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Chevrolet Camaro - Know Your Stripes

A look at the factory stripes on the infamous F-body.

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5. We found two very similar mustache style stripes were offered in '68. This is the first and (we think) more common D90 stripe that was similar at the front like the bumblebee style, except the stripe turned at the fender and turned into a single scallop. This one stops 3.62-inch before the end of the door. The only measurement we could find for this one was the stripes were set back from the hood 0.25-inch, and had an overall width of 5.25. If you apply the same measurement as the next stripe you should get it close, but we could not find a definitive answer in the tech drawings.

6. The second one is the L48 option and looks very similar, but the stripe flows back into the quarter and stops about 12 inches or so from the door opening. This is one of the two measurements the tech drawing doesn't show completely. The other is when and where to start the taper in the scallop, as it's not a straight line. The nose portion of the stripe is back 0.375, then it's a 0.125 pinstripe, 0.125 space, 4.187 center stripe, 0.125 space, and a 0.125 pinstripe. It flows over the fender in the same size, turns back and gets a lot thinner and is centered on the center bodyline. At the front, it's 0.343 center stripe, with 0.093 spacing and 0.125 pinstripes. When you get to the back of the door, the stripe is thinner, with a 0.125 center, 0.046 space and 0.125 pinstripes. The portion on the quarter is pretty small with the center running back 2.48 and the pinstripes having an 8.47 thick point. The drawing doesn't give us the space between the two tips so we can't give you a solid answer as to how far back it really goes.

7. In '69 the D90 stripe changed again to what is commonly referred to as the hockey stick stripe. There is a lot going on in this curved scallop, so we are not going to extract the numbers, and instead just show you the complete tech drawing. We will say at least the numbers are starting to become more common, so this one will be a bit easier to layout with a roll of 1/8-inch tape.

8. One of the more simple options for '69 was the D96 stripes. These are more like a simple pinstripe, but again Chevrolet didn't make it super easy to replicate as the top line is half the size of the lower. The front line starts 0.08 from the fender extension line, with a constant 0.25 spacing from the bodyline/peak. The lower line is 0.12 with a 0.12 space and then a 0.06 upper line, which stops 27.50 from the back of the door. The rear line follows the same spacing and thickness as the front but it starts flush with the bottom of the louvers and ends 1.35 from the end of the rear quarter. These stripes could be added to other stripes like this one that also has the D90 option.

9. The Z/28 stripes were changed for '69, but only the rears. The front stripes share all the dimensions of the '67-'68. The rear stripes are 5.20 from the rear window molding measure over 3.95 from the edge of the truck, then its a 0.25 pinstripe, 0.38 space, 13.72 center strip, 0.38 space and 0.25 pinstripe. The lower measurements are 3.05 then a 0.25 pinstripe, 0.38 space, 13.34 center strip, 0.38 space and 0.25 pinstripe. If the car is equipped with a rear spoiler, the lower measurements apply.

10. Check out this set of stripes that was offered in '69. According to the Camaro White Book, these found their way onto more than 20,000 cars, even though this author has never seen them on one. Dubbed the DX1 option this was basically a reversed L48 stripe from '68.

11. In '70 we saw an all-new Camaro, but it came with way less stripe options, with just the Z28 getting a set of lines down the hood and deck. These stripes stayed the same from '70-'73, and feature a pretty large taper. Now the measurements go out from the centerline of the hood starting at the rear with 2.50, then a 0.25 pinstripe, 0.25 space, 14.75 center stripe, 0.25 space, 0.25 pinstripe. Everything stays the same except the center stripe is only 11.06 wide at the front edge of the hood and where the taper comes in. Now that the stripes don't run off the end of the car, a bit more work is needed to get the correct angle on them.

The inside edge of the center stripe (11.06 wide) is measured 3.32 on the header panel, while the outside edge is 2.82. This will give you the correct angle on the center stripe allowing you to add the same 0.25 spacing and pinstripe. All the corners have a gentle curve, but no notes were provided to figure then out exactly. The rear stripes are totally straight and are measured out from center line 4-inches followed by a 0.25 pinstripe, 0.25 space 13.42 center stripe, 0.25 space, 0.25 pinstripe.

12. During our research into all these stripes, we found more information, but it would have taken up too much room. If you are looking for diagrams on the L48, Z21, D96 or other options you should check out the NPD website and order the factory manuals for the year Camaro you are building. Since we gathered information on the Chevelles and Novas as well, you can expect a similar story on those models soon.

SOURCES
National Parts Depot - Florida
900 S.W. 38th Ave
Ocala
FL  24474
800-874-7595
http://www.npdlink.com
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