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2176  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 69 Pace Car, Original Dealer Invoice on: February 14, 2012, 01:20:33 PM
Yep.. a 'top of the console' 8 trk player...   Smiley      just what a man needed in 1969, if he already had 'everything' else...  Smiley

Even by the mid-70's these 8-trk players were out of date.   I recall seeing the first one I'd ever seen in the late '70's or early 80's...  I was amazed that GM had put those on the option sheet...   Smiley    but they are very rare..  sorta like the Dodo bird.. Smiley

2177  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Is my 69 a rare Camaro on: February 13, 2012, 11:33:10 PM
Well..  I would have been surprised otherwise... Smiley
thanks for checking with your buddy....

Gary
2178  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: YH rims on: February 13, 2012, 04:00:14 PM
depending on your problem, a heavy hunk of oak and a BFH might solve your problem.. Smiley
2179  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Is my 69 a rare Camaro on: February 13, 2012, 03:20:01 PM
For my original dealer paperwork...  I'd probably buy whatever they wanted me to buy.. Smiley
.. but I like my old Camaro better than the new ones...  Smiley   I feel like I'm inside a bathtub with high sides in the new ones....

Gary
2180  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Documenting 1969 Fasteners on: February 10, 2012, 12:23:32 AM
Marty,  if you are referring to PN 447143 on UPC 1 sheet A5, then yes, it's a hex screw.  per AMK it is an 8-18 x 1/4 AF  .34 OD.   Their PN is B-11070.   Their picture matches my original screw except for the head marking.   I tried to send you a photo of my original, but my camera will not adequately focus closely enough to obtain the detail.  I'm trying to attach the AMK image herein...
Gary   /   69Z28-RS
2181  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Acceptable Level of re-build on: February 09, 2012, 02:14:08 PM
Good luck on it...  Smiley
PS>  327 are very good engines, with a great balance of horsepower and torque (IMO).  I'm not sure what cam your engine has in it, or which carburetor, but I'd only think about changing the cam (to operate best - most efficiently - in the rpm range you drive most in, and also adjust jets/pumps etc in the carb for efficiency.   With those things, your gas milieage could greatly increase over what I suspect you see now.   If you did that along with potentially changing your rear end gearing, you might be very surprised how good the performance, and mileage could be..
The guys on this board, or the TC site, with experience with your engine could best advise you on the most effective changes alofor your engine combo (that are hidden from being obvious as a 'mod')...  Smiley

Gary
2182  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Acceptable Level of re-build on: February 09, 2012, 12:46:41 PM
If you modify anything (that is obvious) then it is 'modified' for judging purposes, even if it still retains the 'factory original block and other major components.
I've never owned a saginaw trans car, but from all I have heard there would be little point in having 350-375 hp, if you had to drive it sedately enough to 'keep the saginaw alive'.   Saginaw trans aren't built strongly enough for that HP level, or anything close to it, or I'm sure GM would have used them throughout their lineup...
If the car was mine, I'd put all the original components back in place, and 'tune' the engine for economy, rather than power..  so you can drive it more..  '68 Camaros are unique enough in their own right to have to feel that you have to have 'mucho hp' to get any attention..

Just one man's opinioin,

Gary / 69 Z28-RS
2183  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 'original' orange houndstooth upholstery? on: February 08, 2012, 05:34:55 PM
Thanks Daniel!   I'll check out. the OER materials..
2184  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 'original' orange houndstooth upholstery? on: February 08, 2012, 12:38:55 PM
If I have to give up on my 'goal' of finding a good 'used, but factory original' cover for my driver's seat, then I'm leaning heavily toward Al Knoch..  I've used them before for Corvette upholstery, but this is my firstr experience of chasing down the various Camaro suppliers...

PS.  I need a source for 'orange vinyl' paint to recolor the section of the door panel (the portion around the release handle is very faded)..  and also my driver's door panel has a small 'split' on the airm rest portion that I believe can be repaired with a 'vinyl repair'..   Has anyone else did these to the orange interior panels (deluxe door panel)..

Gary / 69Z28-RS
2185  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 'original' orange houndstooth upholstery? on: February 08, 2012, 11:34:19 AM
Something we should not forget, in addition to the quality of the material itself, is the 'quality of the installer'... sometimes when we view a recently restored interior, it is the installation quality that is most apparent to our eye.
2186  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 'original' orange houndstooth upholstery? on: February 08, 2012, 01:10:14 AM
I talked to D&R today...  they sell PUI covers and do have the orange and yellow available;  Rick's Camaro also handles PUI materials. 

I also called Al Knoch and spoke with Elliot.   He told me that they make their own vinyl and do not use foreign made material.   He assured me that it matched the original but I haven't seen it (although he said he would send a sample).   he also said they would produce it as long as there was demand. 

Legendary also shows that they have both orange and yellow houndstooth available, but their website is not totally complete for ordering the necessary pieces for a coupe.    The Lengendary and Al Knoch covers are considerably more expensive than the PUI covers, but may be worth the difference if they are more orginal and more accurate...

Gary  /  69Z28-RS
2187  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Documenting 1969 Fasteners on: February 08, 2012, 01:04:33 AM
What you've been doing is re the photos, description, etc is great Marty, but it sure looks like a lot of work for the *hundreds* of different fasteners used on the Camaro, coupled with the multiple mfgs of each fastener...?  I just can't imagine the time necessary to get all this documented the way you're going now.   Then you have the issue of how to document the entire files so it's beneficial to the guys restoring?   It almost begs for a color 'book' of many pages, which would be tremendously expensive.   That's the biggest reason I had suggested a more simple spreadsheet format to couple with the existing AIM and other documentation available (like the AMK catalog? etc)...
PS.  I took photos tonight of the two screws you wanted which retain the cowl vent panel, but my camera will not focus close enough to capture the detail you require (and is exhibited by your photos).   I'll find a way to do this and then send them to you even if I have to borrow or buy another camera with a closeup lens capability.
Gary  / 69Z28-RS
2188  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Who wants quality reproduction yellow houndstooth seat upholstery? on: February 08, 2012, 12:57:19 AM
Various people on this site have stated that Legendary produces quality repro covers.   Is this not true?    Their website shows the yellow houndstooth interiors as being available.
2189  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Documenting 1969 Fasteners on: February 07, 2012, 02:52:19 PM
When I get home tonight, I can take photos of the two cowl vent panel screws above for you.   I checked and cleaned them last night, but didn't photograph them yet.  I'm certain they are original... and they are in good condition with good head marking.  Only issue will be if my camera can extract sufficient detail in the 'closeup' mode..?  Got any tips on making 'close up, in focus' photos??
Gary   /   69Z28-RS
2190  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Is my 69 a rare Camaro on: February 07, 2012, 12:10:14 AM
tell him I'll buy a new Chevrolet from him if he can find my '69 Camaro paperwork.   Smiley

Gary
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