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Restoration / Re: Smog pump fan, white
« on: June 29, 2018, 11:20:38 AM »
Thanks for the website Ed!  I did take the bolts out but it must be a rusty hell inside, cause the back did not budge.  Maybe I will soak the whole thing in evaporust :)

Restoration / Re: Smog pump fan, white
« on: June 27, 2018, 11:45:02 AM »
I would like to know too.  And any help in disassembling the pump it self.  Taking the bolts off do nothing, still frozen and locked together tighter then... well you know.

Originality / Re: Recently purchased a LM1 Camaro RS package
« on: June 27, 2018, 11:41:26 AM »
Kolt, Welcome and congrats on your purchase. So I am a little confused on the advice you are looking for.  With a rusted body, you have to fix that first (unless it is in non critical areas and you want a patina car :)).  But you likely won't be able to save the original paint, since you have to fix the rust.  Sounds like a pretty full resto (maybe frame on) is going to happen.

For the engine, keeping it all original but the intake and carb, will hurt value a little.  You are not going to loose much HP by keeping the originals and making sure they (and everything else) are in top running condition.

My first advice is to not throw ANYTHING away that you take off car.  A lot of things that you might not think, can be reconditioned instead of replaced.  but the parts are also a good source of reference when comparing why a repro part does not fit. Once the car is completely restored, then you can sell the good parts and get rid of the rest. :D

So how about some pics and we can give you some info. 

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Caveat Emptor...beware the carefully worded ad
« on: June 21, 2018, 11:25:22 AM »
:), not Deluxe belts, just regular standards, plus seat covers are repro PUI ones and the repro Puffy door panels, hardly original :D

Originality / Re: Seat belt buckle dates?
« on: June 18, 2018, 11:40:01 AM »
I think they are similar to stampings on sheet metal.  2 digits might be week or a line number.  Could be a run number too. If they are similar numbers, then they should be all in the same dates of manufacture.

General Discussion / Re: Shut down
« on: June 06, 2018, 10:49:24 AM »
I had a similar problem with amps using an original 37A alt and a big stereo.  Running the stereo would drain the battery at idle an low speeds, because the alt is not putting out many amps at low speeds.  I took my alt to a local rebuilder and they install 100A guts in my original case. That fixed the issue!

Restoration / Re: Convertible top differences
« on: June 02, 2018, 12:01:21 PM »
Here is the only top frame difference, the middle welded hinges over the doors, power on left, manual on right.  Rest of frame is the same and can unbolted.  But this hinge is welded to the two side pieces.

I took mine to a local alternator rebuilder who put 100Amp guts in for around $100.  While not a concours resto, they did a good job to make it look good.  Maybe you can get lucky locally.

Restoration / Re: 69 fuel line sleeve
« on: May 13, 2018, 11:08:43 AM »
Hmm, when I did my gas tank replace, there were two anti rub "things" I could not find. The thick isolators on the mounting points and the center one. For the center one I used sheet neoprene foam (from McMaster-Carr) and cut it like original and contact cemented it to center of tank (to keep it from rubbing trunk floor).

For the mounting points, I took roofing felt and contact cemented 4 layers together to get the correct thickness.

My point is you have to get a little creative on some of these small parts if they are not reproduced :)

I would just take some 3/8" rubber fuel line, cut to length.  Then throw it in some boiling water to really loosen it up, then slide on sending unit tube to proper place, and wha-lla!   

Restoration / Re: 69 Camaro seat foam question
« on: May 08, 2018, 10:16:44 AM »
Nice!  Yes and during assembly pics?

General Discussion / Re: Real Trim/Cowl Tag ?
« on: April 29, 2018, 12:08:25 PM »
I say real too.  Interesting color combo on the Z, triple green!

Hmm, I can't give info about ashtrays, if you measure yours I can see what my 69 (ribbed) measure.

But they are specific to the year, due to the different vinyl graining. But for Camaro coupes a fold-down had the armrest and an upper filler panel (there should be two screw holes in the upper rear of the armrest.

Firebirds got the armrest/filler as part of a deluxe interior option (no fold down required), but for Camaros 68 & 69 you only had the fold down option, 67 was both.

From CRG

Rear Seat Armrest Usage
On 1967 models, all convertibles, all hardtops with a fold-down rear seat, and all hardtops with the custom/deluxe interior got rear armrests - the rest did not.
On 1968 and 1969 models, all convertibles and all hardtops with a fold-down rear seat got rear armrests - the rest did not.


Mild Modifications / Re: Harmonic balancer - SS350/300HP
« on: April 26, 2018, 11:54:42 PM »
The timing tab has to say AOR.  I sold one too cheap at a swap meet :(

Mild Modifications / Re: Harmonic balancer - SS350/300HP
« on: April 26, 2018, 10:26:18 AM »
Yes, HA block is SS 350/300.  If you  have the 6 3/4 timing cover that got swapped at some point.  You should get the 8" but the 6 3/4 will work in a pinch if engine is still balanced.

Mild Modifications / Re: Harmonic balancer - SS350/300HP
« on: April 25, 2018, 10:52:08 AM »
BH, yes the 69 350/300 hp engine is supposed to have the 8" balancer and timing cover.  The smaller 6 3/4" was used on the lower HP versions. You sure you have the 350/300 engine?  What is your engine codes stamped?

69s also had the offset timing mark due to emissions.  Nowadays, you just adjust timing to how well the engine runs and record where the timing mark is :)

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