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Maintenance / Re: Power Steering Pump seal
« on: January 30, 2019, 03:14:22 PM »
Yep, that's just an o-ring that has flattened over time.

General Discussion / Re: ZLP955 Racing BITD
« on: January 30, 2019, 03:09:57 PM »
By tilting the hood hinges, it would hold the rear of the hood up a good 2-3 inches, and still latch in the front.   The idea was to allow pressurized air to escape. Usually seen in a lot of vintage drag photos.
Thanks, that confirms what Chick suggested previously, as the reason for the hood being raised at the rear.
Do you know if the hinge was adjusted at the hood bolts, or at the fender bolts, to create that gap? The hinges weren't installed in the car when I bought it.

The adjustment would be at the fender bolts.   By adjusting the hinge, moving the rear of the hinge up all the way, and the front of the hinge down all the way, it will hold the back of the hood up high.  You are essentially tilting the hinge forward as far as it will go.
This also moves the hood forward so after this adjustment you'll have to loosen the hinge-to-hood bolts and slide the hood back just a pinch.

Tilting the hinge the other way has the opposite affect and pulls the back of the hood down.

General Discussion / Re: ZLP955 Racing BITD
« on: January 29, 2019, 02:49:33 PM »
Just an FYI on propping up the rear of the hood if anyone hasn't mentioned it already.  That was a popular trick dating back into the early 60's as far as I know.  My father used to do it as well on one of his cars.  It's a simple hood hinge adjustment.  By tilting the hood hinges, it would hold the rear of the hood up a good 2-3 inches, and still latch in the front.   The idea was to allow pressurized air to escape.   Usually seen in a lot of vintage drag photos.  I think Grumpy Jenkins was one that practiced it on a couple of his cars.  Maybe the Z11 impala but can't remember.

General Discussion / Re: Wheel and tire advice needed
« on: January 23, 2019, 03:43:50 PM »
On the back I'm willing to bet they are the same 15x7's.   The only wider wheel in this style is 15x8.5 and they only come with the same 3.75" back spacing.  So the extra 1.5 inches is towards the outside.  They don't fit on the 69's very well because it pushes the tires out past the wheel well lips.

Even the 7's are tight back there.  On mine with a 255-60-15 (equivalent to the G60's you see in the picture) I can't even get a finger between the tire sidewall and the wheel well's TIGHT, but it works without rubbing.  There is no way a 15x8.5 is going in there at a stock ride height without tearing up the tire or the quarter.

General Discussion / Re: Wheel and tire advice needed
« on: January 21, 2019, 02:26:06 PM »
It's the same wheel I currently run on our RS Z.  15x7 with 3.75" backspacing.  I can tell you though the F60's up front don't clear the upper front fender lips or the plastic covers for the headlight door actuators if the car is sitting at it's stock ride height.  An F70 will work but it's close.

General Discussion / Re: A/C on a Z/28?
« on: January 21, 2019, 02:20:28 PM »
We daily drive our Z/28 in Arizona.  Adding AC never crossed my mind and in the summer it's well over 100 degrees.  Actually it's my wife that drives it the most and she's fine with it.  Real muscle cars don't have AC  ;D

General Discussion / Re: 69 Camaro power steering pump repop v original
« on: January 13, 2019, 03:09:57 PM »
I bought the complete power steering conversion kit from Heartbeat a couple years ago to convert my Z.  Complete with the correct casting pitman arm, all the hoses, clips, new box, deep groove pulley,  etc...   Wife did not like driving it with manual steer.  Fit, form and function are all perfect and for my purposes it looks factory and does the job.   Don't know who actually makes it.  I'm not concerned with that.  It's just on the car until my wife no longer enjoys driving it, then it's coming off and going back to the way the car came equipped when I restore it.

General Discussion / Re: 1967 Z28 options
« on: January 07, 2019, 04:03:09 PM »
Thanks for letting me know about the ELC Code=BB=Cowl Plenum Air Cleaner. It apperently was never installed when this car was new because the original owner, a friend of mine, never ran the car with the CPAC.
Brooks did have a 1969 White COPO. He was a big drag racer and supplied a lot of the HP cars in our area.
He also ordered a Capri Cream, 67 SS Camaro 396/375, with radio heater delete and 456 read end as well as a Butternut Yellow Z28 with radio heater delete and 4:88 rear end, which is the car I now have. His plan was, which ever car sold first, the other would be the Brooks Chevrolet Super Stock race care for that year. Attached is a photo taken from Mr. Brooks office showing the 396/375 SS Camaro sitting in front of the Dealership after it was lettered up. You can see the Window Sticker still on the quarter glass.
Houston Platt, Georgia Hall of Fame Drag Racer, drove this car that year, “Dixie Twister, Jr”

Hubert Platt's brother who had a ton of success racing Fords, very cool!!   

Original Cars and Details / Re: 1969 interior details - Sep 1969 car
« on: January 04, 2019, 09:44:54 PM »
Thanks Bryon, appreciate it.   I removed the dead scorpions before the pics  :)

Original Cars and Details / Re: 1969 interior details - Sep 1969 car
« on: January 04, 2019, 03:38:03 AM »
Maybe this will help.   Here is the original carpet in my 12D  69 RS Z/28 

You can see in the second picture the front halves of the carpet (console car) in front of the console also have a piece of Velcro to hold the 2 halves together.

Aaaa, file too big, sorry.

General Discussion / Re: Bloomington Gold adding Camaro's for 2019
« on: January 03, 2019, 05:11:30 PM »
Yep Goodguys is pricey,  $70 to enter a car now and it includes a membership I don't want (they force that on you)   They did open the year up to 1987 which certainly increased the car count.  It didn't go over well with some but overall a good decision.

Shucks even we realized it had to be done back in the 1980's when our tri-5 club was holding our annual muscle car drag race.  There was turmoil within the group, hardcore 50's guys that didn't want anything newer than 62, and also wanted to use the 1959 rule book with flagmen instead of the tree (which we tried the first year) but the car count sucked and we eventually opened it to 1972, and then later to all muscle cars through the mid 1980's at that time which didn't go over well within the club.  But, the car count got so big we eventually started having 2 events a year instead of one.  I don't recall hearing any complaining much after that, lol.

I think from what I've read here, the vette people are starting to realize their car count and members dwindling and are taking a similar approach.

General Discussion / Re: Bloomington Gold adding Camaro's for 2019
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:44:08 AM »
Agree, I've seen it with all kinds of makes.  We have Pontiacs, Fords, Chevrolets, and I attend various shows with each.  You pretty much see the same types of people at these events.  I haven't really put a finger on it but I tend to think it's just the type of person they are rather than the type of car they drive.  They seem to have this level of disdain that keeps them from looking at things with an open mind.
   I've met some fantastic people over the years that enjoy all brands and makes just like we do, and don't frown on you because one week you drove a Camaro and the next week a mustang.  They are interested in all of it and to me these are the "real" car enthusiasts that truly enjoy this hobby.  Very rare to find.

General Discussion / Re: Bloomington Gold adding Camaro's for 2019
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:01:47 PM »
I think your 10% is pretty optimistic. I went to Corvettes at Carlisle this year, haven't been for a long time. I doubt I will ever go back.  Maybe 90% of the cars were less then 10 years old.  Two guys all dressed in the latest Corvette swag walked up to the '57 I was looking at. The one said to the other you have to walk around to the front to count headlights, that's the only way to know what year they are.

Don't even have to go to a corvette show to experience that.  One of our local cruises, yes just a casual cruise, has specialized parking for corvettes every weekend, and it's mostly new junk that I really don't care to look at.    Usually an entire 25 space row is wasted with them.  And they get upset when you park a 69 Z in one of their spots.  Ask me how I know  :)

General Discussion / Re: Bloomington Gold adding Camaro's for 2019
« on: January 01, 2019, 10:57:20 PM »
  The 71 we had (should be 71 in previous post, typo) was a 454 survivor with 32,000 original miles and was certified as such through NCRS.  We did only a couple of shows with it and of course corvette guys want to be your buddy etc...  but our intention of purchasing it was to let my wife enjoy it.  Was a nice cruiser, auto, AC, PS, PB, and 3.08's out back.  She proceeded to daily drive it to work for 2 years.  Boy that really annoyed the vette people.  Then at our Tri-5 club annual muscle car drag race we held every year I decided to make some passes with it.  The same corvette groupies thought I was nuts, lol.  Like everything I own, I like to see how it runs.  It went 14.20's at 98 mph.  After 2 years of her driving it we sold the car with 48,000 miles on it.   I don't think the vette crowd ever got over that.  They acted like I had wore it out  ;D

Had vettes since but we never did shows with them.  They were bought purely for my wife to enjoy.  Couldn't really enjoy them together either once we had kids so just got away from them all together.

General Discussion / Re: Bloomington Gold adding Camaro's for 2019
« on: December 31, 2018, 04:05:02 PM »
Whats funny is the people who see you loading up the stuff. Some of them have given me looks, like "how could you do that to such a nice car", well it is twice as nice to a have a multi-functional muscle car. (although with your paint skills, your green Z has to be way nicer than my white one)
My kids like that we use the cars as much as we do. My daughter is 13 and says she wants a 67 Chevelle as her daily driver, so guess what I am shopping for now...

Yes I have noticed that on occasion, people are either just admiring the car, or like you said, maybe they just think we're nuts for grocery shopping in a classic.   I doubt mine is nicer than yours.  Even though I paint here, my wife specifically told me she didn't want this one painted as long as we are using it.  So I simply put it in primer, reapplied the stripes, satin clear over it to seal it, reinstalled all the emblems.  So the car is presentable, not a show car, but all the details are correct, I also left all the original Frost green paint in the jambs).  Still has it's original carpet that is well worn, and I didn't bother recovering or replacing the seats and door panels yet either, headliner is torn etc...  Just did a thorough cleaning.  But the purpose was that we just don't want to worry about rock chips, or an occasional door dent, or not worry about interior wear and tear.  So this car was done in such a way that it can be enjoyed.    The comments are funny though.  I've had people ask me what the color is.  When I say primer I get a pause and a look, lol.   From a distance it sort of looks like cortez silver.  I even overheard one guy telling another that this was a very rare color for 69 and seldom seen.  LOL  I just think they couldn't figure out what it was :)
  I have several thousand dollars worth of everything new sitting here for a cosmetic restoration at some point in the future, but at this point I would assume that is going to be years down the road.  My wife shows no intention of ever stopping from driving this thing.

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