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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1968 Z/28 Block - Trans - Rear Numbers... Original Stamps? on: Today at 10:30:39 AM
  Study closely and you will see this block has a lot of surface rust scars on the pad area. I suspect a mild pass under the decking stone to clean it up was done so likely the whole head area was exposed and rusting. My 396 conv was taken apart by the previous owner after a rod bearing locked the motor in the 70's. He had since passed away and the car and parts sat in his back yard exposed to the weather. I bought the car and had to have the block decked to clean the rust off the exposed head mating surfaces (including stampings) so most of the VIN and prefix left behind is very-very light but still readable and there are still rust scars. Back in the 80's preserving a number wasn't thought of, with me at least, so when I had seen these pictures, it sure reminds me of what I went through.
  I'm still curious where these photos came from.

Mike
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1968 Z/28 Block - Trans - Rear Numbers... Original Stamps? on: Today at 08:17:17 AM
 Where did you get these pictures? Just curious.

Mike
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 inner quarter pinch weld / door gap on: April 18, 2014, 09:27:17 PM
 Is the front edge of the door even with the rocker edge by chance? This pic looks like the door is too far back and maybe loosening the hinges and moving the door forward to even the edge with the rocker end will fix it.

Mike
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: need the experts help with stamp pad on: April 18, 2014, 06:50:35 PM
 Considering there was no 'rotate stock' practice, I guess a block can sit on a shelf for a while before being pulled for assembly prep, or in a case of an assembled motor, sit on the rack for a while before getting installed and VIN stamped.

Mike
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: need the experts help with stamp pad on: April 15, 2014, 08:43:06 AM
  I can't comment on the correctness of this stamping but I wanted to say you can have a block decked and still retain the stampings providing the decking process doesn't take too much off vs. the depth of the stamp.Most original stampings will have a very-very slight ridge along the characters edge from the metal displacement of the imprint force. Any decking, providing it doesn't take the stamping totally off, will usually even out the slightly raised edge (as this photo looks) depending on the deck cut depth.

Mike
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Nice Restoration on: April 12, 2014, 01:32:24 PM
 Oh-no.....a tape line on the blackout  Cheesy
  I'm just nit-picking......We all should look that good at our old ages.
Still, looks like a nice looking car accurate or not.

Mike
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Heater cover wiring clips. on: April 12, 2014, 11:02:35 AM


James:  I don't believe that is correct.   AM/FM the wire was rerouted under the heater box.   AIM shows double up the wire and tape.   It then goes to a clip on the bottom corner of the heater box like Mike shows.   Then to another clip on the bottom middle of the heater box then to the fan.    No wire up top.

Mike:  On yours, did they leave an empty clip up top?

 There are just 2 clips...one on the middle bottom and one on the end corner. Nothing on the top. Maybe it was just a '67 thing?

Mike
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Nice Restoration on: April 12, 2014, 08:14:19 AM
 This is one heck of a resto and looks too good to drive. But what a waste if nobody drove it and the car was restricted to just being a garage queen.

Mike
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Oval floor pan plugs-stamped? on: April 10, 2014, 11:38:05 AM
 I believe there were hot dip galvanized from the factory and not bare steel. The ones I removed from my 05B NOR were all that way (plated) and only one plug out of the 6 was not stamped with any codes. The other 5 were.

Mike
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1967 - Y-1 (Butternut with White top) - Anyone have any pictures? on: April 07, 2014, 09:33:13 PM
 My 67 rag top under restoration is butternut yellow. I love that color and the nice contrast with the black bumblebee stripe  Wink
And the DBC paint was only $360/gallon so that made it a plus being a solid color.

Mike
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Teen drives ZL-1 into Texas pool on: April 07, 2014, 09:31:22 PM
 I think he was looking for the nearest car wash.....and found it!  Cheesy

"Don't ban high performance cars.....ban low performance drivers"

Mike
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Heater cover wiring clips. on: April 05, 2014, 11:21:05 PM
Interesting....must have rerouted the blower wire in '68. My 67 is on the bottom.

Mike

Mike, in the 67 A I M it is shown on UPC 12  A8.  There are 2, 1 right on the inboard upper corner holding the entire Harness just above where the Blower motor wire separates out, and another that holds just the Blower motor wire.

Hi Mike,
  Looking at the 67 LOS, the clip that holds the harness is on the lower right and the blower motor wire is routed under the bottom and held with a second clip.
The wire looks close to the manifold but that is just the way it appears in the photo. It is at a safe distance.

Mike
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Heater cover wiring clips. on: April 04, 2014, 03:10:26 PM
Interesting....must have rerouted the blower wire in '68. My 67 is on the bottom.

Mike
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Loose X77 Tag on Craigslist on: April 04, 2014, 10:41:26 AM
 I brought the pic into Photoshop, double the image size, inverted and adjusted the contrast and levels and it looks closer to 293912

Mike
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 111480 DZ Distributor Opinion on: March 31, 2014, 07:50:07 AM
 It could have been bead or sand blasted to cause the rough texture or then again it could have been done that way to may it look aged for another reason. But, what is of interest are the small machining grooves do no run through the number stampings as I have usually seen on other distributors. Here is a link to one made 3 days before this one as a reference. Not sure if the stampings are original or not. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-Z28-1111480-distributor-9E13-May-69-302-/231148907146?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item35d18c6a8a&vxp=mtr#ht_1906wt_977

Just my observation.

Mike
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