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Restoration / Re: Need Ball Joint Rivets Installed
« on: December 09, 2018, 04:40:07 AM »
I'm going to ship them to Bair's when they come back from the powdercoater, $25 per-side plus shipping. That seems reasonable and they have a good reputation. I'm having second thoughts about the powdercoating though. It seems from my reading, the control arms were fully assembled, painted then the ball joint was installed. If that's the correct sequence my cross shaft bushing won't be painted. Were the bushings installed before painting?

Restoration / Re: Need Ball Joint Rivets Installed
« on: December 05, 2018, 11:42:58 PM »
I'll contact them tomorrow. I'll have to ship to them, they're 5 hours away. Anybody have anything closer to the DC metro area. Thanks

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 / Re: Pics of Riveted ball joints
« on: December 05, 2018, 02:22:48 AM »
Mine don't look like that and they were done by somebody that is supposed to know what they should look like. I'll look around for somebody else that can do this set or I'll use the rivets with the nuts on the bottom. Great pictures. Thank you

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 / Re: NOS outer Door window fuzzies for 68 reveal moldings
« on: November 30, 2018, 02:01:57 AM »
The fuzzies I have look like the ones Z28z11 posted so I'm going with I lucked out and got a set of NOS quarter fuzzies on used trim pieces. I tried to post some pics, but got so frustrated I gave up.

Thanks for the responses.

Restoration / Re: Roof rail weatherstrip channel installation ???
« on: November 27, 2018, 03:54:16 AM »
When I installed mine I assembled the both pieces via the connector clip. You could see the connector clip position from all years of those pieces being together. I lined those up, used 3m black butyl tape, rolled between palms to about 1/4 bead, then placed that in the center of the trim right where the screws go, going the full length from one end to the other, over lapping where they meet. Start in the corner, using a awl to find the screw holes. Get the corner in place first, that corners not moving, not adjustable. (well maybe big hammer) There should be clear indentations in the channel where the screws bent the WSC when tightened down originally. Get all the screw in and snug up evenly. If you use to much butyl tape it'll ooze out and is mess to remove. I used white pipe dope tape, about 1/8" thick 3/4" wide on my first attempt. That's how I know about the 1/4 bead. I had that white crap everywhere and the white stuck out like waving a flag. Hope this helped didn't confuse your more.

Restoration / Re: NOS outer Door window fuzzies for 68 reveal moldings
« on: November 27, 2018, 02:50:30 AM »
The one I have, that I believed to be original, resembles the pic on the right with rounded edges and whats left of the fuzzie pinched between the rounded edges. This thing is nasty sand,grit, old paint, its been around a while. The Nos ones and the used quarter fuzzies I have strongly resemble your Nos/service replacements. The repos I had made resemble your repo pics, but were supposed to be made using original fuzzies as a template. I'm wondering if original assembly line fuzzies are what the repos are based on. The repo guys would be trying to replicate originals in appearance, but usually miss the fit part of the equation. The  service replacement match your pic on the left? Any thoughts, other pics, Thanks for the reply.

Restoration / Re: Transmission Dipstick Coating?
« on: November 27, 2018, 02:23:32 AM »
Thank you

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 / Re: Door Striker Allen Head?
« on: October 13, 2018, 07:41:33 PM »
I tried the grinding plan. Can't seem to get all sides equal and inevitable the Allen wrench end up with a taper from not grinding flat. I suppose I'll find another set. Thanks for the quick response.

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 / Re: Steering arm part numbers
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:06:06 AM »
Doesn't look like they fit a 68. Thanks Joe

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

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