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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 6th, 02, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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I am looking at buying a 68 Camaro.I was told it's a SS396 car with original motor swapped out. How can I verify this is a true SS396 car w/out a Protecto Plate or Build sheet. Is there a Chevy or Camaro historical service like with Pontiac?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old May 6th, 02, 07:24 AM
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In short, there is no way to prove that claim without documentation or the original components. The only thing you can do is look for tell tale signs like fuel line size, exhaust hangar plate (driver side)for duals, blacked out tailpan (original paint), a/c box size & heater hose configuration.

The car should have a 12 bolt rear (date correct of course) and multileaf springs if it is an SS in addition to the welded on dual exhaust hanger.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old May 7th, 02, 05:48 AM
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Also if it was a 375 HP version of the 396 motor originally (probaably not because it is pretty rare) and has the factory tach in it, it should have the 6000 redline. This tach was only in the 68 Z/28 and SS396 375HP cars.

But like Choptop said will never know for sure without original documentation or motor as most everything could have been added over its 34 year history. I have the same problem with my 68 Z/28. If it was cloned, they got all the right stuff but I will never know for sure if it was a factory Z because I have no documentation and it does not have the original 302 in it. 1968 Camaros are the toughest first gens to document.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old May 8th, 02, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all. Your responses are appreciated.
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