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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Possible '68 DANA Camaro on: June 15, 2009, 09:38:46 AM
crv--I scanned the magazine page but don't know how to post the pic here. If you'll send a message to my s/n with your email I'll be glad to send it.
    I sent you an email and a pm and my email address is in my profile. Thanks Clint
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Possible '68 DANA Camaro on: June 15, 2009, 12:23:19 AM
I am going to go out on a limb here and make a guess - possibly to change the spring angle - it could also be a poor man's lift

I think you are on the right track. I looked at another picture from a different angle and it looks like it is a fairly tight fit for the spring and the eye would drop down to the holes in the bracket and reinstall the bolt. An almost instant lift although I've never seen it done on the front spring mount and don't know what the advantage would be other than raising the rear end for tire clearance. Lets work on identifying the "California gauge package" next. I had a guy tell me that GM built a hawaiian theme Camaro with a similar gauge setup as a GM dream car but I haven't found any pictures of it. Clint
3  Orphans - documentation or VIN-stamped drivetrains - in search of the original cars / 1968 - Orphans / Re: Fresh 396 MQ short block 8L314958 T1109 MQ on: June 14, 2009, 08:06:45 PM
I added the full serial number 8L314958 so it can be found in a search. Clint
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Possible '68 DANA Camaro on: June 14, 2009, 07:58:26 PM
I have the Dana drag car in my Dana file. I also have old articles with pictures of the dashes and engines in the Dana cars. My car is Butternut Yellow with a black vinyl top and black deluxe interior and a walnut wheel. I always thought the drag car was butternut yellow also, but without the vinyl top. I have another Y2 SS '68 Camaro convertible that has it's original sheet metal to compare the stock emblem holes to the coupes. Most of the coupes emblems were removed and filled when it was painted Gray enamel in the 80s. I would still like to know if anyone has seen anything like the bracket welded to the spring perch bracket in front of the snubber and what its'purpose was. I am going to try to post the picture on this page. Clint
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Possible '68 DANA Camaro on: June 11, 2009, 01:29:31 AM
If you are serious about the Mallory rev limiter I would like to see a scan of the article. I have been reading the Yenko.com discussions daily for a couple of years and have learned more about Dana there than anywhere else. I have files of a few of the Dana cars and some articles that I have saved.  I heard some about the Bill Thomas cars but have never seen a picture or an article about any of his cars. I was thinking Bill Thomas had a connection in the Chicago or Inianapolis area. I am going to post a couple of pictures of another one of my '68s that I have awaiting a restoration. I have the history on it so I have no reason to not start on it. It's a car I bought out of Texas around '99. It's an SS RS 375 horse convertible with the console mounted AM FM 8 track stereo. I'm not sure how that will work with the 4 speed. It will need the rear floors replaced but otherwise it is pretty solid and complete. It and the one we have been discussing are both Butternut Yellow with black tops. Thanks for your efforts. Clint
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Possible '68 DANA Camaro on: June 10, 2009, 10:22:03 PM
A few pictures of the car. The Interior is all good and has nice deluxe seat belts, tinted windows all around. The trunk has been drilled for a spoiler and it had a vinyl top originally. The trunk and floor pans are all real nice and the console and dash are real good. I bought new GM quqrters and a new GM right front fender years ago. I have GM door skins and a new GM core support also. I have some nice used SS hoods if it's not a Dana Camaro. It has appliance header decal on the inner fender and a holley decal as well as a holley electric fuel pump bracket mounted in the trunk. Clint
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Possible '68 DANA Camaro on: June 10, 2009, 09:53:07 PM
The motion detector sounds very plausible. I am trying to load more pics of the rear axle area but the pictures may be too small to see once I get them small enough to download. Clint
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Possible '68 DANA Camaro on: June 10, 2009, 09:08:51 PM
I am going to post a couple of pics of the box I removed from the firewall. There is glue residue on the outside so I assume it had a decal applied that may have said what it was. Clint
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Possible '68 DANA Camaro on: June 10, 2009, 10:33:53 AM
I will look for the firewall box at my shop. It is a primitive looking device and very simple although it doesn't look to be very accurate. It is a set of points in a stamped steel housing. One side of the points was heat sensitive spring steel. If I remember right there was one wire hooked to it. It seemed to be like a circuit breaker to the coil. At high RPMs the voltage running through the points would be more constant and the heat generated would break the points in the box and kill the voltage to the distributor or coil. There was an adjustment screw that applied more pressure to keep the points closed longer if I remember right. I will post pics later today of some of the speed parts that are on the car. Most of these parts are the same as you and I could have bought at the local speed shop, as were the parts that Motion and Yenko used on their cars. Most of these dealers found what they liked and used the same brand on most of the cars they worked on. I am looking for the pattern of parts and modifications consistent with my Camaro. My car being built in LA I think Dana would be the only performance dealer who could have built my car. If it doesn't fit their pattern it's no big deal. So far there is no pattern. My computer is down now and my pictures are on it so I will try to post pics this afternoon. Clint   
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Possible '68 DANA Camaro on: June 10, 2009, 01:13:45 AM
There was a '68 Dana  found in Hawaii in late '07 or '08 that was an air conditioned 350 v/8 that had a full 427 conversion. Dana also converted Camaros and used the L71 Corvette tri power motor, which is the main reason I have kept my '68 L71 around. Dana did order cars for the 427 conversion and did order the 375 motor at times and I have seen pictures of cars with radio, heater, delete with a factory blank wood grain plate that covers the center of the dash with no holes except for maybe the ash tray. I'm pretty sure if they were to upgrade a 325 car they would do at least a 425 horse long block. I'm looking for someone that knows Dana cars enough to verify if they used Mr. Gasket traction bars or only Lakewood or if they reinforced the rear frame rail or installed a rev limiter. I don't think I will be able to document it being a Dana, but I am looking for information that they did or didn't use this part or do that procedure. It was more than likely just a street racer but it can't hurt to get any information available. Clint
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Possible '68 DANA Camaro on: June 09, 2009, 10:33:23 PM
I bought a '68 Camaro coupe about 15 years ago that could be something special. It's an original SS 396 4 speed with 4 piston disc brakes and a positraction 12 bolt. It had a small block in pieces when I bought it and the transmission was not original. It was showing about 70,000 miles with nice deluxe interior and wood wheel. What started me thinking it may be special was when the seller called The console gauges the "California gauge package". I am posting 3 pictures in the hopes that somebody has seen a similar gauge setup that may give me a clue if it was built by a dealer. The car was built in Los Angeles and at the time I wasn't aware of any Super Car dealers on the west coast. Of course I soon discovered that DANA was one of the first to build 427 Camaros in '67 so that perked my interest. My car had a cowl hood installed when it was painted in the 70s or 80s so if it had DANAs fiberglass hood, it was changed at that time. The rear axle was changed to a 4:10 with a ring gear spacer, and there was a small reinforcement plate welded to the rear frame rail on the left side directly above the axle tube where they had a tendency to kink the frame and buckle the quarter panel. It has Mr. Gasket slapper bars and brackets welded on the front spring perch body brackets, possibly for frame connectors. Under the hood it had a small box with a wire running to it that looked like it may have been an early rev limiter. Any information about emblem locations could be helpful. I live in the Kansas City area and feel that Dick Harrell my have played a part in the LA car coming to this area. I have a date correct Corvette 435 horse tripower 427 engine saved for this car but don't want to use it unless I can get a clue that this probably was a DANA car. According to the timing decal on the core support it was a 325 horse car originally. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Clint
12  Site Comments / Discussion / Test Drive / test picture posting on: June 09, 2009, 09:42:44 PM
Camaro gauges.
13  Orphans - documentation or VIN-stamped drivetrains - in search of the original cars / 1968 - Orphans / Fresh 396 MQ short block - 8L314958 T1109MQ on: June 09, 2009, 03:13:01 PM
    I have a short block out of a '68 Los Angeles built Camaro. If someone has the car it came out of I would consider selling it. The serial # is 8L3149xx and is stamped T1109MQ. The casting date looks like K  7  7 and is a 323 block. I have a '68 Camaro coupe that it will work in, but thought I would try to get it back to it's original body before I use it. I have the heads that are 840s and are dated J-24-7 & K-2-7. The motor was fresh when I got it with a '68 RS SS convertible but it was too early for that car and I have since purchased a correct 4 bolt main block for it. If your serial # matches this motor we will see if we can work out a deal. Thanks Clint
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