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Garage Talk / Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
« on: Today at 10:13:56 AM »
Pretty sure from my recollection  John Z was setting up the Lordstown plant for the VEGA and wasn't part of the firebird being phased into the Norwood line in Late April Early May of 1969. 
This came from the decklid discussion which started on then moved here approx 10 years ago regarding Trans Am decklids at Norwood in May and the fact that they would not cover the emblem holes. John relayed that he wasn't part of the 69 Firebird production at Norwood due to Lordstown being reconfigured.

General Discussion / Re: Oil pressure at idle
« on: May 21, 2018, 10:10:29 PM »
I would use a good high quality gauge for checking the engine and verifying the in car gauge.

General Discussion / Re: Tachometers
« on: May 21, 2018, 10:08:15 PM »
I would expect the November of 69 built car to have the 6500 redline tach... There have been a few 6000 red 7000 high tachs found in July August September of 69 built cars if I am not mistaken.

General Discussion / Re: Palmetto Entrprises
« on: May 19, 2018, 02:37:17 PM »
Hood hinges and latch catch are manganese phosphate. Bigger darker almost black crystals, must be oiled and is used for applications where parts rub one another.

The black Zinc on bolts is a passivation conversion from silver zinc using a chemical dip.
Same with Yellow, Clear, and Olive. ALL four are Passivation conversions of silver zinc which modify the surface of the ZINC coating into a harder surface more resistant to abrasion and corrosion.

FWIW I have been ZINC plating parts lately and as a sample I have had a fender shim laying in the driveway since January and it has yet to show a spec of rust yet.   

Same here chased it for ever prior to replacing the valve... same with the wiper door on my 69 Vette.

General Discussion / Re: Crossram Package
« on: May 19, 2018, 02:29:25 PM »
Drums back all the way off and don't drag like discs.

I love the Gold and Black Early 68 Z.

The Cowl Plenum looks like the one Dave Beem bought from Merle last year.

Trans-Am Camaros / SCCA 1980 GT1 Champsionships Video
« on: May 18, 2018, 03:13:29 AM »
There are a bunch of first gens 2nd gens and cuda's in this... some must be ex Trans Am...
Lindley in a 69 Camaro
Tony Delorenzo in a 2nd gen RS with flares which looks a lot like the old OWENS CORNING CAMARO.

Restoration / Re: 69 Camaro seat foam question
« on: May 16, 2018, 02:15:30 AM »
Did you compare the set spring (bottom) old and new to see if there was a difference in the side bolster?

Your seats look great, they are nice and full. the side bolsters look great on both. 

I still wish someone would reproduce the seat covers with the white stitches like the originals.

Do you have a hose schematic for a 69 RS? If not acquire one before starting.
Vacuum leaks are crazy and seeing as you probably have original hoses, you probably some with splits and cracks, plus if you have not replaced the vacuum control valve you probably will need to find one... you can bend the tabs and put the new plastic valve on the old mounting plate so it doesn't look out of place on a survivor.

They are easiest to trouble shoot if you can create a vacuum source which does not require the engine to be running so you can hear leaks.

Here is the one I did replacing the valve on the original mounting plate.

General Discussion / Re: Gas gauge off
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:16:48 PM »
FWIW the GM sending units/pickups I have bought from the Chevrolet Parts dept have had no issues. I have bought a few repros which have had dead spots or inconsistent readings. The Chevrolet part was near double the price. 

General Discussion / Re: 25 Camaros For Sale at Estate Sale
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:04:33 AM »
The Desert Rat 68 Yenko was out at Merle's when Dana bought it & the loaded matching numbers 69 L78 Convert was there when Dave bought it a few years ago... then I tracked the original owner down and he had the window sticker and order form.

General Discussion / Re: 25 Camaros For Sale at Estate Sale
« on: May 11, 2018, 12:08:38 AM »
Dave Beem went out there and got at least one and helped load another 28ft enclosed trailer loads...  end of last summer...

Original Cars and Details / Re: Family survivor 69 Camaro
« on: May 11, 2018, 12:07:49 AM »
IS the Radiator Code UH?

Garage Talk / Re: First Pontiac Trans Am Made
« on: May 05, 2018, 07:35:38 AM »
wow... I did not realize they made the T/A at VN prior to the switchover of 69 Firebird production from Lordstown to Norwood.

Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 302 Trans Am pistons
« on: May 05, 2018, 07:17:57 AM »
I'm with 1109.  An aluminum rod would indicate a drag racing intent rather than road racing, in my opinion.
The weight reductions are all for acceleration.
X2 on drag racing for the AL rods it also applies to the single ring pack... we used gapless rings & you don't really need oil control in full throttle acceleration runs... it's the decel where you get oil blow by from Crank case pressure. 

FWIW AL rods stretch when running, every AL ROD engine I have set up the pistons are set below deck...
I do not remember if the rods were short or if the compression height of the piston was shorter...

I have wanted to build a 6.125 or 6.25" rodded 302 run a callies crank and carillo rods - narrow pins -  for a while just to see what I could get out of a 12:1 solid roller, 302 with good heads. .

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