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511  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Aftermarket dash gauge bezels for 1969 Camaro? on: July 17, 2007, 03:48:30 PM
I see Covan and DSE make an aftermarket gauge bezel for 69 Camaro.  I like DSE but it's a bit pricey at $550 and Covans is nice, but not the look I want.  Are there any other companies that anyone can recommend that make an aftermarket gauge bezel for my car?

Thanks,

Steve
512  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How well to the 69 reproduction wheel well moldings fit? on: July 17, 2007, 03:31:34 PM
I bit the bullet and bought a GM NOS set of three I found on ebay.  The seller has several sets of three and he still has some left if anyone is interested.  Email me and I will give you his contact info.  He only has the fronts and the driver side rear.  I called Rick's and they stated that they only have the driver side GM moldings left and only one of the rear and two of the front.  They further advised me that they are not the nicest as the wrappers fell off long ago and they are scratched and slightly dinged.  Rick's was nice enough to let me know before I ordered.  Rick's further confirmed what is said here...that the repro's aren't too nice.  It still amazes me to this day that they can't make parts with today's technology at least as decent as they did 40 years ago.  It's not like the bar was set too high for quality, but somehow, we can't even match the quality and fitness.  If anyone has or knows of a passenger rear molding for sale, let me know please.  Not looking for it cheap...just looking for it.

Steve
sdkar@bellsouth.net
513  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / How well to the 69 reproduction wheel well moldings fit? on: July 16, 2007, 12:01:30 PM
I am looking for wheel well moldings for my 69 Camaro.  I see that GM ones are discontinued.  They can be found but at a hefty cost.  Furthermore, the ones I have found for sale are scratched and dinged slightly and not really appropriate for a show car.  I bought a set of repros about 8-10 years ago.  They looked okay but they fit like garbage.  At first I thought I bought a set for a complete different car.  Has anyone had any experience with the latest offering of reproduction moldings?  Do they fit and look better? I don't mind having to finesse a set to get them to fit but I have heard that I may have to cut them up with snips just to get them on.  All opinions welcome.

Steve 
514  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Production Dating a vehicle by VIN on: July 03, 2007, 04:15:21 PM
There must have been something going on at Norwood during April as far as how many cars were built per day.  I just came across a 69 pace car with an 04C build and a VIN of 628591.  My pace car is a 04C with a VIN of 636285.  That means that at least 7,694 Camaros were built during 04C, the third week of April.  Also, I am sure that there are earlier and later VIN's with an 04C which would increase the third week of April's production. With a 5 day work week and two shifts totaling 16 hours per day, based on the VIN's I have, then GM made over 1,540 cars per day for 04C.  That's almost 100 cars per hour.  If you look at CRG's break down of production figures, they show the first VIN of April as 623588.  That means that GM built less than 5,000 cars for the first two weeks of April, 04A and 04B.  CRG shows an ending VIN for April of 637106.  That means, if you assume my car was the last one built in 04C, which I bet it was not, than GM made at most, only 821 cars for 04D and 04E.  April 30th was a Wednesday, so there were 8 weekdays during 04D and 04E, which would mean GM only made about 100 cars per day for the last two weeks of April yet for the third week of April, 04C, they built about 100 cars per hour.  Something doesn't make sense.         

Is there any mistake with my math or was GM really messed up?  Is it possible they could go from building 100 cars per hour in 04C and then drop to about 6 cars per hour the following week?
515  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / 1967 Camaro pic needed for July Homepage on: July 01, 2007, 04:46:14 PM
Okay...here it is the first day of July and I still don't have a 67 pic for the home page.   If you have a 67, then please send me a pic of it and it will be the featured 67 for the month of July...How cool would that be?   Extra bonus for anyone that sends me a white pic as I have a red 68 and a blue 69 ready to go.  I would like to have red/white/blue in honor of the 4th of July....its all up to the person who has this car to send it to me.  But beggers can't be choosers so I will take any 67 I can get.  Will also take 68 and 69 while I am begging here....so please....send em in....or I post Mustangs from now on.

Thanks guys...send em to the following email.

sdkar@bellsouth.net
516  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Request experience on: June 27, 2007, 04:23:19 PM
Not sure about the painless wiring harness...but I used American Autowire to completely rewire my 69 and their kit includes everything....and I mean everything.  I did not have to use anything from the original harness, which was good because I didnt have it.  I have heard that some painless kits require that you have to use some of your old connectors, but I may be wrong.  Anyway, the American Autowire kit was packaged terrificly with all of the wires marked, the directions were easy to follow and the install went smoothly.  It included a new fuse panel with late model fuses and extra circuits for my electric fuel pump, power seats, power windows, Spal radiator fans, plus other extras.  The kit even has separate directions on how to hook up these goodies that were not original.  They planned this kit right in my opinion.   I don't work for them or get commission, but I will give praise to products I have used that I felt were above and beyond what was expected.

Check em out at

http://www.americanautowire.com/

517  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Production Dating a vehicle by VIN on: June 27, 2007, 04:14:56 PM
The 912 cars per day can not be right...at least for the month of April.  I have a 69 Camaro 04C with a VIN of 636285.  That is 1,721 cars from the last 69 built in April.  Even assuming my car was built on the last day of the third week, that would mean GM only built about 340 cars per day for the last week of April (04D) not to mention I believe that there are some 04E vehicles around for those last few days of an incomplete week in April, which would reduce that 340 number even more. 

Does this sound correct?

518  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Home page pics of your cars needed...send 'em in. on: June 26, 2007, 08:04:27 AM
Hey guys...I need pics of your 67-69 Camaros for the home page.  I know there are lots of you out there that have great pics and don't send 'em in because it's too much trouble or you think that it won't get posted.  You guys that spend lots of time and money making your Camaro nice should spend just a few minutes and send me a pic of your car.  Then everyone will get to see just how cool your ride is.  This goes for everyone out there.  Even if you think your car isn't perfect...send it in anyway.  Our homepage is for ALL you first gen Camaro guys and your beloved cars.  It doesn't have to be show car perfect...it just has to be a Camaro.  So c'mon and please send in your pic.  I need all years.  If you guys can help me out...I would like to get a red/white/blue combination for the month of July to celebrate independence day.  But hey...even if your car is any color...I will take it and I promise it will make it on the site.  Imagine the pride of seeing your very own car gracing the home page of only the best Camaro website ever. 

Send your pics to the email below and thanks.

Steve

sdkar@bellsouth.net
519  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Looking for a Chevy Swift emblem...any ideas where to buy one? on: June 17, 2007, 09:50:39 AM
I just came back from a trip to Cozumel Mexico.  They have a ton of little vehicles called the Chevy Swift and another version I think is called the Chevy Swing.  Anyway, what I really thought was cool was the factory emblem.  Instead of "Chevrolet" these emblems actually said "Chevy"   I don't think there are any cars in America that use a "Chevy" emblem.  Furthermore, the emblem was dark grey.  I would love to put one of these emblems on my 69 Pro tour car in place of the rear emblem and it looks like it would fit perfectly.  Does anyone have any idea where to get one? 

thanks,

Steve
520  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Late model master cylinder that will fit 69? on: June 12, 2007, 01:51:46 PM
I am looking for a late model master cylinder that will fit a 69 brake booster.  The flange needs to be approximately 3.40" center hole to center hole to fit my booster.  I am looking for the aluminum body with a plastic resivoir for a late model look and will function properly.  I was looking at Wilwoods 260-4894 and like the looks.  However, the flange holes are only 3.20" and will not fit.  I want a more late model look...what do you guys recommend that will fit?

521  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Timing is out on a new motor. on: June 03, 2007, 06:26:51 PM
I am wondering if my problem is just that I flooded/fouled/burned up a set of plugs and all I have to do is install a new set of plugs.  Is this possible.  I will try this next but I would hate to put in a new set of plugs and foul them up as well at a cost of about $4 ea.  Also, the spark plugs have writing on them saying "AC Delco" and "4" underneath that.  How do I find out what plug this is or will the parts store know if I bring them the plug. 
522  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Timing is out on a new motor. on: June 03, 2007, 06:19:50 PM
I compression tested all of the cylinders and got a consistent 190 psi from all eight of them.  So I am guessing that the head gaskets and heads are okay.  So what do I try next?
523  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Timing is out on a new motor. on: June 03, 2007, 05:30:38 PM
Pulled the carb apart and the power valves are okay...so that is not the problem.  I cleaned the plugs but they foul in minutes.  I put the #1 cylinder at TDC and the rotor points exactly to #1, so I do not think the timing has jumped.  During initial first startups, the motor got hot as I did not have the radiator full with coolant and water.  I don't have the temp gauge installed yet and don't know if it just seemed really hot because I was working on it at the time or if I got it too hot and blew a head gasket.  Could these symptoms be caused by a blown gasket?  I want to check the compression in the cylinders...what would be the correct pressure? 


If you have any ideas that have not been mintioned, let me know as I will test anything to see what the problem is. 

As always, thanks for the help.

Steve
524  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Timing is out on a new motor. on: May 31, 2007, 07:40:47 PM
Also, how could a distributor be out a tooth or two.  I find that it can only be exactly right or 180 degrees out.  Sure the teeth will let you skip one at a time, but there is a "bar" or whatever that allows the distribtor to only fully seat in these two positions and will not lock down all of the way if you are only a tooth or so out.  Any opinions?
525  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Noisy electric fuel pump on: May 31, 2007, 07:37:15 PM
I installed a holley 803bp regulator and a return line and it did seem to help quiet my complaining electric pump a little, but not much.  Fortunately, the exhaust is louder so you can now only hear it upon initial turning the key startup.
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