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811  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How Much Do You Drive? on: May 01, 2006, 11:33:28 PM
Weekend cruiser as well and occasionally the drive to work.  Weather has finally changed to Spring in Northern Nevada and the '69 has been out the last two weekends.  Gas prices will have to get a lot higher before I'd consider parking the car.  Granted, it doesn't get driven extensively, but when I do drive it, I am not going to be concerned about 10-14 mpg - it comes with the territory.  My "daily driver" is a '95 Z28; LT1, 6 speed.  That car will cruise at 70 mph and get 25 mpg - as long as I'm cruising in 6th gear.  70 mph in 6th - the engine is turning 1800-1900 rpm.

Between now and end of Sept, the weekend cruises, shows, etc will be in full swing with the top dog being Hot August Nights in Reno the first week of August.  Over 5500 registered cars - not to mention the ones that show up that are not formally registered (www.hotaugustnights.net).   In the summer here in Northern Nevada just east of Lake Tahoe the valleys (and the towns) are at elevations varying between 4500-5500 feet.  The weather is perfect for cruising - warm days, cool nights, no humidity, and for the most part - no rain.  Completely different from "home", i.e; south Louisiana from whence the job moved me 5 years ago where any summer afternoon is a potential downpour waiting to catch you out on the road.

Time to enjoy the summer!.
812  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 68 Camaro ignition and trunk keys on: April 28, 2006, 05:31:21 PM
Yes - the same as any other part currently being manufactured using original tooling, etc.   Key words being "re-issue".  NOS (new old stock) or (new original stock) implies new (never been installed) pieces and parts that were manufactured "back in the day".
813  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 68 Camaro ignition and trunk keys on: April 28, 2006, 04:15:50 PM
I'd be amazed if they were NOS.
814  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: cover for upper control arm???? on: April 27, 2006, 12:43:09 PM
They are readily available from the various restoration sources.  Although one might be able to install the new ones with the inner fenders in place, the way to do this is to replace the splash shields with the inner fenders off of the car.  You get new staples with the splash shields.  What you have to do is lay out the new splash shields on the inner fenders and install the new staples through the existing holes in the inner fender.  I'd hate to try this with the inner fenders in place. 
815  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: cover for upper control arm???? on: April 27, 2006, 11:36:20 AM
There are splash shields that attach to the inner fenders via staples.

Attached pictures show the new splash shields installed in my '69 RS prior to reinstalling the motor.


Pic of the RH splash shield
816  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: cover for upper control arm???? on: April 27, 2006, 11:35:51 AM
LH splash shield.
817  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: How do you remove the headlight switch knob? on: April 25, 2006, 09:58:52 AM
...and when you try it - be prepared to exercise a little patience.  On more than one occassion, I've seen the shaft that the knob is attached to not release from the switch simply by depressing the spring loaded plunger on the bottom.  Be prepared to have to wiggle and coax the shaft.  Not unusual for it to be slightly stuck after all of these years and to be a little difficult in getting out.
818  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly? on: April 24, 2006, 12:27:07 PM
On my '69 RS, I have the ammeter as a part of the console gage package.  I also have the solid state regulator.  When the engine first starts, ammeter deflects sightly to the right (charge) and then comes back to neutral.  No different than a properly funcitoning mechanical / original / type of regulator.
819  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rally Sport Vacuum problems. HELP! on: April 24, 2006, 11:06:23 AM
10-4

Glad you got it working - very cool when the lights work as advertised.
820  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 spare wheel on: April 21, 2006, 05:14:35 PM
Looks to me like E78x14 is today's P205/70 R14 and the F70x14 is today's P215/70 R14; 8 inch wide and 8.5 inch wide (approx) tires.

From the following link:  http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/chevylist/tech/tire_size_conversion.htm

Assuming that I am reading the chart correctly - not the most intuitive thing.
821  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 spare wheel on: April 21, 2006, 12:44:32 PM
What would be the correct P-Metric equivalents for E78x14 and F70x14?
822  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 spare wheel on: April 20, 2006, 01:41:57 PM
My '69 RS has all 5 original 14" rally wheels.  At one time, I verified that the code, on all 5 of the Kelsey Hayes ralleys, was the same. Can't seem to find that info right now.  Guess I'll have to note it again next time one of the wheel is off the car.

As an aside, when I bought the car in 1991, it actually had what may have been one of the original tires on the spare in the trunk, a Goodyear Polyglas E7014.  That tire is still the spare tire in the trunk to this day.  Hope I never have a flat, as I would not want to have to consider the use of that tire.  The tires that I have on the car are repro Polyglas E7014's to match the one in the trunk.  If not the original tire, looks good.
823  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Alternator date on: April 20, 2006, 01:28:45 PM
Sorry I don't have one Dave - but I'll keep my eyes open.

But a man whose ride I definitely want to see  - '69 w/327.  My kind of guy!
824  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: re-stamping a block on: April 18, 2006, 04:08:46 PM
Although, not a cloned car, to me a restamp is still a restamp - originality has been lost in the sense that there now is no way to prove that the restamped engine was original to the car.  Doesn't matter that you know it is original, no way to "prove" it that I am aware of...and a car commanding high $$$$ needs documentation to justify the $$$$.  I don't believe that restamping qualifies as documentation.  To easy to fake. As you state - two shops that you know of that will do this.  Will they only restamp original blocks or will they stamp anything?

If the car is put on the market at some time in the future, and it is clearly stated that the block has been decked and restamped, and the potential buyer acknowledges this and agrees, no harm, no foul....but if that fact is not mentioned, ......now we are into the arena of personal ethics.

Last year I finally installed the correct 327 in my '69RS.  When I bought the car in 1991, it had the wrong 327 in it -   a mismash of parts from a variety of engines.  Over the years, I found the correct 327, pulled it out of a '69 Camaro that was being parted out, engine partial VIN and car VIN agreed, best information said the engine was original to the parts car.  Date code was acceptable.  I needed a FK code, this one was FJ (powerglide vs. 3 spd manual). 

When I had the machine work done on the replacement 327, I fully documented (pictures) the pad stamp prior to sending the engine to the machine shop.  I never considered a restamp.  Kind of proud of the fact that the engine originally installed in a plain jane 3 spd coupe, VIN# 124379N551248; engine code V1122FJ, is now in my ride.

Whoever winds up with my RS after I'm long gone, will also get a plethora of documentation describing everything that I know about the car.  Only being honest with the next owner.
825  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: ac delco voltage regulator part number for 68 L34? on: April 14, 2006, 12:58:47 PM
It may just be old age, but in both pictures, the top (black) covers appear to be bolted to the base.  From what I've seen, original ones had the top riveted to the base..
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