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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Apr 19th, 02, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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I just found this tidbit in the August 1968 edition of "Chevrolet Service News", and thought it was interesting.
"1967 Camaro Manual Steering Gears Used in 1968 Production"
"In order to use up a surplus of 1967 Camaro manual steering gears, all 1968 Camaros equipped with manual steering built from May 22, 1968 to June 7, 1968 at the Norwood assembly plant [Serial Nos. N438680 through N448071] or from March 29, 1968 to July 23, 1968 at the Los Angeles assembly plant [Serial Nos. L338182 through L359064 (estimated final production serial number)] were built with the 1967 manual steering gears. Units incorporating these gears will also use 1967 steering arms, pitman arm and idler arm. Consequently, whenever it becomes necessary to replace one of the above mentioned affected components on a late built Camaro, check the serial number. If the serial number falls within the ranges given above, verify the existence of 1967 componets using the information given below."

The article then has a chart of part numbers to identify 1967 components.

Steering Gear Assembly....Daub of yellow paint on top
L/H Steering arm.....#3916265 forged on arm
R/H Steering arm.....#3916266 forged on arm
Pitman Arm.....#3908391 forged on arm
Idler Arm.....#3908385 forged on arm

Article continues:
"It should also be noted here that if power steering is installed in the field on a 1968 Camaro having the 1967 components, the pitman arm supplied with the 1968 conversion kit should NOT be used. Instesd use pitman arm, Part No. 3908379."
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Apr 19th, 02, 10:10 AM
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Thanks for the info!
I'm going to add this to my steering page.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Apr 19th, 02, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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The article also lists service replacement part numbers. I can email you a copy if you like.
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LOL, I could bet that the first reply for this post were gonna be David.

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I'm still wondering why there was a difference at all to begin with. I thought everything would be the same. Why would they have changed it? What was different?
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Apr 20th, 02, 06:58 PM
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Stevo,
I think the 67 outer tie rod ends are slightly shorter like a 1/2" to 3/4", according to the specs I have.
The 68/9 idler arm is shorter, and outer steering arms are shorter on some models. I have a 67 manual fast ratio car here that I think has the 69 length short outer arms on it though.

Kyvox, I would love to see the info you have. Please send to my E-Mail: [email protected]
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when I did my 68's front end swap to disc, I got the front end rebuild kit for the manual steering{which I have} and nothing was asked about pre/post above date. so will i have problems at the alignment shop?

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I have a 69 sub-frame with everything on it but the steering box. Most of the components off a 68. My 67 RS has the fast ratio steering box, and I have 2 more boxes sitting around. Not to mention whats on the 67 SS car. And the race car being manual steering. I'm going to start comparing parts and see if there's a difference in them.
Do you think they're different for the difference in steering box ratio's?
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The 67 fast ratio box I have is around two turns lock to lock on the car. Pretty darn fast!
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