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1969 camaro

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by tdekany, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    After about 50 hours of polishing, this car is back to show room condition. I had it at my house for nearly 3 weeks.

    This is how the paint looked - should give you guys some ideas what I started with.:eek: 

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    This is how paint should look

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    All DONE!

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  2. LVL8hacker

    LVL8hacker Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 4, 2012
    Pinehurst, North Carolina
    Larry Anderson
    That my friend is one sexy bitch!
  3. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Never been a Camaro guy ... but that one I like.

  4. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    What version is that? It looks like the SS model. I once owned a '69 Rally Sport Z28.
  5. neofx19

    neofx19 Mu-43 Regular

    May 16, 2012
    Wicked car! The wheels match the car very well. Excellent choice for car color and wheel choice.
  6. greyelm

    greyelm Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2010
    Great finish, I love red cars.
  7. Uwharrie

    Uwharrie Mu-43 Veteran

    May 10, 2012
    North Carolina
    Lynne Ezzell
    Wow! What a car! And what a shine!
  8. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    looks like you did a excellent job of removing those nasty swirls..

    and I love the shots.........
  9. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    vey vey noice Tom. Top job on the pictures too.
  10. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    Ahhh, back when a Camaro didn't look like a Mustang...

    I had a saddle bronze 1964 Pontiac Lemans Convertible with the 326 V8 when I was in High School.
  11. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    69's were arguably the best Camaro ever. I'm guessing that engine is the 307 or 327, yes? If only the new Camaro was this size and weight!
  12. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    "69's were arguably the best Camaro ever. I'm guessing that engine is the 307 or 327, yes?"
    Agreed; and the best Camaro model was the 69 Z28 in the various iterations.

    The 307 was a tepid engine used in the docile, mid-sized Chevy sedans of the era. In stock configuration, it had little if any notable features.

    The 327 was a real performer used in various "sport" bodies such as the Camaro, Chevelle, and Corvette.

    The true standout engine of the Camaro line was the mouse motor, high-revving, 4-bolt main (bearings) fire-breathing 302!
  13. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Absolutely. I would much rather have the 302 Z28 of that year over any of the big-block variants. And, if not the 302, then the 327.
  14. helveticus

    helveticus New to Mu-43

    Feb 21, 2012
    Looks fantastic. What was the process and finish used? Looks like it needed some wet sanding. Ive done quite a few corrections and paint jobs myself.
  15. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    YOUR CAR TOTALLY ROCKS!!!:2thumbs::thumbup:
  16. Ninja

    Ninja Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 30, 2010

    One of the funny things about the Z28 302 was that you could kill the engine by turning the headlights on at idle...that is definitely not where it was intended to live.

    Chevy "fudged" on the official horsepower because they knew the insurers would go nuts if Chevy ever published the real figures.

    That's a sweet ride!
  17. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    "...One of the funny things about the Z28 302 was that you could kill the engine by turning the headlights on at idle."
    That was a lack of efficacy of the electrical system and not a mechanical shortcomming of the mighty Chevy 302 V8.

    I recall that the engine compression ratio of that engine exceeded 11.5. It needed a big-ass spark to combust the air-fuel mixture in each cylinder. In stock configuration, the ignition coil needed to provide in excess of 50,000 volts DC to fire the spark plugs. Chevy engineers found the standard coils to be inadequate so they replaced it with a high-output version.

    Well, you need greater voltage to the input of the coil (a step-up transformer) to achieve the high voltage at the output. A higher voltage level can be achieved if the alternator is capable and as long as the engine RPM is high enough. When at idle, the alternator is not working very hard so it is outputting less voltage. With less voltage to the coil, a lesser voltage level is present to the spark plugs. Lesser voltage to the plugs means a spark of lesser magnitude.

    Lesser magnitude at the plugs means that the combustion itself is lower in magnitude and engine does not have enough energy from each cylinder to sustain crankshaft momentum and it "dies."

    Chevy engineers added the high-output coil and, later, added the high-output alternator to allow the 302 to function at idle.

    Another problem manifested when the relatively tepid battery would not adequately "crank" the engine because of the high compression ratio. This is akin to having six Shetland ponies pulling the Budweiser cart. Clydesdales were needed.

    A bigger, higher-capacity battery was installed.
  18. Ninja

    Ninja Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 30, 2010
    "A big ass spark." :biggrin: I love technical talk!

    You must remember the purpose of the original Z28. It was a formulated production car for the Can-Am series. Small batteries were lighter as were smaller alternators, which worked just fine at the higher RPMs the engine was designed to work at producing enough ground pounding ponies to stay ahead of the Mustangs. The camshaft was simply optimized for operation at high RPMs. The ragged idle remains a sweet sound, even in an era of modern technology where engines are capable of producing similar outputs, yet idle smoothly, get remarkable fuel economy, and have lower emissions.
  19. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    I haven't forgotten the original intent of the design; however, the street version had to be modified from that design. It had to function with things such as stoplights and residential neighborhoods in mind.

    The bucket 'o bolts that I found and restored was setup that way with the big alternator and battery.

    Wish I had kept it...:frown:
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