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« on: November 09, 2007, 12:31:15 PM »

I'm fine tuning some painting and restoration plans for this winter...

I really need a picture of a documented original 68 grille.  It would be great if you could include the headlights, bezels, etc.  But I'm working on details, so it would be great if I could see them in the pictures.

Appreciate the help!  Grin  Grin  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2007, 01:07:51 PM »

You are looking for pictures of the standard grille and not the RS......right?

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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2007, 07:26:36 PM »

Well, you can't really see the grille all that well, but here is a picture taken of my 68 Camaro the day it was delivered (dosn't get any more original than that!):


What do you need to know about the grille? 
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2007, 08:32:47 PM »

Try post #14 in this thread.  While not original it is correctly done:

http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=72981&highlight=grille
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2007, 08:57:09 PM »

Try post #14 in this thread.  While not original it is correctly done.

Here it is:  http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/479/1968camarorestopics0279iu.jpg

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2007, 01:01:52 AM »

Most 68's were black while later grilles (late May or Early June, 1968) were left gray. (Service replacements were also gray.)

Here are a couple of original cars for you to compare...

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Most 68's:




Very late 68's:

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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2007, 02:19:24 AM »

I don't know if it's original, but it loks right from these other pictures.
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2007, 11:58:28 AM »

While were on this subject what are the do's & don't of cleaning my factory black 68 SS grille. Like what cleaners not to use, because it looks like the plastic is black no paint.
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2007, 01:25:30 PM »

Most 68's were black while later grilles (late May or Early June, 1968) were left gray. (Service replacements were also gray.)
Wait, are you trying to say that the standard 68 grille was either all black or left 'plain plastic' grey?  That can't be correct for all 68 cars.  I painted my NOS grille to match my original grille.  My original grille was grey plastic.  The outside was painted satin black, and the inside was painted silver - just like the picture listed in 1968RSZ28's post.
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2007, 02:49:23 PM »

Seems mine is missing the front bumper guards and my emblem has a red bow tie instead of (blue or black?).
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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2007, 10:43:19 PM »

Jeff,

Yes, most 68's had the black grill. However, starting in late May or early June, 1968, the factory did away with the black grill and went to the gray.

You are correct, the gray grill is not correct for all 68 cars. Just the one's after late May or early June, 1968.

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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2007, 11:13:56 PM »

Yes, Steve, standard...

Thanks Ed and the rest for the pictures.  And Ed answered my next question, because I have seen some very late 68 gray grills.

Hatman, I wash my classic cars with a properly diluted car wash solution and a wash mit.  The biggest thing I would avoid on the grill is any household cleaning solution, especially any abrasive.

So, what sort of emblem is that on 68Zproject's car?
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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2007, 01:06:15 AM »

My understanding is that the standard '68 Camaro grilles were natural grey--including the Z/28 and SS350--while the SS big-block cars had the grille painted black to match the tailpan. I'd like to know something definitive on this as well. As a sidenote, the '68 RS cars had chrome hot-stamped bars on the grille and headlight doors, while the '67 grille and doors were all black. My 2 cents for what it's worth.   
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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2007, 01:36:23 AM »



So, what sort of emblem is that on 68Zproject's car?

That's what I would like to know.  It got me looking.  I don't have my front bumper guards or the bracket in the middle above the license plate.  I'm going to have some questions later about the brackets that hold the bumper on too.
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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2007, 10:52:30 AM »

My understanding is that the standard '68 Camaro grilles were natural grey--including the Z/28 and SS350--while the SS big-block cars had the grille painted black to match the tailpan. I'd like to know something definitive on this as well.
I can tell you definitively that my original owner 68 L30/M20 was delivered with a grey plastic grille with the outer area painted satin black and the inner portion painted silver.  That's a fact.  I'm not sure why people keep saying that they were either all black or all grey.  There are a few other threads about the correct painting of the 68 grilles that you may want to check out.

The emblem on 68Zproject's car is a standard grille emblem that is 'incorerctly' painted.  The standard emblem should have a black bowtie with red vertical recessed stripes - just as shown in both of the pictures that bertfam posted.
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