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Restoration / Need Ball Joint Rivets Installed
« on: December 05, 2018, 10:54:21 PM »
Looking for someplace to install my upper ball joint rivets. I live in Frederick, Md, can travel to Virginia or Pennsylvania. I called around today, 6 different restoration shops including Corvette restorers and all said they don't do them. One fellow only does them on his customers restorations, just use bolts is what I was told. Alot of Restoration Shops doing "Complete,Total,Full Frame Off Restorations", apparently all those descriptive words have different meanings.

Restoration / Pics of Riveted ball joints
« on: December 04, 2018, 11:28:01 PM »
Does anybody pictures of the what the rivets look like after the new ball joints are install and the rivets crushed. There are a number of pictures available of the original factory ball joints/rivets. I'm referring to the one's being done now. I had mine done 10 years ago and they look like somebody smashed them with a BFH, just flattened them down. I happen to be looking at factory rivet and noticed they are rounded on the top. This has me questioning the appearance of mine. Thanks

Restoration / NOS outer Door window fuzzies for 68 reveal moldings
« on: November 26, 2018, 07:57:11 PM »
I'm looking for photos of 68 NOS/Service replacement outer fuzzies. I know what the originals look like, but service replacement parts weren't always IDENTICAL to assembly line parts. I bought(15yrs ago) a pair of door moldings with the fuzzies and all were supposed to be NOS. Although they fit well the backs, flat part that goes against the molding, don't look like the originals. I just bought Quarter moldings used, just because the fuzzies looked so nice. When the moldings arrived the fuzzie are the same design and style as the door(virtually identical)  fuzzies bought years ago. I just had quarter fuzzies made by a company in PA and I like the used ones better.


Restoration / Transmission Dipstick Coating?
« on: November 26, 2018, 01:27:46 PM »
Hi Guys,

Do transmission dipsticks have any type of coating on them or are they bare metal and rely on the fluid to prevent rust. I'm using evaporust to clean mine, but if the fluids not going to keep it rust free I'll have to find another dipstick. Thanks

Maintenance / Door Striker Allen Head?
« on: October 13, 2018, 06:38:02 PM »
I'm baffled. Working on a 1968 Camaro attempting to adjust the door strikers. They are not original I bought them years ago specifically because they had the Allen heads, not the Torx heads, supposed to be GM. I can't find a Allen wrench to fit, 5/16th is to small 3/8th is to large. I ordered a 9mm that doesn't fit, best I can tell it's 11/32nd. Anybody try to find one of those? Snap-on doesn't have a listing, found a few on the google machine,but all are light duty aluminium or brass. I found one on Amazon ordered that(socket type) after a month on back order they cancel the order. Said it is not available. Is the factory Striker 11/32nd or are these Strikers just odd balls?


Decoding/Numbers / Steering arm part numbers
« on: September 19, 2018, 03:36:06 AM »
Can anybody identify these steering arm numbers 3854874 and 3854873. I'm told they're for 68/69 Camaro, but don't know if they're power or manual steering. Thanks

Restoration / where does this spring go???
« on: August 11, 2018, 06:24:04 PM »
I'm working on my basket case. (68 Camaro deluxe interior) I'm installing the inside door pulls, the spring and cover below were with the assemblies. The body manual show standard doors and there are no springs shown. Any body know where they go??? Thanks

I hope the pic is there

Restoration / Quarter window vertical seals
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:05:23 AM »
I purchased new seals from Camaro Central because they were Gm restoration part. I'm not happy with the seals. The metal is showing through on the portion facing the inside of the car, I'm confident the originals aren't like that. Anybody have another manufacturer the can suggest? Thanks

Restoration / 1968 RS door reveal molding
« on: July 23, 2018, 12:07:27 AM »
I did a search couldn't find any info, so I'm asking. I'm putting my doors together(bare shells now) the car is a RS had reveal molding originally, had the doors re-skinned. I can find info on when the moldings are put on. I took a old scrap door apart and had to remove the glass to get to the center screws holding the reveal molding on. Does the molding go on before the glass. Thanks

Originality / 68 dash pad
« on: July 23, 2010, 03:48:36 PM »
can some one tell me if you can put the chrome/stainless trim from a deluxe interior dash pad onto a standard pad. thanks

Restoration / Hood hinges and springs
« on: April 30, 2009, 03:25:05 AM »
I purchased new hinges and springs from GM parts direct a couple years ago and specificly ordered SS springs. I've got the body back together with the new parts . After opening the hood fully it falls back down 3-4'' and I haven't installed the insulation or the louvers yet. The springs have 28 coils which i believe is correct for the SS hood. I don't think it's the norm, shouldn't the hood stay open fully? thanks Paul

Restoration / Wiring harness restoration ???
« on: September 04, 2008, 06:19:25 PM »
Are there companies that will restore original wiring harnesses? I suspect the answer is no. Which leads to the next ? What companies are the restorers using for the harnesses on the legend class cars? I'd like to be as technically correct as possible from a appearance stand point.  Thanks

Restoration / brake pedal and booster install ??
« on: January 30, 2007, 09:22:54 AM »
I'm ready to install the brake booster and pedal assembly. my question, does the firewall/insulation pad get sandwiched between the brake pedal assembly and the firewall or does the pedal assembly mount directly against the firewall? thanks

Decoding/Numbers / Lower steering column bearing
« on: December 01, 2006, 05:24:10 AM »
Does anybody know the part# for the lower steering column bearing. Being that its Friday if I call the dealer I'll get its no longer available or I have to look in the old book, give me your number, I'll call you back.(just wait by the phone) If I have a part# they're much more receptive. Thanks

Originality / Inspection cover color
« on: October 29, 2006, 05:09:40 PM »
Could somebody tell me what the original color of the inspection/converter cover was on 68 turbo 400. The GM replacement is black, but that doesn't mean anything 38 years later. Some say it was originally black, others think engine orange, me I don't know. 

P.S any guesses on the pan color? I'm thinking bare steel.


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