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Getting ready to refinish the following Rally Sport parts - seems all are various hues of black.

Is 30% Gloss Black correct for these parts?  (See pic below)
- Support Brackets (both small and long ones)
- Bell Crank Lever
- Headlight housing
- Vacuum Tank

And it seems the headlight bucket is more glossy - 60-70% or?

Can anyone confirm what's best to go with for the above?

Restoration / Parking Brake Frame Guide Bar Finish?
« on: January 08, 2019, 05:24:09 PM »
Does anyone know what the correct finish is for the Parking Brake Frame Guide Bar?   Mine had surface rust so I can really determine the original finish. 

Based on variety of searches, Iíve seen the following finishes -

-   Painted black
-   Natural steal
-   Phospated
-   Or?

Iím leaning towards phosphate, but not sure.

Reference Parking Brake Frame Guide - Cleaned/Surface Rust Removed:

Decoding/Numbers / '68 RS Convert - What is this engine code??
« on: July 18, 2018, 10:49:30 PM »
Saw this '68 RS Convert on Barnfinds.   It's also listed on Craigslist in Texas.    While much is wrong or overstated/incorrect with the car, I can't figure out this engine stamp suffix - the M1 or MI.  Is the partial VIN a re-stamp, or what is going on here?    I can't find that M1 suffix code anywhere (I checked CRG, Colvin, etc).

I've called the owner and he read the VIN # and it's ...8N448565 which appears to match the partial VIN on the engine pad (assuming what appears to be a 0 is really a 6 - which if you blow up the image, it does appear to be a 6).   But what is the suffix M1?

General Discussion / One oddly modified '69
« on: April 01, 2017, 04:16:43 AM »

Decoding/Numbers / '68 Camaro RS on eBay w/6K Tac
« on: March 21, 2017, 08:52:46 PM »
Interesting.  Car is probably too far gone to determine what it could have been.  Manual trans car, 6K tac.  Old Z/28??

Restoration / Standard '69 Steering Wheel - Gloss Black or?
« on: April 27, 2016, 04:35:49 PM »
I have one of those ultra-rare ;) standard black steering wheels with the rosewood shroud on my '69 RS Z w/deluxe interior.   It had a few minor cracks on the back which I repaired w/PC 7 epoxy.  Worked great.   Now need to paint it.

Question - based on some the searches, the recommendations lean towards the SEM paints - any other suggestion for paint type?   

Next, are the standard black steering wheels gloss black or some % gloss?


Originality / Speedo Clip - Original?
« on: March 29, 2016, 10:32:40 PM »
The other day, I was preparing install a new speedometer cable and clips on the car.  I thought I was missing 2 clips as I only had the original style from the firewall.  However, when I retrieved the original speedometer cable, it had a very different clip still attached.   See attached photos.   Any chance this is original and the plant opted to use this style clip in lieu of the other style?   

The only evidence I have that it could be original is that the hole in the tunnel for this clip is quite different than the hole of for the AIM style clip.   It's smaller, and it's clear a sheet metal screw was used to attach it vs the other style which is pinched in.

For reference - '69 Van Nuys built Z, M22 trans, 04B prod date.

Speedometer Cable with clip still attached:


Tunnel Holes for clips:

Original clip attached to firewall:


OK, per the chassis broadcast copy, my í69 Z came with the top post battery (04B, Van Nuys built), MF and BF codes.    Iíd like to get as correct as possible battery cables.   

Best I can tell per the AIM, UPC 12/A11, page 162, the correct PN is 6297647 for the Positive cable.  Don't know the neg cable PN#.

Unfortunately, it appears that for whatever odd reason, the correct battery cables for a 1969 Camaro small block with top post battery are not being reproduced while they make them for every other configuration, including inline 6 cylinders.  Go figure. 

So, whatís the best alternative reproduction battery cables to get?  Get the reproduction battery cables for the HD battery, or??

Restoration / Clutch Lower Push Rod Alignment & AIM?
« on: July 07, 2014, 04:34:22 PM »
I've been attempting to assembly the Clutch Bell Crank and Lower Clutch Push Rod.  If I follow the AIM, it appears there is a major mis-alignment with the lower push rod and the clutch fork.  If I flip the push rod to the other side of the bell crank arm, it appears to align well.

What is correct?   Do I have some underlying alignment issue with the Bell Crank & Clutch Fork?   

Here's the situation:

AIM Diagram for reference:

Lower Clutch Rod, installed per the AIM:  Note big alignment gap:

If I install the push rod on the other side of the arm, (opposite side of what the AIM suggests), it appears to align just fine.  What is correct??

Originality / Original or GM Replacement Power Steering Belt - Z28
« on: December 26, 2013, 05:38:05 PM »
The following Power Steering belt was on my car when I purchased it (the top one in the picture below).  Per the AIM, it's the correct PN, 3848263 and appears to be Z28 specific, but I'm not sure if it's factory original or a dealer/GM replacement belt.

In the pic below, the top belt is the original; the lower belt is a Quanta reproduction belt.  As you can see, the reproduction is quite different than the original GM belt.   But that is not to say the Quanta belt is incorrect - it might be a correct factory style belt, maybe there were multiple suppliers/styles, or?

Thoughts/comments on these belts?

Restoration / Steering Column Sticker
« on: August 23, 2013, 04:41:17 PM »
I recently had my steering column restored.  Unfortunately, the steering column sticker was too far gone to be salvaged.  Does any know if these are reproduced?  And if so who?   Much appreciated.

Restoration / Fuel Line Clip Restoration
« on: April 30, 2013, 09:17:34 PM »
OK, had a hard time trying to either restore or find correct 3/8" fuel line clips.  Ordered reproductions and sent them back (wrong color, etc).  I tied the Dykem machinest dye, but too dark.   Finally tried a hobby store and asked they had any sort of transparent blue paint or dye - they suggested Testors 1257 Transparent Blue.   So thought I'd try it.   It's a little glossy, but I thought the color/transparency was pretty close.   Here's the results:

On the left is the Testors Painted version.  Note the original is greasy on top - only the area around the bolt hole is the right color.

And all the brake and fuel lines restored/replated:

Restoration / Factory Consoles - Painted From the Factory?
« on: June 26, 2012, 05:46:57 PM »
Were orignal '69 black consoles painted from the factory or were they left in the natural plastic finish?   

Restoration / '69 RS Vacuum Actuators - Restorable or?
« on: May 28, 2012, 06:41:28 PM »
Are RS Vacuum Actuators restorable?   The internal piston seems to move fine (blows/sucks air); the exterior is slighty rusty/dirty - is it possible to have them replated without effecting the inside?

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