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i have a 69 factory in-dash tach with a yellow line that starts at 4500 and a redline at 5000... what is this for? a 396 325 hp? If not, then what is it? I know its too low of a redline for an L78.
 

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JoeyB,
To the best of my knowledge, here is the breakdown.
Small block cars that were ordered with the factory in dash tach were a 5000 redline. I have seen factory original 1969 307 and 350 Chevelles with the 5000 redline tach.
325 hp and 350 hp SS396's had the 5500 RPM tach.
And finally the real beast among the Super Sports for 1969 was the 375 hp 396. This would have a 6000 RPM redline !!
400 of these 375/hp monsters had aluminum heads. I just happen to know where two survivors are in my area and I've verified the 6000 redline on them.

That's my .02
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I'll add an afterthought to what Nate has mentioned. This also came up here a month or two ago as well.

I know in the 69 Camaros the various redlines changed throughout the production year. Midway through the year the Z/28's and the L78/L89's had the redline change from 6000 to 6500.

It would make sense that the same was true with the Chevelles. My car has a 6500 redline.



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Ok, well my car is supposedly a 69 El Camino SS396... if youve read some of my other posts i'm in toe process of determining FOR SURE if its a true SS or was "converted" when it was restored. It has a 5000 rpm redline, and is supposedly an original 325 hp car. The engine is not the original 396, this i do know, and the tach could also have been added, because it doesnt work, but all the other surrounding gauges do. I know a tach was an option, even on SS cars, and maybe it was added from a small block car at a later date... or another possibility... my car is a very early 69 (built in late october 68) could the redline have been the same of 325 hp cars and small blocks on very early cars? Anyone have a pre- januarly 69 build date 69 chevelle with a 325 hp 396 and factory tach? whats your redline?
 

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Joey, the best information I can give is from the sources I have. That being the big block cars (325 & 350 HP) came with a 5500 redline. Not aware of any changes during the year like the 375 HP engines.

Just my $.02 worth.



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Our COPO Chevelle was a late '69 production car and it has a 6000 rpm red line. We bought the car new. Any other '69 Chevelles with the 6000 red line?

[This message has been edited by Keith Tedford (edited 07-14-2001).]
 

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I would say that if your tach has a 6500 redline, then it has been restored and somebody decided to change it. I do not think there was ever a 6500 redline tach in a 69 Chevelle. 6000 redline was the highest.

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I would say that if your tach has a 6500 RPM redline, then it has been restored and somebody decided to change it. I do not think there was ever a 6500 RPM redline tach in a 69 Chevelle. 6000 RPM redline was the highest.


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