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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 12, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hi from Eddie in West London,
I have had a string of muscle cars in the past 10 years ('70 Challenger 440RT/SE, '69 Charger 440, '65 Buick GS, '73 455 TA, '65 289 Fastback Mustang).

Late last year I was looking for a collectable muscle car that was fast, handled well and small enough to park on the street. Well the last two requirements ruled out the Mopars!

Either a Z28 or SS350 4 speed was 1st choice. I found this '69 Z28 in New Jersey and had it shipped over this January.

Was an older restoration. Exterior and interior colours check out from the cowl tag, not the best paint job and a few spots and blisters but hell I couln't afford a perfect one.

Still learning about these cars but seems to be a genuine X33 body, still cannot figure if the engine is genuine....maybe more of that later

12 bolt axle pinion bearing had broken up and now sorted.
Slipping clutch replaced (Id'd the crank now as a genuine Z28 from the pie shaped cut out- yes?)

Ran like a dog with the 4 degrees timing, standard advance and badly tuned carb. Couldn't understand what all the fuss was about these cars!
Now gradually worked through it- 8 degrees advance, faster advance weights, pertronix III and coil, carb was way too rich on the idle and usual failure to adjust idle circuit on rear barrels.

Now much much better. Super little burble (still on cast manifolds and spindly dual exhaust crossflow muffler). Still lots to learn from the postings on carb and advance settings but reading some of the postings has put me in the right ballpark with plenty of scope for improvement.
All the best
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 12, 12:49 PM
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1st - Welcome to Team CAMARO Eddie

Next - nice car

As you said - tuning is the secret to getting these (and most) vehicles to running 'right'

Lots of information here and on CRG ( www.camaros.org ) on finding out what could be original to your car - and what's not

Hope we get to hear more about it and your work to get the performance it's capable of

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Welcome to the Club, Eddie.
Nice ride, enjoy it. As John suggested, reading up at camaros.org will tell you alot about the car.
The VIN, Vehicle Identification Number, should be stamped on the engine deck under the alternator and transmission also, pass side to the rear of the main case.

As I said, enjoy it. A vacuum gauge is your best buddy in tuning.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 12, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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Many thanks for the welcome guys. I have kept a log of all the work done and casting codes that I uncovered so I'll build up some knowledge and history on the car (I bought it from photos and it came with zero paperwork).

Ideally I would like to buddy up with someone with a stock Z28 that wants to get it to run as good as possible.

Thanks for the help so far- I think the advance woke it up a lot. Pertronix has it running turbo smooth too. I'll post some q's in the engine section soon.

Cheers
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Welcome "Mate" Nice ride.


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