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« on: June 20, 2012, 07:24:22 AM »

All,

I have come across an RS/SS with rare paint scheme.  Sierra Fawn with Beige Vinyl top, black bumble bee stripe, gold deluxe.  Original engine was blown in the early '70s, but I found a correctly coded 'MV' SS 350, for Powerglide/smog equip that was date stamped in the same plant (LOS) six weeks after the car.

Peeling further back I have found the tranny to be date stamped for a '70 powerglide (C0R03N).

The car does have the original 12-bolt rear end.

What is the collective thought on the way I should go with this restoration?

Should I hold as true to the original scheme as possible (match vehicle to trim tag) or does the existing deviation from a matching number vehicle open the door for me to restore to any color/trim package of my preference?

As a short follow-up, were I to go to a tuxedo black with black vinyl top, in this case the bumble bee stripe would still exist (white) correct, as normally the stripe follows the top color which would be different in this case?

I am ready to pull the tranny and search for the VIN there to confirm that it is in fact a '70 tranny.  Should it be found that only the pan was replaced and in fact the the tranny is a '67 tranny does that change anything?

The original color is rare, but putting that color on the car, locating the beige vinyl top, etc... isn't going to be a small feat.  Is is worth it?

Is there still intrinsic value in checking the trim plate to find a car matching exactly as posted on the firewall w/o a matching number powerplant sitting in the engine compartment?

Thanks a million.  Car is in pieces, ready to pull engine/tranny/subframe and begin media blasting.

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 02:03:19 PM »

Keep it original to match the trim tag !! Although the numbers don't match the parts are period correct. Did you read the other thread you have about the engine? The car that the engine belongs to is still out there.
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 02:27:12 PM »

Thanks!  You guys are great.  Appreciate all your indulgence with the new guy...  I did see that post about the original car... but am a bit at a loss as to how I actually go about finding it...
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 02:39:37 PM »

In my younger days I decided to repaint in Bolero red rather than the factory Butternut, also switched out the interior from black to red.  That was the 80s.  Looking back, I wished I stayed with the original color.  Prefer the red but it's not correct.  Just my 2 cents, it's your car and choice.  Many will see a black car and immediately suspect it is not factory correct, then proceed to pick the entire car apart.  I think you'd get more, and the right kind of attention with the correct SF color.  

Whatever you do, keep/rebuild all your original parts before modifying anything, think twice before throwing out old parts and document with a lot of pictures.  I'd be torn if the owner of the other car turned up here.  There was a nice thread over at Team Camaro about a guy who bought a T-bucket, realized it had an 67 MO block and later sold it at little or no profit to the guy who had found as was restoring that rare car.  A little different situation here, and if that car is still around the owner might not even be interested.  And I know it's not always easy finding a numbers and date correct engine.  Some say if it's not the born-with motor is doesnt matter what is under the hood, but personally I feel if you have something date and numbers correct, with a close VIN, it adds more value than something out of left field.  I'm not sure if the tranny numbers change much.  There seems to be less concern over p-glide correct numbers than Muncies.    

If you have time, post up some pics of the trim tag, body etc.  May help others in offering their views.  Photobucket is a good site to host pics.          


      
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