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bowtie68iho

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What is correct original ignition coil for 68 V8s, a 238 or 293?
« on: December 06, 2010, 01:16:24 AM »
I have a 1968 Camaro SS/RS Convertible, 350 ci with Powerglide that I'm restoring to concourse level for the 2011 GM Nationals Legends Class.  However, I'm having difficulties finding out what is the correct original ignition coil for my car, a 238 or a 293.

According to Group 2.170 in two different GM parts catalogues, the correct coil for 1968 V8 engines is 1115238: "1967-69 Camaro Master Parts Catalogue" (dated July 1, 1969) and the "1967-73 Camaro Parts Catalogue No. 731a" (dated Dec 1972).  Neither catalogue even mentions the 293 coil for any model year or engine size.  However, the only version of coil that I seem to ever see for my model year and engine, both NOS and in reproduction, is the 293 coil.

I saw an NOS 1115238 sell on eBay on Nov 29, 2010 for $159.50 (eBay Item No. 320621135466).  It had the original Delco-Remy box with it and the box was labeled "1115238 Coil" and "#D512."  Embossed on the bottom front of the can was "238" and "B-R."  I have not been able to find a source that sells a reproduction 238 coil, but know it exists, because I've recently seen a picture of one next to a GM Reproduction Parts box.

If either Larry Christensen or Jerry MacNeish could let me know which ignition coil is correct for Legends, then I'll go with it. 
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Re: What is correct original ignition coil for 68 V8s, a 238 or 293?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2010, 03:56:43 AM »
Thanks for the quick answer, flyingskibiker.  The previous post you referenced did not have the facts I presented (i.e., excerpts from original Camaro Master Parts Catalogues) before they answered the question.  I was hoping for an updated answer from one of the Legends judges in light of the two catalogues that I referenced stating the original coil was a 1115238 for 1968 V8s.

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Re: What is correct original ignition coil for 68 V8s, a 238 or 293?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2010, 04:35:50 AM »
Parts manuals are often wrong. 293.
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Re: What is correct original ignition coil for 68 V8s, a 238 or 293?
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010, 04:46:41 AM »
I'm not a legends judge but the 68's I found in yards years ago had the 293 BR coil. And the 69's in the yards had 293 B-R.

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Re: What is correct original ignition coil for 68 V8s, a 238 or 293?
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2010, 11:54:40 AM »
Parts manuals give service parts numbers, which sometimes are the same as original, The 68 AIM lists 293: page 91, UPC 6, B5. I can understand why you question this as 238 was a replacement part as early as 67.

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Re: What is correct original ignition coil for 68 V8s, a 238 or 293?
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2010, 06:29:10 AM »
Thanks everybody for helping me.  You have all sold me on the 293 coil.