View Full Version : Z28's have "SS" on steering wheel?
01-28-2002, 04:36:00 PM
I plan to buy what is being represented as a 19701/2 z28 with 4 wheel disc brake. On the steering wheel is the "SS" insignia right in the center. Did the z's come with that factory? (THe car is otherwise pristine, save for the fact that someone replaced the 350 with a 69 vette 427...)
01-28-2002, 05:07:00 PM
No, there should not be an "SS" emblem in the middle of steering wheel found in a '70 Z28. The "SS" and "Z28" packages were separate and distinct.
Also, no such thing as factory four wheel disks on any 2gen Camaro. Some late 2gen Firebird Trans Ams (close cousin to Camaro) had them, but never on a Camaro. There are several ways to install four wheel disks (use Trans Am pieces or several aftermarket sources). Be sure the parking brake cable is functional.
Chances are you are looking at a fake Z28. Badges are easy to come by. This does not mean that you should not consider the car, just don't pay for attributes you are not getting.
[This message has been edited by MikeM79 (edited January 28, 2002).]
01-28-2002, 06:00:00 PM
This site: www.sd83.bc.ca/stu/9806/gajf.web3.html (http://www.sd83.bc.ca/stu/9806/gajf.web3.html)
says there WERE SS emblems on the Z28 !!
In 1970 1/2 There came the new Camaro style. the front end had a split bumber with the grill in between the bumbers. Includes 300-hp Turbo-Fire 350 engine and bright accents; power brakes, special hood insulation; F70-14 bias belted ply white lettered tires, 14" x 7" wheels; black painted grille; hide-a-way windshield wipers with black chrome finished arms and articulated left hand blade; SS emblems on steering wheel, fenders, grille and rear deck (available with V8 only, available with 4-speed manual or automatic transmission only, optional engines are 350 hp 396 and 375 hp 396)
81 Berlinetta 267
01-28-2002, 07:01:00 PM
No offense but are you really going to believe what you read on a small private web site? Take it as a grain of salt. '70's had base, RS, SS, and Z28. Mike is right. SS and Z28 are two distinct and separate packages. Take a look at the sales brochure and massive info on this site.
01-28-2002, 07:04:00 PM
No 2nd gen Z28s with SS badges. The description you posted is a mix of rs and the ss option.
Try this site http://www.nastyz28.com/camaro/camaro70.html
01-28-2002, 08:39:00 PM
not to mention, the SS didn't have a rear deck SS emblem either.
71 ss 350/4spd 66 chevelle 396/4spd www.americaniron.net (http://www.americaniron.net)
01-29-2002, 11:54:00 AM
Thank you for all the knowledgeble replies. WhaT i think I have here is at best a 70 SS with the RS front bumper (round turn signals)with some Z/28 emblems applied liberally around the car. Damn, I was SO hoping it was a legit Z.... I will go look at the cowl tag tomorrow if they'll let me, barring that, will the VIN be sufficient to determine its NOT a Z? Next question, if it is a an SS, would it be worth 10k? It has nice paint, no rust, they *claim* 47k miles (probly more BS) supposedly a 427 (more likely a warmed over 396), clean interior, 4 wheel disc!! L88 type hood (that shoulda told me somethin' right off.. L88 hood on Z28..DOH!
01-29-2002, 12:49:00 PM
Trust your instincts. Don't lay down big $$ for a car you already are questioning.You will regret it.
01-29-2002, 12:56:00 PM
The fact that it has a 427 or 396 eliminates the possability of it being a Z28 unless the engine was changed. It may still be worth 10k but you need to check it closely for unwelcome surprises.
01-30-2002, 01:00:00 AM
On my steering wheel it says "RS" with wood grained panel because it comes with a custom interior option.
01-30-2002, 06:19:00 AM
Interesting, that link you reference is a cut/paste rip-off of this site. I hadn't seen that one yet.
"put 1972 in the trashcan...." favorite saying of mine. The other well known rip-off of this place has my wifes birthday and some of my personal car's vins contained within it. He's still trying to claim he ripped off the white book so it's ok.
01-30-2002, 12:53:00 PM
A 70 Z would have had the gas pedal anchored to the floor, not suspended. Also look at the front A-frames closely. The bump stop or snubber would have an aluminum block between the rubber and the steel aframe. Not sure if an SS would have this but the Z does. Look for rear sway bar.
01-31-2002, 10:40:00 AM
Not to change the subject, but a big block doesnt necessarily eliminate he car from being a z28. From what I've read here the car was offered with a 396 in 1970...
01-31-2002, 11:10:00 AM
Z28's were never offered with a Big Block. That site has so much mis information it is on the pathetic side. Truely a waste of reading.
1973 Z28 Original Owner 6 Year Frame Off Restoration
1971 RS Z28 Frame Off Restoration in Progress
01-31-2002, 07:31:00 PM
Bob R is 100% correct.
I have never seen a site with so many mistakes!!
Among the most obvious was the photo of the "79 Z28". Obviously it is a '78 (no front spoiler). Also, why do people show pics of modified cars (this one was painted non-stock color, has Craggar wheels and no stripes). If you are going to try to "educate" people on what a certain model looks like it only makes sense to use a vehicle with a stock appearance.
02-01-2002, 10:33:00 AM
This car sounds more than just a little fishy. I would beware of any car with stuff like that. So many people have tried to pass off Camaros for something they're not. There was never a z28/ss package(until recently). Buyer beware. Always do your research.The folks at nastyz28.com know what they're talking about. I wouldn't trust other websites.