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Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly?
« on: January 26, 2007, 09:24:01 PM »
I would think if it was a potential problem there would have been an insulator installed on the new solid state regulator.  The 'Frankenstein' regulator is assembled the same way as the new solid state regulator - the only difference is that you are using screws instead of rivets.
With that said, it may not be a bad idea to add the insulator, and it certainly won't hurt. 
Thanks for the heads-up.

Adam - If you're out there, let us know how the solid state regulator is holding up.

Restoration / Re: Chrome Mylar Gauge Housing Trim
« on: January 22, 2007, 01:09:52 PM »
It's funny that you mention them being too wide.  Mine fit perfect around the outside, but they hang over the inside very slightly in a few spots.  You can't notice it unless you are about 2 inches from the housing, that's how slight it is.  I will have to wait to see how they hold up long term.  I'll need to be careful not to catch en edge when cleaning/dusting the dash.

Good advice on using a pinstriper.  Now that you mention it, I may have my console gauge housing chrome trim done that way.


Restoration / Re: Chrome Mylar Gauge Housing Trim
« on: January 19, 2007, 06:58:53 PM »
...and one more photo:

Restoration / Chrome Mylar Gauge Housing Trim
« on: January 19, 2007, 06:58:15 PM »
Well, I decided to try the chrome mylar gauge housing/carrier trim stickers.  In the past I tried close-to-chrome paint, but that didn't look too good.  I also bought a 'correctly restored' gauge housing that had the heat stamped chrome like the original, but the quality was very poor.  So, I restored my gauge housing and applied the chrome mylar stickers purchased from Rick's.

Installation was a little tedious, since you need to make sure to properly align these little beauties.  They don't have much 'give' to them at all, so the positioning needs to be spot-on.  I removed several very small pieces of the backing to allow for repositioning the trim.  When they were in the right spot, I removed the backing in larger sections and pressed them into place.

They look good.  I'm very happy with the way they fit & look.

Here is a picture of the finished product:

Originality / Re: 68 woodgrain ash tray+dlx hubcaps
« on: January 19, 2007, 06:55:01 PM »
I do not know how to attach pictures so here is a link to one of the hub cap click thumbnail for a larger view

Is this the ones you are calling RPO code-P01 ?
PM me if you want to sell them.

Yes, those are the ones.

Originality / Re: 68 woodgrain ash tray+dlx hubcaps
« on: January 19, 2007, 10:43:41 AM »
Welome.  I would say that the importance of the wood grain ash tray really comes down to what you are doing with the car.  If you are trying to make a 1000 point correct show car, then it is very important.  If not, then not so important.  However, IMO a black ash tray looks a little goofy when the rest of the center trim is wood grain.

For the hub caps, are you referring to the P01 wheel covers?  My 68 also came with these covers and the emblems are very faded.  I've never seen just the emblems available.  For restoration, contact Bob Mayle at Stainless Trim Restoration ( to see if he can do them.  He did an incredible job on my exterior trim.  Also keep an eye on e-Bay and Hemmings for a set on NOS covers.

If all else fails, then drop me a line.  Quite a while back I picked up a set of NOS P01 wheel covers to use on my restoration.  I haven't decided whether or not I am going to use them.


Restoration / Re: Fit of Al Knoch 68-69 Deluxe Door Panels?
« on: January 18, 2007, 07:42:02 PM »
Thanks Russ.  On the set I got a while back, they told me to use a heat gun to re-shape them so they would fit better.  I guess it didn't really matter since none of the 'recesses' allowed the trim fit well.
I'll look forward to the install feedback.

Restoration / Fit of Al Knoch 68-69 Deluxe Door Panels?
« on: January 16, 2007, 08:47:03 PM »

How is the fit & finish of the Al Knoch 68-69 deluxe door panels?  I bought some about 5 or so years ago and the fit wasn't very good - the trim didn't fit well and they did not seem to have enough of a 'bend' at the top.  I ended up sending them back. 

Instead, I found some original door panels in very good shape and had a local vinyl repair shop make a few minor repairs and re-dye them.  They look great - all the original stainless trim, inner window felts, and door lock ferrules fit perfectly as expected.  However, if you look really, really close (from like 6" away) you can tell they have been repaired (the grain is not an exact match).

Now, I'm wondering if it is worth it to replace these door panels with a new set of Knoch reproductions, or if I am better off with what I have now.  I'm thinking that a set of not quite perfect original door panels is still better than a set of repops.

Any input is greatly appreciated.


General Discussion / Re: Camaro inspection
« on: January 13, 2007, 12:27:22 AM »
I suggest that you contact Jerry MacNeish at Camaro High Performance:

His name here on the CRG is Jerry@CHP.

General Discussion / Re: Ceramic Coating
« on: January 11, 2007, 05:36:52 PM »
One more picture........

General Discussion / Re: Ceramic Coating
« on: January 11, 2007, 05:35:57 PM »
I had the exhaust manifolds on my car done inside & outside a long time ago with a metallic/ceramic coating.  I haven't used the car much since they were done.  They still look good, but the sharp edges show some very minor rust.  They should look good almost forever, but I wish I had them re-skinned by Jerry M. instead.  Oh well.
Attached is a picture (please ignore the yellow plug wires - I put them on so nothing would happen to my good wires while at the paint shop).

General Discussion / Re: L30/M20
« on: January 05, 2007, 01:11:00 PM »
I never heard of an "L30/M20" until I read Rich's excellent article about 3 years ago.
Same here.  At the time, I was putting a lot of time & effort (and a little $) into my restoration.  Several people commented to me that it was just a "Regular" Camaro, so why bother trying to keep it original.  Rich's article was just what I needed. :)

General Discussion / Re: L30/M20
« on: January 04, 2007, 05:22:31 PM »
I've got one - a 68 convertible that my father ordered/purchased brand new.  I'm still working on the restoration, but here is a picture of it on the day it was delivered:

Originality / Re: Redline tires
« on: December 27, 2006, 01:38:14 PM »
I don't have the specs, but I know what you are talking about.  I have attached an ad for the 1986 Camaro that confirms the redline placement.

Maintenance / Re: Fuel Filter Relocation
« on: December 21, 2006, 02:30:47 PM »
Thanks for the feedback.  It looks like I may just adapt a Corvette canister filter with all metal fittings.  The Corvette filter has a mounting bracket that uses an intake manifold stud for mounting.  I'll have to see what I can put together.  Thanks again.

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