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256  Orphans - documentation or VIN-stamped drivetrains - in search of the original cars / 1969 - Orphans / 124379N641261 documentation on: March 06, 2014, 11:13:07 PM
I didn't know this car had been sold and moved from the area until I Googled the VIN. I have dealer invoice, MSO, title copies back to original owner in '69. Knew the car back to '86, drove it in '89 before I moved from the area where the car owner and I lived.

Documents released only to verfied current car owner -

Regards
257  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How long have you owned your Camaro? on: March 04, 2014, 12:30:52 AM
Darrell,

Last time I saw this car, it was being driven on the square by the former owner. A ding or 2, but nothing this dramatic. Did she survive the impact ? If she did, she must have been as tough as the car -

Regards,
Steve
258  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How long have you owned your Camaro? on: March 03, 2014, 10:00:41 PM
Thanks steve glad you are coming around that corvette bronze is a better looking color than lemans blue.

Maybe so, but it took Chevrolet a half a year to get it right, and when they couldn't sell enough Corvette Bronze cars they discontinued it before it could be perfected. Seems like that happened with British Racing Green, too. Hmm -

Maybe I ought to repaint the '68 Z Lemans Blue - then it would be 3 Lemans vs. 1 Corvette Bronze - you think ?

259  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How long have you owned your Camaro? on: March 01, 2014, 10:22:16 PM
Bought my 68 L35 convertible in 1981. Was not able to vote for both cars would only let me do one. So i did her one owner 68 327/210 hp. Can you place my car in the survey thanks.

You picked the one with the best color scheme - or the most popular color. Can't fool me -

Regards,
Steve
260  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How long have you owned your Camaro? on: February 28, 2014, 09:06:54 PM
Pic of the Pace Car in 1994 - still the same.
261  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How long have you owned your Camaro? on: February 28, 2014, 05:44:44 PM
"Later" version of a '68. I do like the 302 emblems on Darrell's '68, though - always thought that was an understatement.
262  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: connecting rod reconditioning on: February 28, 2014, 05:19:43 PM
Yeah, I looked it up in the P&A and the 67 350 DID use dimple rods! I didn't realize that. I thought they were like 68 and 69 which DIDN'T use dimple rods. I've deleted my original post.

Ed


Yes they sure puzzled me the first time I saw a set, VERY Rare. I personally would use the later 3/8" bolt "pink" rod to gain bolt strength and better rod material, especially if it is a original stamp block.

Then again, the '67's are small journal, no "pinks" until medium journal '68-9, right ?

Regards,
Steve
263  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How long have you owned your Camaro? on: February 28, 2014, 04:58:19 PM
X77- 1973
Z11-1994
L78- 1997
'68 Z - (1996) 2011

Sold my '70 Chevelle in 2011 to finance the '68 Z - miss the Chevelle, but pretty fond of the '68.
264  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Tanks, cores and a question on: February 28, 2014, 09:39:49 AM
I read this in the CRG report (which is an excellent source of info, as all of the reports are), and raises another question. I'm not gonna flog this to death, but it goes back to anomalies that may have existed in the production/assembly lines (and continues today):

 "Note: the late 68 L30/L48 V01/AC radiator is indicated in GM documentation to change from the 23" version to the 21" 3010178 (manual) and 3010179 (auto) radiators. These usages have not been verified. In fact, two late production 1968 manual cars with V01 have been documented with the 21" 3017132 ZB radiator. This would suggest the radiator size did change to 21" on these applications, but that GM documention is incorrect on which radiator was used."

If that was the case, this 23" 3 row radiator in my L78, marked "L" as a date code, would possibly be a '67 production to exist as an early '68 assembly, correct ? You gotta like a mystery -

Regards,
Steve

 
265  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Survivor 69 Z back on ebay on: February 26, 2014, 10:51:28 PM
Gary should live in Tennessee, or at least root for the Vols if he continues to obsess with Hugger Orange.

I would have bought another Pace Car if the color scheme was reversed -

Sorry - couldn't resist.
266  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Tanks, cores and a question on: February 26, 2014, 10:42:11 PM
Kurt,

I agree with the possibility. Funny that it happens to be a 23/3 core, dated "L". The radiator has been with the car for a long time, definite L78 as we have discussed in the forum previously, yet the tank codes are wrong. Sure wish the tag had not been lifted from the car before it was secured (sat in a body shop parking lot for several years, paint behind the tag area was still clean when we picked the car up like it had just been removed that day). At least three of the four are correct and present -

Thanks,
Steve
267  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Tanks, cores and a question on: February 25, 2014, 11:00:30 PM
After reading a recent topic about fan clutches, I decided to research my radiators on my cars to make sure of numbers and originality.

Here's what I found, all Harrison radiators (thank goodness):

June '68 built 1968 Z Left tank IH Right tank OD. Date code "E". 21" three row core.
Dec. '68 built 1969 L78 Left tank IH Right tank OD. Date code "L". 23" three row core. *
Jan. '69 built 1969 Z Left tank IH Right tank CB. Date code "A". 21" three row core.
March '69 built 1969 Z11 Left tank IH Right tank OF. Date code "A". 21" three row core. A/C car.

The L78 is the question. There is no visual evidence of this radiator ever being re-cored, definitely a 23" three row, dated correctly for the car, yet the tank codes (in my estimation) should be IL and OO. Doesn't appear as if this was a small block recore, tanks and upper and lower core brackets are correct, manual trans tanks, too. Tag removed by someone right before the car was purchased.

Comments ? Opinions ? All are welcome -

Regards,
Steve
268  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Were 'Pacesetter' VIN's period different? on: February 22, 2014, 01:24:44 PM
Here's engine stamp.

Notice how the core plug in the head right above the engine code has been ground to allow access/clearance for the gang stamp holder - I've seen this before. Might be a good explanation of why the stamp line is curved -

Just my opinion - 
Steve
269  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 68 350 engine - how to start on: February 18, 2014, 06:27:06 PM
I forgot to add I did drain the old oil off on my LS5 and replace the filter before priming - after 19 years untouched, the oil appeared just as fresh as when it was stored (unheated/conditioned) garage; I did drain the gas tank and replaced with non-ethanol straight gas (same as what was in it). Used the old gas in my lawn tractor later in the summer - was still good, not varnished. New plugs, which was a problem due to big block, headers and air conditioning.

Never smoked, fouled plugs or anything obnoxious - considering the lack of care over such a long time, I was fortunate to resurrect it intact.

Regards,
Steve
270  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Cowl Tag Check on: February 18, 2014, 06:02:17 PM
I am not an expert on tags, never will be.  But if I was buying the car with that tag, I would pay with $3 bills.    Cool

I'd use $2.50 bills - why pay more ?
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