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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 3rd, 14, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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New guy from OK...

New guy here from Oklahoma. I have a 69 Camaro SS that was completely restored and is a constant work in progress. I came to this site to hopefully gain some insight and ideas on possible upgrades and modifications.

Thanks in advance for all the groundwork already laid out on this website!

...Cory
Bixby, OK
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 3rd, 14, 10:50 AM
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pics and specs...

...and they're never done. You'll always find something new you want to do to it.

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It has a 350 in it. In my case it isn't new stuff I'm wanting to do with it, it's constantly fixing stuff.

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You said you wanted to know about upgrades and modifications. Any specific areas?

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It's an automatic with a turbo 350. I'm not sure on the rear end, but I feel that it isn't getting enough power. It won't peel out is my only indicator that I have. I'm pretty car illiterate and was given this car due to a death in the family. I feel that I owe it to my family to do the car right. But the car spent 4 years from shop to shop getting restored and we got it back a few months ago.

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Bixby, OK
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Getting more power out of a 350 isn't tough. Headers and an exhaust would probably be step 1. Follow that with a better carb (assuming yours is stock) and an intake. None of that is too difficult to do for a novice. Maybe a new intake manifold would be a good idea as well.

If you wanted to go crazy there's lots of bolt-on parts.

Does it have an HEI distributor? If not I'd throw that in as well.


...or you can just enjoy it as-is.

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Welcome to TC

Nice looking 69

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 3rd, 14, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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It has an Edelbrock carb, Hooker Competition headers and Flowmaster American Thunder exhaust. It has an HEI distributor as well.

Its pretty sluggish.

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Head on over to the engines forum and they'll help you out. Might just need a proper tune up.

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Nice car. Glad to have another okie!

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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 4th, 14, 05:53 PM
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Welcome! I'm in OK also(Tulsa-ish area).
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Sounds like you need a good tune up.
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Sounds like you need a good tune up.
I would agree with this and what George said above about going to the engines forum. Before you throw a lot of parts and money upgrades, tune it properly to see what really needs upgrading. I have a '67 with the original 327/275 with at least 150,000 miles on it. It also has an automatic TH350 like yours and only 3.08 rear end. Still has original exhaust manifolds and a crappy Midas exhaust. Original points distributor too. It will "peel out" from a stop sign as well as going into second gear (with new BFG radial T/As). It didn't do that until I got the timing dialed in and working together for best performance (initial, centrifugal, vacuum advance) and had a QJet carb rebuilt by Lars Grimsrud (totally stock setup). Everything else was minor: good points, plugs, plug wires, etc. All of that was on a budget and teaching myself how to do it with the huge help from the great people on this site and Lars, JohnZ, and others' papers/advice.
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Welcome, Cory, nice inheritance, sorry for the family loss.

You can do a quick and dirty, maybe not too dirty, rear axle gear check.
Chock front tires, set trans in neutral, jack up a rear wheel and turn a the tire.
If tire turns easily, then an open rear axle, meaning non-limited slip (no positive traction).
If tire does not turn, then posi/limited-slip differential - +1 point.
Jack up other rear tire and turn a tire valve stem to the bottom.
Mark driveshaft in plain view.
Turn tire one revolution and count the number of driveshaft marks passing by.
Examples: 2.7:1 = 2.73 ratio; 3:1 = 3.08:1 ratio; 3.5:1 = 3.55:1 ratio; 3.7:1 = 3.73:1 ratio; 4+:1 = 4.10:1 ratio.
You might be lucky and find a stamped metal tag attached to a axle cover bolt with ratio on it, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Next would be getting a vacuum gauge and setting mixture screws for max rpm, then turn down curb idle.
Set initial timing with a timing light, then plug in vacumm advance to full time vacuum nipple and ajust from there for good performance.

As said, even with a 3.08:1 ratio, one should be able to leave quite the permanent mark(s) in the driveway.

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Hey Neighbor....!! Im in Bixby too... Happy to lend a hand...
Welcome to the forum... We need to hook up sometime.
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