Yet a guy who worked on the Baltimore assembly line for over 20 years INSISTS that they were Cast Gray.
50 year old Memories, versus Dozens of unaltered original cars … I'm sorry, but No Contest! Isn't it possible he is misremembering, or recalling from later
during those 20 years? Let's remember, it was just a job back then. Do you remember what you did or saw at work every day several decades ago?
Also note that someone recently mentioned to me that the same gentleman (a very nice fellow I might add) posted on FB congratulating someone for the black rear panel on his 66 SS, saying that was correct. Another case of errant memory?
Another example -- A friend just completed restoration of a 67 L79 for the original
owner. Rear axle has 3.73 posi code stamped, matching the POP. But the cogs inside are 4.10's, and the yoke is a big TH400 style yoke from a later model, with the bolt-on straps and giant U-joint. The original owner is adamant that nothing with the axle was ever changed since new. I think it is safe to assume that he just forgot … And no, he is not senile, he's still relatively young (as original owners of 67 Chevys go) and sharp as a tack. And this is his
car that he worked on and raced himself and was keenly interested and invested in. Not a bundle of his employer's parts and pieces that passed by him at work that he had no reason to pay any particular attention to.
In other words, memory is never perfect and has to be taken with the appropriate grain of salt; while untouched original cars (dozens and dozens of them) simply cannot be denied. (Unless you think there was a conspiracy 5 decades ago to run around and paint a few cars' MC's black to trick us all 50 years later, and then somehow a bunch of them from multiple years and multiple different plants all managed to end up in one guy's garage!!)
Lastly, see here from the Yenko site: https://www.yenko.net/forum/showpost...postcount=5261
-- Delco Morraine disc brake master cylinder component parts list!! Original release date on the document is 11-25-66, with revisions noted up through 1968. Line 26 lists "Paint-Black". Hmm, I wonder what that was for? I doubt they were painting the inside
black. That really should be the end of the inquiry. And yes, it references Chevy-II and Camaro. But if anyone is going to try to argue that Delco Morraine would have thought it needed to paint Nova and Camaro MC's black, but not paint them for Chevelles, then they are just grasping at straws. They had some
engineering reason to paint them (or else they would not have spent the money on the paint to do it), and whatever that reason was would have applied equally to Chevelles.