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« on: November 07, 2010, 12:04:10 PM »

Quick question regarding the D80 rear spoiler... My 69 SS350 has a rear spoiler (fiberglass), but does not have the front spoiler, nor does it have the required hole in the front support to attach the necessary brace.  So I am wondering:

1.  I'm sure there was a dealer installed D80 package... would they just install the rear and not the front?
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2010, 12:12:34 PM »

I know of no "dealer-installed" D80 package. They were never serviced in kit form.

It was very common back in the day to add a rear spoiler. Factory built D80 cars have 1 thicker torsion rod on the trunk lid hinges to compensate for the added weight of the spoiler.
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2010, 12:18:20 PM »

William... I obviously assumed wrong about the dealerships being able to install a D80 package.  Interesting.

I don't think my car has the thick torsion rod you mention, so at some point someone added the rear spoiler then.  I am restoring the car and trying to keep it as original as possible.  I will probably remove the spoiler and not replace it then since it didn't come from the factory... event though I like the look.  Thanks for the info.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 12:37:39 PM »

Many years ago we managed to acquire ZL-1 #4. Here's a photo of the car taken sometime early in 1970. Note they added both spoilers. None of Gibbs ZL-1s were built with them.

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010, 12:42:40 PM »

William... I obviously assumed wrong about the dealerships being able to install a D80 package.

To clarify - lots of dealers installed spoilers, but they had to order the parts individually; there was no "kit" they could order that had all the parts. You could probably count on one hand the number of those thousands of dealer or owner installations that included the larger-diameter torsion rod.
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 08:54:05 PM »

69 Z I am restoring right now was ordered with the spoiler and rear ant... the ant kicked the D80 out, the original owner had the dealer add one with-in 2 weeks.
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2010, 11:00:08 AM »

I found the thicker rod for sale from a firebird supplier. I will probably get one eventually.
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2010, 05:00:16 PM »

The early '69 models had the shorter deck spoiler. Was the thicker torsion rod added to these as well?
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2010, 10:26:14 PM »

One other thing I noticed about the spoiler on my car was that it was fiberglass.  Was this standard for the time?
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2010, 08:27:32 AM »

Yes, fiberglass was factory. Take a look at the first paragragh of, "Air Dams & Spoilers".

http://books.google.com/books?id=fIP5ZPJZDVgC&pg=PA91&lpg=PA91&dq=1st+gen+D80+option&source=bl&ots=yhbrj7_Nfc&sig=kITrr-6oz432C1t1K7KTHc1hmP0&hl=en&ei=rZraTLu3F8X7lwe-yJW8Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDAQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q&f=false
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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2010, 10:57:54 AM »

The early '69 models had the shorter deck spoiler. Was the thicker torsion rod added to these as well?

Yes. All factory D80 cars had the thicker torsion rod.
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2010, 09:05:46 AM »

I read somewhere in another thread that the deck lid was stamped at the factory. If this is correct can you tell me where the stamp is located and if this stamp dates the lid? Again...its a 12A Van Nuys build.

Thanks John
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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2010, 10:23:06 AM »

I read somewhere in another thread that the deck lid was stamped at the factory. If this is correct can you tell me where the stamp is located and if this stamp dates the lid? Again...its a 12A Van Nuys build.

Thanks John

http://www.camaros.org/numbers.shtml#sheet

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=4938.0


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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2010, 01:10:33 PM »

Sorry Spicoli, didn't mean to hijack your thread but maybe all of us can benefit from this...

Petes L48, I am familiar with CRG's shtml sheet and the thread you posted...

I am trying to figure out when the deck lid was made and if it is consistant with the build date of the car {12A; 1st wk of Dec., '68}. If there is suppose to be a date/code stamp...where is it located? This is obviously important, before I can determine wether or not the car came with the D80 option, I need to make certain it has the factory lid.

On the thread you posted, John was able to give out this information just with the pics so I am hoping he can do the same here.

{Please use the slide-bar on the last pic}
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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2010, 01:11:57 PM »

Deck Lid pics contd;
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