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106  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: factory eqiiped headlights on: January 08, 2014, 02:27:49 AM
OK here are the photos I took of the GE sealed beam headlights. I noticed that the driver and passenger side have slightly different markings on the lenses, which is strange..... bear with me, there are a few pictures showing all the details:

Driver's side:


'2D1' at the 12-o'clock position:


'GENERAL ELECTRIC' and 'SEALED BEAM' at the 6-o'clock position:


'USA' and 'DOT' at the 11-o'clock position:


'ZA76' at the 1-o'clock position (there may be an 'S' above the Z but can't be sure):


'GENERAL' and 'SEALED' (same on both headlights):


'ELECTRIC' and 'BEAM' (also same on both headlights):



Now the passenger side headlight:


'2' at the 12-o'clock position (not '2D1' as the driver's side):


'USA' at the 11-o'clock position (missing the 'DOT' that the driver's side has):


'SZA60' at the 1-o'clock position:


What are your thoughts on these - anyone else have headlights like these on their Camaro?
107  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Help ! 69 without a protectoplate on: January 07, 2014, 06:35:16 AM
I live in West London about 6 miles from Hammersmith/Shepherds Bush. Great place and very lively socially  -  I organise a monthly London race-drivers meeting at a pub less than a mile from there. What business were you in over here ?
Best regards,
Nick
I worked in construction, various locations over 5 or 6 years from Liverpool Street to Chiswick, Paddington, White City and good 'ol She Bu. In later years, lived just off Uxbridge Road; could see Loftus Road stadium out the upstairs windows, and used to drink in a great pub on Uxbridge Rd - The Askew - loved the English "Bitter" in pints, and they used to make the best pizzas right there in the pub. Ah, it's all coming back to me now!
108  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Help ! 69 without a protectoplate on: January 07, 2014, 06:04:36 AM
Nick,
If I've understood correctly, your dash top full VIN is 124379N651234, but both the hidden (partial) VINs are the same, being 9N527946.
That being the case, and without a firewall trim tag to determine car's build date, it looks like there are several scenarios:
1) A previous owner replaced the entire upper dash, including the VIN plate from donor Norwood-built car whose VIN was 124379N651234, which ended up on car that was built as 12xx79N527946. This is unlikely, as the donor car's VIN would then be visible on the original car and would not match the original VIN on the title, and would cause issues with state DMV and law enforcement, among others.
2) A previous owner replaced the firewall and cowl area of car with VIN 124379N651234 with same panels from a donor car with partial VIN 9N527946, but retained the upper dash and original full VIN. IMHO, less likely than scenario 1 above.
3) Car was originally 12xx79N527946, but has had the VIN from a later car swapped to hide it's identity. Could also explain why the cowl trim tag is missing, as the VIN would not match the build date by a long shot. If so, the car could have been stolen and another VIN (from a wreck, rusted out body, interstate-tagged car or ?) added.
There could also be other scenarios that I haven't thought of, all sorts of things happened over the years and as your car is a race car and (presumably) hasn't been registered for a long time, who knows?
It may open up a whole can of worms, but searching one of the free official US VIN check websites for any combination of full VIN that the partial VIN could have been (*) might tell you if the car is/was once stolen, but......

(*) As it's just a partial VIN, it could have been from an L-6, V8, coupe or convertible Camaro, so the possible combinations of VIN would be:
123379N527946
124379N527946
123679N527946
124679N527946

BTW, what part of London are you from? I spent many happy years living in the Hammersmith/Shepherd's Bush area, and met my (now) wife there.
109  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: factory eqiiped headlights on: January 07, 2014, 03:35:07 AM
I just happened to come across some close-up pictures of some GE Power Beam headlights, and realised they are not the same as the ones on my car. Mine have "GENERAL ELECTRIC" and "SEALED BEAM" on them, but not the round  "POWER BEAM" in the center. Will get a picture tomorrow, but was this type of GE lamp also used from the factory as well as the T3 Guide and Power Beam?
110  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: factory eqiiped headlights on: January 05, 2014, 03:51:54 AM
My April of '69 Van Nuys car has GE headlights, just wondering whereabouts (and in what format) the date code is on them, so I can see if they could be the originals.... although I cannot use them on the highway here in Australia, headlights must dip to the left, not to the right.
111  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: my 1969 z28 on: January 02, 2014, 01:40:23 AM
What did you have to order to get the grab bar?
The "dash assist handle" (grab bar) was included in RPO Z23 for 1969, which was a subset of Z87. More HERE.
112  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Bucket Seat Back teather cable on: December 18, 2013, 04:23:20 AM
Know this is an old thread, but there's one currently listed on eBay HERE. Best do your homework to check originality and correct application, as it has a black cable (rather than gray) and appears to be lacking heat shrink over each end. But it does look similar to the strap from a '67, picture posted towards the bottom of page 1 by MyRed67.
113  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: RGR At It Again on: December 04, 2013, 09:45:33 PM
Very nice work Darrell, and what a great item!
114  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: does this cowl tag & VIN match? on: December 01, 2013, 05:55:51 AM
The end of month reporting for approximate highest assigned VINs is only listed from September of 1968 for the '69 model year, but one of the core CRG guys will know. But that VIN denotes an extremely early build; do you own the car?
115  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Vince Piggins Camaro on: December 01, 2013, 05:48:01 AM
Nice story, glad you posted it Jon; wonder where both Diane and the car are now?
116  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: clips and seal for RH side inner fender brace on: November 29, 2013, 02:09:03 AM
Quote from: Sauron327
I can understand why they won't make a splash bracket or seatback cable.
Of course, but I find it interesting that just about every single part is available as a reproduction for these cars, with the exception of a couple.
117  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Camaro Z/28 Original Transmission and Axle ratio combination on: November 29, 2013, 02:03:23 AM
So who fixed it, if not the OP Huh
118  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: clips and seal for RH side inner fender brace on: November 28, 2013, 03:37:40 PM
I have a couple of these seals somewhere, will have to take a close look at those clips and see how hard they'd be to replicate. Funny that pretty much everything else is reproduced on these cars, the passenger side bucket seat tether strap is the only other item that springs to mind....
119  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Camaro Z/28 Original Transmission and Axle ratio combination on: November 28, 2013, 02:44:46 AM
Not interested in open or posi rear?
120  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 69Z rear ratios on: November 20, 2013, 03:30:34 PM
reciprocating assemblies in engines are one of the best ways to gain power... you are accelerating each piston from a dead stop 2 times per revolution... think about that.
Good point, and often overlooked. When I rebuild my 302 (well, 306 now), I'm planning to use 6.0" rods to reduce the piston pin height, and therefore reduce piston mass.....
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