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Hey I have been on here for a lil bit and have posted a few times but havent introduced myself....Im a camaro lover and had a 69 for a few years when I was 19....sad story...had to get rid of it...

twelve years later I bought another one...searched for months and found one local that needed a lil love and was in my budget....

Only thing is the motor that came in it...383...I have no info on that engine at all...and the kid didnt know much either....it runs good and sounds great...he said originally it came with a 396..it had a/c in it power brakes and steering...did the 396 come in the standard model?...or ss?...any way to tell if it really came with that motor?...

For some reason before they dropped the motor the firewall was painted and they painted over the trim tag...can I find out if the car was ss or z28 from the vin?....or just on the trim tag?..

anyways...I love workin on cars and I love this site...it has helped me a ton in the work I have done over the last month on my new Camaro...So thanks guys!!....more questions to follow...lol
 

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Re: I bought a 1969 Camaro w/383 and four speed

oh...and I would like to rebuild the motor and maybe get some more horsepower at some point....would a 383 be a good reliable motor at 500+ horsepower? or would BBC be better?
 

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Re: I bought a 1969 Camaro w/383 and four speed

Just take a wire brush and take the paint off the trim tag to start. My guess is most guys are going to recomend big block power, but if you already have the 383 I say just check it over and if it is all good, I would run it and save the cost of the big block conversion. If you go big block you will need a new exhaust, headers, heater core and set up. Most likely a new diff, rad, suspension, just to start. Not sure if you have disc brakes but you will need them if you go big block or over 500 HP to be safe. 396 was not the standard model and was an option coming in the SS model. Some will chime in and give you all of the tell tale was to confirm what you have. If it was me because I don't have a big budget I would kep it simple. Since these cars cost so much to restore it is always better to confirm if you have a special car to start with. If it is a plain Jane don't go too crazy. If it has sentimental value that is a different story.
 

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Re: I bought a 1969 Camaro w/383 and four speed

heres some pics....prob. gonna go with black paint...and I def gotta put a new suspension, and drop the front...it just sits too high.... like there is no engine in it or somthin...
 

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Re: I bought a 1969 Camaro w/383 and four speed

I cant seem to upload any more pics..so here is the link that originally got sent to me...since I bought the car I have put new seats, door panels, dash instrument carrier, dash pad, fixed some electrical problems with the rear harness, replaced the pitman arm and steering gear box...the job never seems like its gonna be done, which is actually the funnest part for me...lol..
anyways heres the links...gimme all ya'lls thoughts and opinions please...yall think its ready for paint....or should I do more body work?.....but theres no rust whatsoever...its a los angeles born car a still in Ca....
.it was def. in a wreck or two at some point in its life and I had origianlly planned on replacing much of the metal on the car..but have run outta funds for now ....

http://www.nikonipcss.com/P2PwebCmdController/cam2web/top_page.jsp?9E689955212A1F4D46C8C4195AD3C1A37FF3464670834A051E736D7D168B28C1D35429D976CE3588B525DD4F0A6B211E8491FF1D00E064417E9F0AA58D96AD6E7873C1FD73C695CD4470AACEA069FBBAD04303C54B5800085B41D2B335EDC51BB99FA1CB0F7348BE69A91A7AD4C382FC9E7A7AD5AD9FD47F84EB367AC674ACCFCDEA642BB43BF218280F06A243DEDB760F9B0D4A098DC444BEDC16C146E052EBE18A189913016EB6274FFF01E464065E


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Definitly a few different things going on here. Hood had hood pins at some point with an SS hood. Hard to tell from the picture but the heater box on the firewall does not appear to be there and it looks like the hoses are in the big block positon. A lot of those parts look really different to me so I would say this car has been through a lot in its years. Wiper motor? master cylinder, brake booster?

What are your plans for the car? I would confirm what you have first then build from there. You never know what you have. If it is a big block car or Z28 you have your answer. If it is a six or base car with, judging by the looks of things alll of the drive train long gone, you can build whatever you want. Check the trim tag and vin first and post the number here for the experts to decode.

Have fun and good luck. You have come to right place to discus 1st gen Camaros!
 

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the hood pins are here...just not installed yet....the wipers work and I guess the kid and his dad did the brakes...power brakes, however the booster looks HUGE...gotta upgrade em....If its a true SS or Z then I might go back to the stock look and all...otherwise I want to build a badass handling/performing 69 Camaro....the engine thats in it now, aint half bad...I havent really taken the rpm's up too high yet, because I want to fix the valve stem seals first...but then its on to a suspension upgrade....every time I make a decent turn, I get this crazy noise from the rear suspension/body???...possible bad/wrotten bushings in the back
 

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don't use a wire brush on trim tag.i did on my 67 & distorted numbers.best way is to tape around tag & get some paint remover & a piece of steel wool & go that route.don't put stripper on tag instead put it on steel wool & scrub tag till its clean.just thought i would let you know.tag will come out pretty & shiney this way
 

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Welcome to team camaro....for what it is worth 500hp is well attainable on a small block these days. I have a big block Camaro, and after driving a small block SS I think the small block car handles much better....but parked at the car shows I definitely prefer my big block.
 
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