Author Topic: L89 Camaro At Mecum, Not So....  (Read 3337 times)

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Re: L89 Camaro At Mecum, Not So....
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2013, 02:07:01 PM »
Copied and pasted directly from the ad: "This spectacular factory L89 Camaro SS"  This says to me that the car came from the factory as an L89. But ad also states that car is L78?? My reaction to all the claims made at these auctions about what these cars supposedly are is "Uh huh, right!"

 What amazes me is all these people that seem to have money dropping it like loose change. Just doesn't jive with my world, or anyone else's I know. Sometimes it seems like these bidders are more concerned about making an impression, or their image, than they are about the cars they are bidding on.

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Re: L89 Camaro At Mecum, Not So....
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2013, 05:34:22 PM »
Haven't I heard before that the L78 was the engine, and the 'aluminum heads' were just an additional option on the Camaros?
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Re: L89 Camaro At Mecum, Not So....
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2013, 02:00:04 AM »
L89 is an option, but there is a different application suffix code for L89 engine. 

In 1968, the L78 code for Camaro and Nova is MQ.  It is MT for the L89 396/375hp Camaro.
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Re: L89 Camaro At Mecum, Not So....
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2013, 02:56:31 AM »
If it has a different engine code, then I'd call it a different engine...  The one in the Mecum auctioni sounds to be a 'replacement L78' (not the oen the factory installed, with added aluminum heads... making it into a 'defacto' L89, but not a factory L89.   The *code* tells the entire story, and the SN on the block identifies the car it came from the factory with.... like all the engines.
... so it's a different day.  but with lots of *resellers/fakers*..  it's the same old sh*t...
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