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Garage Talk / Anyone use a go-cam?
« on: October 09, 2018, 02:21:23 PM »
 Does anyone use a go-cam in their car? I'm looking at getting one but see so many out there.
Nothing special.....just a low profile windshield mounted camera for the '67 for things like cruising.

Thanks!
Mike

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Restoration / Found a direct replacement for the door glass roller
« on: October 05, 2018, 09:40:09 PM »
  Sorry for the long winded write-up.......I wanted to share this with you in regards to the door window guide roller.
At the last show I had my car in, I was rolling the windows up when the judge came by and the drivers door window suddenly jammed about 1/2 way up. I could also see the front edge was out of the channel. The judge was cool about it and even commented that the guide roller probably cracked. He was close as the rollers center was cracked and allowed the stud to pop out when the door closed and the glass in the down position.
  After doing a long search on eBay and other Camaro suppliers for an exact roller and not finding any, I stumbled across one vendor that had what I needed. The listing is for a late model Camaro as well as other GM cars. I took a chance and ordered a pack of 4 (the smallest package they sold for $11) because the dimensions they showed looked almost exact.
  In a nutshell, when I got the rollers (mounted on studs) I put one on the vice to straddle the jaws and with a nail countersink, gave the stud end a firm hit with a mallet and popped it out of the roller. Being I didn't want to remove the side glass completely to drill out the stud, I slid the new roller down the slide from the top and lined up the original stud (with a little grease) with the roller opening and grabbed the slide and window frame area and gave a good squeeze until I heard a healthy "pop".  No more glass falling off the slide and the window rolls up/down smoothly.
  Here is the seller's ad for an 6-pack (ask them if they will sell 4):
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cavalier-Camaro-El-Camino-Corvette-front-door-window-regulator-rollers-6-pcs/312211769793?hash=item48b14589c1:g:I9EAAOSw42ta559O

 I hope this helps others with worn door guide rollers.

Mike


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Restoration / Repro vs. NOS spiral shock tube
« on: September 23, 2018, 12:01:45 AM »
  I know some folks look for the correct numeric fonts to stamp a Julian date into a reproduction spiral shock, but I figure what's the point if you can easily spot a repro. Here is a picture of a reproduction Hugger Performance spiral shock next to a NOS (late 67 date) spiral shock to show the difference. As you can see, the NOS spiral in the tube is much wider and deeper compared to the reproduction.  That should make it easy to spot a real or a repro.

Mike

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Garage Talk / Digital automotive meter recommendations?
« on: September 05, 2018, 12:52:44 AM »
My trusty Sears/ Penske analog tuneup meter failed with a bad meter after decades of use.
I was looking at a modern replacement but have read several reviews about digital meters and many have a common complaint of erratic RPM and dwell measurements. The only analog meters I see on eBay are used and I'm reluctant to take a chance. Can anyone recommend a digital meter with a stable readout? My primary goal is dwell and RPM for tuneups.

Thanks!
Mike

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Garage Talk / Plymouth buried for 50 years on purpose video
« on: May 08, 2018, 09:18:48 PM »
 I stumbled across this video about a Plymouth that was purposely buried for 50 years in a vault.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMxxS4tRhLM

Mike

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General Discussion / Reason for the spiral shock design?
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:20:50 PM »
 Does anyone know the reasoning behind the spiral body design of the spiral shocks?
Just curious.

Mike

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Originality / BBC 3856284 short water pump impeller comparison
« on: April 15, 2018, 01:46:56 AM »
 I had to rebuild the 3856284 water pump on the L35 due to some coolant seeping out of the weep hole from a faulty seal.
I decided to post pics of what an original impeller looks like compared to the metal ones in the rebuild kits for those who have an interest or just curious. I reused the original impeller. The factory P/N is 3921939.

Mike

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Garage Talk / Article about piston ring design
« on: April 03, 2018, 07:32:50 PM »
 An interesting article describing what goes into piston ring designs:
http://www.superchevy.com/how-to/engines-drivetrain/1803-the-science-behind-piston-rings-and-grooves-explained/

Mike

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General Discussion / 60's registration sticker
« on: March 27, 2018, 02:16:20 PM »
Hello Group,

   I've been searching this topic and get conflicting answers from people I ask locally.
The question is: The small license plate sticker seen on, let's say NY or California 60's plates, is the sticker month/year when registration was issued -or- the month/year of registration expiration.

Thanks!
Mike

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General Discussion / Where or what is this picture of?
« on: February 07, 2018, 03:34:52 PM »
 Looking at the body shape, it appears to be a '68 F-body.
Does anyone know where this was or was it a special line to be spraying the body (done usually at Fisher) and the buck-mounted nose (painted on the Chevy side)? The dash top definitely looks masked.

Just curious,
Mike

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General Discussion / 67 mono leaf spring shape opinion
« on: January 23, 2018, 11:06:02 PM »
 Aside from a final polish and wax, I'm finally done with the 67 L35 convertible restoration.
But, I'm bothered by what I think may be a potential issue with the original factory mono leafs.
In the picture I put an arrow under what is a slight upward bend in the front portion of the left mono spring. This exists on both L & R sides. Looking at the unrestored 67 L35 coupe, those areas are straight across. When I put a flat piece of metal against the convertible spring by the bend you can see a gap. Plus the height in area for 'Dimension J' in AIM 3/A12 measures 1/2" short whereby the coupe is within specs. The car's stance looks fine otherwise.
  I'm thinking of retiring those springs for a set of replacements even though the replacements don't have the end to center taper as viewed from the top. My fear is breakage in that area and losing control of the car. Would any mono spring car owners please take a peek and see if your spring has that upward bend?  I'm curious.

Thanks!
Mike

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Restoration / Posi tag on rear before or after painting
« on: December 29, 2017, 03:22:25 PM »
 Here's a splitting hairs question....
For posi differentials....was the red triangular 'Use Positraction Diff Lubrication....." tag on the fill plug when the assembly was painted black? Or was it installed afterwards.
I assume if it was on the fill plug prior to painted that it would be masked somehow. And did the original tag have a slit on the end to slip over the plug neck.

Just curious,
Mike

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Garage Talk / Muscle car assembley line video
« on: November 16, 2017, 07:32:44 PM »
 I came across this on YouTube and thought you may find it interesting.
So many car assembly lines in one video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFYnA1kAntM

Mike

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Restoration / Battery felt color?
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:51:28 PM »
 Was the factory applied battery felt washer that went under the + terminal a certain color?

Thanks,
Mike

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Garage Talk / Tire age vs. risk
« on: November 01, 2017, 06:14:31 PM »
 Having completed the restoration of my '67 I thought I was spared the cost of replacing the Coker Wide Ovals that I bought in 1987 and have about 3000 miles on them because they looked perfect. Near the end of the restoration, when the motor was installed and the car was able to drive, I took it up the block a few times as well as the occasional pulling out into the driveway. To my surprise I noticed three of the four tires that looked perfect otherwise and with a lot of good thread, began to developed minor side wall cracks. Shallow at first then getting deeper. I kept the car garaged and always at the proper inflation.
  While debating about spending $800 on getting new tires this year (I was planning on next year) a friend in the car club got into a bad accident with his trailer whereby the tire wall suddenly blew and he lost control when the trailer jackknifed. His knee is messed up pretty bad. The tire on his trailer was 8 years old (per the date code) though the treads looked fine. Out of curiosity I did tire research and learned a lot about age and tires regardless of how good they look. Well...that made up my mind to spend the $800 and get a new set of Coker red lines.
  I figured I would pass this experience along for those who may not know about tire age vs. risk.

Below are links to the NTSB site with some very interesting reading and I have learned a lot about tires.

https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/hitlist.cfm?sort=0&order=0&CurrentPage=1&EndRow=15&StartRow=1&docketID=57010&txtSearchT=

https://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/Documents/2014_Tire_Safety_SYM_Panel_4b_Kane.pdf

Mike

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