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256  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 18, 2014, 02:44:17 AM
Block Casting Date...
Block Casting Date = E218
E = Month of the Year - May
21 = Numeric Day of the Month - 21st. Day
 8 = Year - 1968
 = Tuesday May 21st. 1968 
257  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 18, 2014, 02:42:42 AM
Cowl Tag rivet backs...
258  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 18, 2014, 02:36:51 AM
Cowl Tag info
O5E
68-12437      NOR    145458     BODY  
TR - 712               YY                PAINT

O5E = 5th Week of May
68 -12437 = 1968 Camaro Coupe
NOR = Body Assembly Plant - Norwood Ohio
145458 = Fisher Body Unit Number
TR -712 = Black Standard Bucket Seats Interior
YY = Butternut Yellow Paint – Lower/Upper No Vinyl Top

Protection Plan Booklet Info

     E        YY       124378N445453   H
     VO523MO   BU0524G               6
     P8E29           2   63  
Note: POP shows rear axle code      BU0524G
Actual rear axle stamping in car is   BUO525G
Was this a common mistake to be a day or so off in either direction? Especially with SO MANY 4’s & 5’s in the VIN? Could this be a good thing to show some human error?

Engine Front Pad Assembly Date/Plant/Suffix Code VIN

V0523MO
V = Flint Michigan
05 = Numeric Month of the Year - May
23 = Numeric Day of the Month 23rd - Thursday
MO = Suffix Code – Z/28   4-speed Transmission
18N445453 – Partial VIN

Rear Axle Assembly Stamp / Casting Number

BU 0525 G2
        E
BU = Rear Axle Ratio Code - 3:73
05 = Numeric Month of the Year - May
25 = Numeric Day of the Month - 25th Day - Saturday
G = Gear Axle Plant - Detroit
2 = Shift Code – Second Shift
E = Positraction Manufacturer Code – Eaton Company
 
Casting # 3894860
= 12 Bolt Rear End

Rear Axle #’s / Casting Date

E208
E = Month of the Year – May
20 = Numeric Day of the Month – 20th Day
8 = Last Digit of Year 1968
= Monday May 20th 1968
259  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 18, 2014, 02:27:26 AM
Both heads dated May 6th '68
260  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 18, 2014, 02:21:11 AM
Hey Vince, I seen that also. It actually looks like the bottom of another E to me. But you are right, it could be a baby C. I can tell you it doesn't have the bottom drain plug, so I think it's an M-20? I will post the other trans pic's. I am hoping all of you experts chime in and keep chiming in to tell me the stamps, and numbers look good. I spent a lot of time collecting data.... Danny
261  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 17, 2014, 08:50:18 PM
Cowl VIN
262  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 17, 2014, 08:47:15 PM
VIN plate at Drivers Dash...Trans stamps and First hidden VIN at Passenger Cowl.... Danny
263  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 17, 2014, 08:35:37 PM
More pics... Look close and you can see the butternut yellow overspray on the cowl tag... Danny
264  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 17, 2014, 08:31:03 PM
Thanx...Copy that, I will take it to 32 later tonight. I use vacuum to set the timing, but I will get out my timing light and do some checking.... Danny

Warren, yes I have that sheet you sent him. Very cool for sure. That is where I think Richard seen the car and bought it. I am still researching that. But what a find to actually have that ad. And it has the date of Jan 1st. '69. That's how I figured out about how long the first owner had the car. Thanx again... Danny
265  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 17, 2014, 08:20:15 PM
Thanx guys, yes it is a nice treat for sure. As the link above shows, it was discussed on CRG a few weeks back. And so that is where we seen it. I replaced the front calipers and brake lines as they were pouring brake fluid. Rears are ok for now. I did a compression test and all cylinders were between 155 and 172#'s, one cylinder was 180#'s. I installed a set of points and condenser, cap and rotor and a set of wires and set the dwell at 30. Book said between 28 and 32. So I went in the middle, is that ok??  Set the timing with a vacuum gauge. Brought it up to the highest point, then backed it off a single pound and set it tight. Flushed and bled the brake fluid and installed an aftermarket master for now. Hooked up the vacuum advance to a tee at the choke pull-off for manifold vacuum. And plugged the Ported vacuum at the carb. Radiator was full of anti-freeze. I will flush it soon. Installed new thermostat. Replaced top and bottom hose for now. Carb float bowl levels were to high and weeping out the top, so I set those. Set the idle at 900. I was going to wire off the choke as we really don't need them here in CA, but I left it, and put the stainless piano wire back in the tool box.
 Took it for a spin, and it pulls pretty good. There is no tach so I took it easy and didn't wind it to high. Took it up to about 70MPH. Good Times!! Going to leave it like this for now and run it for the summer. Then we will see. Danny  
266  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 17, 2014, 02:52:04 PM
more...
267  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 17, 2014, 02:32:49 PM
Documentation...
268  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 17, 2014, 02:18:38 PM
More Pics...
269  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 17, 2014, 02:17:20 PM
My girlfriend seen me interested in this car, and how I was watching the rebuild of Chick's Butternut Yellow Z/28 and bought this car for me. Seems to be original from the air cleaner wing nut to the wheels excluding water pump, hoses, belts, battery, battery cables, Rad cap { anybody have one } and small misc items. Even the exhaust is original. Had Cowl Plenum system installed, and stolen while in storage? Comes with POP, and Owner Protection booklet. I wanted to run the plates but all of my highway patrol and local cop buddies have retired. The DMV here in CA says the plates are still in another name. NCRS paperwork shows GM overseas distribution, possibly the Netherlands.
 I spent well over 100 hours getting info.

  Seems the first owner drove it for just about 6.5 months give or take a week of days. Put A LOT of miles on it, about 18,590. Don’t have his name, not on any early receipts…Maybe traded it in to “Central Chevrolet”  in Fremont, CA Late '68 or early '69. Delivery states overseas dealer, possibly the Netherlands. But could have been ordered from overseas, but picked up here state side. Maybe shipped or not, don’t know. Probably a serviceman.

Sat on the lot in CA for 3 months? Person I believe is the second owner Richard Ward Anderson lived in Santa Rosa, CA (?) and seen the ad from that dealership and purchased the car March 26th ‘69 and kept it until the late 80’s. Lived in Santa Rosa but also had a house in Pebble Beach? As there is a receipt from Santa Rosa a while after purchase, then scattered receipts all from around Monterey County. But may have bought some tires and spark plugs around 4 of ’69 in Santa Rosa. Although his name is not on THOSE receipts. Then subsequently parked it in Pebble Beach inside a garage near the coast for a while. Registration trail ends in ’89 ? Then a guy bought it and had it for many many years and never registered it in his name. Then his friend bought it from him 2 years ago. It was titled in his name with a current pink slip in another state, but still had the original CA plates.   YKZ 821

Car underside has slight faded Yellow underneath and in great condition. Has all original floors, trunk and GM panels. Looks to be a true Survivor! Not a major dent in it anywhere! 56K original Miles. Fires right up and runs good. No major rot. But a little silver dollar spot at usual area bottom body by door. And some around rear window left side.  All original paint. Heater core leaking, bypassed. Front bumper bowed at right center slightly. No #3908326 proportioning valve on drivers frame. Please look it over and let me know what you can spot good or bad. And if you have a connection for past documentation of any kind or ownership.... Danny
  
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270  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Sonoma Historics 2014 on: June 21, 2014, 01:20:25 AM
I get tickets to this event most years for free from friends. I live down the road a piece and have spent many hours out there over the years getting some good sunburn. Was going thru health issues this year so did not make it out. Watched the Javelin win last year like he does every year. Used to go out as a kid and run on the motocross track and a guy would come out on the track with a little ford ranger chasing us off. We would go around a couple corners, then raise the yellow caution tape and hit the track. Fun watching him bounce that truck all to hell and back trying to catch us. Over the years I have had some hot laps in a Sunbeam Tiger, 427 Cobra, '69 Boss 302 and the like. Ironically no Camaro runs. I was a Mustang kid, but always admired the '69 Camaro. Had a chance to buy a Gold '69 Z28 for $1,500. My Dad had the owner take him for a ride. When they got back, my Dad said no way is that going to be your first car. Settled on a nice '65 Mustang Fastback... but I digress.... Danny
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