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Originality / Re: Plastic wire harness cover tube in trunk
« on: November 08, 2018, 08:38:03 PM »
Wow what great information from you guys! Bob that's a good picture showing how the sheathing starts from inside the car then goes over the wheel well. Also you call it a "sheathing". I did not know what to call it. Chick - those are excellent pictures and details of the the clips and the tape. Those pictures will be useful if I ever find the sheathing to put on my car. I was wondering if the tape and clips went on the outside of the sheathing and you have answered that. Jim -your pictures with the length and other dimensions are very thorough and useful and should allow me to find some sort of reasonable substitute if I can't find a used one. The sheathing tube is so long it must start up near the drivers side front seat. Man, I can't thank you all enough for the time and the great information. CRG Forum is absolutely the best resource for these original details like this. If I find a supplier or a reasonable substitute I will post it here.

Originality / Re: Plastic wire harness cover tube in trunk
« on: November 07, 2018, 10:55:24 PM »
Thanks Jim that would be helpful. I look forward to seeing the pics.

Originality / Plastic wire harness cover tube in trunk
« on: November 07, 2018, 07:56:54 PM »
My Question is about the plastic tube like cover which goes around the tail light wire harness on 1968 Camaros (maybe 1967 and 69 as well) . I have noticed that on some original cars there is a plastic tube or black plastic like cover which goes over the tail light wire harness. You can see an example on Darrell Cook's L78 car in the Original Cars section ( look at the trunk pictures). The "tube" I am referring to seems to start over the drivers side wheel well ( in the trunk) and continues at least until the DS tail light. I have noticed some examples of this cover continue on under the gas fill tube over to the PS tail light. I want to know what this item is called, what details or features would make it correct and original and which vendors have one of these tube covers available? Thanks in advance.

Originality / Re: 68 Camaro SS396 Blackout Tailpan
« on: November 05, 2018, 07:26:33 PM »
There is one more resource that comes to mind and that is Lucas Restorations. These guys know Camaros and they were very helpful to me when I had a few detail questions during my restoration. Google " Lucas Restorations", go to the web site and look at the photos of his 1968 396 L78 Camaro. It was awarded concours certification at NCRS. Send them an email asking for a few pictures of the trunk and tail panel of his ss 396 showing how to paint it. I bet he will help you.

Originality / Re: 68 Camaro SS396 Blackout Tailpan
« on: November 05, 2018, 07:01:51 PM »
There are lots of pictures out there but not all are correct. The gloss is supposed to be about 80% gloss black according to Jerry M. Also there is a special way the black is painted on the upper part of the tail panel that is under the trunk lid. The trunk picture of the car at this web site is pretty much correct. There are other examples as well. There is an original 1968 396 L78 car under the forum "Original Cars" section. You may want to send him a PM and ask for some pictures of the trunk area showing the black out tail panel and how it is painted. Also, there are other posts on the FORUM - just search for "black tail panel". When I was doing my 1968 SS 396 I gathered lots of pictures and examples from the web.  I always looked for the correct paint pattern on that upper tail panel that is under the trunk lid when closed. I know there are other folks on this FORUM that are very informed on this subject so I hope they will be reading your post and chiming in for you. I hope this helps.

Maintenance / Re: mystery oil leak
« on: November 05, 2018, 04:30:34 PM »
Thanks guys for the prompt reply's and the potential fixes. I will double check the breather tube grommet area and order the paragon gaskets. Any other ideas from FORUM readers?


Maintenance / mystery oil leak
« on: November 05, 2018, 12:23:32 AM »
I need help with a real mystery. I have an engine oil leak under the hood apparently from the passenger side valve cover bolt holes. My car is 1968 SS 396 with automatic. The engine is stock with stock heads and intake manifold and carb and original valve covers ( I think , they may be very good repros). Every time I drive the car now there is engine oil on the valve cover between the hold down bolts ( on the lip toward the intake manifold side). There is no oil under the valve cover lip on the intake manifold just on the chrome lip between the bolts. I have tried re-tightening them and even putting thin rubber gaskets around them. Still I get the oil between the valve cover bolts. Sometimes when I drive the car for 10 or 15 miles or more there will be a light spray of engine oil on the underside of the hood right over the passenger side valve cover. There is no evidence of engine oil on any other parts anywhere under the hood. No oil on the underside of the air cleaner or on the flat area of the valve cover or on the rest of the engine. No evidence of oil around the air breather tube that I can find. the engine oil is on just the underhood area over the passenger side valve cover and on the passenger side valve cover lip that is on the intake side. This is driving me crazy so I hope the FORUM can help me out with some ideas. Thanks in advance.

Restoration / Re: 68 purple wire w/yellow stripe under dash
« on: June 07, 2018, 12:08:20 AM »
Thanks guys I really appreciate the reply's. It might be a white tracer that is very faded or discolored with age. The end clip is not stock but has a newer clip spliced on. Maybe it is for a warning light but I don't see where it connects to another wire. It appears to have been connected to the fuse block to one of the auxiliary connectors(?).  The car has auto floor shift with console and gauges now but who knows what it was born with.  The floor trans tunnel hole for the shifter cable and the shifter bolts look completely stock to me so I don't think it was a column shift conversion.I will double check the wire gauge. The harness appears original with a few amateur splices here and there from previous owners. The wire is hanging down from under the dash on the left side of the steering column.

Restoration / Re: 68 purple wire w/yellow stripe under dash
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:18:08 AM »
Good idea - factory A/C, rear defogger, power windows, courtesy lights under dash. I can find no reference to a purple or dark brown wire with a yellow stripe in the 1968 AIM but this wire looks completely stock. All these options are working so it is a mystery wire. This Camaro has been restored or refreshed once before, but again it looks stock and from what I can see it goes into the stock harness.

Restoration / 68 purple wire w/yellow stripe under dash
« on: June 05, 2018, 12:07:19 AM »
My question is about a purple wire with yellow tracer/stripe hanging down under my dash. I have 1968 SS coupe with auto. After working under my dash I noticed a purple wire with a yellow stripe hanging down unconnected. It has a male blade clip and is on the left side of the steering wheel column. I have checked the AIM and this forum thoroughly but I can't find a reference to this wire. It is just long enough to go to one of the accessory points on the fuse block but I don't want to just connect it to power without knowing what it does. I hope one of the experts on this forum can chime in and tell me what this wire is for. Thanks in advance.

Restoration / GM hood hinge springs
« on: May 12, 2018, 12:34:36 AM »
This post is about my experience with hood hinge springs on my 68 SS. I know there are some older posts on this subject but I think this warrants a new post to share some part numbers. When I refreshed/restored my 68 SS in 2017 I thoroughly cleaned and painted my original hood hinges. I bought and installed new reproduction hood hinge springs for SS hood application. These were made by Classic Industries and had 28 coils. The hood always sagged a little. I thought it might be due to the somewhat worn original GM hinges. Recently, I decided to try GM hood hinge springs part number GM 3848272. The GM springs look pretty much identical to the reproduction springs. I installed the new GM springs and now the hood opens easier and there is no sag at all! I am very pleased. The GM springs are not much more than the repro SS hood hinge springs but they made a world of difference. I recommend using the GM springs that you can get from any GM parts dealer. Also, I used the washer trick to remove and replace the springs - that method works very well and its pretty easy. I hope someone finds this information useful.

Originality / Re: Silver paint on 68 SS hood ornaments/louvers
« on: May 04, 2018, 02:42:43 PM »
Thanks James for the excellent information and great close up pictures. This is the kind of information that really helps in the originality area.

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.

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?


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.

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