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General Discussion / Re: Want a good laugh?
« on: December 12, 2016, 07:44:39 PM »
They could of at least put a door edge guard on both sides.

Garage Talk / Re: My 68 recently was in Muscle Car Review
« on: December 12, 2016, 01:53:08 PM »
Shhhh.  We don't want too many people knowing about these L30/M20s.  Before you know it, people will be faking them like SS & Z28 cars.  ;)

General Discussion / Re: 68 convertible on CL
« on: December 02, 2016, 01:26:33 PM »
I like the tow strap & the ruts from the rear tires being dragged.  Real or not, it's a cool 'barn find' picture. 

P01 wheel covers, but SS badging and weird looking stripe.  Hmmm.

If there is enough meat left, is it possible to carefully drill a little deeper to install the RPV.  Also, is it possible that there are different size RPVs (or even brass inserts) for drum/drum versus disc/drum master cylinders?  Did you get a drum/drum or disc/drum MC rebuild kit?

I had to install RPVs into my drum/drum MC because the shop that sleeved it apparently thought they weren't necessary.  It was a relatively straight-forward job:

Here are a few more diagrams showing the RPV (check) valves:

General Discussion / Re: Windshield dam dimensions
« on: October 25, 2016, 01:29:13 PM »
When the windshield got put in my car, we 'dry' fit it along with the moldings to get the foam dam thickness & position correct.  I can't remember right now which foam dam I ended up going with, but it was one of these high density foam tapes from Marcy Adhesives:
ME6492  1/8" x 3/16"
ME6493  3/16" x 3/16"
ME6494  1/4" x 1/4"
ME6495  5/16" x 1/4"
ME6496  3/8" x 1/4"

Contact John Kelsey at Kelsey Tire and see if there is anything he can do for you.  It is possible that he has the molds, but isn't making the tires you want due to limited demand.  John is a really nice guy to deal with.  PM me for his direct email address if you can't find it.

Have you seen this discussion on the PL4 tire option:

Something to note if you are a focused on details and are going to use Polyglas tires:  I put Polyglas F70-14 tires on my car because that is what my Dad put on it back in the day.  However, the letters on the repro Polyglas tires are slightly different than my old 'real' Polyglas tires.  Not the best picture, but you get the idea:

General Discussion / Re: L30/M35
« on: June 11, 2016, 04:58:01 PM »
If you go to the CRG report on the L30/M20, it will explain the logic that they used to come up with the estimate of how many L30/M20s were made.  I think you should be able to use similar logic for the L30/M35.

Some estimate there are currently only about 4,000 1968 L30M20ís left in existence.
The 4,027 number from the CRG report is an estimate of how many 68 L30/M20s were produced.  According to the same CRG article "it is likely that surviving original L30/M20s are counted in the hundreds rather than the thousands."

Maintenance / Re: 14" tires are hard to find these days
« on: June 09, 2016, 01:23:30 PM »
Make sure to post some pictures with the new tires.

If I was showing the car I would have gone with a set of F-70 bias ply, maybe even whitewalls as the car is a convertible cruiser more than a muscle car.
I almost went with the white stripe Polyglas, but decided on the RWL since that's the way my Dad had the car set up 'back in the day'.  He said people used to look at the car and wonder why they were on a no-stripes, no-spoilers car with full wheel covers.  I think it gives the car a more muscular look, and maybe hints that it isn't a base 327 under the hood.

Now, anybody remember the old GT Qualifiers?  I rocked them on rally wheels when I was back in high school (mid-late 80's).  I thought they were awesome, although technically I think they were "totally awesome" at the time.  Looking back, those letters were BIG!

Here's the only picture I have with the BFG TAs on the car:

Maintenance / Re: 14" tires are hard to find these days
« on: June 03, 2016, 04:48:54 PM »
I think the TAs rode just a tad softer (nothing significant), and I'm sure they would ultimately corner better at high speed, but my days of really pushing the Camaro's limits are behind me. 

Now, I absolutely love the Polyglas tires.  They look awesome, handle very well, and they seem to grip like crazy in the rear.  I do have my alignment set up per factory specs for bias ply tires, so maybe that helps.  Also, I run the correct tire pressure for these tires (IIRC it is 24 psi cold).  I initially had them at 30 and they were very stiff.  I was apprehensive about the Polyglas tires at first, but I seem to notice none of the 'bad' things that some people say about them.  Most of my driving is on twisty/turny back roads (sometimes at a pretty good clip), and I've never heard a peep from the tires.

If you can get over the price, give them a try.

Maintenance / Re: 14" tires are hard to find these days
« on: June 02, 2016, 05:55:07 PM »
I had the 225/70-14 BFG Radial TAs on my 68 Convertible with 14x6 XG code rally wheels.  I would get a very slight rub on the fronts, but I think this was due to using the XG wheels (offset for front disc cars) with my drum brakes.

Now I'm running GoodYear Polyglas F70-14s and never looking back!

General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow
« on: February 21, 2016, 03:08:26 PM »
Danny, I'm thinking of you & your family.  I know what you're going through.  I know things are tough right now, but as time goes on your thoughts will turn from your father's passing to his life.  When you think of him you will smile instead of cry. 

^^ I got antsy last night and put the known working VR715 guts into my original VR.  I haven't driven the car, but idling and revving in the garage shows that Frankenstein is working the same as the unmolested VR715 did.  I probably should have done as you suggested first - it could have saved me a little work. 

I also have another brand new Wells VR715 that I will carry with me as a spare.

So, all is good for now.  Thanks to everyone for talking this through with me.

I think I have this issue resolved.  In addition to cleaning all the connections, I installed a discreet ground wire from the pass side front fender ground (direct from battery neg side) over to the grounding screw for the VR.  I also noticed that the screw going into the well nut for mounting the VR did not make a nice tight connection with the ground wire terminal.  The shoulder on the screw bottomed-out.  So I added a star washer to tighten things up.  With the new VR715 installed as-is, I took it for a ride.

Voltage was rock-steady.  Idle was 14.02V, and it went up to 14.09V at 2000rpm.  Load or no load it always stayed about the same.  I only had about .05V difference between readings at the battery and readings at the alternator.

Now, do I swap these VR715 guts into my original VR???  I think I'm going to give it a shot.

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