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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 02, 02:20 AM Thread Starter
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I am far from an expert on anything and certainly not on first gen Camaros even though I own one, but I heard something yesterday that was a new one on me. My buddy ran into a guy with a 69 Z/28 at a local restaraunt and struck up a conversation with him.

My buddy broke down with his 67 RS/SS and the cops "inquired" while he was getting it running on the side of the road and this 69 Z came cruizing past. Coincidently they ended up at the sme restaraunt later so the guy in the Z came over to my buddy and struck up a conversation as to why the cops had stopped him. One thing led to another and the conversation switched to this 69Z that he had that was purchased new by his dad. The rare option are (and I don't know the official name for them) "traction canisters" that sprayed GM traction stuff on the rear tires through some kind of vacuum system.

First of all, I had never heard of them before on any first gen much less a Z/28 that really wasn't designed for 1/4 mile trips (although they ended up being pretty popular for that). I would think that this would have been more appropriate for a 396/375 HP car or COPO, or Z1, or Yenko but I had never heard of it.

Just curious about the "rareness" and the logic (on GM's part) in offereing a drag racing enhancement to a new car that is under warranty.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 02, 02:36 AM
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Robert,

This option was called Liquid Tire Chain, and was offered on 1969 models. It was sold under the option code RPO V75 and records indicate 188 units were sold. This option is quite rare indeed.

The purpose of the option was not for added traction on dry pavement, but for added tracation in the snow and ice (Suitable for us Canadian Folk I guess..).

I have seen a few cars with this option, but have yet to see a Camaro in the snow with the option in use..

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 02, 02:42 AM
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RPO V75 - Traction control dispensors. Very rare at 188 cars sold but has nothing to do with racing. It was for traction in the snow. There were 2 cans of traction compound mounted over the rear tires and the compound could be dispensed in the event of slick winter road conditions. I have some pix of a blue and white Z/28 with the option installed but the car looked a bit "built up" if you know what I mean. The option was also available on other cars in the lineup and I believe it was also an over the counter dealer installed option as well as an RPO. I think it was a 69 only option.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 02, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys...shows where my head is at. I only thought of it as a traction for racing and never gave any consideration for traction needed in ice and snow...and I live in snow country. I guess back in 1969 everybody I knew that was concerned about traction in ice and snow used studded snow tires. That would be really attractive on an L78 SS Camaro don't you think??

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 20th, 02, 04:20 PM
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Yea Robert, there's one running around in my home town up here in British Columbia with that option. He never uses it as its not driven in the winter time. Probably wouldn't be a bad feature on a 6 cylinder or small v/8 Camaro
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 02, 02:08 PM
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I actually had this on my '69 SS396, back in '72. Damn things didn't work then...
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 02, 06:40 PM
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Wow, you learn something new everyday i never knew about "traction canisters", i'd of thought the guy a little crazy.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 02, 03:56 AM
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 02, 06:26 AM
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I think I know this car.Was it Lemans Blue with white stripes? I believe other than the AM radio and the Z option the only other options were Tire Chain and speed warning.Very cool car....if indeed it is the same one.........

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 02, 07:18 AM
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It may have been the same car as it was that color combo. It had no radio. It was listed as having a crate motor installed along with the original DZ block but no internals. The car had a tilt wheel as well.

The unusual thing I noticed was the console gauges. The car had them but not any center dash pod gauge. It is not possible to have console gauges without something mounted in the center pod. Either a clock of a fuel gauge was required to be there. You could get just a clock ala carte or get the very rare tach/center fuel gauge package but not just console gauges by themselves. I wonder what he had in the passenger side dash pod? He showed the drivers side pod with speedo but not the other side so who knows. He either had a fuel gauge there and another in the console or a tach in the passenger pod and fuel down in the console but either way it is not a factory possible setup.

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