1969 Camaro Cowl Induction Switch Change At The Factory

Cowl Induction Switch Shenanigans

By January of 1969, production of the hot new 1969 Camaro was in full swing. Also, this was the time Chevrolet decided to add the legendary ZL2 Cowl Induction hood option.  As with any new option, there is always a period on the assembly line where things either work or they need additional parts or changes.  This fact is constantly shown in revisions to the factory assembly manuals. Case in point is the Cowl Induction switch located on the throttle arm.

On page 482 of the 1969 Camaro factory assembly manual, you will find a drawing dated 9/5/1968 with a release date of 9/12/1968. This drawing shows the cowl induction switch assembly in relation to the throttle arm. In an older copy of the assembly manual, you will find a 4 piece assembly…

This is an image of a 1969 Camaro cowl induction switch from an early factory assembly manual
1969 Camaro Cowl Induction Switch In An Early Factory Assembly Manual

Looking at the above image you can see one clip holding the switch to the throttle arm. Apparently, this was not enough to hold the switch properly.  Later, Chevrolet changed this drawing and added notes. Now, consider the picture below with a 5 piece assembly…

This is an image of a 1969 Camaro cowl induction switch from a later printing of the factory assembly manual
1969 Camaro Cowl Induction Switch From A Later Printing Of The Factory Assembly Manual

Looking at this drawing you can clearly see an extra clip. This extra clip is shown as #5. The date on this revision is very hard to read. But, it appears to be around 5/20/1969 to keep clip #2 from sliding back on the switch shaft. This isn’t a bad idea since the throttle switch slams into the firewall when you put your foot to the floor of your Camaro. Incidentally, this switch, retainer and clip combo is also the same switch as the 1970-72 Pontiac Trans Am Shaker Hood Scoop. It mounts on the carburetor bracket.

Where Can I Get The Right Switch?

Here at Midnight Oil we pride ourselves in supplying the correct parts whenever possible. So, we have the correct cowl induction switch with clips right here! It comes complete like this…

This is an image of a correct 1969 Camaro Cowl Induction Switch with Retainer and Clip
Correct 1969 Camaro Cowl Induction Switch With Retainer And Clip

Don’t forget to keep Midnight Oil in mind when shopping for the correct parts for your Camaro or Firebird.

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