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1970 Chevelle SS

Hi Jerry,

I have a 1970 chevelle ss matching numbers with buildsheet and protecto plate. It is an L34 350 HP Atlanta built car and has ZL3 ss 396 conversion on the buildsheet. My friend has a 1970 Chevelle SS Van Nuys built and he too also has ZL3 SS396 conversion. Most of the books and information on chevelles say Z25 SS 396. Just wondering why some SS 396 buildsheets have ZL3 and some have Z25? I do know that canadian cars built in Oshawa all have Z25.

Blair, to my knowledge the ZL3 conversion meant converting the car to either L34 or L78 specs. It’s not totally clear but this code also shows up on Baltimore build sheets too. And it only appears in my data base for 396 Chevelles.

3 days ago
Valiant69 Historical 1967-1976 Plymouth - Valiant

Plymouth Valiant powertrain combos

Hello Richard,

I have a 4 door Valiant and am kind of interested in this type of little Mopars. I wonder on the factory combinations of the engines you could normally get in theese. And especially if there were any limittations for a 4 door versions. It intrigues me, if you could make a 67+ Valiant into kind of factory hot rod? How about 4 speeds in those 4 doors?
thanks upfront for your insight.

Marek-

For 1967, you could virtually order a Formula S Barracuda, 273-4, wrapped in any Valiant body shell you desired, even a 4-door, even a 4-speed. Included was the “Commando V8” badge.

1967 was, however, the last year that was true. While you could still get 4-speeds in 4-doors for ’68 and ’69, the top engine in those years was the 318-2.

Starting in ’70, the fastback Valiant Duster was introduced, including the Duster 340 with all the toys. This continued until 1974, when the 360-4 replaced the 340. Through 1976, this was one of the quickest American cars you could buy, if not THE quickest.

1976 saw a return to performance 4-door Valiants, as the one-year-only Valiant cop car appeared, with suspension that set a high water mark for A-bodies (rear sway bar, firm feel steering, etc.)

Of course, virtually all mechanical parts can be swapped from any ‘67-’76 A-body, be it Valiant, Dart, ‘67-’69 Barracuda, etc, for example, if you pull the rear seat out of your Valiant, you’ll find that the floor pan is dimpled for the second (dual) exhaust hanger bracket studs.

Of course, the aftermarket has a wide selection of go-fast goodies. The sky (and your wallet) is the limit!

Rick

3 days ago

Vin number help

I’m very interested in a friends gto, but not sure if its a judge. I looked up the vin number but I can’t find anything on the last 6 numbers to tell me if it truly is a judge. Do you have any tips or hints as to tell if it is in fact a judge? The vin number is 242379P293743

The only to know for sure is to order PHS docs , thanks , Rick McLaughlin

5 days ago
Paramount Classic cars My Car 1970-1974 Plymouth - Barracuda

VIN number on a 1971 HEMI CUDA?

Can you tell me where to find the VIN number on a 1971 HEMI CUDA?

Kenneth-

The “primary” VIN is on a tag pop-riveted to the dash pad, driver side, visible thru windshield — just as on today’s cars (although today’s cars usually have a “window” in the pad, so the plate can be riveted directly to the dash frame or protrude up from the windshield frame). The rivets are special “rosette” head, but dash pads are easily swapped…

The full VIN should also appear on the data plate (a/k/a “fender tag”) on the driver side fender apron, and on the federal compliance sticker on the driver door rear edge, and on any broadcast (“build”) sheets that may have turned up.

The last 6 or 7 digits of the VIN should also appear on the cowl, and, if “matching numbers”, on the engine block (above pan rail), the transmission, and rear axle casting.

RIck

6 days ago
CVS Cars General 1970-1970 Ford - Mustang

Mach 1 Hood?

Bob, I have a question on the painting of my 1970 Mach 1 Hood with factory shaker scoop. I understand the hood is painted with textured low gloss black. I have located a quart of the old Ditzler DDL 9381 you have recommended over the years. I have all the dimensions to paint the top side of the hood. I have seen a few unrestored shaker cars that have a bit of black overspray on the underside of the hood. Should I try to duplicate this? What’s your opinion.

Great question! Yes I believe you should duplicate what you have found on your car. I have included a picture of original paint 1970 Metuchen Shaker Hood with overspray on backside of the opening. The amount of overspray depended on the painter like many other areas on the car where overspray and blackout was applied. It’s always nice to have an original picture to document for reference during judging.

Bob Perkins

7 days ago
Marvelous Machinery General 1970-1970 Ford - Mustang

battery hold down brackets

We had a discussion on the Boss Forum recently on the correct finish for the battery hold down bracket that attaches to the inner fender panel. Most reproductions come phosphate and oil. Many members on the site thought the bracket should be black. What is correct in your opinion? Did this depend on assembly plant?

It’s my opinion the (L) shaped bracket that attaches to the inner fender panel is semi-gloss black. I have included a picture of an original paint bracket with original battery still in the car for reference. Ignore the black tape a previous owner used to prevent scratching the paint when removing the battery.

Bob Perkins

7 days ago
THE WHEEL'S SHOPS General 1967-1967 Ford - Mustang

12 taillight

in 1968 i bought a 1967 gt fastback mustang in Wimbledon White,

in 1968 i bought a 1967 gt fastback mustang in Wimbledon White, the sales- man said they had got it from a chevy dealer son, the unusal thin about this car was it had 12 taillights, I sanded it down and painted it raven black i drove it for 10 years, , sold it to a guy who changed the390 motor sold it for a truck, i never took pictures of the rear end, have you ever seen or heard of one, i HAVE SOME PICTURES

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Richard Ehrenberg

Neil-

I barely know a mustang from a Camaro…and that’s only a slight exaggeration, MoPar motor oil courses through my arteries and veins! You really need to ask this question of Bob Perkins, our resident FoMoCo / Mustang SuperHero. If anybody can hook you up, it is Bob.

Rick

about 4 hours ago

Neil,
This was a fairly common modification on 65-68 Mustangs in the early 70’s. This was simply adding another taillight assembly to the inside of the factory 3 lamp assembly. In 1965 Shelby even made one car with the 65 Thunderbird tail-lamp assembly that had 6 lamps per side. I personally have no knowledge of your particular car. I would suggest you put a similar request on the Vintage Mustang forum http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/

7 days ago
WingNut's Hut Historical 1964-1964 Ford - Mustang

Research assistance

Have any distribution records from 1964 surfaced? Where would be the best place to find information regarding the history of a specific Mustang?

Ryan,
No Ford history reports are available prior to the 1967 Model year. Unfortunately if the Original owner did not save Original paperwork it is difficult to trace prior ownership 50 years later. Original paperwork and documentation are valuable assets for collector cars. Good luck on your tracing previous ownership!

7 days ago
THE WHEEL'S SHOPS General 1967-1967 Ford - Mustang

1967 gt fastback mustang in Wimbledon White,12 taillight

in 1968 i bought a 1967 gt fastback mustang in Wimbledon White,

Neil-

I barely know a mustang from a Camaro…and that’s only a slight exaggeration, MoPar motor oil courses through my arteries and veins! You really need to ask this question of Bob Perkins, our resident FoMoCo / Mustang SuperHero. If anybody can hook you up, it is Bob.

Rick

8 days ago

How rare is my camaro?

I have a 1968 camaro base engine 327 210hp. It has a 3 on the tree, with deluxe interior. All numbers matching with a 3.55 gear in the rear end

Daniel, that’s a pretty nice find. You don’t see many with three on the tree as we call it. The “BT” coded 3.55 would be what’s called a performance rear axle in that car. I think standard would have been a 3.07 or 3.31. That Camaro should be pretty stout when you step on the gas.

9 days ago
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