RS SS #S Match Engine & Trans (MR Code L34 396 CE Code TH400 BS Code 3:31 Posi)
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model: Camaro
- SubModel: RS and SS
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: RS / SS 396 L34 BIG BLOCK CE TH400
- Year: 1968
- Mileage: 77,699
- VIN: 124378N377402
- Color: Blue
- Engine size: MR CODE 396 NUMBERS MATCHING
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Power options: Power Front Disc Brakes, Power Steering
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Black
- Options: Vinyl Top, Dual Option Rally Sport and Super Sport, 12 Bolt BS Code 3:31 Posi, CE Code TH400, NOS Redline Tires / Copo Style Dog Dish Wheels, Dual Mirrors, Windshield Washer Squirter System, NCRS Origional Dealer Delivery Documentation
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1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS / SS 396 L34 BIG BLOCK CE TH400ENGINE INFORMATION & UNDER THE HOOD:ENGINE BLOCK PAD STAMPING: T0106MR 18N377402, DECODES AS ENGINE ASSEMBLY DATE JAN 6TH, 1968 TONAWANDA NEW YORK ENGINE PLANT
MR ENGINE SUFFIX DECODES: 396 350HP L34 W/ AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ENGINE BLOCK PART NUMBER /CASTING # 3935440, DATED A 2 8 or JANUARY 2ND, 1968HEADS GM 3917217, BOTH DATED L 11 7, or DECEMBER 11TH, 1967INTAKE MANIFOLD GM #3883948 DATED L 8 7 or DECEMBER 8TH, 1967CARBURETOR GM #7028218 EH DATED WITH JULIAN DATE 3547 or WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 20TH, 1967 (NOTE: EH SUFFIX CORRECT FOR L34 396 W/ AUTO TRANSMISSION)DISTRIBUTOR GM 1111169 DATED 7 L 16 or NOVEMBER 16TH, 1967EXHAUST MANIFOLDS GM #3916178 and #3909879 WITH SMOG HOLES DATED L 8 7 or DECEMBER 8TH, 1967STARTER GM DELCO PART #1108367 DATE 7 L 31 or NOVEMBER 31, 1967ALTERNATOR GM /DELCO PART NUMBER 1100794 DATED 7 L 25 or NOVEMBER 25TH, 1967CORRECT MUSHROOM AIR CLEANER WITH CORRECT SQUARE SCREEN AIR FILTER ELEMENT
GM PART NUMBERED HOSESCORRECT BIG BLOCK 4-CORE 4-ROW RADIATOR AND SHROUDCORRECT BATH TUB STYLE MASTER CYLINDERCORRECT EXTERNAL VOLTAGE REGULATOR AND GOOD CHARGING SYSTEM (HAS NOT BEEN CONVERTED TO INTERNAL LIKE SO MANY OF THESE CARS)CORRECT UNDER HOOD INSULATIONDETAILED ENGINE COMPARTMENTCORRECT COLOR HOOD HINGES AND LATCHES (NOT INCORRECTLY PAINTED BLACK LIKE MANY CARS).DELCO BATTERY TOPPER
NOTE: ELECTRONIC DELCO GM PARTS SUCH AS STARTERS, ALTERNATORS, AND DISTRIBUTORS "L" INDICATED NOVEMBER, NOT DECEMBER DATE CODE. THIS IS BECAUSE THE LETTER I WAS NOT USED FOR THESE PARTS.
TRANSMISSION INFORMATION:GM TURBO-HYDROMATIC RPO M40 TH400 3 SPEED AUTOMATICCE TAG, CE DECODES: 396 350HP 1968 CAMAROTH400 CASE VIN STAMPED 18N377402TRANS DATE CODE 337 or DECEMBER 3, 1967 (337TH DAY FROM JAN 1, 1967)TRANS SERIAL NUMBER 20,372
REAR END/REAR AXLE INFORMATION12 BOLT GM POSISTAMPED BS AXLE CODE
BS DECODED 3:31 POSI
NOTE: Factory literature shows that the SS 396 came standard with a 3.07:1 gear ratio and that the performance ratio was a 3.31:1 ratio.
TRIM TAG DECODE:01C DECODES THE CAR WAS ASSEMBLED 3RD WEEK OF JANUARY 1968U2 DECODES LEMANS BLUE PAINT CODE WITH BLACK VINYL TOP NOTE: U2 FOR BLACK VINYL TOP VS UU WOULD BE LEMANS BLUE WITH BLUE PAINTED ROOF OR TOP.
Hagerty Condition Ratings
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1968 Camaro Production Information
1968 w/ L34 engine only 2,018 produced!
You are viewing a one-of-a-kind 1968 Camaro RS / SS big block car with some very desirable and rare hard to come by options. I just bought a commercial building for my business and have incurred heavy remodeling costs of the business. This car needs to go to a good home and the sale proceeds will help me re-introduce some much needed cash back into my business. This car is available for inspection in north east Indiana. $2,000 non-refundable deposit due within 24 hours of making purchase on Ebay. Full payment by either bank wire or cash due within 5 business days of the sale.
Ok, now about the car: This 1968 Camaro was assembled in Norwood Ohio January 1968 and it was then shipped to Pierce Chevrolet in the state of Rhode Island where it began its life. The trim tag assembly date of this car at Norwood plant is 01C, which decodes a January 3rd week, 1968. This car presently has some very desirable options such as RPO Z22 Rally Sport which includes special grille with hide-away head lights, front valance mounted parking lights, lower body side molding, belt reveal molding, wheel opening moldings, rear valance mounted back-up lights and Super Sport package which includes special hood, black accented grille and ornaments, front accent band, hood insulation, special red stripe tires, special multi-leaf suspension, bright engine accents, special D90 exterior paint striping, SS emblems on fenders, grille and fuel filler cap. This car also has RPO V32 rear bumper guards, RPO J50/J52 power disc front brakes, RPO N40 power steering, RPO C082 Black vinyl top, RPO D80 rear spoiler, RPO D55 Center Console, RPO K02 special heavy duty cooling clutch fan, rare RPO L34 396ci 350hp big block engine which includes RPO V01 four-core heavy duty radiator, copo style dog dish wheel package with NOS redline tires, black interior with bucket seats, special RPO N34 walnut wood sport steering wheel, C80 12 bolt posi-traction rear axle with upgraded RPO C94 BS code 3.31 rear axle ratio, and heavy duty RPO M40 TH400 CE code.
I own a performance engine machine shop and dyno facility in NE Indiana. The 396 L34 engine in the car I fully rebuilt by torque plate honing the block's cylinders, new rings and bearings and gaskets, new cam and lifters, etc. I also arranged for the GM distributor to be fully rebuilt along with the carburetor. The transmission I performed major service with fluid flush and filter at the time the engine was out of the car along with new shift modulator valve and governor service. The GM #6223 forged crankshaft was ground and micro polished. I also digitally balanced the crankshaft on our Winona Van Norman balancer within zero grams on each end during the engine rebuild. The pistons are GM/TRW forged and connecting rods are GM forged steel 6.135 long" that were checked and resized as needed on our Sunnen rod hone machine during the engine overhaul.
THE L34 was under-rated for insurance purposes at 350hp at a low 5200rpm and 415ft lbs torque at a low 3400rpm. The engine was equipped with 10.25:1 static compression ratio from GM and a high flow 750cfm 4-barrel carburetor along with a higher performance camshaft than the standard 396 325hp engine L35. During the engine rebuild I installed a more modern performance camshaft engineered to allow for the higher compression ratio on today's premium pump gas to gain some more power. Engine was also improved with a double row true roller timing chain and gear set. Poly-locks were installed on the GM stamped steel rocker arms as an upgrade over the crimper nuts that are known to back off and cause havoc.The car runs and sounds very strong!
There was no higher power engine option in 1968 over the L34 396 350hp except for the L78 solid lifter engine. According to GM records their were only 2,018 Camaros built in 1968 with L34 engine. Surprisingly, there were 4,889 Camaros built in 1968 with the 396 375hp L78. Out of the 235,147 Camaros produced in 1968, this works out to less than 1% were equipped with the L34 engine. With this said, having the RS and SS dual option, special vinyl top, L34 engine package, console, power steering, etc etc, this car has very desirable options and should be a good investment for the future.
The condition of the car as you can see from the photos is good. Paint, interior/headliner, frame, floors, trunk etc are all in good condition. Car appears to have original dated window glass in excellent condition for its age (excluding windshield glass), dated GM Irving seat beats, some date coded sheet metal with GM stamping near truck seal on driver's quarter panel. Under carriage has been painted and detailed with inspection stripes, including drive shaft striping. This car has GM keys for ignition, glove box, etc. The heat and blower motor work, the turn signals work, the gas gauge and speedometer work. The speedometer actually appears to be accurate! Horn works, dome like lights when opening driver's door, truck light works when opening trunk. Under hood light lights when opening hood. The metal on this car has been aligned properly with good gaps throughout, and the doors open and shut crisp without needing to slam them, etc. Again, this is a very straight car and very respectable restoration-- probably one of the nicest you will find with these kind of desirable options for under $60,000. This car likely could not be duplicated at a professional shop in restoration costs time and material for what I am asking in today's economy, and the value of these cars keep going up, at least the value has increased reliably for the last 20+ years on these cars! Odometer shows just over 77,000 miles and from my assessment of this car, I think it is likely actual mileage.
*While this car has attributes that appear to be "original". I guarantee nothing about this car whether it be options or parts on the car to be "original" and/or "born" to the car. I did not buy the car new and only represent the car as it is now here in 2018. Over the decades many parts get taken on and off these cars during repair and or restoration or modification. I guarantee nothing "original or "born" to this car, only that is is a very correct and original appearing numbers matching car based off its current options. I do not guarantee mileage to be actual. While condition and inspection of car lead me to believe the 77,000 is actualmileage, I have no way to prove this. I have not replaced the cluster or tampered with the odometer since I owned the car and this is the mileage represented to me when I acquired the car--former title showed EXEMPT. My state and many other's consider mileage EXEMPT due to age of vehicle, even when actual. The term "numbers matching" has taken on many meanings with time. My meaning as to how this term is to be interpreted is inrelationto this car's engine and transmission: in that the transmission is the GM TH400 with VIN stamping 18N377402 is present. Engine alike: is the correct GM# 3935440 engine block with sameVIN stamping 18N377402 present. Nothing further is to be taken from or implied by this term "numbers matching" as it pertains to this car and any sale of it. Head light doors are manually operated, only.
Sales Tax: If you are not a license auto dealer in your state, I am required to arrange for the transport of this vehicle to your home state if you do not want to pay me 7% Indiana sales tax. This is Indiana state law. Indiana requires that if you pick up the car in person or arrange your own transport, that I must collect sales tax. If I arrange the shipping, I am not obligated to collect sales tax. If you are a dealer, you would not pay sales tax, regardless.