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46  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: ignition timing on: March 02, 2012, 05:33:10 PM
you need to bump it a little more counter-clockwise the distributor is a worm type gear and the shaft will rotate clockwise when dropping into place
47  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Hog rings on: March 02, 2012, 12:37:24 PM
Yes you can, but its tough to get the ring to grab the metal webbing while holding the center pleat tabs to it. If you use string to hold it, then ring it it's much easier. The ring needs to pierce the tab and grab the metal webbing, and if you're trying to push and hold the cover as well as make sure it will grab the metal webbing its pretty difficult.
 
48  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Hog rings on: March 02, 2012, 10:42:45 AM
Pretty sure they are the standard 3/4" anyways that what we used. That and Semco guns, I have seen them occasionally for $100.
The best trick is to get a long upholstery needle and a good hook needle. That along with heavy upholstery string (wax coated) allows you to sew the seam tabs welting to the seat base, then install hog rings with standard pliers (way too slow for an assembly line). The hog ring gun allows you to push the tab/welt into the spring pocket and pull the trigger whala!! You can't apply any pressure with pliers and hold that tab to the spring, so lace them up and save yourself some time.
49  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Hog rings on: February 27, 2012, 07:21:21 PM
Having done upholstery as a job a lifetime ago, hog ring guns make all the difference on seat ringing.
If you can find an old gun on epay, well it makes the job so much easier! Those hog ring pliers just don't cut it.
The more you use the better you definately don't want uneven seams caused by too little rings holding the seam tabs/welting.
And use silicone spray or plastic to slip the covers on as it makes the material layout evenly.
50  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 gaskets on: February 23, 2012, 08:28:53 AM
Heads; I used the .028 Mr. Gasket Part Number 1134 Ultra-Seal Head Gaskets as my pistons averaged .010" to the deck. QUENCH is best between .035" to .044". Intake; I used the Felpro 1256 intake gasket it was the correct size for my 472 intake runners its grey and looks close to an original. I also used the Intake Manifold Gasket Alignment Tool posted over at Camaros.net I would recommend having your machinist check your intake and retrue as required.
51  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What rare part would you like to see a top quality reproduction produced? on: January 11, 2012, 08:48:05 AM
All the above and a reproduction smog pulley, insanely high for an original and the repos are not even close to the gage and stampings

52  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 45th anniversary of the first Z-28 on: December 31, 2011, 10:18:30 AM
Jon;
 Interesting original safety cage configuration, are you going to vintage race the car or just restore to period correctness, tell us more about the build..pics..pics, Love to see the first Z come back to life!
53  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: pan gaskett on: December 17, 2011, 10:20:36 PM
I do remeber the gasket has little plastic spacers for each bolt location, and you have to start at the end and work the pan down.
My pan is a GM rplacement part with large end gaps. The little plastic sleeves prevent over compression and consistant gasket unformity.
Good gasket, I also used felpros reusable timing gasket hard metal base with silicone face works well.

Todd
54  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: pan gaskett on: December 17, 2011, 10:34:47 AM
Jeff;
 I used my original hardware no problem. I don't remember my gasket coming with hardware?
55  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 69 Dist, Vacuum advance on: November 26, 2011, 06:11:27 PM
Mike;
My 302 did not like the vacuum can advertised 15 degrees at 8 in hg.
Here's my setup, 15 degrees at crank / 10 degrees distributor (20 crank) total 35 degrees mechanical.
Test driving with vacuum my car would only stand 9 degrees at high speed cruise and idle decently.
I accomplished the vac setting by making my own vac canister stop.
My car would did exhibit a good idle at 30 (15 advance + 15 vac can) it does ok with 24 degrees and no ping at high speed cruise.
Todd
56  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: pan gaskett on: November 23, 2011, 08:40:11 PM
My 302 pan is leak free using the felpro one piece, the paint doen't stick to well but I'll trade a little blue, for a leak free install.
 
57  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 z28 dz 302 compression results low? on: November 20, 2011, 04:31:41 PM
Gary;
 I used these for reference:http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=121095&highlight=Intake+Manifold+Gasket+Alignment+Tool
http://home.teleport.com/~cosa/vap/tech/inmanifold.htm
Best posts yet I've found on the subject. Following these provided a good installation with no oil leaks.
For machining the intake (which by the way after all this effort I'd true any original intake before I'd use it) I used the Supertuning Your Z28 Camaro book by John Olham.
Goes as follows; Table 5-2 Cylinder head .005", Side .006", Bottom .009". head .010", side .012", Bottom .017".
My machininst took about Side .012", Bottom .017" and that barely cleaned up the corrosion at the water crossovers, It left enough gap at the rails for a good seal.
58  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 z28 dz 302 compression results low? on: November 20, 2011, 02:45:43 PM
Gary;
 My car had the same issue, intake vacuum leak at idle and sucking oil bottom of runner, had the machinist take some more off the intake runners and rails .
I used the Felpro 1256 intake gasket it was the correct size for my 472 intake runners. I also used the Intake Manifold Gasket Alignment Tool posted over at Camaros.net
and used only silicone at front and rear runners. Leak free and vacuum now is up to 8~9 in hg. at idle. That is with the rockers at .030" lash.   
My idle is a lot better now I have it set at 1050 rpm. When it gets summer again I'll adjust it lower to see if it will hold a lower rpm. Plug check now shows no fouling and a good tune.
59  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 z28 dz 302 compression results low? on: November 20, 2011, 09:42:37 AM
I guess I 'd ask the basic question, why are you performing a compression test? Having rebuilt my 302, I have never checked compression. I've been busy reading plugs and lashing for best tune vacuum.
60  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Paint Code 63 1969 Z/28 Anyone ever seen one? on: October 09, 2011, 10:41:04 AM
The Camaro on the cover Joe Oldhams "Supertuning your Z-28 Camaro" appears to be that color.
Need to find a link.
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