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811  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.
812  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. 
813  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
814  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: cover for upper control arm???? on: April 27, 2006, 11:35:51 AM
LH splash shield.
815  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.
816  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.
817  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rally Sport Vacuum problems. HELP! on: April 24, 2006, 11:06:23 AM

Glad you got it working - very cool when the lights work as advertised.
818  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:

Assuming that I am reading the chart correctly - not the most intuitive thing.
819  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?
820  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.
821  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!
822  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, 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.
823  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..
824  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 68 RS hideaway headlight doors intermittent on: April 13, 2006, 02:22:54 PM

I had this problem occasionally on my 69 RS prior to reworking the system last year.  When I took the door assemblies appart, I discovered that a couple of plastic bushings that guide/support the shaft that the doors articulate on were missing at the bottom location on both sides.  Probably just wore out over time.  So one possibility is shaft binding due to worn/missing bushings.  Additionally, a little moly spray lube is helpful as well.

I've also noticed a tendencey for the doors to stick open if the vacuum hose routing isn't exactly as it is supposed to be.  On the '69 there are a couple of large u shaped clips that bolt to the front of the radiator support, one on each side.  As the vacuum hoses run down the radiator support to the actuators, they are supposed to be captured by these clips.  On mine, if one of the hoses slips out, it can interfere slightly with the movement of the door in the open position - and actually press against the door cover when the door is open - and hold it in the open position.  A slight push on the door would release the binding condition with the loose hose and the door would close.  I assume that the '68 setup is similar.  If it is, be sure the vacuum hoses are routed/secured properly.

And as a final thought - check valve ok in the main vacuum line from the intake?  Relay valve working properly?  Anything that might affect the correct  vacuum routing at all times to the actuators.
825  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 2 Barrel carb tag on: April 10, 2006, 03:00:10 PM
I was able to get the correct carb for my '69 RS 327/210 HP; auto, no A/C (p/n 7029110) from Daytona Parts Company in New Smyrna Beach, Florida; back in April 2005.

The carb I purchased had the tag on in.  Their website is at the following:

Maybe worth a call.

Good luck
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