1539  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 camaro grill NOS on: May 13, 2013, 10:31:19 PM
I *thought* I'd gotten an NOS '68 Camaro grill in a bunch of stuff a few years ago, but I just went down and checked the PN on the box.. and it's  3891693.   Anyone got any idea what this is?
1540  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Why Are Some Blocks Stamped and Some Not on: May 13, 2013, 09:43:40 PM
I saw poorly restamped DZ blocks in the '70's...  always very obvious...
1541  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Drive Shaft Restoration on: May 13, 2013, 12:53:04 PM
so NOW ya tell us..   Smiley ..

Thanks...
1542  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Drive Shaft Restoration on: May 12, 2013, 08:58:44 PM
I agree with Mike.  it does look good, probably as good as possible, and I would also protect it.  with satin clear or ??..      *S*
1543  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct 69 Z/28 Coil Springs on: May 12, 2013, 04:56:19 PM
check out UPC 0  Sheet A10 in the '69 AIM.   It has several measures whch shows the height differences.   It's  from minimal to less than an inch, but it is enough to be noticeable eg as compared to a typical SS/V8 camaro.
1544  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 69' Camaro Z28 purchase help PLEASE on: May 07, 2013, 07:47:14 PM
Id' want to see a good closeup photo of the trim tag, and for sure a great picture of the engine Pad... as well as engine cast date, and transmission stamped codes...    it looked like a pretty nice car, and obviously a lot of $$ spent putting some reproduction items on it (chambered exhaust, headers, repro battery, etc...)
1545  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Starter nose for Z28 starter on: May 07, 2013, 11:09:24 AM
Well...  you'll need to search with a few different keys..      Is this the nose you need?    You get an entire rebuilt starter if it is.  for $59..
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1108367-Z28-CAMARO-CHEVELLE-STARTER-1968-8F26-/150991339853?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2327c9014d&vxp=mtr
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