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3691  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Powerglide - what type of fluid do I use? on: July 10, 2006, 09:37:46 AM
Use whatever the latest GM ATF is.
3692  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Z-28 Tires on: July 10, 2006, 09:36:13 AM
Mine had 235/60-15 BFG T/A radials on it (on the original "YH" rally wheels) when I bought it six years ago (and a very worn original Wide Tread GT spare which I trashed); I had rubbing issues at the front at 12 o'clock on the wheel opening moldings (with original springs that have lost a little ride height), and put a set of new 215/65-15 BFG T/A radials on it last summer - no more rubbing issues, and the speedo is dead on at 70mph.
3693  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: What were the original nuts used on the '69 rear spoiler on: July 10, 2006, 09:27:13 AM
Mine has never been off the car, so I don't know if it has sealing washers between the spoiler and the deck lid surface or not; the hex nuts with conical washers securing the front edge do have sealing washers on them, which were integral with the nut.
3694  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Z-28 Tires on: July 09, 2006, 09:37:39 AM
'69 Z/28's used E70-15 tires, either Goodyear Wide Tread GT or Firestone Sport Car 200, both of which had raised white letters. Coker makes a reproduction of the Sport Car 200, but I haven't seen the Kelsey Goodyear. In any case, I wouldn't put bias-ply tires on any car I own and sacrifice driving/handling for looks.

Edit: Just went to the Kelsey site (www.kelseytire.com), and they do have the repro E70-15 Wide Tread GT - tire looks good, but I wouldn't spend $230 per tire for bias-ply tires.
3695  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: X77 dash wood grain on: July 09, 2006, 09:23:30 AM
Didn't Z23 specify special interior trim with comfort weave vynl seats and molded door panels?

Nope, that was the RPO Z87 deluxe interior, which included the Z23 items plus the Comfortweave seats, molded door panels, wood-grain all across the passenger side of the dash, trunk mat, hood insulator pad, etc. The Z87 deluxe interior carried a different trim combination number than the same color standard interior on the cowl tag, so you can tell by the trim number whether or not the car originally had a standard or deluxe interior.
3696  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: What were the original nuts used on the '69 rear spoiler on: July 09, 2006, 09:13:31 AM
My unmolested original 02D Norwood Z/28 with factory D80 has domed "acorn" nuts across the rear, and hex nuts with integral conical washers across the front - photo below.  Smiley
3697  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Interesting date on the Trim Tag on: July 08, 2006, 10:29:45 AM
I started my GM career at Willow Run in 1964 as a Production Foreman, when we were building the Corvair and Chevy II together on the same line (50-50 mix) at 65 per hour; left in 1966 for the Chevrolet Pilot Line in Flint.
3698  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Paint code question on: July 08, 2006, 10:23:12 AM
Yes, that's correct - Cortez Silver with a black standard interior.
3699  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: X code question on: July 08, 2006, 10:20:43 AM
The X44 code means the car was a small-block non-Z/28, non-SS without the Z21 Style Trim and without the Z22 RS package; see http://www.camaros.org/numbers.shtml#XnnCodes . Many COPO's were X44 cars, but none had A/C.
3700  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Engine Block P/N - A Question for JohnZ on: July 08, 2006, 10:14:46 AM
Precisely the same situation existed for 350 and 400 blocks - they were also machined for both 2- and 4-bolt mains depending on application, with no external identification either way. The mains were machined with the caps in place, and a visual check of the three center main caps was the only way to differentiate the 2-bolts from the 4-bolts.
3701  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: X77 dash wood grain on: July 07, 2006, 09:38:35 AM
Thanks! One more question. Would the black Z23 option show on the Cowl Tag as 711 or 712?


The Z23 option was unrelated to colors, and wasn't shown on the '69 trim tags; all that showed on the trim tag was the interior trim combination number (color and level - standard or deluxe).
3702  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Interesting date on the Trim Tag on: July 07, 2006, 09:33:49 AM
Ed - Can't explain the date code, but as a matter of interest, we built all the '69 Corvairs off the main line, in a Pilot Area in the back corner of the plant, by hand. When the volume dropped below 5 per hour in late '68 (thanks to our buddy, Ralph Nader), we knew the car was dying, and moved the Chevrolet final assembly operations off-line at three per hour until the car was finally cancelled.
3703  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Question on Block codes...??? on: July 07, 2006, 09:27:34 AM
The VIN stamp says it came out of a '68 Chevelle built at Framingham, Massachusetts.
3704  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: X77 dash wood grain on: July 06, 2006, 10:43:44 AM
See the chart for Z23 at http://www.camaros.org/options.shtml#CustomSpecialInterior ; Z23 all by itself (without the D55 console) got the assist grip, bright pedal trim, and wood-grain accents on the steering wheel shroud and on both sides of the lower portion of the instrument cluster.
3705  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Can Anyone Recommend a Transmssion Shop in Baltimore Area? on: July 05, 2006, 10:33:25 AM
Try Jerry MacNeish in Eldersburg - www.z28camaro.comSmiley
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