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Old 11-14-2013, 09:21:03 PM   #1
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1970 Camaro Tailpipes

About 7 or 8 years ago I bought a matched pair of used 1970 Camaro SS & Z28 tailpipes with chrome plated ends at the Carlisle swap meet. The previous owner had painted the plain steel part of each tailpipe gray after cutting the pipes from the muffler. According to my 1970 and later Chevrolet parts catalogs the GM part numbers are 3984569 (LH) and 3984570 (RH). These tailpipes were only used on 1970 models.

Last week I purchased a NOS 3984558 tailpipe on Ebay. This tailpipe was used only on 1970 Camaro models w/6 cyl., 307, and 350 w/2BC engines on the right side. An invoice (sealed in plastic) to Watkins Motors Inc. of Tower City, PA, dated March 14, 1973, was attached to the tailpipe (which I removed). The muffler end of this tailpipe is stamped "3984558".

Enclosed in the imgur link below are more photos of the tailpipes.

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Old 11-14-2013, 11:12:27 PM   #2
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Dave, did I miss a point?
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:02:26 AM   #3
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Having seen original tailpipes, I'm thinking that the gray "painted" steel pipe might be factory......
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i think i missed the point, I just wish i could buy a reproduced in 2 1/2" tail pipe.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:00:14 AM   #5
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Having seen original tailpipes, I'm thinking that the gray "painted" steel pipe might be factory......

Mine are not gray. These came off a 70 Z28 in 1970.

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Old 11-15-2013, 09:05:42 AM   #6
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Mine are not gray. These came off a 70 Z28 in 1970.

What do you supposed the original coating is beyond the chrome?

ooohhh! let me help! ...one end, the coating is _____, and the other end is AIR!
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:44:37 AM   #7
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Dave, did I miss a point?

If you already own an original set of 1970 SS/Z28 tailpipes as well as a NOS 1970 Camaro base model tailpipe then you should ignore this thread. Did you look at the other photos in the imgur link?

My purpose was to compare the pipes as these tailpipes as they were a one year deal and are hard to find.

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Old 11-15-2013, 09:50:09 AM   #8
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Having seen original tailpipes, I'm thinking that the gray "painted" steel pipe might be factory......

Chuck,

The pipes that I bought at the Carlisle swap meet were painted gray to cover up the surface rust.

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Old 11-15-2013, 10:05:33 AM   #9
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Mine are not gray. These came off a 70 Z28 in 1970.


Mark,

Since your 70 Z28 tailpipes were removed in 1970 they are practically NOS. You can still see the "seam" on the non-chromed part. I assume that they were welded to the muffler and had to be cut off.

I also have two sets of reproduction chrome tipped Camaro tailpipes in my garage that I bought at swap meets for real cheap money ($25/set). One set does not have the welded on brackets (for 67-69 Camaro models???) while the other set is similar but not exactly the same as the original 70 SS/Z28 tailpipes.

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1994 Camaro Z28 w/6-speed M.T.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:29:25 AM   #10
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If you already own an original set of 1970 SS/Z28 tailpipes as well as a NOS 1970 Camaro base model tailpipe then you should ignore this thread. Did you look at the other photos in the imgur link?

My purpose was to compare the pipes as these tailpipes as they were a one year deal and are hard to find.

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My original set is long gone...I bought a set off a member here several years ago with the intention of using them when I replace my current Midas set.

I'll dig them out and post some pics of them in a few days.
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:01:16 PM   #11
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Saw a set of NOS pipes on Ebay a year or so ago, went for about a thousand dollars. I'm surprised someone isn't making repops. I'd go for a pair myself.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:38:19 AM   #12
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Gardner Exhaust Systems from Red Hook, NY, sells 1970 SS/Z28 reproduction tailpipes. There is a photo on their website. I have no idea about price or quality.

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1966 Corvette 327 w/Muncie (1980 to 1995 restoration)
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1998 Chev. S10 w/4.3L & 5-speed

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Old 11-16-2013, 09:52:04 AM   #13
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Gardner Exhaust Systems from Red Hook, NY, sells 1970 SS/Z28 reproduction tailpipes. There is a photo on their website. I have no idea about price or quality.

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Old 11-16-2013, 12:44:29 PM   #14
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Gardner offers an exceptional exhaust system that is as close to original as you can get but I don't think you can purchase just the tail pipes by themselves.
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:41:00 PM   #15
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Gardner offers an exceptional exhaust system that is as close to original as you can get but I don't think you can purchase just the tail pipes by themselves.
I believe that is correct.
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