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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Special Front Bumper VE3 differences between OEM & aftermarket on: Today at 07:16:28 AM
 I'd be more interested in seeing pics of the oldest repos from the 80s if possible? I got a couple original VE3 that's in my 40 year collection but are in very bad shape....rusty and bent!  The bumper in question came from Carl Dwiggins in the early 80s and the owner thinks it's not a repo? I'm more curious when the earliest VE3s were reproduced...Thanks again for your help!
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Special Front Bumper VE3 differences between OEM & aftermarket on: April 27, 2015, 08:24:39 AM
Only searching to make sure that all VE3 bumpers would look exact...And yes I found one for sale the owner has had since the 80s and thinks it's oem. Also one of my customers bought a bumper from Heartbeat city a few years back and I questioned it then this other bumper I just heard about looks similar to me so I started the search to find out if any differences happen..Kinda like service JL8 axle tubes and several other parts with a couple designs for these cars.I've seen some real bad repos but evidently some nicer ones were made years ago? I 've always avoided most repo parts so I never inspected the bumpers much but will go and look closer this week.Thanks to everyone!
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Special Front Bumper VE3 differences between OEM & aftermarket on: April 26, 2015, 06:59:04 AM
I agree and understand the process thank you. So with that being said could it be possible out of the 12,650 VE3 bumpers plus every how many extras were made to supply the parts dept. a few differences in the brackets and materials used might have happened thus resulting in a couple different factory VE3 bumpers?
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Special Front Bumper VE3 differences between OEM & aftermarket on: April 25, 2015, 01:27:11 PM
Thanks William for your input...Interesting more than one supplier was involved and realistic... we must assume ALL were made exact in every way? Some production numbers indicate little over 12,500k cars left the factory with VE3 bumpers and that option cost around 42.00?
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Special Front Bumper VE3 differences between OEM & aftermarket on: April 25, 2015, 11:52:26 AM
Did Chevrolet / GM make all the endura bumpers in house or another company do it for them? Was it ever a first or second run or changes made during production?Also how many years after 69 where the bumpers stocked by gm for the collision industry in case my camaro was victim of a crash say in 1974? Anybody know when and who started to repo the bumpers?
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Fender Skirt Splash Apron Kit on: April 21, 2015, 07:49:24 PM
Good work Bob! Glad somebody cares enough to do the research for us!
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Fender Skirt Splash Apron Kit on: April 20, 2015, 07:59:35 PM
I was also disappointed with the set from soft seal! Inner tube cut outs was my first impression......
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Fender Skirt Splash Apron Kit on: April 17, 2015, 12:54:43 PM
Thanks James for the info.........
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: CHARLOTTE AUTOFAIR, APRIL 9-12 on: April 14, 2015, 08:00:12 PM
Phillip...Thanks as always for all you do to help this hobby and people!
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Fender Skirt Splash Apron Kit on: April 14, 2015, 10:08:01 AM
Still looking for the splash kit that's close to original and several places like Heartbeat City,The Parts Place,Trim parts, Metro claim to be just like the originals but don't want to buy ALL of them just to compare! Anybody tried some from these retailers ?
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Happy B-Day James! (FirstGenAddict) on: April 13, 2015, 07:42:59 PM
Hope it's a good one for ya? Wish I was still in my 40s !!
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: CHARLOTTE AUTOFAIR, APRIL 9-12 on: April 07, 2015, 08:15:46 PM
Maybe some of that good stuff will be left on thursday morning when I get there? What field/spot are you selling in?
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Why I am worried about Body Work Guys in General on: March 29, 2015, 05:39:55 PM
It's the same problem everywhere with skilled labor....most only care about getting it done asap..paid and move on to the next quickest payday!! The collision shops take on restoration work to help during the slow times and the bodyman or tech has no idea what the vintage car will need to be correct without spending some research time and that costs!!
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Fender Skirt Splash Apron Kit on: March 27, 2015, 07:55:44 PM
Another challenging thing can be if you are using the original staple holes ..getting the repo staples to fit that hole....I've found that needle nose pliers will help bend the staple so it lines up with the factory holes after some tweaking! Anybody making the splash shields these days that look different than the inner tubes they have been selling? A never ending quest to find better repo parts.............
15  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Smokey Yunick on: March 27, 2015, 12:49:00 PM
I owned the experimental turbo vega engine shown on page 27..it was sold after he passed away..along with a few more ultra rare items..A couple prototype big block aluminum intakes ..part #3878299 one of them was on a 66 427 with H. Yunick stamped in it...I need to find a good home!
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