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331  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 454 engine on: January 02, 2014, 09:46:28 PM
My recently departed '70 LS5 SS came from GM Atlanta with exactly that combination - 365(+) stock horsepower, with a 400 behind it. If your intent is to drive the car, don't put a shift kit in the trans - it will absolutely break your neck on 1-2 shifts at any rpm range. The 454's have an unbelievable amount of torque. Mine ran 10.5:1 compression, L78 square port heads, Comp Cams stick, header and a Holley 850 DP, Edelbrock single plane, Pertronix, and would do a 360 and melt the tires any time you wanted to. Never a bit of problem from the trans, at all. Bulletproof.

It got traded out for a '68 Z - go figure.

Regards,
Steve
332  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 rosewood Steering Wheel on: January 02, 2014, 09:31:54 PM
Bets shots I have of my late departed rosewood. No rivets I can discern - looks to be spot welded.

This was an exceptional wheel I purchased in the mid 80's, long before the current reproductions - a known original wheel.

Regards,
Steve
333  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: NOS sheetmetal on: January 02, 2014, 09:17:34 PM
I purchased the first set from a local GM dealer in the mid '80's, original boxes were marked as you see them in the following shots. I assume they are a month apart due to the dates (78D and E7). I have had these for a long time, paid $329.00 apiece for them if I remember correctly; the later dated quarters have had a mix of "0" prefix and non-"0" prefix tags. Most of the sheetmetal I bought as spares before they discontinued from GM, just because of that reason - plus, you could still buy fenders for $200 and change, quarters for $300 and change, cowl hoods for $400, dash pads for $80, etc., etc.

Started NOS parts purchasing from GM around '80 - veteran pack rat. Worst mistake I ever made was buying for one car, up until the point they multiplied on me. By then, it was too late for a lot of NOS stuff from GM.

Regards,
Steve

334  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 69Z hard start, backfires on acceleration, stalls when breaking, related issues? on: December 31, 2013, 01:05:53 AM
A couple of things that have not been mentioned in previous replies -

The accelerator pumps on the stock 4053's typically don't give enough of a shot to prevent stumble on acceleration - plus the combination I ran needed more carb, so I changed mine out to an 850 DP - worked for me - I had this problem back in '75. Cold plugs will give you a lot of deceptive problems (found this out the hard way, too - started my rebuilt 302 in '75 with Autolite A22 racing plugs, was ready to toss in the towel until I changed back to the hotter AC std. plugs and cured it). I was running 12.5:1 Manleys in it, with an Erson HiFlow 2H hydraulic - it would literally fly when it finally got the combo ironed out.

A couple of good backfires will trash your power valve(s). Be sure and replace it with the proper configuration valve, one that matches your original carb's numbers.

Lastly, the Pertronix is a good system, or you can use good HD GM or Accel points if you retain a points distributor. Strong coil helps, too - use a ballast resisitor if you use a high voltage coil so you won't burn your points up prematurely if you do use points. Common sense stuff -

Regards,
Steve
335  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: NOS sheetmetal on: December 31, 2013, 12:14:51 AM
Another '81 sticker, note the dates and number sequence -
336  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: NOS sheetmetal on: December 31, 2013, 12:07:10 AM
I was just curious if you could be able to tell the date of stamping from the actual GM sticker.  On the GM sticker above (477) is that 1981 in the top right corner the year Huh

Yep -

Note the correlation between the 6F1 and the 0163 right over the part number (which shows the "0" prefix difference between that and the '78 production date code sticker). I had sold the other '78 panel separately (damaged), and paired these several years ago, subsequently sold over eBay. Wish I still had them - they were flawless.

Regards,
Steve
337  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: NOS sheetmetal on: December 29, 2013, 09:30:21 PM
A lot of my NOS sheet metal has a number stamped on the tag, as do a lot of the boxes (quarters, fenders and misc. sheet metal). The earliest dates I noticed were quarter panels - I have a set from '78, plainly marked on the outside of the boxes. Not all are marked - I can't say that categorically, but quite a few of mine are. Three examples attached -

Regards,
Steve
338  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: window washer questions on: December 27, 2013, 07:00:05 PM
Thanks - just curious.

Regards,
Steve
339  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: window washer questions on: December 27, 2013, 11:56:29 AM
Did I miss something ? Is this an RS or open headlight car ? I assume open headlight as the headlight washer is not on your unit -

Regards,
Steve
340  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: upper hood spring and assembly finish on: December 24, 2013, 01:32:30 AM
The whole assembly is phosphate.
The upper spring was semi-gloss black, I recently found out. George

My NOS latch spring is painted - semi gloss of semi flat, hard to tell. I bought it 15-20 yeqars ago, one of the last to appear on the locators, still have the package but the spring resides on my Pace Car.
341  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My other 2 69's on: December 24, 2013, 01:23:49 AM
Maybe kinda tough to see, but I put '70 mirrors (R&L, driver remote) on my '69 in '75. Other mods (which fortunately for the car never happened) were planned aftermarket "T" tops (the rage in mid '70's, mfg. by Hurst and others), custom grille with square headlights, black paint with gold highlights/panels; I did install an in-dash AM/FM CB, plus a column mount Sun Super tach. Removed the console, installed a Mr. Gasket Pro Shifter, recarpeted with fuzzy shag black carpet. I was proud of it, still am considering I should be shot for what I did to it, or for what I wanted to do to it - at least most of the car made it this far fairly intact.

In 1979/80, I learned what the X77 stood for on the cowl tag, so mods ceased and recovery began - still at it all these years later.

Regards,
Steve
342  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: tag on: December 24, 2013, 12:58:58 AM
Clem,

Hopefully you can see the color in the attached pic. I recently developed a batch of old film that had this '65 Impala in it, a dead ringer for the car my parents owned (that's why I took it !). I always admired Evening Orchid, wish we could have kept the '65 -

Regards,
Steve
343  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: clips and seal for RH side inner fender brace on: November 29, 2013, 10:06:18 PM
Here's an observation - notice the AIM shows the number of staples required for the assembly (6) - I count 5 on my original Z shield (shown); I have one for the X66 SS that is missing the material, and has only one staple through the bracket. I would guess that an assembler probably shortcut it, and the seal eventually came off (leaving the bracket behind).

I sure wish my originals looked as good as George's previous example - I wouldn't mind replacing my "survivor" to make it look better than what it does -

Regards,
Steve
344  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: I just purchased a 1968 RS/SS on: November 23, 2013, 09:06:54 PM
Welcome to the group corvette bronze is great looking color! Big block or small block car 4speed  or automatic car. I love 68's the best.

And I thought it was Lemans '69's you were stuck on - shows what I know.

Traitor -

345  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Storing Tires on: November 20, 2013, 12:34:01 AM
I stored two sets of Goodyear originals, one set for 20 plus years, stacked flat (first tire on wood), separated by a single layer of plastic to keep the carbon black from penetrating the white letters. Light coat of protectant on the tires, otherwise they sat in one spot for all that time in a frame garage, not climate controlled, and were dry-rot and check free when I sold them a couple of years back. If you store them for a long length of time upright, they'll probably flat spot (my B.F. Goodrich T/A's were terrible after 19 years in the same spot, no dry rot amazingly, but were quite square). The Goodboots were not mounted; the T/A's were on my LS5 Chevelle, sold in 2011.
BTW - the T/A's did not rot, either, but I sure wouldn't have run them on the street - felt like a Shriner's clown car when I pulled it out of storage.
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