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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Hope everyone has a blessed, peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving on: November 22, 2012, 12:42:03 PM
Happy Thanksgiving to all, I help you spend the day with family and friends and get plenty to eat. We all have much to be thankful for even though we often forget.

Have a great day!
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rare Camaro on Cars in Barns site on: November 17, 2012, 08:05:07 PM
Not to hi-jack but to post info, the TA/AAR guru chimed in on a post with the question on moparts, 154 column shift AARs are known/documented and 85 of them are bench seats. Other than that it is just percentages as mentioned earlier.

http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=7465902&an=0&page=0&gonew=1#UNREAD
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rare Camaro on Cars in Barns site on: November 17, 2012, 07:38:24 PM
I agree T-model66..  appears to be an extremely well-preserved original car, which is also very *rare*.. YES,,  Camaros with bench seats are rare... 
a bench seat in any of the pony cars are rare; I didn't even know a bench seat was an option in those cars until long after they were new.. and I've only seen a handful in my lifetime since. 
Note:  I assisted a good friend with restoration of a '70 AAR Cuda, with bench seat and column shift Auto ..  How rare do you reckon that is?  Smiley


They (bench AARs) are rare but I have seen a few, of course I frequent places where you would see them. I'll try to dig up a number, Chrysler didn't keep good record of options just percentages, 15% of Cudas were Sassy Grass Green (example, not accurate) but not necessarily 15% of AARs were that color. I show a bench seat column shift Mustang recently in PA and I actually saw a newer bench seat column shift Avalon come into the dealership the other day for service, this (the Avalon) is a case where rare doesn't equal valuable.
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: SBC Hump Heads on: November 04, 2012, 06:46:47 PM
Where in Florida? If it is near me I can have a shop I trust test them and then package and ship them for you. I'm in the Tallahassee area, but am Flying to Philly for 2 weeks in the am.
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: SBC Hump Heads on: November 03, 2012, 07:26:17 PM
At the cost of fuel, even down right now, seems you could have the checked and shipped MUCH cheaper. Of course you don't get the fun of the road trip and seeing other stuff the guy may have in the corner. I had a set shipped from NJ to Fl for $57 last year.
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: I'm impressed - new member on: November 03, 2012, 07:42:48 AM
Welcome to the forum.

Very nice 67 and I love the Nova.
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: $50k to spend on a Camaro. Which one would you pick this month on: October 04, 2012, 08:26:58 AM
A restamp is a restamp. If I have follow a few things correctly then a factory restamp is a ground off incorrect stamp and restamped not a DECK and restamp, just the pad is ground off. Not a favorable situation but if verified/documented it is what it is. As far as I decked it and stamp it back exactly as it was..............................right. Only with time stamped photography (which can be faked to a degree) would I even begin to buy that line. "Well why would I lie?" about 10,000 reasons. Not saying the seller isn't telling the truth, just cant be 100% sure, much less the next guy and the next, "well the guy I bought it from said he stamped it back exactly". Unfornately too much money riding on it to take a chance. If you like a car and like a price then buy it, if you are paying a premium for things like options, trim levels and number then verify them BEYOND ANY question.

Kinda like an engine or tranny you cant see work/check the vituals/inspect, just assume it's a core and pay accordingly.  
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Block Decking on: October 04, 2012, 06:34:26 AM
Back in the day and still currently for normal blocks we had al kinds of machine work done to prep a bloick for a build. Many/most of the times it included decking the block, we gave no thought to number what so ever we were just worried about the build and getting everything perfect. There are cases where we would deck it enough to raise the compression and it would be enough that you had to mill the 2 parts of the block the intake sits on cause it wouldn't allow the intake to seal against the head. During this time no doubt many rare blocks got there numbers shaved and now there is no way to identify there origin. As with anything when less scrupulous individuals see an opportunity to make an easy dime they will, so it will be a part of the hobby forever. It's a shame that it matters to the point of fraud but it is oen of the things that separates different levels of cars.
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: $50k to spend on a Camaro. Which one would you pick this month on: October 03, 2012, 11:13:01 AM
Perhaps I should have kept my mouth shut. After all who am I to say what wrong or right especially for someone else. Kurt would you please delete all my post from this thread?

Who are you? Someone with good practical knowledge from years of being aroudn these things and studying what you see. I think the post should stay.

To a degree every forum is a collection of experiences and YES opinions, some right some wrong but express properly there is a place for all of them. I will agree this forum is based a lot more in fact and research then most.
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: $50k to spend on a Camaro. Which one would you pick this month on: October 03, 2012, 08:49:33 AM
Shoe string budget of 50K, I'm hanging out with the wrong crowd.

I would look for a true survivor, maybe not top shelf but still original. Maybe something that needs a little TLC but nothing major. Good color if possible but original paint. If I couldn't find that then I would step down to a well maintained/repaired car that has just been kept as original as possible. Too many people get carried away in restorations and over do it, doing so many things wrong it is tough to really tell the original condition of things, essentially needing a complete redo to make it right. Next on the list would be a car complete needing restoration but with MINIMAL metal work required. Last on the list would be a car someone took apart and don't knwo what to do with now or doesn't have the skills/fundage to get it done.

I agree with VT, a Z might not be the best choice for dear old Dad, but if you wanted to buy me one it would be perfect for me and I'm a Dad.
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: I think I had a good day at the bone yard. on: September 28, 2012, 02:41:20 PM
Yea, I remember (as most of you do) when you could build an old car out of the boneyard, this trim pad is better than mine, if I take that seay back and that seat bottom I will have a tear free seat. I actually walk buy this car a few weeks ago and didn't really get into it. I was amazed the onwer manual was still in it in pretty good shape and then I looked done on the floor and thought HOLY MOLY a radio delete plate not that I need it just an unusaul find.
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: I think I had a good day at the bone yard. on: September 27, 2012, 07:07:39 PM
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13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / I think I had a good day at the bone yard. on: September 27, 2012, 07:07:08 PM
They had a 69 Nova 4 door, that had some prestine trim screws, an extremely nice seat of seat belts including the shoulder belts and these 2 little items.

I also pick up a double pumper for $20 the base is stuck and I have had mixed results with freeing them, but it does have 2 good center pivot bowls. Haven't run the numbers yet to see what exactly it is.
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Pricing for a 1968 MO complete engine on: September 26, 2012, 12:01:17 PM
I did not know that, I guess the ones I have seen I just assumed were modified.
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Pricing for a 1968 MO complete engine on: September 25, 2012, 06:41:59 AM
To my knowledge Chevrolet never had a screw in stud and guide plates on production heads or replacements. I have personally never seen a set or heard this and I have been in the repair side of dealerships for almost 30 years. The did have an issue under certain conditions of pulling the studs so back in the day we did use screw ins on our own stuff when we were building heads, but we also would commonly pin the studs in place as well if it was for a moderate build.
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