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61  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original front spoiler for a 69 on: December 07, 2014, 10:05:08 PM

Donny - is there a part number heat stamped under the top right edge of the spoiler on yours ? Kind of difficult to see, I never knew there was one on mine until I looked at it today. Obviously, if there was more than one manufacturer, some might have had it and some not, but I think we can rule out the ink stamped versions as having one unless someone has another example. Early ones apparently didn't have one based on my first example.

62  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original front spoiler for a 69 on: December 07, 2014, 12:29:27 PM
Three versions for you to compare - 1) Old spoiler from the '70's, last vestige of the label remaining, 2) NOS spoiler pics 1&2 - label and stamped part number in upper right corner, heat stamping, 3) ink stamping only. The two NOS pieces were purchased at the same time, from the same dealer before they discontinued. The oldest was purchased and installed in the early '70's.

63  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: 454 Street performance combination request on: December 02, 2014, 11:28:53 PM
Just a suggestion -

My LS5 '70 had an original LS5 motor in it, built in the early '80's -  I detuned it back to nearly stock specs, using the original low profile cast iron intake, 7040204 Rochester (which flows about 800 cfm), 10.25:1 pistons, Comp Cams hydraulic, stock lower end and LS5 heads, SS valves, headers. Car is a 400 Turbo, had 4.56:1 Eaton posi (originally 3.31). Factory air -

Even with the heavier Chevelle, it would do a complete doughnut if you allowed it to - not dynoed, but horsepower and torque unlike anything I've ever owned. Yet - idled great, instant response, but very harsh shift because of a doofus shift kit previously installed by the prior owner.

Don't discount Rochesters as a performance carb - they flow great, good economy if you can get used to the secondary moan when you put your foot in it. Watch your cam profile to allow for power brakes and the air, also. Select your compression for pump gas unless you want to spend a fortune on race gas or octane boosters for a cruise night -

Just my opinion - 
64  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Issue with argent silver wheel paint on: December 02, 2014, 11:02:45 PM
Hard to tell - looks OK, but pictures can't show hues like the old eyeball can. Paint code sounds correct - I'll try and dig mine out to compare.

Use the following gray for your inserts if you haven't found a match yet - perfect shade of charcoal gray. Did you use putty gray on the backsides ? Originals did.

The only other thing I recommend is to use a non-sanding primer when you start the process - I wore my fingers out sanding in the recesses. I hate the chore of painting, but I like the finished product -

Regards -
65  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original front spoiler for a 69 on: December 02, 2014, 10:19:59 PM
Nothing molded as far as I can see. I have 4, 2 used, 2 NOS, three have stickers and at least one has the part number as an ink stamp. NOS ones are from the '80's, the used one was on the car from at least '73 or '74.

The one on the Pace Car appears GM, but I can't see any identification on it anywhere.

Anyone else have examples ?
66  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: This Pic got me thinking.. on: December 02, 2014, 10:05:02 PM
Mine is - side to side from the pinch welds on the cowl tulips, back to front right down to the edge of the blend line on the firewall. White as it can be.

The pic you posted shows the dumdum around the washer nozzles as black, the surrounding area is definitely white - my pics are pretty sorry (taken for a different post), but show the white areas fairly well.

Just my opinion -
67  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Reattaching Harrison Radiator Tag on: November 30, 2014, 10:00:28 PM
Do you know of a vendor who makes custom tags?

Try The Parts Place, Inc. I don't know if they do custom tags, but the tag for my '70 Chevelle LS5 auto w/ A/C I bought from them was spot on. Maybe if they don't manufacture them, they can hook you up with the manufacturer they use -

Regards -
68  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: VE3 bumper on: November 20, 2014, 06:39:11 PM
Anybody have pictures of the bolts I asked about?

I thought my bolts were still on the frame brackets, but they weren't when I dug them out. Buried somewhere in a bucket of bolts and nuts, I'd guess. Sorry - I'll keep looking.
69  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: VE3 bumper on: November 20, 2014, 06:36:09 PM
The backs of both bumpers were also black, I assume the base color for the urethane, or maybe painted black after the molding.
Steve, the backs of both mine are black too (or maybe a very dark gray?), but the base urethane seems to be an orange color. There's a couple of places where the original paint has cracked slightly and you can clearly see the urethane compound below. Can post a picture if anyone's interested.

I have a couple of spots where I can see the same wierd color - I guess the black was applied afterwards.
70  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / 67-9 Fuel lines on: November 20, 2014, 06:24:15 PM
'69 L78 gas line, unmolested, clip missing (you can see the outline where it mounted to the gas line).

Line is intact, doesn't appear to have been bent or mangled other than missing the last two clips.

71  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Need Help with Partial VIN Engine Stamp on: November 19, 2014, 01:23:04 AM
RE: Pad Stamp. wonder if that is the way a machine shop might have I.D.ed it?

My thought, too - I've known machine shops to stamp pads to ID blocks after machining or cleaning, or by the owner's request (old days) - I'd get hostile if a shop tried to do that to one of mine in the present, as would anyone.

Regards -
72  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New guy - Hello! Need opinions - is it a real SS? on: November 19, 2014, 01:14:16 AM
I'll try anything once - maybe this will work.

Page 283 from the AIM -

Regards -
73  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Need Help with Partial VIN Engine Stamp on: November 15, 2014, 09:29:51 PM
Fat fingered me, not proofreading what I write - I corrected the date to 02A. My X77 is 01C - MSO was cut 1/28.

I had a picture of a DZ block stuck somewhere with a prefix code similar to this, can't remember that date of the block, but it seems the code was EGS or ECS - but I can't locate it. I'll keep looking -
74  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: '68 Oil Fill Tube Breather on: November 15, 2014, 09:14:34 PM
I believe I would be tempted to install a repro '68 Z/SS350 chrome tube and twist on cap - always loved that look. Reasonably priced nowadays, sometimes -

75  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Need Help with Partial VIN Engine Stamp on: November 15, 2014, 08:56:58 PM
With that VIN, it is early February (02A ?) - not too long after mine, a late January build.

I know that Norwood was stamping above the oil filters by late December - I have a 12/30 L78 block that is above the filter, so I know that some (if not all) were the same way at Norwood.

Font on the stamp looks pretty good, though - hard to tell about the pad deck with all of the scraping that went on around it. Jury's still hung for me -

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