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Restoration / covertible Header Seal
« on: July 03, 2019, 06:23:06 PM »
Help! I'm in the process of restoring the convertible to frame for my '68 and need to find out what type of fastener goes into the holes in the picture, my original top had the weather seal but was missing the fasteners that went in the metal tabs, are they plastic plugs or some type of screws? Thanks

Mild Modifications / Project X-Ram
« on: June 11, 2019, 03:48:05 PM »
I was going through some old GM NOS parts I had for years in storage that I though to use on the 302 X-Ram engine I will be building this summer and was wondering if these parts would work and if anyone has used these  type of light weight flywheel and if so did it improve performance? I also found a #140 off road cam that I plan on using and need to find out if that valve spring is correct for it? Thanks in advance.

General Discussion / AV Gas Warning!
« on: June 04, 2019, 11:05:34 PM »
I wanted to share an incident that happen to me last Friday in hopes no one on this site will ever have to deal with my experience. I have three Camaros at this time with other collector vehicles and one happens to be 1967 Amphicar which I have had stored for seven years and my wife convinced me  to get it out for a swim in July with family and friends, so last Thursday I went to the local airport and bough five gallons of AV gas which I have used in my collector cars many times before with great success, so I drained the old fuel added the AV gas , changed all the fluids and had it running perfect, so on Friday decided to detail the car(boat) but when I turned the key to turn on the blower a wall of fire exploded in my face and I was literally covered in flames, so I went into panic mode  and grabbed a fire extinguisher which allowed me enough time to push the car out of the garage and call 911. After 6 hours in emergency with 2nd degree burns on my arms and 1st degree on my face and a car burned to a crisp, I wondered why and how this could have been prevented and I know that if I would have used normal auto fuel I would have certainly smelled the fumes and not tried to start the vehicle, my point is that AV gas has a very faint smell and with collector cars  there is often leaks that may not be detected with AV gas! therefore a great alternative is non-ethanol pump gas with octane booster if needed. P.S. learn from my mistake! 

General Discussion / Mystery convertible top part?
« on: May 28, 2019, 11:06:56 PM »
I am working on the manual convertible top for my '68 and have this mystery part that was with the other top parts when I got the car years ago, does anyone know if this lever looking part even goes with the top?

Restoration / Air Cleaner stud length
« on: April 10, 2019, 05:14:48 PM »
Does anyone know the correct stud length for a 396 with Q-Jet carb open air cleaner(L-34)? I had ordered one through HBC, the one they reference as correct and it was way to long, any one know where to find the correct one? I'm at the 11th hour of restoring my '68 .

Decoding/Numbers / Vin Stamp by oil filter on a LOS car
« on: January 17, 2019, 12:21:05 AM »
I have been going through my storage containers to organize the parts I have acquired over the last 35 years and just found a 1969 Z-28 block which has a stamp pad showing VO927DZ and the partial VIN # on the oil filter flange shows 9L5034 and I can't make out any other numbers, so my question is based on the build date of the VIN wouldn't this be a Sept. 27Th 1968 built engine and if so wouldn't the partial VIN be on the engine pad? As I am cleaning out these containers I will post the orphan blocks and  transmissions.

Restoration / How to remove original windshield without breaking
« on: November 20, 2018, 12:03:40 AM »
I am just starting a new restoration project on a 69 Z-28 that I have had in storage for 37 years and noticed that all of the glass appears to be original and dated correctly for the car and I would like to be able to remove it without breakage prior to the restoration. I know most glass installers used piano wire , but they usually don't care about a small chip or crack since it will be disposed of anyway, has anyone used chemicals or heat to soften the seal? or have any ideas.

Originality / minus 28 on radiator shroud
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:22:36 PM »
Can someone explain what the -28 means that is commonly written in grease pencil on the radiator shroud of  restored Camaros, if it is a number from a factory test wouldn't it very from the commonly seen -28 from car to car? and is this something judges look for in a concourse restoration? Since I am just finishing a four year restoration which I want the car to be as accurate as GM off the line without the over-restored graffiti.

General Discussion / 68 console trim plate
« on: June 17, 2016, 06:28:37 PM »
I am just wrapping up a frame up restoration on my 1968 396 SS convertible and I am trying to figure out why the console with gauges four speed  trim plate is different from what the factory assembly shows, for example the one that came with my car has no mounting studs for shifter slider and has part#3921801 VS. 3921800 shown in A.I.M.,does anyone know of a design change late in 1968 with this plate? I want this car as accurate as possible since  I plan to have it judge at the national next year and have attached pics with my original plate and a repro plate that looks like the one in A.I.M.. Thanks, Curt

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