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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 15, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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I've found a lot of real Z/28's for sale but they have non original DZ 302 engines in the car. What happened to original motors? All of the ones for sale the owners can't say because there's not sure. I'm guessing the motors blew up and needed rebuilt but why not put back in the correct block?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 15, 12:16 PM
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I've found a lot of real Z/28's for sale but they have non original DZ 302 engines in the car. What happened to original motors? All of the ones for sale the owners can't say because there's not sure. I'm guessing the motors blew up and needed rebuilt but why not put back in the correct block?
Because when an engine blows at 7000 rpm , the piston/rod usually takes out the block too.

And back then no one was paying very much attention to "matching numbers."

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I just sold a CE block to a guy that took his original engine out in the early 70's and put it in a different car that his ex wife ended up getting. Also when guys got into racing that small engine did not have enough power. That was told to me by a guy that bought a hugger orange car new. Even better I was buying parts at a swap meet and the guy told me he had 3 friends purposely blow theirs up before the three year warranty was up to get a "brand new" engine. They were cars back then. Not investments. I turned one down 14 years ago with a bbc in it, really rough car. Hope that sheds some light on it for you. The first guy bought his champaign Z in January of 70 and has owned it ever since. It is a pre X code low mile car. Factory cowl induction hood and tach without a console or gauges. He told me he has the ORIGINAL chambered exhaust in his basement. He said it was too loud. They made 1,207 69 Camaros with chambered exhaust. The hugger orange car became a cut up race car going to western PA, and it's original engine ended up in a 55 chevy sedan delivery where it is still to this day.
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You can only guess what happened but I would agree with the comment about these engines were high reeving and blown up, in most cases these cars lived a hard life. Would be nice to hear from some of the old school folks who lived these days

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 15, 08:41 PM
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The man with the Champaign car is a contractor and does not do technology. It was hard enough to get him to take a pic of his cowl tag. He told me that he had bought a 67 Z28 new, yes a real one, and lost it to the same ex wife. He said the car was red with a black top. She traded it in to the dealer that sold it and he never saw it again. I look for these cars and love hearing the stories from the owners. I have a 68 Z, RS that was a M22, 4.56 posi car bought to street race. I have talked the original owner. He ordered the car , knew every detail of what he ordered, but only owned it for 6 to 8 months. Original engine and trans long gone, but I still look for it
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 15, 09:27 PM
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I too love the look, sound and performance of the Z/28, although at the end of the day I come back to my reality of wanting to drive the car in todays traffic which for me is better suited with an SS, RS or plain jana and in my case, a modern drivetrain with future suspension upgrades.

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