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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 01, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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A friend of mine is looking at a '69 Camaro. The owner says it is a SS350. It is a Norwood car and the code on the cowl tag is X-44. I know this could be a base Camaro or a SS350 without the chrome trim. It has the 12 bolt rear end, 4 speed, no console or gauges, and drum brakes. It also has the chrome grills on the quarter panels. It is a V-8 car but the original engine is gone. The drum brakes have me confused. How can I tell if this is a real SS350?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 01, 11:13 AM
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X-44 is a base coupe, it cannot be an SS350.
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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 01, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure I agree with you on this. If the X-44 can not be a SS350 then what would it be? This is how I understand it.
X-11 is base Camaro or SS350 with trim.
X-22 is SS396 with trim.
X-33 is Z-28 with trim.
X-44 is base Camaro without trim.
X-66 is SS396 without trim.
X-77 is Z-28 without trim.
Z-11 is pace car.


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I think a true SS would have more coils on the hood hindges and I know they have multi-leaf springs. Hope this helps.
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Didn't all performance pkg 69s get front discs? Not sure myself.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 01, 02:48 PM
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I know mine is an original ss350 it is an X55 D80 coded 69 it has 12bolt 5leaf springs originally Turbo 350 now has M 22 also has 2 fuel lines. I am pretty sure it can not be an ss350 with an X44 code though
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Mine is an X-44 it was originally a 350 2barrel, PG trans, 256 rear, PS, A/C, Power Front Disc, Console, no gauges. What does no trim mean, mine has plenty of trim. Not asking a new question just trying to add to the X-44 discussion.

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Oh yeah,

Took off the grills on the 1/4's to repaint, a litte paint remover and mine were all chrome also (looked pretty good). Started to leave them that way but liked the black better.

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X44 can't be a SS car.
See http://www.camaros.org/numbers.shtml#XnnCodes and http://www.camaros.org/diffs69.shtml for the details.

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 01, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info.

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I just looked up an old super chevy book 1/87 It says as follows Norwood instituded X code on the cowl of 68 and 69s.Cal car did not. X11 base carZ/28 with style trim &base car 327 without style trim.COPO car.
X22 base car 396 with style trim.X33 Z/28 with style trim group.Z/28 with rally sport option.X44 base car with no style trim group.X55 Base car with 350 and SS option.X66 base car 396.X77 Z/28 with no style trim.also note Z11 are 69 pace car code
Im restoring a 69 SS 350 car and its code is X55,so this info is right for my car.Also all 69 SSs had 12 Bolt rear ends,standard.
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Gene,
The info in the links I posted are correct. If anyone finds an error, let me know.
No X codes ever on a 68. They were started in December of 68.
Your info has the X11 being a Z28??? That's wrong.

Also, not all 69 SS's got 12 bolts. A SS powerglide car got a 10 bolt.
And not all 12 bolt cars were SS's or Z's. Most LM1 cars got 12 bolts.

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post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 01, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Gene,
I know the issue you are talking about. That was when Doug Marrion was the editor of Super Chevy. They got the codes all screwed up. I wrote them a letter and tried to get them to correct it, but they ignored me and left it screwed up. Thanks for the effort!

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One SURE fire way to tell if the body was an SS , Z28 , or COPO 427 , is that there will be an adapter plate welded on the left side about 3" behind the shock (visible through the L. wheelwell , behind the tire) they were welded on to reinforce the area to hold the left tailpipe hanger. Approx. 5" long and 2 1/2" wide with two semi-circular notches in the middle.
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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 01, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help. I've found out that the car had a 307 and is not a SS. It's still a nice car, but the seller shouldn't be trying to sell it as an original SS350. He is asking a lot of money for it because he says it is a SS.

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