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106  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: No fire to the plugs on: May 16, 2014, 01:16:10 PM
Purchased a 69Z-has not been cranked in at least 12 years...  Motor turns but not firing.  Pulled plug and watched as somebody turned motor and no spark on plug.  Changed coil.  No fire.  Next step I assume is inside distributor?  What direction do I take?   Thanks

I can almost guarantee it is the points. Sitting that long the points get oxidized and corroded. With Key in off position, Remove distributor cap, 2 push down releases, take off rotor (2 screws) exposing points below. Take a small file (nail file will work) and put it between the contacts (apply a little pressure by pushing on the movable arm with your finger or screw driver) . Now, many manuals say NOT to file points, but they are not dealing with old, sitting idle stuff, so ignore that advice. After you file points, bump starter to close gap. Run (drag) a business card through the contacts a few times. This insures they are clean with no residue. Turn key on and crank engine watching for a spark jumping across points and looking for contact movement in and out. You may not see a visible spark easily, but with contact closed (key in on or run position)you can take a screw dr. and gently pry the contact arm and you should see a spark. Put everything back together and crank  checking for spark at plug. A cheap inline spark tester from harbor freight is good for this task. To check point gap is adequate, bump starter till points are in open position. Use a matchbook cover and set gap to cover thickness. A young fella may not have access to a dwell meter and this is a farmer's way and darn close.
107  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New guy to forum with Old first Gen on: May 15, 2014, 05:36:24 PM
Sounds like you know what you have...I still want it...slobber,slobber,lol
108  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New guy to forum with Old first Gen on: May 15, 2014, 05:14:43 PM
Are you sure that is a 427? and not an LS 6 or 7 454?
109  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Restoration help on: May 15, 2014, 02:22:03 PM
If you see anything incorrect in the photos I appreciate your feedback.

Yea, George, I see's not at my place!!! Your work is outstanding. I will scrutinize the pics closer though. Good luck and I want more pics! Nice!
110  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Master cylinder cover on: May 15, 2014, 01:13:17 PM
I, too, have read about more than one cover for 69. I cannot prove that my cap is, in fact, "born with", but I have every reason to believe it is, as the orig. master cylinder is on the car (off now) 12B Nor. Bill, here goes:
Will also comment on the cap you picture Bill, I understand that there was no DOT specification in 69, so that cap would be wrong,IMO.
111  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New guy to forum with Old first Gen on: May 15, 2014, 12:33:12 PM
No question is a dumb one.

First-avnut, can I have that engine? Love 427s ,lol, sounds like a "killer"...and, By the tach (5500), sounds like originally a SS/RS low horse BB car?

Second- Dumb Questions, hotrod68? How about, "I got an original 69Z without an engine, will a Ford 302 fit"? (no lie, Iv'e seen that asked)
my own question, I'm thinking about painting my house...what do you all think of a Hugger Orange house? sounds good, but DW will probably say its a dumb question.LMAO
112  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New guy to forum with Old first Gen on: May 14, 2014, 09:14:18 PM
Welcome avnut!! A lot of long time owners here and some young guns too...all are welcome. Look forward to your posts and pics when you figure that out. We are all behind you and many have long time restos in progress, so you are not alone, but you have already probably been reading those posts. Hoping your time money and energy hold out.
113  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: pretty cool on: May 14, 2014, 05:43:16 PM
10K, Wow! His memory may have embellished some of the facts. Would not be the first time I have heard a story strrreettccchheedd over A stout performer nonetheless. I know those short stroke SB's can really wail...those were the days.
114  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: pretty cool on: May 14, 2014, 05:32:28 PM
Very nice and fun to learn about the cars history and some good stories about it.

I wish I could do that onto car. My trail ends with the guy I got it from.

First-Congrats Dave! Were you inspired by my post about contacting previous owners? Vince's post about his car got me in gear and it paid off. Too bad the trail goes cold before 76~77 time period on my car. At least I know the last 3 owners now. I did not know the guy I got car from until this past October...can you imagine?

Second-C-Boy68ss AKA: YG with a C, Never say never. Check out this post:  a month ago by ME! I put an add on CL and got a call the next could have picked my jaw up off the floor! I have had this jewel(turd) since 79 (35 years) and never thought I would know any of its history. It was surreal to say the least.
115  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: And now the fun begins... on: May 14, 2014, 03:34:11 PM
I got to tell you, I really like that color! Congrats!
116  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: I'd like to introduce myself and my Camaro. on: May 12, 2014, 10:20:54 PM
A big welcome, most guys with 'original' cars, including myself, wish they were as clean and nice as yours. Your mods are tasteful IMO, and car came out real nice and I am sure, as you attest, it is fun to drive. Wink Glad you kept it a 327 car too.
117  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: CE coded warranty engines on: May 12, 2014, 09:03:05 PM
Thanks, I should have re-read that before I posted. I guess I knew, but the old cranium is not hitting on all 8 these days, I guess.
118  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rain makes corn.. on: May 12, 2014, 08:41:08 PM
Too much rain makes corn rot in the ground! I farm, like Bill. Hope you stay safe. I, too, think about something happening to my car after all its been through and all I've been through, but if it does, so be it. HAving said that, I am sure the sun will come out, at least metaphorically, when it gets home. Good luck and stay safe. What do survivor ARKs go for these days?lol
119  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Look what my wife brought home for me just now. on: May 12, 2014, 08:32:30 PM
I'll ad, my dailys are not newer or that pristine, but it still burns me when someone is so inconsiderate as this and, yes, I get mad when a ding shows up on anything I own, no matter how ratty. Just the idea that no one seems to care. My newest car is a 97, with 40k on it I will ad. Yea, I'm cheap, but it just doesn't seem to pay to have anything nice in today's world. When the kids were in car seats, I bought my wife the only new car we ever had and someone prompty "keyed it" down both sides and that was 20 years ago...still frosts me.
120  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / CE coded warranty engines on: May 12, 2014, 08:23:28 PM
A few questions that have been on my mind about warranty engines: 1) If a number, like CE0707, (just a random example) were deciphered, would that be the 707th warranty engine total for year 70  to include all warranty engines or specifically just that particular type, like the 707th L78 or DZ depending on which block it is stamped on? 2) A 70 engine could be in a 69 car, right, it was still under warranty? 3) would that CE be a short block only or long block or did CE include both?
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