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1006  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Big Block heat problems HELP on: September 05, 2007, 07:58:57 AM
I think the condenser mentioned above would be the A/C condenser in  front of the new radiator, not the ignition condenser. I presume you installed new hoses with the new radiator. Is it possible there is a kink, collapse, or some other restriction related to the hoses? Have you tried pulling the thermostat completely?

Good luck,

Tom
1007  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1967 REAR SPOILER NUTS on: September 05, 2007, 07:49:20 AM
The 68 spoiler should fit, and I think most of the aftermarket companies can provide the correct 1968 hardware. That should do you.

Tom
1008  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Breaking in a motor on: September 02, 2007, 07:55:39 AM
Jerry,

Another foot note, get an old distrbutor shaft and make an oil priming tool out of it.  You can install this shaft in the end of a drill motor and stick it in the engine into the oil pump.  Turn the drill on and you will build oil pressure this way.  Watch your gauge as you are doing this.  The oil pressure will come up slowly.

Jerry
Jerry,

What needs to be done with the old distributor to use it to prime the motor?

Thanks,

Tom
1009  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Selling Everything.........OUCH! on: August 31, 2007, 11:20:55 AM
YES Eminent Domain is overused and abused. It seems the courts are willing to consider increased property tax ratables for the "public good" portion of the process. I would not expect to stop them once they decide to take the property. Here in Jersey they have taken single family homes on the ocean to make way for condos..........

There is however a process to seek just compensation. You will probably need to stand up and fight for what you are entitled to. Or you could roll over and let them have their way with you.

I wish you the best,

Tom
1010  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Making Some Progress on: August 30, 2007, 06:41:08 AM
Most cameras now have a delay function to let you get in the picture. Use that with the sandbag, and your pictures should improve. It eliminates the wiggle caused by you pushing the button.

Tom
1011  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Selling Everything.........OUCH! on: August 29, 2007, 11:52:23 AM
Buddy,

There are two basic requirements before property can be taken under Eminent Domain.

1) The taking has to be for the public good.

2) The property owner must be given fair market value for the property.

Both of these leave too much room for interpretation.

FIRST, get local real estate agents to give you a WRITTEN CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) of the value of the property. Real Estate agents normally do this for free. I suggest at least 3, because they will come up with different values.  If they are not reasonably close, get more CMA's.

IF you are not being offered a fair price, contact the agency taking the property, and ask them why they are not giving you fair market value for the property, and bring in copies of the CMA's from the real estate agents. You may be able to get an adjustment without having to bring in an attorney.

As stated above you may need an attorney, but they can get very expensive. If you can not get satisfaction from the authority, a few letters to the editor may help. Also contact the others involved, there truly is strength in numbers.

If you have ANY political connections, NOW is the time to use them.

You may not have much time, so act quickly. After they get the property it will be much more difficult to negotiate.

Good luck,

Tom
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Instructor
1012  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: One Engine, Three Personalities -- rough in gear on: August 28, 2007, 06:01:36 PM
Check for a leak in the fuel line. I had a Jeep a long time back, Idled fine, but crapped out at speed. Turned out to be a bad seal at the fitting between the gas tank, and fuel line. It didn't leak, but as revs came up it must have sucked air. A new tank tank fixed it.

Intermittent problems are a pain, watch for something in common with the problem. It might give more direction.

Tom
1013  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Selling Everything.........OUCH! on: August 23, 2007, 07:09:19 PM
Buddy,

Don't know where you are, but under Eminent Domain the laws that allow them to take your property, they are required to give you fair market value for your property. I would suggest you speak to a couple real estate agents to find out what the property is currently worth before you accept any offers. I am aware of situations where people have received a lot less (6 figures) than they should have because they did not know their rights, or seek assistance.

As for selling, sell them separate for for money, all together for the least effort

Good luck,

Tom
1014  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / 69 research topics FWIW on: August 19, 2007, 04:31:54 PM
In response to the request for info on research topics posted at: http://www.camaros.org/TopicsofResearch.shtml#1969Topics
Here is what I can provide from my 02D 69 307 glide coupe:

Probably outside of the research window for start of 307 but an 04D

Kick panels appear to be the newer version

No brake pressure proportioning valve

tom

1015  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Cowl decoded on: August 18, 2007, 06:43:26 AM
Based on my cowl tag:

ST69  12347 NOR266605BDY
TR  727                 50  BPNT
    02D                   X11

If I have correctly decoded everything, my x11 307 powerglide coupe should be:
Dover white with Black vinyl top with z21 style trim, including: black sill paint (do I also need bright sill trim?), rear louver moldings. bright drip rails, wheel well moldings, black wheel opening pinstripes, bright taillight trim, bright headlight bezels, Black & Ivory interior,

I also appear to have the z23 interior group with:
stainless trip on pedals, front passenger grab strap, driver side wood grain including steering wheel.

I am looking for needed parts to restore the car, and would like to be sure I am looking for the right parts.

I have also purchased a fold down rear seat, and would appreciate clear photos of how that looks installed including side panels.
I might add the DX! stripes, If I do, doesn't that eliminate the wheel well pin stripes?

Thanks,

Tom
camaro@WWWorkz.com
1016  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 camaro big block engine on: August 14, 2007, 12:50:19 PM
Did you get any endura bumpers?

Tom
1017  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Factory AC upgrade from R-12 to R-134a? on: August 14, 2007, 12:39:20 PM
If I make it to the fall swap at English town, I will get some info on the "r12 compatible" refrigerant the vender sells there. I can't vouch for quality, but he has been attending for several years. If the stuff was real bad, I would expect him to have disappeared by now.

Tom
1018  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: COPO NICB info on: August 13, 2007, 09:58:55 PM
Yes,  How much?
1019  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: vinyl top on: August 13, 2007, 09:38:07 PM
If you want a good match, it might be best to send them a sample from your top, or find something that matches what you have. Computer displays are not all created equal. Colors could be significantly different. At a minimum I would include the sample they sent you in the photo to give them a reference point.

Good luck,

Tom
1020  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: rear seat belts on: August 13, 2007, 08:44:43 AM
As Lakeholme said, lap belts work for most car seats. Booster seats I believe use the existing belts. I have not seen rear shoulder harness in a first gen, but it looks like it was an option in 68 and 69.
 http://www.camaros.org/options.shtml#SeatBeltOptions
I would consider using the factory mounting points before any other options. When I get my 69 back together, I would be inclined to add a rear harness as well, so keep us posted.

Good luck

Tom
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