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General Discussion / Camshaft
« on: August 24, 2018, 04:11:37 PM »
I have a 69 Z28 with it's original 302. Before my ownership someone stuck a cam a bit different from the original Duntov 30/30 cam. Engine suffers from very low vacuum (5 in Hg) and in spite of advancing the cam 2 degrees and opening the valve lash the vacuum remains low. Good  idle is difficult to achieve and maintain and power brakes are also a bit of a problem.
   For you guys who run the Duntov 30/30 what kind of idle vacuum do you have and do you have your cam installed straight up or advanced? If advance how many degrees?

Restoration / Re: teperature and fuel gauges
« on: May 12, 2017, 06:35:57 PM »
Yes and I think I found the problem.
In the console gas gauge the small black low gas level ground wire had rotated slightly and was touching the hot lead post. After relocating and retightening the wire things seem to work correctly and now to put things back together.
Was difficult to narrow down and locate. thanks again to those who chimed in with helpful suggestions.

Restoration / Re: teperature and fuel gauges
« on: May 12, 2017, 01:03:26 AM »
Yes, and I have even run an additional ground wire, grounding the metal gauge holders. The gauge lights work if that means anything.
Before quiting on the car this evening I pulled the fuse panel from the firewall and was able to access the pink wire (the one that goes to the gauges). Ran a continuity test on the pink wire from the fuse box to the console harness connector and reading was 153 ohms. Checked with a second ohmeter with same results/ Not sure whats going on but the wire should ohm out at  zero or .1 ohms unless I am missing something.
Thanks for the response. These unusual electrical problems tend to baffle me.

Restoration / teperature and fuel gauges
« on: May 11, 2017, 11:35:07 PM »
Restoring a 68 SS Camaro which has been stored since 1978.
Nearly finished and am having gauge problems. I installed all new AAW wiring harnesses and I cannot seem to get the fuel and temp gauges to work in the car thought they work okay when bench tested.
 My question is about the pink wire which provides power to these two gauges. I cannot light a test light on these pink wires at the gauges with the key on. The fuse is fine and there is power to the load side of the fuse.
Should not these pink wires be hot at the gauges? Thanks.

Restoration / Reproduction front header panel
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:52:36 PM »
Wondering if anyone has experience recently in repop header panels for a 68 camaro.
I have a repop, about 10 years old, to use on my 68 I am restoring. I have all original sheet metal ( hood and fenders included). The repop header panel is way off. It does not align with the hood and the accent ridge in the middle is much smaller than on the hood and on the original header panel which is damaged beyond repair.
Anyone purchased a repop panel the fits somewhat decently?? Thanks in advance.

Originality / 1968 Camaro SS Z21 option
« on: September 23, 2015, 02:22:41 AM »
Just bought a 68 Camaro SS coupe. It was originally a 350 HP 396, 4 speed car, LeMans Blue with white stripe and black vinyl top. It was built the 5th week of July of 68 making it one of the last 68 cars built.
I bought it from a friend who bought it in February of 1970. I have known the car since he bought it.
My question has to do with the Z21 option. The car has the bright work along the drip rail and the rocker panel moulding but no other evidence of Z21.
 Would it be uncommon for an SS car to not be ordered with the Z21 option? The front fenders are drilled for mouldings but they were not on the car when purchased in 1970. The rear wheel wells do not seem to be drilled for mouldings but are a bit mangled so is hard to tell. No bright work along the belt line or holes for same either.  Comments would be appreciated.

Restoration / Re: 1968 Camaro Coupe rear subframe
« on: July 15, 2015, 10:21:59 PM »
I am not saying Steve's is the correct or incorrect version. Maybe others with more experience can weigh in.
This is the first gen 1 I will have put on a frame machine so I am not a fount of knowledge and experience.
I fortunately have access to a 68 L48 one owner untouched car to measure from as or if needed.

Restoration / Re: 1968 Camaro Coupe rear subframe
« on: July 15, 2015, 01:03:28 PM »
  Hawk, where exactly in the AIM are you getting frame alignment numbers?
  What I did is look, online, at the 67, 68, and 69 Fisher body manuals and specifically Chapter 3 (Underbody) and reference to figure 3.8 and with dimensions and descriptions.
There are clearly discrepancies in the manuals among these 3 years.
Steve's diagram seems to have smoothed these issues out a bit.
I will be looking at Steve's work as well as the 68 Fisher body manual for my work.
As I stated in my first post above the Fisher manual shows a 3 to 4 inch difference in the rear frame kick up over and behind the rear axle between the 68 and 69 Camaro and there can not be that much difference and in fact I understand there should be no difference.

Restoration / Re: 1968 Camaro Coupe rear subframe
« on: July 15, 2015, 12:11:32 AM »
Thank You, Paul. This helps a lot. I thought misprints could explain the discrepancy but did not know which dimensions were correct.

Restoration / 1968 Camaro Coupe rear subframe
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:06:02 PM »
   I recently acquired a 68 SS Camaro and it is a coupe. been stored since 1972. Car had been hit in the rear, not bad but will need to be on a frame machine to pull out a bit. Original paint and interior so worth working with.
   I have checked the Fisher body manual (Chapter 3) for both the 68 and 69 Camaros for factory dimensions of the underbody. I find a 3 to 4 inch difference between those two years on vertical dimensions f and g in the manual and these are essentially the kickup part of the rear frame.
   According to some of the vendors 68 and 69 take the same rear frame. Given the variance of the critical dimensions in the manual I don't see how the same part number would work for the 2years.
   Can someone lend some clarity to this matter? I would much appreciate.

Maintenance / Re: Master Cylinder Resleeving
« on: January 30, 2015, 08:08:14 PM »
Brake and Equipment out of Minneapolis has done at least 2 master cylinders and 8 wheel cylinders for me.
Work was done promptly, well and reasonably priced.

Maintenance / Re: storage
« on: October 20, 2013, 09:57:07 PM »
I use Bounce dryer sheets and/ or a product called Fresh Cab. Both have nice fragrane (compared to mothballs).
Fresh Cab at implement dealers or Amazon.
169Indy what is your source for DRIEZ?
Also anyone have experience with the electronic rodent repellers?

Restoration / Re: restoring 69 hood hinges
« on: August 29, 2013, 01:55:37 AM »
I used the medium gray phosphate coating from Palmetto on my 69 Camaro hinges. The color looks just right. You can make the color darker (but not charcoal gray) by leaving the part in the solution longer. I use either WD40 or Rem oil on the treated parts.
After a year no rust on the hinges.

Restoration / Re: Dang Mice!
« on: August 15, 2013, 12:40:57 PM »
Another rodent repellant I use is Fresh Cab.
Small packets which last several months. Nice aroma. Works for me.
Can buy at Amazon and many farm implement dealers.

I have an 09E Norwood Camaro Z28 which is also yellow with the 714 interior and also a black vinyl top. It is an X33 D80 car.
My body number is 119445. In September of 69 the week of 09E consisted of only 2 days, Monday the 29th and Tuesday the 30th.
Would seem like one of the bodies is out of sequence a bit. Doubt they could build 1900 cars in 2 days.

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