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196  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 31, 2012, 11:18:59 PM
John...sidebar; why are some vin stamps upside down? Heads on or off maybe making more room for the gang stamp?
197  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Torque Thursts for a 67 camaro z/28 on: December 31, 2012, 11:06:45 PM
1/2" offset.
198  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: could it be? on: December 31, 2012, 10:03:07 PM
Dude...not going there again.
199  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans-Am Season Review on: December 30, 2012, 10:51:09 PM
Looks like they are aerating the fuel.
200  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: ce suffix help on: December 30, 2012, 10:11:09 PM
Hey Dan,  Is that a lite stamped 6 between the one and the three?

Sure looks like it.
201  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: could it be? on: December 30, 2012, 10:03:54 PM
So, what's it's original look?
202  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original/Reproduction Smog Setups for '69 Z28?? on: December 28, 2012, 11:04:52 PM
Might check with Jerry MacNeish too.
203  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: could it be? on: December 28, 2012, 10:55:56 PM
I'm a day one kind of guy, so; I'd leave the car stock appearing, take off the SS stuff, put in whatever drive train you want and have fun with it.
204  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans-Am Season Review on: December 26, 2012, 10:04:35 PM
Some great pictures there, but the one of Smokey under the car with no stand is scary!!
205  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans-Am Season Review on: December 26, 2012, 10:00:43 PM
"There are three volumes and about 1100 pages".

Thanks for the Readers Digest version Jon!
206  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: could it be? on: December 26, 2012, 09:43:49 PM
Do the car right, and it won't make any difference.
207  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 26, 2012, 12:48:57 AM
Thanks James...that certainly makes sense.
208  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 25, 2012, 03:06:34 PM
The duration of Christmas shutdown varied with the casting demand.  The foundry was pretty maintenance intensive, so we tried to schedule a week shutdown in melt/mold to accommodate big projects.  The finishing/inspection area would generally work a limited crew through shutdown to catch up on casting repairs & rough casting backlog.  Also, personnel would be available to ship castings out of inventory to the motor plant.  Ugh - that's a real flashback - digging pallets of blocks out of snow/ice!  Under normal production though - the castings flowed pretty quickly to the motor plant (which is the topic of this thread).

Thanks...that's kind of what I thought. I couldn't see that they would completely shutdown plants.
209  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1968 Trans-Am Season Review on: December 25, 2012, 01:24:14 PM
Jon,

Great shot of your car loaded up and ready to go!

What's with the Yunick entry; Quito, Ecuador?
210  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: December 25, 2012, 12:57:22 PM
The best time possible at Tonawanda = 30 minutes on the pouring loop to shake out on lines 1 & 2 (block lines) + 4 hours in the cooling court + 20 minutes through blast, grind, chip & inspect.  The door to the Tonawanda Motor Plant was only about a 50 foot fork truck ride from the end of both block finishing lines.  Sometimes the blocks were pretty warm when they arrived at the motor plant.  At that point, the block could go right to the motor plant machining line.  So...it's clearly possible for a casting to be produced and assembled the same day.  We weren't "just in time" in those days though.  Most casting waited on pallets in inventory que.  If a block fell off of the conveyor in the cooling court it would sit up there until Christmas or Summer shut down.  So a casting date could be many months before build date.  The Flint motors would be pretty difficult to be cast & machined the same day due to the trucking required between Saginaw & Flint.

I didn't realize there was a Christmas shutdown. Was it more than just that day and Christmas Eve? What about the New Year's holiday?
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