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3841  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Recommended Rear End Ratio... on: May 18, 2006, 01:31:03 PM
I'd go with the 3.55 also - you'll have all the tire smoke you can handle in 1st and 2nd, and the equivalent of a 2.41 axle on the highway in 5th.  Smiley
3842  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Donor cars for a Tremec 5 speed tranny? on: May 17, 2006, 11:26:09 AM
None of the factory-installed Tremecs (except the T56 in the Viper) will survive behind a 500hp motor; you'll need a T56 or a TKO600 like Keisler Engineering offers.
3843  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Engine casting date vs build date on: May 17, 2006, 11:18:47 AM
By the way, several thousand bricks WERE saved during the demolition, and given to the National Corvette Museum; they're sold by the Museum, numbered, and can be personalized; photo below of one I had made up and presented to one of my NCRS chapter members to recognize his contributions and participation last year.  Smiley
3844  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Engine casting date vs build date on: May 17, 2006, 11:12:53 AM
John: You may recall the sister facility about 1/4 mile north of the old V-8 plant was the birthplace of the early build '53 Corvettes.  It was demolished within the last several years as well.   Not even a brick was saved.  No plaque...nothing.   Sad....

That's the facility I was talking about - began as the Customer Delivery Building for the Flint Assembly Plant, was converted as the mini-assembly plant for the 300 '53 Corvettes, then became the Chevrolet Pilot Line, then the GM Assembly Research Center, then the GM Quality Center, then became a warehouse in recent years, and was bulldozed in 2004. I shot the photo below during the SACC (Solid Axle Corvette Club) Corvette 50th anniversary in June, 2003, with about 40 53's and twelve of the original '53 Corvette workers (in red shirts) that we rounded up in the Flint area as our special guests for the '53 Corvette 50th "Birthday Party" celebration. The plant is in the background, with the ramp to the roof parking lot.  Smiley

3845  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1968 302 head bolts on: May 16, 2006, 11:35:42 AM
Bolts with a "ring" marking are typical.
3846  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Valve covers for 68 z28 on: May 16, 2006, 11:27:26 AM
It should have chromed stamped steel valve covers.
3847  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Power steer pump cap on: May 15, 2006, 12:28:45 PM
I should have been more specific - my '69 cap is black plastic with no inner line as you describe; just meant I've never seen an unpainted metal cap.  Smiley
3848  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1968 302 head bolts on: May 15, 2006, 12:25:06 PM
There's nothing unique or special about 302 head bolts - they used the same bolts as any other small-block; unless you're looking for original headmarks, all the usual vendors have them (Jeg's, Summit, ARP, etc.).
3849  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Power steer pump cap on: May 15, 2006, 12:19:42 PM
My '67 Corvette and '69 Camaro PS caps are both painted - have never seen an UN-painted 60's PS cap.  Smiley
3850  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Muncie codes on: May 12, 2006, 12:37:42 PM
I have to look into that further; I've seen many more "CE" blocks where the first digit after the "CE" is later (higher number) than the model year of the car they went into than those where that digit matches the car's model year.  Smiley
3851  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Water pump cast date on: May 11, 2006, 02:50:18 PM
That would fly with no problem in NCRS Corvette judging - don't know what the Camaro judging standard is, however.
3852  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Muncie codes on: May 11, 2006, 02:43:21 PM
The "8" after "CT" denotes the calendar year it was built, not model year (unlike the year code in the Muncie "P"-number, which refers to model year).  Smiley
3853  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Light monitoring system rpo U46 on: May 10, 2006, 10:28:30 AM
The numbers I gave are for the '69; don't have a '68 A.I.M. handy.  Smiley
3854  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Door edge guards installation on: May 09, 2006, 01:45:49 PM
The plants put them on with a rubber hammer, and weren't concerned about chips that were hidden under the moldings (which is why I haven't touched the ones that are on my original '69).
3855  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Light monitoring system rpo U46 on: May 09, 2006, 01:42:22 PM
The Assembly Manual will tell you that too - the license lamp for U46 was unique, P/N 916664, and the standard license lamp (UPC 12, Sheet C4) was P/N 910967.
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