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16  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: September 13, 2014, 09:35:25 PM
Danny,

Did you take the non-stock ballast resistor out of the ignition circuit, or leave it in ? It could be restricting your voltage from the coil enough to run you out of the energy needed to keep it firing. Stock coil ? Probably don't need one with a stocker -

I ran one for years (ballast resistor), but only when I was running a Mallory Voltmaster coil, stock distributor, to keep from burning the points up too quickly.

Just my opinion -

Regards,
Steve
17  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Earliest vin by the oil filter. on: September 13, 2014, 09:23:27 AM


Is your spare block from a Camaro, Steve??

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Yessir. In fact, the car it came out of is listed in Jerry's Definitive '69 book. Both blocks are Norwood - I understand Van Nuys was a little erratic in their execution of the stamping locations. Norwood apparently was more consistent once they made the changeover.

Regards,
Steve
18  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Earliest vin by the oil filter. on: September 12, 2014, 08:06:58 PM
My 12A L78 original block is stamped on the pad; the 12B L78 spare block I own is stamped above the oil filter. In between those two build weeks, I would guess. Dunno if it would differ between small or big blocks - I severely doubt it.

By the way, the location of the cast date codes on these two "272" blocks differs as well - one is above the pan rail on the side of the block, one is above the bellhousing flange at the upper rear of the block. Just thought I'd throw that in -

Regards,
Steve 
19  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: She's Painted! on: September 08, 2014, 06:27:57 PM
Great looking job, firewall or not. What a bumble bee - or yellow jacket, if you prefer. Really pops -

Regards -
20  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Wire files?? on: September 08, 2014, 06:24:53 PM
Gary,

Sorry it took me a while to answer - I didn't realize that I had a response waiting. Yes, I have used the really fine wires before - the kick for a while when I was much younger was to take a Buffalo nickel, drill a starter hole in it, then either cut the detail of the Native American (note political correctness) out, or the buffalo on the reverse. Cool, but a waste of a coin (unless the date was unreadable). A bit of labor, but easy to do if you took your time. Fine enough for your detail work ? Likely -

Regards -
21  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Date code of part boxes on: September 07, 2014, 11:55:53 AM
And yet, sometimes the date codes/package markings make little sense from carton to part.

Note the date code on this 9/68 NOS 4919674 coil - you guys with '69 RS cars know this part - discontinued in the mid-late 70's, manufactured 9/68 but the box flap makes no sense date-code wise (if it is a date code). Wagner Box in Buffalo was the carton manufacturer, for Rochester Operations, Rochester, NY.

Back in the good 'ole days when it was made in the U.S., packaged in the U.S., used on the best.

Regards -
22  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Wire files?? on: September 03, 2014, 08:05:18 AM
Try this:

http://www.micromark.com/jewelers-saw-blade-set-12-super-fine-12-ultra-fine,6750.html

Either the jeweler's saws in super fine or ultra fine or the razor saws would work very well for fine detail cutting. Since they are really for metals (I've used them on silver) they should last through more than a few grilles - pretty inexpensive, too.

Regards,
Steve
23  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Timing out of wack on: August 25, 2014, 09:54:50 PM
One other question - did you build/rebuild this distributor, or remove the distributor gear during assembly of the distributor (did you use a Pertronix, or did you build this one from parts ?).

Regards - 
24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Found Some More Pics of the Green L78 on: August 24, 2014, 05:20:38 PM
I noticed your Dad painted the front suspension pieces white - a former owner of my '9 Z did the same thing, before 1973. I guess it was the "thing" - saw a lot of gasser-style 55-57's back then painted the same way.

I spray-bombed mine black not long after I bought the car - at the very least, it helped protect the A arms a lttle bit. When I beaded them back in the early 80's - no pits, minimal rust.

Car looks great - I'm sure it will look even better in the near future -

Regards -
25  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 z28 standard grill colors on: August 21, 2014, 10:04:11 PM
i have a 68 z28 that needs a new grill center section. it is silver in the middle and black on the flat edges. i can order one from rick's 1st gen , but it comes gray and states that it needs to be painted. what colors would that be? argent silver and matte black? any help would be appreciated, or do you know of anywhere i could get one already painted. thanks.

Mine is Argent w/ overspray, no black. Upper and lower moldings are black, appear satin like Jon says. I also have an NOS grille that needs painting, kind of a dull blue gray color in the box.

Send a pic of the flat areas painted black if you will - trying to compare which areas on yours are painted.

Regards,
Steve
26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Broadcast sheets, VIN sequence and build dates on: August 17, 2014, 04:00:41 PM
Hmmm - DF ralleys with a Y55 battery, E70-15 tires. Looks interesting -

Regards -
27  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Rocker Panel moulding on: August 17, 2014, 03:50:38 PM
Jack,

Believe they are - some pics of a couple of mine (never out of the wrappers) -

Regards,
Steve
28  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Transmission Tunnel cut out identification on: August 17, 2014, 12:55:26 PM
I believe Fisher Body used the same cutout for all '68 floor shifts - I can find no difference/dimensions in the AIM.

The shifter appears to be an aftermarket (bolt stops) Competition Plus four speed shifter, non-console for general use - could have been used on a lot of things. Floor hasn't been butchered too awfully bad - imminently repairable. Couple of options for shifters, from retrofit with a Muncie handle to a reproduction Muncie shifter, depending on what you want to create.

Regards -
29  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Swapping a 700R 4 into a 67 on: August 14, 2014, 10:17:43 PM
My good friend and GM engineer built a 200, and put it behind his '69 Firebird 400 BB convertible - no mods, 8000 miles on it since with no problems behind the 400. Great cruising rpm and gas mileage, too. Adjustable lock up controller for his converter as well - really slick. Started with a '87 Monte SS used trans, built from there -
30  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Swapping a 700R 4 into a 67 on: August 14, 2014, 10:04:07 PM
You could always drop a 2004R into it - you can build them to handle all the horse power you want, plus they are identical in dimensions to the TH350. Driveshafts slide right in with no mods - same length, same yoke. Gives you a lock up converter, overdrive and no real hassle to install.
There is a visual drawback (not much of one), in that the bellhousing carries a dual bolt pattern - BOP and Chevy. Remember, though , that these were used behind Monte SS's and Grand Nationals back in the day - use the right HD parts and configure them correctly, and they'll hold up behind a lot of HP engines. You'll need to source the Chevy dipstick and tube to mate the bolt pattern to a Chevy block, otherwise the tube bolts to the BOP bolt pattern.

One more good thing - find a local junkyard that has a lot of late 80's GM vehicles, and you've got a better than average chance of finding good core trannies for like $25.00, like I did. Bought several of them. Or, a lot of trans builders offer them as built/ready to go performance trans for about the same money as a 700.

Just my opinion -

Regards -
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