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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Needing a little help on: April 27, 2015, 05:59:48 PM
Does the tag look like it's missing a rivet on the left (passenger) side of the tag ? Can't swear too it, but it looks like it, with the tag either loose or sticking out away from the firewall. Have I stared at it long enough to be seeing things ?

Just a thought - looking for any "fingerprints". I even tried to see spot weld spacing on the passenger fender to compare to the present fender - no go.
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Needing a little help on: April 27, 2015, 05:49:46 PM
I've about exhausted all I know how to do online - only thing I haven't tried was sending it to CSI.

Surely we have some law enforcement contacts with access to a state forensic lab ?

I'm gonna quit before I become too obsessed - lol

3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Distributor Identification on: April 26, 2015, 03:40:39 PM
Here's a close up of a genuine 499 and the 355 vacuum can from the same date range as the pictures of the "499" above, This distributor is not restored, but the housing has been dipped in carb cleaner to be able to see what was under the 46 years of grunge that was on top of it. That's White Out rubbed into the numbers to give them contrast for the pic.

I've seen a lot of supposed originals over the years - you get to the point where you can tell what you're looking at with a little inspection and comparison. I don't believe I would invest a lot in the one pictured above.

Just my opinion -

4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Needing a little help on: April 25, 2015, 09:13:18 AM
I tried the free download, but it's for Windows 7 (my dinosaur PC is XP). Really tantalizing - so close to reading it, but like you say you could go blind trying to make it out.

Still, a pretty good amateur photo to be that clear after being reshot, and not digital to start with -

Regards -
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Quadrajet Float Bowl: Is anything not repairable? on: April 25, 2015, 09:06:29 AM
Make sure you pay attention to the well plugs on the bottom of the bowl. Old well plug gasket material is still stuck on these; either clean/inspect and make sure you use a kit with the replacement gasket, or remove the soft plugs, drill, tap and plug the bottom of the wells to prevent gas leaking  back out out of the carb into the engine. To me, that's always been the worst design feature of the Quadrajets - otherwise, they are great carbs, easy to work on and last forever.

Just my opinion -
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Needing a little help on: April 25, 2015, 08:45:49 AM
Anyone have access to Photoshop ? The tag is nearly legible, enhancement might get the top sequence line for you.

Wish I could accomodate -

7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Z28 Crankshaft number on: April 19, 2015, 05:33:28 PM
So do we know what the difference between cranks is?

Improved/enlarged fillet radii on the rod journals, if I remember correctly. Side rod clearance or chamfer may have been altered (to accept the larger radii) as well to strengthen the rotating assembly under severe loads -

8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: TC Ride of the Month voting... :) on: April 18, 2015, 11:27:23 AM
Must have been problem using my phone. It said poll closed but on iPad i could vote right at the top

I tried from my iPhone and it said polls were closed. You have to use a laptop, iPad or PC evidently -
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: TC Ride of the Month voting... :) on: April 17, 2015, 07:11:21 PM
  Not sure they have said other than it is sponsored by CoverCraft..

You just picked up another vote -

Good luck !
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Fuel system health opinion on: April 13, 2015, 06:49:04 PM
Having gone through this last year I can tell you that the gas tank is probably in need of replacement.  I removed my old gas tank, cleaned it out and reinstalled it, about a year later sure enough car sputters and dies, it turns out that the bag filter at the end of the pick up line in the tank had finally rotted out allowing 45 years worth of junk in the tank to find it's way through the fuel system. $140 spent on a replacement tank is cheep insurance.

I hear what you're saying. I'm going to flush it with a couple of gallons of fresh gas before I button it up - if I get another flow like this one, I'll pull the tank. At least one good thing - '69 L48's had double filtration, with a large AC filter before the carb (after the pump), and then the bronze filter in the carb inlet. If I can get it to run clean, I might wait a bit before I do the tank swap. I bought the NOS GM tank a bunch of years ago for my X77, and shelved it, along with a new SS gas line and NOS GM pickup for the restoration, and then quit for too many years. The only reason why I haven't used it yet - I'm considering buying a repro SS tank because of today's ethanol.

Thanks for the opinions and comments - 

11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Fuel system health opinion on: April 12, 2015, 07:35:34 PM

 I'm leaning towards leaving it as is until a "have to" shows up -


Hmmmm, "have to"! Only problem with have to is, going by my experiences, the worst possible time and or circumstances. Like, when you are hot and tired after a long day at the car show and she lays down on you on the way home, especially in front of others from same show (humiliating, embarrassing, frustrating), or when you are stuck in the far left lane of a 4 lane and everyone is wizzing by at 70+ mph as your car is sputtering to a stop on the berm and you are praying to God that you get out of there alive and without someone totalling your ride, or when you break down in a neighborhood with a constant drone of sirens, gun fire, and used needles and condoms litter the sidewalks, again, praying you get out alive! Last, when float sticks from some crud and fuel fills intake till massive inferno errupts scorching hood, so you pull your shirt off and start batting flames only to catch your shirt on fire, now, standing half naked, employees from McD's come running over with extinguisher (yea, it happened).

Point is: I do not like being stranded and especially with a prize ride in bad circumstances. For peace of mind and safety's sake, make sure fuel system is top notch,nuff said.

Jeez, after that mental picture I think that I'll get ahead of the game and put everything on eBay in the morning. I'm the paranoid type anyway -

I had a good friend of mine burn his '64 Impala SS nearly to the ground on Broadway in Nashville one night, two blocks from the fire station. Culprit turned out to be the gas line - sprang a leak right onto the headers. Chevrolet flambe -

I have an NOS tank in stock - I might consider replacement if I get another flush like this one. The gas that came out (2 gals) was in good shape, powered the lawn tractor this weekend without a burp. Non-ethanol, about 2-3 years in age.

12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Fuel system health opinion on: April 12, 2015, 11:41:44 AM
I decided to rework the fuel pump to carb fuel lines on the (L48) Z11 which were mangled by the former owner, when I discovered the frame to pump line(s) were originals, both dated 11/23/68 and should have been replaced a long time ago, I decided to rebuild the carb and pump/replace the old gas out of the tank.

Hooked my old Holley electric up to the frame line and pulled all the gas I could pump out of the tank through the line, which had a see through fuel filter attached - the pic is what the filter trapped. I have to assume this trash came out of the lines (as the pickup strainer should still be in place). Opinions ? think it's excessive ? With the new repro filter and the bronze Rochester carb filter in place, I think anything else that might come loose can be filtered out before reaching the carb.

I wasn't too unhappy with the end result - after all, 46 years is a long time to expose the tank and system to dirt, crud and neglect. Keep on plugging, or pull the tank and replace ? I'm leaning towards leaving it as is until a "have to" shows up -

13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: is this a real DZ stamp on: April 05, 2015, 11:03:25 PM
Suspicious - fresh stamping, no broach marks visible anywhere on the pad near the numbers. Surface looks to be eroded, which makes the stamping look too obvious. Evidence of a previous stamp or a "bounce" strike with the gang stamp just above the Flint "V".

Missing VIN is a little odd, too - rare to see one without at least by this production date.

14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: ebay seller joparts on: April 01, 2015, 11:42:20 PM
I've bought several crossram items from him in the past - no problems whatsoever.
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Delco Energizer Y-55 Battery on: March 31, 2015, 06:48:22 PM

Nice set of used ones -

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