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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: September 03, 2013, 07:54:10 PM
Gary,

I did ask the previous owner who restored the distributor and here is what he said:

"This distributor came with a 69 Chevelle I bought.  The owner said he was going to make it an L78 car.  He said that a local speed shop in Mount Laurel,  NJ  cleaned it up and it is ready to go.  New points, condenser, rotor and cap."

Al
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: September 03, 2013, 04:16:53 PM
I do understand the question relating to the offset cutting of the body only. Hopefully to put that to rest, here is another photo of my 1111499 with one of the caliper fingers directly on the stamping. Almost identical at 3.8125.



I feel very satisfied now, thanks to everyone's help on this forum, that I can now relist the distributor and call it an "original 1111499 and not a re-stamp"

I'd also like to thank cook dw for being the first to call it "original."

Even at 63, I still love learning about anything related to muscle cars.

Al in Maine
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: September 03, 2013, 01:47:58 PM
I really don't know much about micrometers but on the body it is the difference between 3.815 (know original) and 3.813 my 1111499. That would be a difference of .002

The cap area is 3.800 (known original) and 3.797 my 1111499. That would be a difference of .003

That seems like an incredibly close measurement to me. Could this small amount be evidence that the distributor has been turned down?

Al
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: September 03, 2013, 12:35:53 PM
OK, finally got the micrometer and here are the results of the two distributors. One is the 1969 (396/375) 1111499 and the other is the 1969 (350/250) 1111487. I did my very best to ensure that each time I measured I zeroed out and tried to measure is the same areas on both distributors. No BS here. What you see is what I see. They look pretty close to me. I think the difference could be the cleaning off of the crud and oxidation. What do you think?

Here is the body measurements:


Here is the area under the cap measurements:


Al
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: September 02, 2013, 08:19:04 PM
Gary,

I'll try and find out tomorrow who actually restored the distributor.

Possibly this is a good time to come up with some type of criteria that everyone could live with so that others don't have to go through this. With the prices being asked for some of these distributors, and people willing to pay those prices, something other than "I guarantee this is not a re-stamp" should be determined. If that is to happen, it is sites like this that will need to pave the way for individuals like myself, to look to for guidance.

However, I hope we are not back to determining originality or should I say non-originality just because it looks "too good".

Al
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: September 02, 2013, 06:23:48 PM
Steve,
My friend did not bring over his micrometer but I will get it tomorrow and I will measure for myself the 499 as well as the 487. Both the body and cap area. I'll post the results.
Thanks,
Al
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: September 02, 2013, 01:34:04 PM
I absolutely can feel the step. I'm not an expert but may be one when this is over. A friend brought over his 1111487 distributor that he took out of his 1969 Camaro. He says it is absolutely original and who would re-stamp a 350/250 distributor anyways? I am going to borrow the micrometer later today and check both distributors myself. I did take a photo of both trying to show the lip. They look/feel the same to me. Here is the photo:

8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: September 02, 2013, 11:41:29 AM
OK, hopefully this will put this discussion to bed once and for all. For good or for bad. I just went to my friends shop and he measured my 1111499 distributor body with his micrometer and it is, as he says, "exactly 3.806."

Now if someone out there who has a known original 1111499 distributor and not a re-stamp, will please measure theirs, we will know for sure if my distributer has been turned to remove the old numbers and then re-stamped.

I am anxiously awaiting a response.

Thanks,
Al in Maine
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: September 02, 2013, 10:29:06 AM
These are about as close and still be clear as I can get of the stampings.

10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: September 02, 2013, 06:35:58 AM
I will have a friend use a micrometer today on the distributor and as suggested by z28z11, I will measure the O.D. of the body at the stamping, and also measure the O.D. at the cap mounting step. Hopefully, someone can measure their original and compare numbers. This should resolve the issue for good.
Thanks again,
Al
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: September 01, 2013, 06:50:51 AM
I do appreciate all of the scrutiny. I was just doing a fellow enthusiast a favor when I traded the distributor for a 1969 Chevelle Blue Dot AM/FM Stereo Radio withy MPX. The gentleman said he had been looking for a long time for a blue dot radio for his 69 Chevelle convertible. He emailed me many times and finally I agreed to do the swap. I didn't need the distributor or the radio but thought I could simply sell the distributor and get the $530 back that I had in the radio. So I did it under the assumption the that the distributor was not a re-stamp. I guess I didn't know how hard it really is to confirm that the 1111499 is the real deal. It makes me wonder how the other eBay sellers use the terms like "Guaranteed not to be a re-stamp" or "Original 1111499 distributor"??
Thanks again,
Al in Maine
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: August 31, 2013, 08:46:15 PM
I am sure he will not take it back now. Is it simply worthless now?
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / 1111499 Distributor Question?? on: August 31, 2013, 03:44:20 PM
OK, just got home and saw that my 1111499 distributor did not sell. I had one question/comment during the auction. The person said my distributor was too clean and it did not have that "old look" so he felt it must be a re-stamp. Please weigh in and let me know your opinion on rather or not this is a real 1111499 or a re-stamp. I took it in trade with the understanding it was not a re-stamp but the real deal.
Thanks,
Al in Maine
 


































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