Re: 69 z/28 vs. ss350
Tom, I realize it is frustrating, but really there is not much you can do. There are no magic answers. Lots of people are in the same boat. If I was in your shoes, I would just try to restore the car as if it were a Z28. Put in a period correct engine (whatever size you want) and call it good for now. Use as many correct/original parts as possible.
Someday the original engine may turn up, but it's a real long shot. Those cars were beat and beat hard by some people, so engine and transmission failures were pretty common.
Title searches might turn up some leads, which could result in some dealer paper work or the Protect-o-Plate (POP). But again, chances of that are pretty low.
Not trying to be a downer, just a realist.
How does the axle assembly date compare to the vehicle assembly date? How about the date code on the hood?
Nothing other than original paperwork, original POP or the original block will prove it 100 percent. Things like suspension parts, rear axles and other Z28 specific items are "bolt ons" so they could have been transferred from another car. I am not saying they were, but "just saying" because that is a possibility.
68 Camaro SS 396 - 468 BBC now, M21, 12 bolt 3.73 coded housing but w/ 3.31 gears.
Looking for 68 Camaro with body number NOR 181016
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