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Maintenance / Re: Idler Arm 69 Z
« on: Today at 03:15:47 AM »
Wondering the same thing Jimmy. Looked at the Moog replacement, but the difference in length put the drag link out of parallel with the centreline of the front wheels at straight ahead, which I was hoping to avoid....

Decoding/Numbers / Caveat Emptor - Future Rebody of 124379N511823
« on: July 16, 2018, 10:22:34 AM »
Ohio Title and VIN tag for 124379N511823 being offered on ebay, located Hollywood, Florida.
"You will receive:
- 1969 Camaro SS dash panel w/ the vin plate and a clean title"
"A Dynacorn body will be your best bet for this build.  You will save $ on the body work you would expect from starting w/ an original 69' builder.  Also the vin plate and title will allow you to build a REAL 69 SS CAMARO because without a title & matching vin plate any Dynacorn body is just a big piece of metal..."

Originality / Re: 1969 camaro 307 1 owner car ?
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:45:06 AM »
X11: Not a Z28. Not a 396ci SS. Otherwise it was either an L6 (230 or 250) or a V8 (327/307 or 350*) coupe or convertible, optioned with the Style Trim or Rally Sport appearance package. Could also have been a COPO of course!
* note: the 307 V8 replaced the 327 during the '69 model year, and the available 350 engine options included the LM1 and the SS350.

Restoration / Re: Upper A-arm Splash Shields
« on: July 15, 2018, 07:47:10 AM »
The reproduction set from Steele Rubber arrived a few days ago, but owing to tackling a long list of jobs on the house, I only just got around to having a good look at them. The appearance looks very much like the pictures posted by Hans (reply 34) and Chick (reply 39). Somewhat of a glossier finish, good texture, albeit no significant visible string/cord fibers.
I will take some reference photos and post them in the next few days.
Overall I'm pleased with the quality of Steele's product. I noted some previous suggestions to give them a light hit with the DA sander to reduce the gloss and show a bit o' fiber, but wonder if maybe the appearance we see on survivors is possibly age and wear, and they started out somewhat closer to how the better reproduction pieces look?

U17 included the center clock, which was also available as a standalone as U35.

Hi Tina, sorry to hear of your loss - though belated, thoughts are with you and your family members.
Glad to hear you will continue to enjoy the cars passed on from Ron. I often think of us as custodians rather than owners!

General Discussion / Re: YENKO SOLD CAMAROS
« on: July 14, 2018, 01:54:58 AM »
Thanks for sharing those!

Restoration / Re: A-Pillar Pads - Cleaning and Protecting
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:49:17 PM »
Bentley (Your disclaimer is duly noted!) & Phillip, Just checked and we can get 303 down under!  ;)

Originality / Re: 1969 camaro 307 1 owner car ?
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:45:55 PM »
When you go to check it out, the trim tag on the firewall will confirm what the original interior code was, perhaps the car did come with deluxe interior and houndstooth but the door panels got changed for standard ones, rather than the other way around.
Personally I favor originality, and I would be far more interested at a show looking at a mostly-original base car than a questionable 'tribute' to a more desirable model, but if you buy the car, you can do whatever you want; last classic I bought, I drove for 18 months as found before deciding what path I wanted to go down.

Restoration / Re: A-Pillar Pads - Cleaning and Protecting
« on: July 13, 2018, 05:25:40 AM »
Great suggestions guys, thank you.

General Discussion / Re: wiring harnesses
« on: July 13, 2018, 03:04:49 AM »
For a factory-style harness, I went with AAW Factory Fit and bought everything for the car when they had a 15% off sale. Car's not finished so I haven't run everything yet, but it's the closest I could find to what remained of the original wiring. Some have noted minor inaccuracies for Judged events, such as incorrect color connectors in one area, but nothing major IMO. Also check out Lectric Limited, no personal experience of them but know some owners who highly rate their harnesses.
If you don't need an original-style harness, then AAW offer the Classic Update kit that uses modern blade fuses, and Painless also offers a similar product. These are good if you want to upgrade to modern accessories.
FWIW, I watched a recent episode of Finnegan's Garage on YouTube where he completely rewired a '69 Firebird with a Painless update kit.

Restoration / A-Pillar Pads - Cleaning and Protecting
« on: July 13, 2018, 12:15:00 AM »
My car's original dark blue A-pillar pads have both cracked full-width due to the long years it was stored immobile in the Californian desert. I managed to find another dark blue set which are in better condition (crack-wise), but are absolutely filthy.
I'm looking for suggestions for gently cleaning them to remove the grime, without damaging the material (urethane?), and also if there is a product I could apply to protect them further, after cleaning. Many of your US products won't be available here in Australia, but I can hunt around for an equivalent based on recommendations.
I won't be reinstalling the interior until final assembly, which is a loooong way off  :( so I plan to leave these as-is until just before installation, but want to do the research now.
PS yes the original-to-car parts will also be cleaned and stored.

Originality / Re: 1969 camaro 307 1 owner car ?
« on: July 11, 2018, 03:43:50 AM »
Love the DX-1 hood stripe, very under-represented amongst all the hockey-stick and Z28 stripes these days.
Best advice to anyone wanting to buy a 67-69 Camaro to drive and enjoy (as opposed to garage and watch appreciate -perhaps) would be to buy the most solid bodied car you can find, as significant bodywork is where most projects will swallow your budget and then a lot more besides. Nothing wrong with a 307 if you're not intent on having a performance model, and those more-desirable types are  frequently not truly what they purport to be anyway.
Otherwise, can't improve on what Bentley has already offered.

General Discussion / Re: Spare and jack mounting
« on: July 10, 2018, 11:05:41 PM »
VE3 load rest hook stays on the stowed mast just like the standard hook. I think the only real difference is the extra piece that fits over the mast, which I assume is to stop the urethane bumper from slipping off the load rest if the material flexes.

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