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Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« on: December 17, 2023, 12:42:23 PM »
The story of this car has been passed around Tucson for many years. The story turned out to be real. I'm probably the only one who didn't actually know where this car was located. I heard it was on the south side & then I heard that it was on the east side. Somebody was in the right place at the right time with the right amount of cash & it wasn't me. The car has been sitting outside all these year & the Az sun has taken it's normal toll. The car is a 09A 1968 built car so some things are different. The born with engine & trans were still with the car. The new owner just wants to make it alive again, but leave the car as is. Enjoy :) 
Joe
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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2023, 01:07:53 PM »
Great way to create suspense and anticipation Joe!  I, for one, am looking forward to the pics!
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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2023, 01:31:52 PM »
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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2023, 01:45:26 PM »
Pinstriped fenders...Joe
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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2023, 01:47:45 PM »
Narrow rear spoiler original to this car...Joe
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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2023, 03:54:09 PM »
I moved the thread to this section.

Lots of good information will be gained from this car.

D96 striping with Z28 is quite unusual. Bill can expand on that.
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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2023, 07:33:22 PM »
This is a significant find for a number of reasons.

Production date
The VIN indicates the car was final assembled at Norwood on or about September 5, 1968. That makes it one of the earliest known 69 Z/28s. There are only 3 known earlier Z/28s at Norwood; I do not include N500003, which was a Pilot build.

Originality
Of the relatively small number of surviving early production cars built at either plant, few remain in original condition. Fewer still, are Z/28-RS. Based on a few other known original finds over many years, the RS and Z/28 grille emblems are original to the car.

The D96 fender striping was to be included with RS/Style Trim but subtlety dropped from Z/28 in an update to the Showroom Album, dated September 12, 1968:

"FENDER STRIPING (RPO D96, Body-side accent stripe) included with Rally-Sport and Style Trim Group. Not available with Sport Striping (SS or RPO D90). Available in combination with Front Accent Striping (RPO DX1) or with RPO Z28."

I interpret this to indicate is D96 was now optional with Z/28 or DX1 and Z21/Z22, no longer included.

The car also retains its original bright trimmed directional lenses.

Engine
The engine was built August 28, 1968. The code is on the pad as usual and matches up with other August 68 stampings. What is unusual is the con VIN stamping is on the side of the block by the oil filter. This is rare but consistent with other very early production cars built at both plants.

We are fortunate to have Joe involved with the preservation of the car. He has noted it retains its original negative battery cable, grounded at the core support. No telling what other surprises may be in store.

Vintage photo of an early production VN Z/28-RS.
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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2023, 08:27:09 PM »
Very cool find, Joe. How odd to see the RS and Z grille emblems together.

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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2023, 10:50:12 PM »
Joe does the Wiper arms have black or white spray on them?
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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2023, 01:00:36 AM »
Wiper arms were installed after the cowl was painted, so there should be no overspray on them.
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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2023, 01:28:06 AM »
Wiper area.....Joe
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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2023, 01:18:13 PM »
This photo appeared on the cover of the June, 1969 Sports Car Graphic. It was an early production VN Z/28 also featured in the January 1969 Hot Rod and March 1969 Popular Hot Rodding.

The Petersen Archives has many photos of the car; this is the only one that shows it was built with two grille emblems. Maybe Chevy asked them to remove it?
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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2023, 03:11:50 PM »
Wiper area.....Joe


That's not the first car I have seen that had the wiper transmission with white sprayed over the black.

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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2023, 07:37:48 PM »
I spy Fiber Optics!

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Re: Yard find 1969 Z/28 RS
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2023, 12:05:01 AM »
Wiper area.....Joe


That's not the first car I have seen that had the wiper transmission with white sprayed over the black.

It Does make me wonder if the cars with the Black-Wiper transmission levers oversprayed with Stripe color were part of a repair action and not normally processes.
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