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Re: Yellow marking on smog pump
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2008, 03:52:53 AM »
The plug in the relief valve is red. I've only seen green and black.
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Re: Yellow marking on smog pump
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2008, 11:41:28 AM »
The A.I.R. pump isn't the subject of those pages - it's just background. All 1968 applications that used the relief valve on the A.I.R. pump (L35, L78, Z28, etc.) show the valve separately as an assembly plant-installed item; in 1969, no relief valve was used, and it's not called out in the 1969 A.I.M. for installation for any application. Those pages were re-drawn (rather than carrying over the illustrations from '68) due to the completely new 1969 accessory drive system which relocated the alternator and A.I.R. pump from their previous 1968 locations.

If you look in L78, sheet A2, under 6T (which is the A.I.R. pump), it says "assembles same as RPO L35; if you go to L35, sheet A2, under 6T, it says "assembles same as production". If you go to UPC 6, sheet A6 (the production A.I.R. pump installation), there's no callout for installation of the relief valve, as none was used in '69 (although the background illustration shows it on the pump). Some component illustrations are more accurate than others - depends which illustrator drew it; their focus was installation and fasteners, not detail appearance of the part.

Observation of hundreds of known-original cars has confirmed that the relief valve wasn't used in 1969 (although it's present on some Service replacement pumps, which cover a number of different applications).
Just out of curiosity I followed your same analysis for the 1969 Corvette AIM.
Under UPC L71, 6T assembles same as Prod.
Under UPC L88, 6T assembles same as RPO L36
Under UPC L36, 6T assembles same as production
Under UPC 6, sheet A3, no callout for use of relief valve, in fact same part number as in the Camaro AIM. Want to note that drawings all have relief valve pictured.
No callout for relief valve in AIM therefore should be no Corvettes with relief valves and yet there are documented examples of L71 and L88 will the valves as noted in Dobbins books.
Is it possible that GM intended for the production pump in 1969 to be the one with the relief valve and then changed course? This would explain the AIM's.

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Re: Yellow marking on smog pump
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2008, 09:39:54 PM »
The best reference I know for C3 Corvettes (and 69's in particular) is Joe Lucia, over on the NCRS Technical Discussion Board at; you might post your Corvette question over there and Joe will give you the definitive answer, especially on A.I.R. pumps.
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