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31  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Running Hot? on: July 29, 2014, 05:26:47 PM
Really does begin to sound more like a flow problem. Flush the system with the best product you can find, change the water pump and the thermostat. Check and/or change the cap - you need to run about 12-15 psi in the system to make it work properly. If no big improvement, I'd take the radiator out and replace with another known used clear radiator, or a cheap repop just to isolate the problem. Or, just core the old one like most of us are having to experience.

What does the coolant look like ? Dark colored, any foam in it ? Leaking head gaskets can cause hot spots/steam pockets like this. Oil clean ? Any coolant contamination ? Hoses collapsing ?

Bad flow across the radiator could also be a culprit, as we conjectured before. Bet the lower half is plugged - that's why the temp is so low in the bottom half.

One other thing - I witnessed a big block Chevelle do this once upon a time - turns out it was spun bearing (main), causing the engine to not only run hot, but choke down and die when it warmed up enough to start galling on the crank. Check your oil pressure with a mechanical gauge, and a mechanical temp gauge if you can. Just to make sure -

Regards, and good luck -
32  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Date code of part boxes on: July 28, 2014, 09:14:12 PM
Likely -

Date codes appeared a lot of times not only on the labels, but also on the boxes themselves. I have seen plenty of examples both ways -

Regards -
33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: New body? on: July 27, 2014, 10:28:10 AM
Plenty of rusted-through convertibles around for donor cars -

http://nashville.en.craigslist.org/pts/4495632099.html

Of course, that requires another hulk purchase, but at least it might be more fun to build and enjoy, plus have a higher resale value.

Then again, you can do a coupe, resto-mod it, BB clone it, anything you want to achieve. Considering your coupe is not a high option car, you could make it into any combination without remorse for obliterating an original car. That to me is the other side of having a new (Dynacorn) repro shell.

Regards -
34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: New body? on: July 26, 2014, 11:46:03 PM
Friend of mine sent his '67 ragtop body to NC and had it (nearly) completely rebodied a couple of years back, at a cost of nearly $13K. He has since put a tremendous number of hours straightening, regapping, and replacing what was supposed to be perfect when it came back. He has made a straighter car out of what someone else claimed to have completed, but he also states he would never repeat what he has just gone through. His convertible body reminded me a lot of your coupe before it went out for work -

Reason he didn't want a Dynacorn - he wanted the car to be at least partly original, but I think he has changed his mind a bit. If it were mine, I do believe before spending that kind of coin on replacing parts, I would have capitulated and gone Dynacorn. He would have been finished with the car by now, and would have enjoyed driving it sooner if he had. My vote - transfer the tags legally, and go with the Dynacorn body. You'll not have to worry about what's happening between the seams in your bruised '69 -

Just my opinion -
35  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Decoding a Pace on: July 25, 2014, 11:51:11 PM
Yes, again just my opinion and I'm not really in the loop with the latest price guides and auction results for pace cars but I believe a real, original docs, numbers matching big block, non A/C, Z/11 (especially a 4 spd car) is worth 10K more than an equivalent small block pace with A/C. I think that is a fair number.
Without giving away the location of the cars you are looking at do you have any more info or photos that you can share as far as condition and options
to compare with?


I don't disagree with the worth of a BB in comparison to an A/C equipped SB Z-11, but I would make dang sure it was an original BB car before I turned down a SB w/ A/C in deference to a made-up BB. Too many transplants around to try and make more money from the unsuspecting and/or enthusiastic buyer. I like the ability to roll up the windows and cruise in comfort (especially since my age has crept up on me).
36  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Decoding a Pace on: July 25, 2014, 11:38:04 PM
On a local level, of the three Pacers that were owned in this area, two had A/C, one did not. All three are small blocks.


I believe I knew 2 of those local cars personally..   Wink Grin

And the other one casually, whether you've actually seen it or not -

37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Decoding a Pace on: July 25, 2014, 01:26:37 PM
Good question. I'll take my shot; then others can shoot at me -

Out of all the 1969 production Camaros, roughly 18% were equipped with C60 air conditioning. You can bet the percentage of convertibles w/ A/C was a lot lower, maybe 10% ? Less ? Good time for the numbers gurus in residence -

6.5% of total production (15,866) were V-8 convertibles. Of that number, 23% (3675) were Pace Cars. If you assume (I don't like the word, but there it is) 10% of Pacers were A/C cars, you would get about 367 total. How many big blocks ? roughly 200-300 from what I have read - if you apply the same formula to big 'uns as little 'uns, you'd get about 20-30. Rule out the 375 horse cars from the mix, cause solid lifter cars could not be A/C equipped by rule. My estimation - a lot lower number than that on both sides of displacement combinations. Probably saw very few in the northern climes, more in the south and southwest (which is one of the reasons I believe my Z11 was fortunate). I have seen a couple that had dealer-added underdash air, but it's uncertain at what point people added them. On a local level, of the three Pacers that were owned in this area, two had A/C, one did not. All three are small blocks.

This is conjecture on my part. I would have rather you asked how many had the ZL2 hood (lol) - we know that percentage !

Other opinions ?

Regards -

38  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Decoding a Pace on: July 24, 2014, 07:16:22 PM
One shot you might try. Depending on your state, your DMV might have saved copies of your dealer invoice, title copies and even the MSO if your car was sold new in your state. I was fortunate to have both my '69 Z and '68 Z's complete history, including dealer invoices and MSO's copied by the state, and microfiched. Cost to copy and give to me - $5.00 for the '69, $15.00 for the '68 (years later). The bad side - TN stopped doing this several years back due to "lack of funding for personnel overtime". Stinks.

You can always try it - might get lucky. If you do, backtrack the previous owners and/or dealerships involved. You never know - takes a lot of work, but it could really pay off in the long run -

Regards, and good luck. Keep us informed -
39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Decoding a Pace on: July 24, 2014, 04:35:49 PM
BTW, the tag looks O.K, with the exception of the masked paint line on the cowl ledge. I assume the car has been painted, at least in the firewall/underhood area. A/C box intact, or removed ?

VIN looks unmolested, plus all the numbers line up with mine. The only other things you can't know for sure are the options, but at least the production timing of the car, TT, and VIN line up fairly well. The chances of someone finding a close TT and installing on this close VIN'd car are pretty remote IMO.

Regards - 
40  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Decoding a Pace on: July 24, 2014, 04:18:09 PM
It should look like this - 600+ cars ahead of mine, 973 from the body tag. My car was built 3/26, shipped to Texas. 350/350, PS,PT,PDB,A/C car. Probably same day, or a day off. Not bad -

Close enough ? I thought so -

Use Light Image Resizer software, free download. Save it as a jpeg, downsize to 800X600, or 600X480, and you can transfer them all day.
41  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Anyone in or from the Austin, Texas area? on: July 23, 2014, 10:11:40 PM
Reckon the TXDOT could back trace the old tag (shown in the first series) ? Be interesting to see if they could match a VIN up from old records with the tag - bet they could.

Keep on 'vestigating -

Regards -
42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: any of you ever sued over a car you bought on: July 22, 2014, 09:52:02 PM
If you do decide to pursue legal action, do your homework. Some states permit double, triple or quadruple damages in civil cases like this - I know of a guy that sent one across state lines, misrepresented the car, lost the out-of-state legal battle and paid a lot more than what he had sold the car for originally in his loss. It would have been a lot cheaper for him to have taken the car back (about a $75K car, ended up paying out somewhere around $250K if I remember correctly). Like a lot of the guys have mentioned, I'd hate to have to drag somebody into court, but if you have a chance of recovering your money, you could at least ask for some legal advice to see if you have a leg to stand on. Good luck -

Regards -
43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Anyone in or from the Austin, Texas area? on: July 22, 2014, 09:29:12 PM
What's the latest ? Just curious to see if the owner found anything else out. Great potential story line -

Regards,
Steve
44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Running Hot? on: July 19, 2014, 08:40:43 PM
Temp gauge is in the head. I always ran an aftermarket Stewart Warner in the intake close to the water outlet, mechanical gauge. 180 thermostat would always give me 180, no more.

Check your fan clutch, run a dose of cleaner through the whole system, dump and refill with 50-50 Prestone or equivalent. Older radiators over time will build up an incredible amount of scale in the lower tubes: if you haven't rebuilt the core, you might do so if all of the other remedies don't affect it. Drop in a new thermostat when you clean the system, and always run a thermostat - the restriction it offers to water flow slows down the flow enough to let it pick up more heat for transfer at the radiator. After you have checked all of the above, get yourself an inexpensive infrared handheld thermometer and check the radiator, engine block and heads for hot spots. Rebuild your water pump if you're unsure of it - sometimes the impeller can wear down and lose efficiency over time. You can also use "water wetter" additives, that allow the water to pick up more heat as it flows through the system.

Did you use block off plates for the heat riser ports on the manifold gasket ? I always do to keep the temp away from the carb and gas. Check your mixture, especially if you are running a working A.I.R. pump - too lean on today's gas can make 'em run hotter, too.

One thing I hate is an engine to run warm - I don't like to think of what heat does to an engine for life expectancy -

Regards -

45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: N34 Rosewood Question? on: July 19, 2014, 01:20:47 PM
Mine was a dark reddish brown. Stored for 25+ years inside, looked the same as when I bought it in the 80's. Wish I had taken the pics in natural lighting setting rather than indoors - 

Regards -
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