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Originality / Re: rear antenna bezel and base plate
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:44:40 PM »
Perfect - Thanks very much Mike!!! I should have gone just a little further in that excellent thread. That's what I needed to see - the base plate in reply #38. The base plate in the kit I bought is nothing like that. It is round but is larger in diameter and has a strange offset angle to the center hole for the antenna lead. I notice that the same rear antenna kit ( for AM radios only) with the WRONG base plate is very common at several vendors. However, strangely enough, you can buy the correct base plate (as per the picture in reply 38) separate at some of the same vendors. Go figure? Now I can buy the "correct" base plate which will actually fit and be functional. Thanks again for your help. And thanks to CRG for making this forum available.
Allen

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Originality / Re: rear antenna bezel and base plate
« on: March 27, 2018, 07:02:13 PM »
Hey Mike,
Thank you very much for the reply and the thread. The antenna bezel on the butternut yellow car shows the bezel with what I am calling a "tilt". In other words the bezel is not the same thickness or height all the way around ( unlike the front bezel). This tilt I suppose compensates for the body angle where the antenna is located and makes the antenna more up right. So if the car in the thread you sent me has an original bezel then I have an answer to part of my question- the correct antenna bezel for the rear antenna should have a "tilt" or show a non-uniform height or thickness around the circumference. Thanks again. What do you know about the original ground plates?

Allen

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Originality / rear antenna bezel and base plate
« on: March 26, 2018, 02:38:27 PM »
My question is about the design of original bezel and grounding base plate for the rear antenna option on 68 Camaros. I bought a rear antenna kit from a reputable parts place that supposedly has all the assembly line correct parts. The chrome bezel looks just like the front antenna bezel and does NOT have a "tilt" to the design. Most of the parts suppliers show this bezel as being correct for the rear antenna. One vendor (HBC) shows a bezel design with a "tilt". Which one is actually correct for 1968 rear antenna? Also the base plate I got appears odd to me and doesn't really fit the contours of the underside of the fender no matter how I adjust it. Comparison of the commonly available repro base plate/ground plate to the 1968 AIM and to some photos from actual NOS rear antenna parts I found on line, show that the original base plate design may have been different from those being sold as correct for 1968 Camaro at multiple vendors. I have scanned many other posts on this forum regarding the rear antenna option but I have not found an answer to my questions. I hope the experts on this forum can chime in on the 'tilt" versus no "tilt" bezel question as well as the base plate design question. Photos of original rear antenna parts would be most helpful. Thanks in advance.
Allen

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Restoration / Re: Under Hood Insulation 68 SS
« on: March 04, 2018, 01:53:40 PM »
Thanks for the reply's, the info and the great pictures. I appreciate it. This is why I come to CRG Forum for my restoration questions - its an excellent resource. If anyone else has pictures of original hood pads please post them. Also if anyone has any experience installing the molded repro pad please post that as well.  I still wish the molded REM pads were more black than green. I sprayed my repro pad with a light dusting of flat black vinyl and upholstery paint and I am much happier with color. It still has a slight green tint but not as much.
Allen

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Restoration / Re: Under Hood Insulation 68 SS
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:46:11 AM »
Thanks for the reply Bullitt65 - I may try your idea of painting it lightly. I hope some others will chime in with their experiences on the hood insulation.

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Restoration / Under Hood Insulation 68 SS
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:32:41 PM »
I want to ask the forum about under hood insulation for my 68 SS 396 Coupe. I am aware of several threads which address this topic ( see two of them below). However, the first thread is up to 10 years old so I am wondering what is the latest consensus on under hood insulation. Cook_dw tried to revive the question in 2015 but he got only one reply. The second thread has some good tips on clips and some great pictures. I recently bought the molded insulation pad from REM and the Classic Industries original style clips. The quality appears to be very good but I am having a few issues. The pad is very thick and getting the clips to go in is difficult to say the least and some of the clips keep popping out. I have an original GM SS hood so its not the clip hole size. Also, the pad has a green tint to it and it keeps shedding this abrasive green dust from it. I had an original Firebird some years ago with the original insulation ( worn but still there) and I don't remember it having this texture or the green tint. Two of the pictures on thread 2 show black tint pads with the texture I remember and one of the pictures shows the green heavily molded pad. Thread 1 has a recommendation from Jerry M that you should just buy the non molded pad which he says looks more original. However, that recommendation is from 2008. I hope some members will reply on this subject to bring it up to date on the various pads available, how to get the clips to stay in and relate their experiences and give me some recommendations. Thanks.
Allen

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=3331.msg21783#msg21783
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=13891.msg121196#msg121196

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Originality / Re: gas tank straps - color and anti sqeak strips
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:51:22 PM »
Thanks Jeff68, that's what I needed to know. To summarize - the original gas tank straps for '68 models were pre-bent, painted semi gloss black and did not have any insulators or anti-sqeak strips between the straps and the tank. Thanks to all for the great reply's.
Allen

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Originality / Re: gas tank straps - color and anti sqeak strips
« on: January 22, 2018, 10:11:56 PM »
OK, Thanks for the prompt reply's. To Petes L48 - those are good links - I should have used the search box first. I did scroll through this forum and the restoration forum before I started this thread but I did not catch or see these (there are hundreds of threads). I would still like to hear a definitive statement on the Norwood built 1968 models.
Allen

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Originality / Re: gas tank straps - color and anti sqeak strips
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:26:00 PM »
Also - were the original straps pre-bent or just flat straps that bent to shape as the straps were tightened?
Allen

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Originality / gas tank straps - color and anti sqeak strips
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:08:09 PM »
My question is about original color for gas tank straps for 1968. Were the straps natural steel color or painted black? Also, were there rubber anti-squeak strips between the straps and the tank? Finally, was it common for a rubberized mat to be present between the tank and the trunk floor in addition to the rubber strips shown in the AIM? This forum is excellent and I use it often as a supplement to the restoration books and the AIM. Thanks in advance.
Allen

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Originality / Re: Bumper Guards for 1968
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:41:32 PM »
Hi Vince Z28, I am interested in your re-chromed originals. How do I "PM" you to get in direct communication? To 68Camaro Z28 - I was afraid of that - that all the repros are actually made by the same folks. Some of them are made by Golden Legion which I think is in Taiwan.
Thanks,
Allen

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Originality / Re: Bumper Guards for 1968
« on: December 31, 2017, 04:16:32 PM »
Hi Joe, These are excellent photos and its just what I wanted to see. Thanks very much for taking the time to post these. These photos provide a good reference for fit and shape of original bumper guards. The rears appear to fit very well to the profile of the bumper. The fronts fit pretty good as well with only small gaps on one side. The reproduction bumper guards I recently bought have pretty good chrome finish but the fit along the bumper is terrible, especially along the underside. To be fair, the fit along the top side of the rear bumper guards I got is acceptable( but not as good as your originals show) . However, the front repros I have don't fit well anywhere. I guess if I want to get this right I will have to buy NOS or find some originals and have them re-chromed. Does anyone out there have any experience with alternate reproduction bumper guard vendors? Thanks again Joe!
Allen

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Originality / Re: Bumper Guards for 1968
« on: December 30, 2017, 04:55:35 PM »
Joe, I looked at the feature pics on the Home page. Wow, what a great car, its beautiful! And it also shows the correct rear wheel well moldings. Can you take some close ups of the bumper guards from the side so I can closely see how they follow the bumper profile and the top front edge design? I am referring to the area or edge where it goes over the top and then stops at the forward edge of the bumper. There are some repros with a curved top front treatment and some with a more chopped or abrupt treatment there. I also notice that in some pictures you have the rear bumper guards but not the fronts. That's interesting as I may leave the front ones off of my car as well. To all -any help or close ups of original bumper guards would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Allen

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Originality / Re: Bumper Guards for 1968
« on: December 30, 2017, 04:38:37 PM »
Thanks for the prompt reply Joe. I will check it out.
Allen

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Originality / Re: 1968 non-RS wheel well moldings
« on: December 30, 2017, 02:54:26 PM »
This is good stuff guys. This forum is GREAT! Thanks again for all the discussion and inputs from everyone! I think the question is settled. I wish the parts vendors would get this correct as well.

Allen

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