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