Hey guys, this is my first post, and my first camaro. It belonged to my brother for the past 5 years who planned to restore it. He just passed away from cancer and I have the car now with the same plans in mind in his honor. The car is painted up like an SS and im trying to find out how original it all is but im having some trouble. Apparently its very hard to identify a 68ss. The car has 40k on it right now. I have the title and 96 it had 11k actual miles on it. Since my brother has had it for 5 years and it wasnt titled since 96 I dont see any way it could have 140k on it. I know the orig color was not the orange it is today. It was Island Teal.
Here is the firewall tag info:
ST 68-12437 NOR172135 Body
TR 712 F2 Paint
So ive got the build date as the 3rd week of july, assembled in Norwood, black standard buckets, black vinyl top(which is has) V8 car and Island Teal paint, which i can see on the tranny and apparently in the trunk(dont know yet), i havent gotten in the trunk yet. Ive pulled numbers off of everything I can find and what I have been finding is discouraging because it really isnt leading me anywhere. Ill start with the motor and work back and hopefully you guys can give me some insight.
The block casting number is 3970010. From the info I have found that tells me its either a 302, 327 or a 350. The numbers I pulled off the block pad behind the alt are what worry me. I have 161121168 K10 06 CMJ. The CMJ from what I could find is a Police motor? That worried me. Especially since the partial vin didnt match the cars vin, 124378N470312. The motor has long tube headers, and a qjet with an edelbrock manifold. The air cleaner says 295hp 350 on it(not that its hard to get). The Numbers I pulled off the heads were even worse. 333882!!!! smog heads. And earliest production date was 1970. So obviously someone has done some monkeying around with the motor. The tranny in the car best I can tell is a 3 speed thm350. I pulled the number off the pan, B6C02D which told me the model year was 66? The number on the drivers side of the tranny was 8640300 but the 3 was backwards. The numbers say its a turbo 350 but they werent used until 69 right? The car does have power disc up front which doesnt tell me one thing or the other for sure. The interior didnt have to be anything special on an SS and this one isnt. No ac, no tach, it does have a clock on the center console. Moving back, the car has a 10bolt rear. I pulled the standard test marks off of it, casting date was F278, june 27, 1968 so atleast it appears to be the orig rear end. I couldnt find the Axle Stamp but i got the casting number 3894859NF telling me the obvious that its a 10bolt. The shocks have a small line coming from each one that looks like it goes into the trunk. Not sure what that is because i havent gotten in the trunk yet but I havent found any info on it. The car has rallys on it, the rear looking like they came from a vette cause they have 275s on them, too wide for the car.
hopefully you guys will have some insight for me and point me in a right direction if you made it through all that.
thanks in advance for the help
edit, i forgot to mention i pulled both front seats out looking for a build sheet with no luck. I read somewhere there might have been one in the rear seat padding, the backrest of the front seats or the bucket of the drivers seat. once i get in the trunk i can pull the rear seat out and take a look.