1969 Chevy Camaro – The last of the 1st generation

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The Camaro, one of Chevy’s best and widely known muscle cars. (they had no choice but to bring it back as a retro model.) Camaro’s have always been as much about looks as they are about performance. Sleek lines and curves have been synonymous with the Camaro.

You can check out our interview with Bruce Lempke and his 1969 Camaro Here.

In 1969, the last of the first generation was created. It seemed the most popular and took on a more aggressive look, with a flatter, wider stance and a revised grill. It looked tough and was meant to be that way. It still carried over the 1968 drive train and major mechanicals, but the sheet metal was all new. (Of course, the hood and trunk lid were the same.)

To increase competitiveness in the SCCA Trans-Am racing series, optional four-wheel disc brakes with four-piston calipers, using components from the Corvette, were made available during the year, under RPO JL8, for $500.30. This system made for a major improvement in the braking capability and was a key to winning the Trans-Am championship. This option was expensive and only 206 units were produced.classic-1969-camaro-1

The Rally Sport (RS) option, RPO Z22, included a special black painted grille with concealed headlights and headlight washers, fender striping (except when sport striping or Z28 Special Performance Package was specified), simulated rear fender louvers, front and rear wheel opening moldings, black body sill, RS emblems on grille, steering wheel and rear panel, Rally Sport front fender nameplates, bright accented taillights, back-up lights below rear bumper; also includes bright roof drip moldings on Sport Coupe. The cost for these upgrades ran $131.65 and 37,773 units were built. This option could also be added to any other option (i.e., SS or Z/28), making those models an RS/SS or a RS/Z28.

The Z28 option was still available with the 302 cid small block and was backed by Muncie four-speed with a (new for 1969) standard Hurst shifter. It was connected to a 12-bolt rear axle with standard 3.73 gears.

The 302 featured 11:1 compression, forged pistons, forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, solid lifter camshaft, and Holley carburetor on a dual-plane intake manifold. A dual four-barrel cross ram intake manifold was available as a dealer-installed option.

The 1969 model year was exceptionally long, extending into November 1969, due to manufacturing problems that delayed the introduction of the second-generation model planned for 1970. It is a popular myth late-’69 Camaros were sold as 1970 models (due to GM publicity pictures of the ’69 Camaro labeled as a 1970), but they were all assigned 1969 VIN codes.

A total of 93,007 Camaros were produced with 37,773 of them being the RS model, 34,932 being the SS model and 20,302 being the Z28 model.

yenko-camaro-copo-or-2_600x0wOne of the best known and sought after Camaros are the Yenko Camaro.

This was a dealership modified version of the SS Camaro. yenkodealerDonald “Don” Frank Yenko (May 27, 1927 to March 5, 1987), would replace the original L-78 396 c.i. (6.5 L) engine with the Corvette’s L-72 427 c.i. (7.0L) and upgraded the rear axle and suspension. GM corporate had forbade, (For whatever reason) Chevrolet from installing any engine larger than 400 c.i. (6.6 L). To allow for the upgrades Yenko, and 1969-yenko-camaro-l72-427-v8-engineother dealers, were asking for, Chevy had to modify the ordering process. Therefore two COPO (Central Office Production Numbers) were produced for the 1969 model, 9560 and 9561.

1935 Ford Model 48 – Fordor

16295902_10208764705939960_1608819564_nToday, we are going to share the story of Michael Augustaitus II and his 1935 Ford Model 48, Fordor.

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We contacted him about it and he was gracious enough to answer some questions and share his story.

 

What type of vehicle is it that you have been working on?

1935 Ford model 48 Fordor

We purchased it locally from a Mr. Dan Gorman (found it in a craigslist add)

 

So, when was it purchased and how mflathead_engine_blockchart32-36uch did you pay for it?

It was purchased in the Summer of 2012, for around $3,000. It was sort of a belated Father’s Day gift and it quickly became a family project.

So, with everything available, why did you choose this one?

I Have always loved the cars from the 30’s, and it’s got a Flat Head V8! (Really, need he say more?)

 

 

Ok, so, you got the car you’ve always wanted, with an awesome engine. What’s your backstory? Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a truck driver by trade, but have always enjoyed working on mechanical things.

I’ve worked some in the racing industry driving the transport and crewing on the cars, ALMS, SVRA, HSR and SCCA Trans-Am.

I worked a few years for Fix Motorsports doing racecar prep and restoring first generation Mustangs (Shelby’s) (we did everything but paint)

So, here is the question everyone wants to ask. What have you done to it so far?

It started off with us just going thru the boxes to see what parts were there and what wasn’t. We found the easiest way to do that was to just start bolting them on.

After doing that, the next step was getting the motor running, so we got a 6v battery, hooked it up and she cranked over. We sprayed some starting fluid down her throat and she cough to life, so we knew she at least wanted to run.

We needed to rebuild the carburetor and purchase a new fuel pump. Once these were installed, it was time to attempt to drive her. most current engine shot.jpg

I was nervous on how the four wheel mechanical drum brakes would work, but, it turns out that as long as they’re adjusted properly, they really aren’t that bad.

After all this, it was just addressing what was needed to be somewhat road worthy (lights and tires)

We only really started driving it the summer of ’15
I do mileage updates on the page for the car,
https://www.facebook.com/D4rks1de35/posts/534729266725092:0

Ok, so, with all you have done, where does it sit now? I assume it is not finished, but, is it show worthy?

It is still an active project. We got her to a working stage, so we could use and enjoy her. Now we can start the next stage, prettying her up.

restoration-pic-2This year the plans are to finally order the new glass (will be nice to have side windows). Doing a Targa style fabric roof panel (instead of the non-movable factory cloth insert) and getting the Tru-Tone radio (this was available from Western Auto Parts Stores) and Montgomery Wards heater working, (need to have its core repaired).

Also plan on maybe getting a pair of Sharp heads, dual carburetor intake combo for the old Flathead

Are there any special parts you have used?

Nothing special, the only so called modern updates have been switching to a 6v (positive ground) alternator, halogen headlights and electric windshield wiper. Oh and maybe the mini van seats (seat belts for the kids)

Have you gotten any help? (i.e., friend(s), a garage, body shop, parts supplier, box store or online, yahoo videos that were helpful, etc.)

Not as of yet, and on a side note, all of this work has been done in our driveway, (no garage)

16344329_10208764707179991_1292433481_nAlso, on the D4RKS1DE ’35 name, obviously we are StarWars fans, the ’86 Mustang we had, my boys had named VADER, (of course all versions of this had been used for a vanity plate) D4RKS1DE was available, so, we kept the plate over the years and this was a good home for it. I’ve thought about having some StarWars inspired pin striping done when we get the body to that point.

Die-cast: NEO’s 1933 Cadillac Fleetwood All-weather Pheaton

’33 Cadillac Fleetwood long on style … There have been some fine luxury cars made in the United States, exemplary machines that set the auto world on its proverbial ear. Pierce-Arrow, P…

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