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 The distributor was installed when the motor was assembled.  The alternator was installed on the motor when the car was assembled so its date would be closer to the trim tag date period. The standard amperage alternator was a quickly consumed item so it could be reasonably close to the car assembly date. My 67 L35 with the standard 37A alternator has a May 5, 67 stamp and the car was assembled the 2nd week of May 67. But my other 67 L35 (April 67) with the optional higher (44A) amperage alternator is dated Jan 30, 67.

Here are previous discussions on alternator vs. car build dates:
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=cjovfnsrrmiritd3qohgdlbov2&topic=11931.0
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=13254.msg113669#msg113669

Mike

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General Discussion / Re: motor mounts
« on: May 17, 2018, 01:47:35 PM »
 When I restore my '67 L35 recently I used new original style non-locking motor mounts (from LI Corvette) because they are very visible and I wanted the restoration to be as close to factory as possible despite the cars early design flaws. I certainly don't drive the car hard like I used to back in the 80's. When driving, I pamper it now so I don't really worry about the mounts breaking loose. The timing chain I used is the single link type so as to keep in-sync to type used back then, though it is not nylon covered (was the BB nylon too?)

Mike

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General Discussion / Re: Oil pressure at idle
« on: May 15, 2018, 09:40:46 PM »
I agree on the idiot light, the factory gauge is a tad out of your line of sight

  Plus, being on a angle to our line of site the reading unfortunately is with a parallax view.
But, I do agree that the factory gauge marks are 20 PSI per line as '67Jeff mentioned. I recently had an numeric oil gauge on my L35 prior to installing the console and at fast idle to driving it was 60 PSI (3 marks on factory gauge) and 45 PSI at idle (approximately 2 1/5 lines on the factory gauge).

Mike

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Restoration / Re: GM hood hinge springs
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:00:13 AM »
 I replaced the 67 hood springs with GM springs (28 coils) recently and they look and fit exactly as the originals.
The finish is an oiled phosphate. The originals would allow the hood to slowly close about 1/2 way.

Mike

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General Discussion / Re: Gas gauge off
« on: May 13, 2018, 03:10:48 PM »
 I don't think that gauge pointer can be physically moved on its shaft. The needle travel is determined by the sending unit's resistance at various fuel levels.
  Check the black sending unit ground connection wire that is secured to the chassis on the passenger side by the fuel gauge pipe to make sure it has an electrically clean ground. If that looks good then the sending unit is likely due to be replaced.

Mike

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Maintenance / Re: Oil
« on: May 10, 2018, 03:48:51 PM »
 I've been using any good dino 10w-30 oil that is on sale along with a bottle of ZDDP for my 67 L35.
For my  other cars/SUV's I use any good quality oil (whatever the dealer recommends) and have always logged over 250,000 miles on the motors and that is putting close to 7,000 miles oil changes. By the time I get 250K miles I usually buy another car because I get bored with the one I have. Also by that time, the value is way down due to age and mileage so I could never justify the expense of synthetic oil.
 
Mike

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  Interesting how the metal tags shown in this thread are on the left side and the sizes look similar. I am guessing they are approximately 5-6" wide? I moved the magnet to the left side and though my car doesn't have a rear spoiler, standing back and looking at the sticker on the left side, it sort of 'balances' the look with the Chevrolet/Camaro emblems on the right side. But, I'll keep it on the right side being that is how it came originally. I'll admit that I do like the metal tags better.
  On another note I happen to find an original Spielman dealer key ring on eBay from an estate sale. I snatched it up immediately and have my keys hanging from that now while I drive it.

Mike

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Garage Talk / Plymouth buried for 50 years on purpose video
« on: May 08, 2018, 09:18:48 PM »
 I stumbled across this video about a Plymouth that was purposely buried for 50 years in a vault.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMxxS4tRhLM

Mike

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Restoration / Re: Rear drum brake backing plate questions.
« on: May 08, 2018, 07:09:21 PM »
 If those were my plates and I could not find less worn ones, I would MIG weld (or flux core wire feed works as well) the valleys and file them down flush so as to fill those low areas.

Mike

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Originality / Re: 1967 Survivor
« on: May 03, 2018, 01:37:46 AM »
 The AM radio can have a rear or front mounted antenna.

Mike

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  When I had shown the car at the last two shows I asked people for their thoughts about the sticker. For the casual observer most had no opinions either way. For the car enthusiasts, most liked the idea to keep the sticker while a few didn't support any dealer advertising at all. Interesting enough many said they have seen dealer stickers/metal emblems starting to be part of restorations.
  I moved the magnet around to get their opinions and even included placing the magnet on the opposite side of the trunk lid mounted Camaro emblem (see image below). That position looked 'cleaner' but it wasn't how the dealer placed it and there is something unique about having the sticker on the rear panel instead of the trunk. 
  I may keep the magnet version for now being it is thin, holds good and doesn't shift while driving. I have a few extra stickers in case I decide to stick it on permanently. These are basically made as bumper stickers using a peal-n-stick vinyl type of material. I use a razor and a metal straight edge to trim them out.
  The coffee mug was an extra I had made up and held to my promise that I would take my first sip of coffee from it only after the car was completed and I hung the peace sign I wore decades ago on the rear view mirror. No fuzzy dice here! I couldn't help but post a picture from its fist show taking first place in the F-body stock category  :)

 Thanks for the input and comments!
Mike

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I finally got around to updating this thread.
Using a magnet, I place the dealer sticker on the rear where it was originally. Hmmmm......it sort of grows on me but that depends on the day and my mood.
  I've attached 3 pictures....one with the dealer sticker, one without and one with the sticker on the car during a recent show.
 What do you think..... Yes/No ?

Mike

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Mild Modifications / Re: Timing Chain - Double or Single Roller?
« on: April 27, 2018, 08:04:22 PM »
 Probably depends on how you plan on driving the car. Myself, I installed a single link chain in my L35.
My holeshot days have been long over.  :)

Mike

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Decoding/Numbers / Re: Mismatched Cowl Vin to motor and gearbox
« on: April 27, 2018, 07:08:38 PM »
Wonder what would show up if you run both vins through NCRS?
I've often thought of what would happen. In my case, the motor vin is 153761 and the body is 153767. From a previous posted picture of a block's VIN near mine, it appears the same person struck the vin because both block examples have the 7L reversed. I'm sure there must be a 153761 Camaro (assuming the VIN was stamped sequentially) and curious what type of motor that car has. Unlike today with computers allowing more accurate motor VIN tracking, I'm sure back then it was no big deal to have a mixup when a dealer did warranty repairs.

Mike

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General Discussion / Re: Car magazines
« on: April 27, 2018, 06:51:00 PM »
 At least you didn't spell it Camero like so many do :-)

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