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Restoration / Re: Paperwork removal
« on: December 17, 2018, 05:49:59 AM »
The Chassis Broadcast Copy on my Z was rough but decipherable.   I was unable to remove it (didn't want to take a chance), so I ended up cutting the metal around it out and took the whole piece, metal and all to a professional document restoration professional.  Not cheap but the results were very good. 

Before:  (note - I was able to salvage many of the loose pieces on the top of the paper which aren't shown but in the envelope)

After restoration:

Restoration / Re: Firewall Pad of Choice???
« on: December 16, 2018, 05:06:41 AM »
That was in the past thread:

 I have the pad installed and it looks great and close to original. It is not molded but there is so little exposed that I didn't mind, and it conformed to the firewall nicely.


I followed the process outlined in the link and was quite pleased with the results.  I originally purchased a molded mat, but didn't like the silver thermal material used (maybe they've updated the design and it's no longer there).   I didn't really have much of an issue installing the cheaper flat Tarmac mat and the rubberized spray thereafter gave it a nice OE look.  The pad insulation is also closer to OE in appearance I thought than the molded 2 cents. 

General Discussion / Re: BODY BROADCAST SHEET
« on: December 15, 2018, 05:01:40 AM »
'69 Los Angeles cars may have a Chassis Broadcast Copy atop the gas tank, driver side, in front of the axle area.  That's where I found mine.   They tend to be in rough condition and typically require professional document restoration. 

Restoration / Re: So Cal/San Diego Upholstery Shop Recommendation
« on: October 12, 2018, 03:23:59 PM »
I've used Jim's Auto Upholstery in Kearny Mesa quite a few times for my Chevelle and other cars.  They do a lot of classic cars.   Good reputation.  But as with any vendor, just be very clear on expectations.

Decoding/Numbers / Re: '68 RS Convert - What is this engine code??
« on: July 20, 2018, 03:18:40 PM »
Not a great picture, but it looks reasonable.

Thanks again Kurt.  I've asked the current owner if he can contact the prior owner to retrieve whatever paper work they may have.  The prior owner has claimed he has more documentation....we'll see if any more revealing comes about. 

Decoding/Numbers / Re: '68 RS Convert - What is this engine code??
« on: July 19, 2018, 03:40:26 PM »
Thanks Kurt.   So do you think the engine stamps are legit? 

Agree much of the car has been changed or restored - even the quarter panels were replaced at some time.

Decoding/Numbers / '68 RS Convert - What is this engine code??
« on: July 18, 2018, 10:49:30 PM »
Saw this '68 RS Convert on Barnfinds.   It's also listed on Craigslist in Texas.    While much is wrong or overstated/incorrect with the car, I can't figure out this engine stamp suffix - the M1 or MI.  Is the partial VIN a re-stamp, or what is going on here?    I can't find that M1 suffix code anywhere (I checked CRG, Colvin, etc).

I've called the owner and he read the VIN # and it's ...8N448565 which appears to match the partial VIN on the engine pad (assuming what appears to be a 0 is really a 6 - which if you blow up the image, it does appear to be a 6).   But what is the suffix M1?

Originality / Re: Rear Axle Brake Line Clip PN# 3956700
« on: July 12, 2018, 05:16:33 PM »
Nice!   What sort of finish did you apply to the clip?

Restoration / Re: 1969 Z/28 Radiator Core - Source?
« on: July 06, 2018, 05:28:07 PM »
Lloyd -

Thanks for the detailed pics - very helpful.    I compared to my re-cored rad and I'd say very very close.  In case you need another source, I used Intermountain out of Poway, CA, now called BNCautoradiator:, my job Ref # 42217.  They may be able to tell you where they sourced the radiator core. 

They also pressure-tested the heater core and verified it was good to go.

Here's how the radiator turned out:


Restoration / Re: 1969 Z/28 Radiator Core - Source?
« on: July 05, 2018, 05:40:03 PM »
In 2013 there were sources for 'reproduction 69 Z28 radiator cores', but like every other 'reproduction' part, there are always differences from original.   At that time, the difference was in the top/bottom rails (repros did not have the square holes as did the originals).
Note:  re the comment on 'oe style fins'...  I assume he means the fin pitch, which on my original was between 12-14 fins/inch... and is matched on the repro core.

Yes reproduction channels were wrong on the repro rad's - I remember that now, which lead me to the path I went down.  The HBC reproduction top and bottom channels do have the square holes - used on the assembly line I think.

Confirmed the core I have has 12-13 fins/inch.   I can go through my receipts as well if needed to determine the source of the core.

Restoration / Re: 1969 Z/28 Radiator Core - Source?
« on: July 05, 2018, 05:57:42 AM »
I am trying to locate a new, replacement 3 row, 20 3/4" radiator core for my 1969 Z/28 project with OE style fins that will pass judging. I plan to re-use the original dated Harrison tanks and channels however need a core. I checked Heartbeat City and they have no stock and are back-ordered. I searched CRG threads and didn't come up with much.  Does anyone have a source for an original style Z/28 radiator core?

Curious - what exactly are "OE Style Fins"?   

I had my Z's radiator re-cored.  Unfortunately, someone prior to my ownership also had it re-cored, but fortunately they re-used the original date coded side tanks but not the top/bottom channels.   I ordered the reproductions channels from HBC and went to my local radiator shop specifying exactly what I needed - 3 core, 20.75", etc and needed them to re-use the side tanks and the channels I provided.  He said it's gonna be expensive, called around and confirmed he had a sourced and could do the job.  Took a few weeks, but it appears exactly as Gary's in the link provided - down to the cooling fins.   Maybe I got lucky, but maybe just ask a local radiator shop, tell what you need and see if they can source that core?

General Discussion / Re: GOODYEAR WIDE TRACK GT
« on: July 03, 2018, 04:41:42 PM »
If you go to SEMA or are a vendor at SEMA, they'll sell you the tires direct at wholesale.   Bought both sets this way for my Chevelle and '69 Z.  And frankly, they drive decent.  Not great, but acceptable.  Quiet and smooth - especially going straight ;-)

Restoration / Re: Upper A-arm Splash Shields
« on: June 29, 2018, 03:40:00 PM »
I would think that after 50+ years the thickness of an original would shrink a little, so maybe the reproduction is correct being it's new.


Well, keep in mind, the original is ~ 2X thicker than the reproduction...I should have clarified that.   The reproductions match the thickness of the other original splash shields that I have that go on the inner fender apron. 


Restoration / Re: Upper A-arm Splash Shields
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:47:51 PM »
Kit from steele products is .08" thickness, texture looks about the same as my posted piece. Again, that measured .13". So acording to Hans, roughly half of the material by the firewall. Which is what his oe's spec'd.

Here's an image comparing the original to the reproduction.  Note the thickness differences.  This is only for the piece that goes between the driver side inner fender and the firewall.  Otherwise, the texture, sans the thin short strings, is pretty good, not exact, but good.  Definitely not inner tube material!  I was able to knock down the gloss some using lacquer thinner.

Reproduction on the left,  Original on the right:

Original on the left,  Reproduction on the right (without the stapled on bracket):

Reproduction on the left,  Original on the right (with the stapled on bracket & clip)

Originality / Re: Rear Axle Brake Line Clip PN# 3956700
« on: June 26, 2018, 05:27:25 PM »
I posted a Parts Wanted ad on SYC for a clip in mint condition which I haven't located yet however for reference I'm adding the following photos that were posted:

Interesting - have you decided not to use the clip found on the rear axle on your car and instead go with the a "technically correct" clip?   Curious to why if that's the case as I was reasonably convinced your clip on the rear axle was original. 

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