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Restoration / Re: 68 purple wire w/yellow stripe under dash
« on: June 07, 2018, 12:08:20 AM »
Thanks guys I really appreciate the reply's. It might be a white tracer that is very faded or discolored with age. The end clip is not stock but has a newer clip spliced on. Maybe it is for a warning light but I don't see where it connects to another wire. It appears to have been connected to the fuse block to one of the auxiliary connectors(?).  The car has auto floor shift with console and gauges now but who knows what it was born with.  The floor trans tunnel hole for the shifter cable and the shifter bolts look completely stock to me so I don't think it was a column shift conversion.I will double check the wire gauge. The harness appears original with a few amateur splices here and there from previous owners. The wire is hanging down from under the dash on the left side of the steering column.
Allen

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Restoration / Re: 68 purple wire w/yellow stripe under dash
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:18:08 AM »
Good idea - factory A/C, rear defogger, power windows, courtesy lights under dash. I can find no reference to a purple or dark brown wire with a yellow stripe in the 1968 AIM but this wire looks completely stock. All these options are working so it is a mystery wire. This Camaro has been restored or refreshed once before, but again it looks stock and from what I can see it goes into the stock harness.
 

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Restoration / 68 purple wire w/yellow stripe under dash
« on: June 05, 2018, 12:07:19 AM »
My question is about a purple wire with yellow tracer/stripe hanging down under my dash. I have 1968 SS coupe with auto. After working under my dash I noticed a purple wire with a yellow stripe hanging down unconnected. It has a male blade clip and is on the left side of the steering wheel column. I have checked the AIM and this forum thoroughly but I can't find a reference to this wire. It is just long enough to go to one of the accessory points on the fuse block but I don't want to just connect it to power without knowing what it does. I hope one of the experts on this forum can chime in and tell me what this wire is for. Thanks in advance.
Allen

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Restoration / GM hood hinge springs
« on: May 12, 2018, 12:34:36 AM »
This post is about my experience with hood hinge springs on my 68 SS. I know there are some older posts on this subject but I think this warrants a new post to share some part numbers. When I refreshed/restored my 68 SS in 2017 I thoroughly cleaned and painted my original hood hinges. I bought and installed new reproduction hood hinge springs for SS hood application. These were made by Classic Industries and had 28 coils. The hood always sagged a little. I thought it might be due to the somewhat worn original GM hinges. Recently, I decided to try GM hood hinge springs part number GM 3848272. The GM springs look pretty much identical to the reproduction springs. I installed the new GM springs and now the hood opens easier and there is no sag at all! I am very pleased. The GM springs are not much more than the repro SS hood hinge springs but they made a world of difference. I recommend using the GM springs that you can get from any GM parts dealer. Also, I used the washer trick to remove and replace the springs - that method works very well and its pretty easy. I hope someone finds this information useful.
Allen

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Originality / Re: Silver paint on 68 SS hood ornaments/louvers
« on: May 04, 2018, 02:42:43 PM »
Thanks James for the excellent information and great close up pictures. This is the kind of information that really helps in the originality area.
Allen

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Originality / Re: rear antenna bezel and base plate
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:44:40 PM »
Perfect - Thanks very much Mike!!! I should have gone just a little further in that excellent thread. That's what I needed to see - the base plate in reply #38. The base plate in the kit I bought is nothing like that. It is round but is larger in diameter and has a strange offset angle to the center hole for the antenna lead. I notice that the same rear antenna kit ( for AM radios only) with the WRONG base plate is very common at several vendors. However, strangely enough, you can buy the correct base plate (as per the picture in reply 38) separate at some of the same vendors. Go figure? Now I can buy the "correct" base plate which will actually fit and be functional. Thanks again for your help. And thanks to CRG for making this forum available.
Allen

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Originality / Re: rear antenna bezel and base plate
« on: March 27, 2018, 07:02:13 PM »
Hey Mike,
Thank you very much for the reply and the thread. The antenna bezel on the butternut yellow car shows the bezel with what I am calling a "tilt". In other words the bezel is not the same thickness or height all the way around ( unlike the front bezel). This tilt I suppose compensates for the body angle where the antenna is located and makes the antenna more up right. So if the car in the thread you sent me has an original bezel then I have an answer to part of my question- the correct antenna bezel for the rear antenna should have a "tilt" or show a non-uniform height or thickness around the circumference. Thanks again. What do you know about the original ground plates?

Allen

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Originality / rear antenna bezel and base plate
« on: March 26, 2018, 02:38:27 PM »
My question is about the design of original bezel and grounding base plate for the rear antenna option on 68 Camaros. I bought a rear antenna kit from a reputable parts place that supposedly has all the assembly line correct parts. The chrome bezel looks just like the front antenna bezel and does NOT have a "tilt" to the design. Most of the parts suppliers show this bezel as being correct for the rear antenna. One vendor (HBC) shows a bezel design with a "tilt". Which one is actually correct for 1968 rear antenna? Also the base plate I got appears odd to me and doesn't really fit the contours of the underside of the fender no matter how I adjust it. Comparison of the commonly available repro base plate/ground plate to the 1968 AIM and to some photos from actual NOS rear antenna parts I found on line, show that the original base plate design may have been different from those being sold as correct for 1968 Camaro at multiple vendors. I have scanned many other posts on this forum regarding the rear antenna option but I have not found an answer to my questions. I hope the experts on this forum can chime in on the 'tilt" versus no "tilt" bezel question as well as the base plate design question. Photos of original rear antenna parts would be most helpful. Thanks in advance.
Allen

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Restoration / Re: Under Hood Insulation 68 SS
« on: March 04, 2018, 01:53:40 PM »
Thanks for the reply's, the info and the great pictures. I appreciate it. This is why I come to CRG Forum for my restoration questions - its an excellent resource. If anyone else has pictures of original hood pads please post them. Also if anyone has any experience installing the molded repro pad please post that as well.  I still wish the molded REM pads were more black than green. I sprayed my repro pad with a light dusting of flat black vinyl and upholstery paint and I am much happier with color. It still has a slight green tint but not as much.
Allen

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Restoration / Re: Under Hood Insulation 68 SS
« on: March 01, 2018, 03:46:11 AM »
Thanks for the reply Bullitt65 - I may try your idea of painting it lightly. I hope some others will chime in with their experiences on the hood insulation.

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Restoration / Under Hood Insulation 68 SS
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:32:41 PM »
I want to ask the forum about under hood insulation for my 68 SS 396 Coupe. I am aware of several threads which address this topic ( see two of them below). However, the first thread is up to 10 years old so I am wondering what is the latest consensus on under hood insulation. Cook_dw tried to revive the question in 2015 but he got only one reply. The second thread has some good tips on clips and some great pictures. I recently bought the molded insulation pad from REM and the Classic Industries original style clips. The quality appears to be very good but I am having a few issues. The pad is very thick and getting the clips to go in is difficult to say the least and some of the clips keep popping out. I have an original GM SS hood so its not the clip hole size. Also, the pad has a green tint to it and it keeps shedding this abrasive green dust from it. I had an original Firebird some years ago with the original insulation ( worn but still there) and I don't remember it having this texture or the green tint. Two of the pictures on thread 2 show black tint pads with the texture I remember and one of the pictures shows the green heavily molded pad. Thread 1 has a recommendation from Jerry M that you should just buy the non molded pad which he says looks more original. However, that recommendation is from 2008. I hope some members will reply on this subject to bring it up to date on the various pads available, how to get the clips to stay in and relate their experiences and give me some recommendations. Thanks.
Allen

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=3331.msg21783#msg21783
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=13891.msg121196#msg121196

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Originality / Re: gas tank straps - color and anti sqeak strips
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:51:22 PM »
Thanks Jeff68, that's what I needed to know. To summarize - the original gas tank straps for '68 models were pre-bent, painted semi gloss black and did not have any insulators or anti-sqeak strips between the straps and the tank. Thanks to all for the great reply's.
Allen

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Originality / Re: gas tank straps - color and anti sqeak strips
« on: January 22, 2018, 10:11:56 PM »
OK, Thanks for the prompt reply's. To Petes L48 - those are good links - I should have used the search box first. I did scroll through this forum and the restoration forum before I started this thread but I did not catch or see these (there are hundreds of threads). I would still like to hear a definitive statement on the Norwood built 1968 models.
Allen

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Originality / Re: gas tank straps - color and anti sqeak strips
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:26:00 PM »
Also - were the original straps pre-bent or just flat straps that bent to shape as the straps were tightened?
Allen

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Originality / gas tank straps - color and anti sqeak strips
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:08:09 PM »
My question is about original color for gas tank straps for 1968. Were the straps natural steel color or painted black? Also, were there rubber anti-squeak strips between the straps and the tank? Finally, was it common for a rubberized mat to be present between the tank and the trunk floor in addition to the rubber strips shown in the AIM? This forum is excellent and I use it often as a supplement to the restoration books and the AIM. Thanks in advance.
Allen

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