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196  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Made Contact with Some Previous Owners Today on: April 14, 2014, 05:07:07 PM
Vince, you really started something. I have to tell you, but I do not want to Hi-Jack your thread. After reading about your chasing down of your components, It planted a "seed". I posted a pic on Craigslist last night of my flamed car asking if anyone knew any information about the car? Already, today, just minutes ago, a guy called and told me he owned the car around 1977-78. He traded it to a High School buddy for a Nova. He gave me that guys name as well. I am thinking that the guy (Nova owner) sold it to the guy I got the car from. I spoke with that owner back in the fall after an old friend gave me his name and the lead. This guy (one who had car when I found it)told me he traded a motorcycle for the Camaro. You see, when I found the car, I already had the Blue one and spent everything I had on that car buying parts each week. So, when the flamed car came along, I did not have the money. My best friend, at the time, bought it and I paid him back. He had the car put in his name, so that is where the trail ended for so many years. Now, I have contacted the guy who had car when I found it and the owner 2 before, I believe? and have a name of the guy in between. This is getting interesting. this guy I talked to today said the guy he bought it from may have been the original owner, but he could not remember his name. He also has only one picture of the car from when he owned it.
Followup:
Just after I posted, I did a person search of the name the caller gave me today who he traded for the Nova. First person I called- BINGO! He sold it to the guy I got it from. He even had the sales tax receipt in front of him when I called as he had a cop friend who was trying to search down the VIN. How about that? He read the VIN, yes, the same as my car. He gave me an email and said he had more stories and the original add when he tried to sell the car in the "Wheeler Dealer", one of those add mags. printed on newspaper type paper that you see in convenient stores. He said, you know that is a 375 horse car, right? My car had 2 fuel lines, but a curved neck radiator. I always thought it was a 325 car although I have a 375 going back in. He thought there was a story about the original owner had some connections with the dealer and did some shady deal where they swapped out the engine when new, like Yenko did. I do not know and still looking for clues. He said the engine was "tired" when he got it and he put a 402 in it. He believes he scrapped the original engine. Will keep up on this.
197  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: TRIALS AND TRIBULATION OF FINDING ORIGINAL DRIVE TRAIN OF 69 CAMARO L 78 on: April 14, 2014, 03:53:54 PM
Oh man, those pics are precious. It really gets my blood going when we can go back in the day and see through each one's "window" of the life, lol. Just after I posted, I did a person search of the name the caller gave me today who he traded for the Nova. First person I called- BINGO! He sold it to the guy I got it from. He even had the sales tax receipt in front of him when I called as he had a cop friend who was trying to search down the VIN. How about that? He read the VIN, yes, the same as my car. He gave me an email and said he had more stories and the original add when he tried to sell the car in the "Wheeler Dealer", one of those add mags. printed on newspaper type paper that you see in convenient stores. He said, you know that is a 375 horse car, right? My car had 2 fuel lines, but a curved neck radiator. I always thought it was a 325 car although I have a 375 going back in. He thought there was a story about the original owner had some connections with the dealer and did some shady deal where they swapped out the engine when new, like Yenko did. I do not know and still looking for clues. He said the engine was "tired" when he got it and he put a 402 in it. He believes he scrapped the original engine. Will keep up on this.So this does not interfere with Vince's post, I am copying my two tposts here and putting them in a new one titled: Made contact with some previous owners today
198  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: TRIALS AND TRIBULATION OF FINDING ORIGINAL DRIVE TRAIN OF 69 CAMARO L 78 on: April 14, 2014, 02:54:07 PM
Sweeet!! (both cars) I love Big Blocks though.
Vince, you really started something. I have to tell you, but I do not want to Hi-Jack your thread. After reading about your chasing down of your components, It planted a "seed". I posted a pic on Craigslist last night of my flamed car asking if anyone knew any information about the car? Already, today, just minutes ago, a guy called and told me he owned the car around 1977-78. He traded it to a High School buddy for a Nova. He gave me that guys name as well. I am thinking that the guy (Nova owner) sold it to the guy I got the car from. I spoke with that owner back in the fall after an old friend gave me his name and the lead. This guy (one who had car when I found it)told me he traded a motorcycle for the Camaro. You see, when I found the car, I already had the Blue one and spent everything I hadon that car buying parts each week. So, when the flamed car came along, I did not have the money. My best friend, at the time, bought it and I paid him back. He had the car put in his name, so that is where the trail ended for so many years. Now, I have contacted the guy who had car when I found it and the owner 2 before, I believe? and have a name of the guy in between. This is getting interesting. this guy I talked to today said the guy he bought it from may have been the original owner, but he could not remember his name. He also has only one picture of the car from when he owned it.
199  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / has anyone run Sealed Power/Fed. Mogul/Speed Pro camshafts? on: April 14, 2014, 10:16:32 AM
I have a new SpeedPro LS6, L72, L78 replacement cam that I planned on using in my build. With so much posted (on other sites) about problems with newer cams, I thought I would get some opinions before installing. I have heard a lot of  newer cams have hardness issues and inferior metal today. A lot of castings made in China, etc...Just don't want to put "junk" together. Thanks CRG.
200  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: TRIALS AND TRIBULATION OF FINDING ORIGINAL DRIVE TRAIN OF 69 CAMARO L 78 on: April 14, 2014, 06:38:16 AM
A couple of comments: Sad ending, Vince. I lost my job of 15 years at 40 years old went back and got a Bachelors degree. That and $1 will buy me a cup of coffee. When you lost your job, it sounds like you could/should have started a detective agency with your prowess for tracking down information. You said you recently came upon the phone number of the buyer of your car from 2009, how do you keep track of that stuff?? I can't find a phone number after, say, a day!!?lol
201  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: TRIALS AND TRIBULATION OF FINDING ORIGINAL DRIVE TRAIN OF 69 CAMARO L 78 on: April 13, 2014, 09:59:38 PM
Vince, That is awesome, to say the least. I really dig these tales and what tenacity it took, but success in the end. Just love it. Make sure and post us some pics when you have time. I am especially interested in 69 BB Camaros...High horse even better! Wink
202  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Got My '69RS Back From Paint and Body on: April 13, 2014, 08:17:56 PM
Perhaps it is my ignorance, but I thought it would be comfortweave, like my 712 car.
203  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Got My '69RS Back From Paint and Body on: April 13, 2014, 08:07:56 PM
absolutely GOR-geous Richard.!! Wink I think you hit Camaro Nirvana! Why the standard seats with deluxe door panels?
204  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: Original 67-69 Camaro driveshafts - information requested about your car on: April 13, 2014, 03:11:37 PM
Yellow Car:
Year of car 1969
Norwood  car
Month and week of vehicle assembly 3E
Engine 307/200 hp
Transmission Saginaw M20 4 spd.
Driveshaft length (measured center of u joint to center of u joint)49.56 in.
Driveshaft casting number ?
Type of attachment to pinion yoke. U-Bolts.
Code stamped on front of passenger side axle tube. PA 3.08 10 blt. Single track
Paint stripes –none left
Position of the u-joint flanges= "clocked" about 30 degrees off from each other
205  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: CRG t-shirts - How to order on: April 12, 2014, 07:57:03 PM
We will reopen the shirt site in the spring.  We are also planning on doing sweat shirts.  
Steve

Steve, Good to know there will be another opportunity to get a shirt. When you state that you are planning on doing sweat shirts, do you mean ONLY sweat shirts? or in addition to T-shirts? I am kinda hot blooded and I am sweating as I write. I need something light weight. I will get a sweat too...still have memories of this past winter, brrr!
206  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Nice Restoration on: April 12, 2014, 12:07:09 PM
Lots of accuracy issues starting with the trim tag...
Personally, I am not good at this(trim tag authenticity), but I will provide the pic-here:
207  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Nice Restoration on: April 12, 2014, 10:09:30 AM
The quality of the work is outstanding. The accuracy of the restoration is lacking; they should have consulted with someone that knew ‘69s better than they did. There are a number of errors; some stuff can easily be corrected, some can’t.  
I was thinking the same thing, William, as I saw it last night. I see were they lowered the price already $99,500, was $125,000. The car is very nice and I like the color, of course, one of my favorite colors. It just seems for this caliber of restoration, some small things were overlooked. Like you said, the owner should have had someone go over the car and fix what could be, detail wise, before pics were taken. IMO.
208  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: And There It Goes... on: April 12, 2014, 06:44:09 AM
SS hood or ZL2?

SS Bullitt...Of course, all things mentioned (color,stripes,etc.) are the way the car came (born with). I have been thinking to myself recently, what could I do to make the car stand out? I would like it to be a little more distinctive. Just too many "cookie cutter" H.O. cars out there to suit me. That is why I am not adding all the add ons you always see like spoilers or ralley wheels, ZL2 or gauges, you know what I mean. The reality is that I will be lucky just to get the car back together, much less add embellishments. But, I would like to hear from you guys about any ideas (realistic, serious and tasteful) you may have that I could consider to make the car unique or instantly recognizable.  I am thinking a day 2 look, with my traction bars, Sun tach, maybe a set of fat and skinny Cragars. I also like some of the Baldwin/Motion add ons. I do have a pair of NMW tow tabs. What are your thoughts, guys?
209  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Niagara Falls Ontario 69 RS/SS vert current owner on: April 11, 2014, 10:23:21 PM
SO out of thousands of Camaros, this could be the first I have heard of re-uniting the original motor with the Car after so many years apart.
Really? I know of more than 10.....
Cut him some slack, Bullitt does not want to acknowledge the H.O. re-unitings,lol.
I remember the car in Texas with the L78 , http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=9450.0  I think you put him in touch with the original car Kurt?! Then there is a fellow CRGer that has a L78 69 block that the original car's owner was not interested in obtaining.
210  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: And There It Goes... on: April 11, 2014, 09:46:33 PM
 Thanks for all the encouragement. Glad I don't have to "go it" alone and have others who have been down this road. I've used those tires for "rollers" for about 40 years now. Always seem to hold air or maybe they are petrified. lol. I wish this guy would join the site. He is very knowledgeable although his expertise is with the Chevelle. I asked him a few key questions that only an enthusiast of the car would know, like where the trunk seal gap should be. He answered everything correctly. That is one reason I feel strongly that he will do a great job. Nothing that he looked at rust wise seemed to be a concern, He saw the car in person for the first time today and already gave a plan how he would go about the repairs. He indicated it would be this fall before completion. I know as things progress, I will become more and more eager and impatient. Can't wait to see progress pics as it takes shape. This has been a long time coming and I am ready to see it get done. It will be, of course, H.O. with black top and black D90 and black tail panel and rockers. No spoilers and XT 14x7 rims with dog dish caps and endura bumper. Thanks a ton CRG.
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