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Camaro Books
« on: February 23, 2023, 11:05:17 PM »
Just a general question for those that want to answer, if I were only to buy one all encompassing book for 68 camaro, what book would you choose?
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Re: Camaro Books
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2023, 11:40:06 PM »
Take a Three Prong approach.

#1) C-R-G Reports and research Posted data and links
#1a) CRG forums current topics and archives
#2) J.M. 1967-68 Books
#3) Current Judging Manual (1967-1968)

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Re: Camaro Books
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2023, 12:38:13 AM »
1967/1968 Camaro Legends Judging Manual - 525 color photos, 168 pages. Covers what is assembly line correct, component finishes, and some of the lesser known part numbers ( carbs, pulleys)

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Re: Camaro Books
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2023, 12:57:14 AM »
1967-1968 camaro reference book by John R. Hooper

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Re: Camaro Books
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2023, 02:31:30 AM »
There really isnít 1 all encompassing because of the timeline of when good reference books were printed. And as time has marched on with the interwebs, book printing is not popular as it once was. So nothing new here. John Hoopers 67-8 was printed in 1994 and itís great for what it is. Jerryís Z/28 book goes back to 1990.
Me? Iím for Hoopers not only because my car is in it in several places, but also it covers the the whole spectrum of information that was available at the time. He happens to be a nice guy too.

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Re: Camaro Books
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2023, 05:41:43 AM »
There are so many great books, but I don't think any one of them are the all encompassing one book to have. I have all of the mentioned material, plus others, and still have to reference each at times to find what I'm looking for. I think there are several must haves for any or all first gen Camaros.

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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2023, 01:50:35 PM »
The GM Assembly Instruction Manual is great.
GM Service Manual is also great

I am not a fan of Hoopers books. I bought the 67-73 Data book and it has a number of issues.  1 page in the "69 section shows the blue "GM" stickers inside the door jamb that should not be there.  Right next to that photo is a photo of an incorrectly painted (all silver) spare tire rim.  I could go on.  Hard to get it right with a reference like that.

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Re: Camaro Books
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2023, 02:20:41 PM »
Just to echo a little of what Jim & David said.  Currently there is no ONE book that answers all the questions.  This site and yenko.net are the best resources and you will find more knowledge and info and actually have a discussion (most of the time) plus information is always changing.  Books you will see Rev 2, Edition 3 or part 4..  Are they good for reference?  Of course but I promise you will find out more info is passed and shared here about Camaro data or originality than any other site or book.  Thats my worthless $0.02

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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2023, 03:18:24 PM »
The GM Assembly Instruction Manual is great.
GM Service Manual is also great

I am not a fan of Hoopers books. I bought the 67-73 Data book and it has a number of issues.  1 page in the "69 section shows the blue "GM" stickers inside the door jamb that should not be there.  Right next to that photo is a photo of an incorrectly painted (all silver) spare tire rim.  I could go on.  Hard to get it right with a reference like that.

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Not defending anyone, but that reference book is 30+ years old?. A lot of information has been uncovered/changed over the years. When I purchased my 69 Z in 1982, other than the DZ engine code, very little info existed like it does today. And a lot that has been published has turned out to be incorrect. I know because there have been several instances where what was published conflicted with my car. In each case my car was correct and what had been published was later revised. So it's an evolution of sorts.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2023, 04:11:48 PM »
Thanks guys. Rather then saying "all encompassing" I probably should have said best bang for the buck.

I already have the AIM and I never miss a post here that I do not read and follow, so good to go there. So it seems Hoopers books and Judging Manual are the general consensus. I will start with those.
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Re: Camaro Books
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2023, 05:41:25 PM »
Hoopers books - albeit somewhat informative is just a combobulation of Camaro pictures........just get JMN's Fact Book (technically fantastic) & the new 67-68 Camaro Legends Judging Manual. That's all ya gonna need.   Just me 2 cents worth folks.....
« Last Edit: February 24, 2023, 06:08:47 PM by camaronut »

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Re: Camaro Books
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2023, 05:54:08 PM »
HEY! Don't forget
1981
"CAMARO! Chevy's Classy Chassis"

I still use it
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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2023, 08:04:10 PM »
Been searching most of the morning. I think I figured out what JM (Indy Post) and JMN's Fact Book (Camaronut post) refers to, is it Jerry MacNeish?

I think I am going to get...
JMN's Fact Book
new 67-68 Camaro Legends Judging Manual
And throw in a hooper book.

That should be enough to hold me over. Can someone tell me what the current release dates are for the 1st two books?

Thanks for all the input guys. Learning alot here, much appreciated.
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Re: Camaro Books
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2023, 08:37:39 PM »
Hooper's books are 'Coffee Table Books', with pretty pictures for the novice and lots of inaccurate information...
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Re: Camaro Books
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2023, 08:54:03 PM »
Thanks for the input 69z. I found a link for the Legends Judging Manual, Is this the newest?

https://www.yenko.net/forum/showthread.php?t=173652

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