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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Voltage Regulator - Solid State - Ammeter Needle Vibrating on: December 19, 2013, 06:59:23 PM
It's a brand new battery - no charging or storage issues at all as tested with a multi-meter.

I'll give all the connections another once-over this winter.

I only noticed the issue after the installation of the solid state VR.  So, I figured that the way the solid state VR turns charging on& off is different than the old mechanical VR, possibly causing the vibrating ammeter needle.
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Voltage Regulator - Solid State - Ammeter Needle Vibrating on: December 18, 2013, 06:27:32 PM
No, it wasn't.  I'm wondering if there is something about the solid sate VR that isn't playing nice with the ammeter.

Right now my plan is to, in the spring:
1)  Try a NOS mechanical VR that I have (date code very close to my original).
2)  Try a solid state VR715 "as-is".

I would really prefer to stay with a solid state unit, so if 2) fixes the vibration then I will put those 'guts' into my existing VR and see what happens.  If the needle still vibrates with 2), then I'll install my NOS unit.  If the needle continues to vibrate, then I guess I will need to triple-check all my connections & grounds.
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Voltage Regulator - Solid State - Ammeter Needle Vibrating on: December 18, 2013, 04:17:01 PM
I converted my original non-working voltage regulator to solid state using a Wells VR715.  Refer to this thread:;all

The VR seems to work as it should and the battery is charging properly.  However, I have noticed that the ammeter needle seems to vibrate - not a lot, but it's definitely moving back & forth around 1/8".  I checked all the connections, and everything seems to be good.

Any suggestions on what could be the culprit?
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Installing Exhaust System on: December 03, 2013, 12:01:37 PM
I know this might be a little late, but...

When I installed my Gardner system, I only used hand tools, including a torque wrench.  No need for air tools.

If the original tail pipe hangers were attached with screws, that's what I would keep.  No need to install riv-nuts if the screws are holding.

The hangers in front of the muffler install using the 2 holes on each side where the small L-shaped brackets are now.  They are relatively tall hangers, and they drop down & pick up the pipes that go into the muffler.

I don't know your location, but I have a set of 4 new 'correct' reproduction bolts for the front hangers and a set of nice shape repro front hangers left over from my exhaust install - PM me if you're interested.
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Storing Tires on: November 20, 2013, 04:05:01 PM
Here's a write-up from Yokohama:
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Is there suppose to be a bracket for the rear license plate? on: November 16, 2013, 08:41:20 AM
That is how mine is set up, but it almost seems the license lamp bracket causes it to catch the plate when tightening it and bends the top portion of the plate and frame
I noticed that on my 68 as well.  I added a few washers behind the plate and still had to put a slight bend in 2 places at the top of the plate for clearance.
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 67 Metal dashboard? 2 color reds? on: November 16, 2013, 08:38:12 AM
I think what you are seeing is the difference between the 2 different paints used.  For the upper deck area, a paint with a suede additive was used to achieve zero gloss.  The lower area did not have the texture additive and was not zero gloss.
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Firestone vs. Goodyear Poly-glas tires on: November 15, 2013, 10:00:17 AM
Jeff, Where would you set the alignment at on my car ?  Alot of guys suggesting   1/8 toe in.  What are your final thoughts on this issue??  Don
I would set it the same as my 68 with F70-14 Polyglas tires:  1/8" toe-in and 0 to .25 degrees negative camber, trying to keep camber on both sides as close as possible.
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Firestone vs. Goodyear Poly-glas tires on: November 13, 2013, 07:02:00 PM
I put the girl to bed for the season...
I hear ya.  They salted the roads here yesterday morning - I couldn't believe it.  This weekend is supposed to be in the 50's and I wanted to go for one last cruise.  Oh well.

Let us know what you find - and make sure to settle the suspension before checking the alignment.  You could actually loosen all the bolts now, bounce it up & down several times, then let it sit for the off season before tightening the bolts.
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Firestone vs. Goodyear Poly-glas tires on: November 13, 2013, 04:14:22 PM
Did you ever get a chance to check your current alignment specs?  I'd hate to see you change tires when all you needed to do was 'dial-in' the alignment.
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 standard grill to body gap problem. on: November 05, 2013, 01:15:26 PM
It looks like if you raise the grille a little, the headlight bezels could be moved out slightly to fit a little closer.

First, I think you should get all the nuts & screws in place on the grille, upper & lower moldings, and headlight bezels, then see how it all fits.  I'm curious if the outer screw holes on the headlight bezels line up with the plastic barrel nuts on the fenders.  Also, I found that the replacement plastic barrel nuts don't match the originals, and needed some trimming & shimming to work correctly.

My 68 now has the original header panel & lower valance, NOS front fenders, NOS grille, NOS headlight bezels, and CHQ upper & lower moldings.  There are gaps of varying size all the way around the grille & headlight trim.  The gaps vary from just touching to pretty good size (never measured them, but could be 1/8" to 3/16").  There were originally some good sized gaps on my car as well.  The varying gaps really bothered me at first, but now that the car is done, I don't even notice it.  

The gaps on your car look fairly consistent all the way around, and IMO it looks pretty good.
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Who makes the correct window fuzzies without the chrome bead? on: November 02, 2013, 11:03:15 AM
Here is some info that you should find useful.  The Re-Pop stuff is no good IMO:
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: goodyear polyglas tires on: October 27, 2013, 08:02:33 PM
Here is some good info on alignment with the Polyglas tires:

Although I was asking about info for my 68, your 69 should be similar.  I followed David Pozzi's alignment recommendations and my car drives very nicely with Polyglas F70-14s all the way around.  No 'wander' or 'pull' at all.  My car has all new suspension bushings, and the suspension bolts were all tightened to factory specs after the suspension settled.
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Console seat belt clip finish on: October 12, 2013, 08:18:29 AM
My original is plated - no signs of paint on it.  It's silver, so either zinc or cad, but it looks more like zinc to me.
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Camaro Center Rear Bumper Bracket Grommet on: October 10, 2013, 11:30:44 AM
My 68 had a plastic grommet in this hole.  Not sure where to get one.
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