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Maintenance / Re: 302 Valve adjustment
« on: November 02, 2018, 11:57:44 PM »
"I'd leave the shifter."
I'll second that.  I had a car in high school with an original Muncie shifter.  It was notorious for hanging up between gears when pushing the car hard.  A new competition plus from the local Ramchargers speed shop cured the problem. 

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Caveat is missing 'clone'
« on: September 20, 2018, 06:48:28 PM »
...and small block A/C case. 

General Discussion / Re: Another Garnet Red Z28.. sorta....
« on: September 10, 2018, 01:23:42 PM »
"Do you guys feel better now? I realize it wasn't the cars owner that was the OP but my God is it any wonder so many people are just lurkers on car websites and don't want to post anything?"
I could not agree more.
I happen to have an old war horse without its original 302 and 4 speed. It was a drag car that was thrashed heavily with a 427 and a THM400.  When I was a kid, a big block was a COMMON transplant into a Z28 to give it more fire power to match the looks on the street or strip.  I don't represent my car as numbers matching etc. and would never consider it.  It IS a legit Z28 by birth.  Do I enjoy it less because it doesn't have the 302 under the hood?  Not a bit.  And, I have no issues with folks who put in the work and have the luck to get their cars to the point where they are perfectly representing what was driven off the line at Norwood.  But disparaging fellow enthusiasts who do not have the same ability for whatever reason is not my modus operandi.  And that is the main reason I will never join a club dedicated to a particular model.  I ran into this same mentality with my Vette at an NCRS event and that soured me forever.
So to all the guys with cars that have the pedigree and not the components:  Ignore the criticism, enjoy your car and know there are plenty of other car guys out there that are doing the same thing...
Let the flaming begin.

General Discussion / Re: 12 Bolt Axle Asm Weight
« on: August 23, 2018, 03:28:59 PM »
Good information from all and very much appreciated.  I will have my brother set things up for 210lbs and that should be pretty darned close. 
BTW - 169INDY - Nice axle cradle/dolly.  I would bet that some folks on this forum wouldn't mind buying one from you if available.

General Discussion / Re: 12 Bolt Axle Asm Weight
« on: August 22, 2018, 08:18:10 PM »
Thanks for all of the interest and feedback.  We are trying to do this remote control at this point and the seller isn't set up to weigh it.  Again, this is a complete drum to drum axle with all internals. I hope nobody thinks they're still 10 feet tall and bulletproof and attempts to tote one over to a scales.  My mind says I can still do things that my body can't live up to.  Getting old is humbling!  If all else fails I will tell the freight company it is 225 lbs. and hope that covers it. 

General Discussion / 12 Bolt Axle Asm Weight
« on: August 21, 2018, 06:19:35 PM »
Does anyone have an accurate weight for a typical 12 bolt Camaro axle assembly?  I'm working with my brother to have his axle shipped and the freight company requires weight for their quote.  I'm guessing it might be around 200lbs.  I conducted a search and there was only one thread that stated the housing was around 90lbs.  The former owner has no means of weighing it.  Any help is appreciated.

Restoration / Re: Best Repop 67/68 Inner fenders
« on: July 25, 2018, 01:58:40 PM »
$400 per side for NOS would be a bargain for '69 inners.  If your car is going to be really nice, I'd spring for the NOS GM parts. I tried a '69 repro pass side and sent it back.  Bought used GM and no issues. My two cents...

Mild Modifications / Re: 350 to 400 trans swap
« on: June 05, 2018, 12:47:39 PM »
No.  Unique tubular type cross member for the THM-400.  Mounts to the rear or the THM-350 position. 

General Discussion / Re: Help in finding this car
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:32:50 PM »
William - A former colleague of mine used to race a '68 Z car around the Detroit Metro area as a kid.  He preferred a 4.10/M20 combination for street duty.  Odd that it was cancelled, other than warranty as you stated.  Thanks again for the information.

General Discussion / Re: Help in finding this car
« on: March 05, 2018, 03:11:44 PM »
William - I found the following information interesting:
"...As of June, 1969 Chevrolet dropped the 4.10 ratio as a Z/28 option." 
Is there documentation indicating why the 4.10 was dropped from a car that actually benefits from more ratio?  Did the cancellation go into effect for orders received in June and beyond?  I have noticed that I have found no late production Z cars with 4.10's but it didn't occur to me that Chevrolet actually cancelled the RPO.  I am adding notes to my reference data base and would like to include this information update. Thanks.

Originality / Re: Z-Bar / Clutch Bellcrank Plug
« on: February 22, 2018, 08:04:35 PM »
Regarding the poster's question: "This might be a dumb question, are the bars tapped for a Zerk under the plug?"  I recently removed(and saved) the original orange plug from my Z bar to install a grease fitting.  The hole was not tapped and I had to tap the hole to install the grease fitting.  Mixed emotions at altering the originality, but my car never is going to be judged at a show.  That tipped the scales toward the service side of the equation and the zerk fitting went in.

I have a Fathom Green car that had body colored rockers.  No blackout on this car.

Garage Talk / Re: Rare L72 69 Impala SS
« on: February 12, 2018, 01:45:23 PM »
69 SS B-cars came in two 427 configurations only:  390hp and 425hp.  NO A/C on 425hp versions.  My brother has had a 390hp version for 30 years.  Impressive for a big car.  But the L72 would increase the fun factor by quite a bit.

Maintenance / Re: Vacuum Noise
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:59:50 PM »
The Holley on my big block does the same thing.  More noticeable since I pulled off the cowl hood flap for full time cool air, providing a noise path. 

Restoration / Re: It's Coming...
« on: August 25, 2017, 02:44:51 PM »
421 gen 1 small block maybe?  That might be enough small block for a big block guy... 

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