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« Reply #30 on: October 30, 2013, 09:54:53 AM »


I suspect the X55 tag could be real. X77 isn't.

Could an X55 have had that M21 trans? Thought that was a solid lifter and 396/350hp only?


I was waiting for someone to spot that!!! Wink


http://www.camaros.org/trans.shtml#4speed
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« Reply #31 on: October 30, 2013, 09:40:34 PM »

Hello everyone,

I'm the new owner of this '69 Camaro being discussed. So, here's the whole story from when I bought it a couple of months ago to right now. I bought the car and it came with a ton of parts (intakes, several sets of heads, extra 80's block, several cranks, water pumps, starters, rears, etc...). I saw the x55 cowl tag, period correct 4 bolt main block, matching number muncie trans, dual exhaust hanger holes on driver side, 12 bolt in it, Hugger orange factory over sprays, and believed it to be a true Hugger Orange 350 4 speed SS.

I put it up for sale on eBay, and advertised it as a '69 x55. Someone made an offer, and I accepted it. We started communication, and set a day for pick up. No money was exchanged. I started to organize some of the parts for pick up, and noticed that the engine had a serial number on it once I really cleaned and scraped off the engine pad. That's when I also saw the DZ code. I then went to reinspect the vin, and cowl tag. I took off the cowl a noticed that the hidden vin matched, but the cowl tag didn't seem to be fastened correctly. I informed the buyer of that, and asked to terminate the sale because I didn't feel comfortable selling this car as a true x55. I have a 100 % positive feedback, & don't want to risk my reputation or misrepresent something to a buyer. After that I went thru the parts: I've found z heads, z intake, x77 tag, and the x7 on the rear seat bulk head. I took out the seats to search for a build sheet and that's when I noticed the bulk head, and looked up its meaning online. That's throwing me for a loop.

Then Danny contacted me and accused me of having some big balls for advertising this car in 2008 as a z28 and now as a SS. Once he explained the 2008 listing and I informed him of my recent purchase we had an understanding that I wasn't trying to misrepresent this '69. We then opened communication for him to help me try and decipher what I had. I sent photos and opened up a conversation. I didn't realize he was posting our conversation until I stumbled onto this thread today, while I was looking for this 2008 ad he mentioned. It doesn't bother me that he made this a public discussion because I'm a pretty forthright person, but he could of informed me so that you people could have heard my questions directly from me. Either way, I appreciate his help and those of you who we're answering my questions thru him.

I checked the hidden spots (cowl & heater box) Danny mentioned. I also re inspected the vin tag, and feel comfortable that I have a legit matching vin tag, cowl hidden vin, heater hidden vin, and title.

I'm scheduled to meet with the family who sold me the Camaro and parts later this week. I don't think they'll be able to clarify anything for me, unless the give me a Protecto plate and original dealership bill of sale LOL!  Not sure if it's a x55 or x77, but at this point I know it's a 69 Hugger Orange V8 4 speed with a 12 bolt posi. How can I not put a 1st Gen Camaro like that back on the road!

Sorry for the extremely long post, but I just wanted to get the full story out there. Thank you to Danny and those of you who have provided me information on my quest. If anyone has any other information or knowledge to help, please contact me.

Thank you,
Charlie
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« Reply #32 on: October 30, 2013, 10:33:19 PM »

Charlie,
 I thought maybe you might do a search and find CRG. I figured you would do a VIN search and see it. It's nice to have the knowledge explained. Sometimes I just help out and move on. But I'm glad you are plugged in. I got some info that was obvious, and from a couple friends. But most all came from the experts here. Good luck, I hope it works out for ya. Maybe this was a nice SS at one time. OR, maybe it's a Z/28 with a non- numbers matching engine??... Danny
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« Reply #33 on: October 30, 2013, 10:58:54 PM »

Charlie,
I feel somewhat responsible for getting this whole thing going on your car. If it were not for the fact that this is a 12B car, which is why I was looking at ebay ad, because I have a 12B car and my memory of what I had seen doing research on this site, I may have missed out on this car's earlier life. I said to myself, I remember that Vin on CRG and looked it up. After all that has been said and after looking at your pics(ebay and this site), I feel your car is an X55 car and not a Z.  I must say, for someone who never had seen this site, you are knowledgeable about 69's based on what you took pics of and what you state. The reason I feel it is an X55 are based on a few things I see in the pics, namely: car has 5 leaf springs, trim tag X55 looks real to my untrained eyes and heads are 041's without screw in studs or guide plates which point to 300 HP heads although these castings can be found on a Z they would have those screw in studs if they were true Z heads along with 2.02 valves. That being said, I am assuming these heads came with the block and based on block vin,which looks legit, it looks like a 300hp block (4 bolt mains). The pistons in the box look like 300HP flattops also.. Block was decked (you say) enough to re-stamp DZ (my opinion) as it was obvious by the fake X77 tag that efforts were made to make this into a Z. I am sure loose tag was from being re-attached and perhaps someone gave up on the Z transformation when it was determined the cowl tag was no good and they probably spent some good coin getting the tag and found out it was not that easy to fool the experts. This is coming from someone who owns 2 real SS cars, one a 350 car with those same heads and block. This site is a place were enthusiasts strive for the truth and better understanding of all 1st generation nuances to accurately preserve and restore their cars with a passion. Welcome aboard and good luck uncovering the facts about your car. The only puzzling piece is the trans, being a M21, supposedly not available with a SS350, but it may also be a re-stamp. I am not sure at this point to comment further.
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« Reply #34 on: October 31, 2013, 12:50:24 AM »

No problem. It's better to have knowledge and history than to be blindsided later. I pretty much agree that it's a x55. Your  points about the springs and the heads are what's leaning me to an x55, but I did get 2 other sets of heads and another intake with the camaro. One seat of heads were the 041's, one set was 1980's heads, and the other set are 186's z heads. The other intake is a 3932472 z intake. So, it's the z heads, z intake, and yes the m21 that are completely throwing me off. That x7 on the bulk head threw me a pretty big curve too. The x77 cowl tag and dz code also threw me for a loop, but it looks like most believe they aren't authentic. I'll see what the family I bought the car off of tells me this week when I see them. I feel like Columbo! Thanks for the compliment on my knowledge. I do use the CRG site for information, specs, and numbers, but never used the CRG forum. Now I see how the forum can be a valuable tool.
Thanks again,
Charlie
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« Reply #35 on: October 31, 2013, 08:37:31 AM »

One other thing, (it was late when I posted last) The FUEL line. Yes, that pesky fuel line detail. I looked again at the pics for evidence of X55 this time looking at fuel line. A mystery here again. It is a single line and appears untouched? Hmmm...I guess the plot thickens
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« Reply #36 on: October 31, 2013, 09:27:35 AM »

This is my disclaimer:

I am by no means an expert and only go on what experiences I gain and the data I read.  This is certianly a very strange vehicle and I would venture to say it would be wise to have an expert come to look at this car and certify or verify it if you are wanting to represent the vehicle correctly..  Obviously paperwork is always the best data backer but that too can be faked..

Words from just an average Tennessee redneck.   Grin
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« Reply #37 on: October 31, 2013, 10:29:39 AM »

heads are 041's without screw in studs or guide plates which point to 300 HP heads although these castings can be found on a Z they would have those screw in studs if they were true Z heads along with 2.02 valves.

Screw-in studs and guide plates didn't appear on the Z until 1970.
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« Reply #38 on: October 31, 2013, 02:39:39 PM »

Thanks for the help, all!

Ko-lek-tor,
Educate me on the fuel lines? I did take a picture of the driver side front frame rail, because someone told me those drilled holes were signs that only a SS would have. I thought that had something to do with fuel lines. Please explain in detail what you are referring to or give me a site to read about it.
Thanks,
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« Reply #39 on: October 31, 2013, 02:46:02 PM »

http://www.camaros.org/diffs69.shtml

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« Reply #40 on: October 31, 2013, 02:50:19 PM »

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« Reply #41 on: November 02, 2013, 05:49:10 PM »

Just to let everyone know, I will be selling this Camaro. I have two projects in the shop now. If it doesn't sell then it'll be next in line.
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« Reply #42 on: November 03, 2013, 11:07:19 AM »

Isn't  12B  a little early to have an  X  Code on the tag.

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« Reply #43 on: November 03, 2013, 11:49:57 AM »

Earliest possible week. 12A's don't have it, I've seen more than several "X" marked 12B's over the years.

1969 Cowl Tag - X Codes
The Xnn codes were a mid-1969 model addition to the Fisher Body cowl tags of Norwood-built Camaros, starting with the 12B (second week of December) build week. (CRG has found 12B cars both with and without these codes. Our data for all cars in prior weeks is absent this code, and our data for all cars in weeks following contain this code.) These codes were an aid for Fisher body assembly workers to identify body trim and paint changes required for different Camaro models. The codes are divided into two groups: those with the Z21 style trim option and those without the Z21 style trim option.
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« Reply #44 on: November 05, 2013, 06:53:39 PM »

I could use some help on the pricing of this 69 Camaro SS. I'd like to see what everyone in the CRG Forum thinks a value should be for this project. Thanks in advance for your opinions and thoughts. Here's the link to the Camaro:

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/e11050.m43.l1123/7?euid=89402c7fccfb4bc18bc08e77acf5cb5b&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Febaymotors%2Fws%2FeBayISAPI.dll%3FViewItem%26item%3D251371744075%26ssPageName%3DADME%3AX%3AAAQ%3AMOTORS%3A1123

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