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331  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: How do members stand on dealer installed undercoating? on: November 06, 2006, 12:50:58 PM
Steve-
I say leave the undercoating if it is in good shape.  Ensure that it is not peeling or bubbling.  If it is, moisture can get under it and cause problems that you won't see. 
My father had the dealer undercoating applied to our 68 convertible when new, and it was in perfect condition even after 160,000 miles of Connecticut driving.  I freshened it up with a light coat of 3M Undercoating as part of the ongoing restoration.
332  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Original style exhaust system for 67ssrs? on: August 17, 2006, 03:00:55 PM
I have a Stainless Works system that I purchased many, many years ago.  The fit was perfect and it is louder than stock, but not too much.  If you are looking to go stainless, I would suggest this system.
333  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: What should i expect to pay to have a pair of decent taillamp bezels rechromed? on: June 26, 2006, 11:44:27 AM
The 68 tail light bezels are a real nightmare to restore.  The pot metal can still do some weird stuff after they are repaired and re-plated, even if all precautions are taken.  I had a decent original set done for $1000, but they did not come out absolutely perfect.  The shop said that they would need to charge at least $1500 to do another set, if they would even do them at all.  Like I said, you can end up with a few tiny outgasing bubbles here and there, and keeping the fine details is extremely difficult.

I am actually looking into getting the new CHQ reproductions that are supposedly made with new tooling in 2005.  I really want originals on my car, but the few tiny imperfections in my restored bezels really bother me.
334  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly? on: May 02, 2006, 07:04:50 PM
Adam-
Using the new plastic piece and metal connectors (tabs) will be just fine.  I only used my originals because they were in great shape.
Keep us posted.......
-Jeff
335  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly? on: May 01, 2006, 11:38:51 AM
... I was wondering if the new set-up actually worked. Did you test it yet?
Adam-
I have not tested it yet.  My car is currently in "paint jail" serving what seems like a life sentence.  One day I'll get to test it......
Please let us know how yours turns out.
-Jeff
336  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: ac delco voltage regulator part number for 68 L34? on: May 01, 2006, 11:32:43 AM
Note the pencil marks on the side.
Kurt-
Interesting that you noted the pencil marks.  I just restored my original regulator.  I documented the pencil markings and re-applied them in the same location after the base was re-plated.  It's good to verify that these were original markings.
Thanks,
Jeff
337  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Voltage Regulator Restoration/Upgrade Completed! on: April 19, 2006, 09:51:48 PM
 I just finished assembling my original voltage regulator using the 'guts' from the solid state unit.  Maybe I'll post this over on the "restoration" forum as well. 

Here are all of the parts of my regulator, plus the circuit board out of the solid state regulator:


Top view of circuit board installed with brass screws:


Bottom view.


Finished!:
338  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly? on: April 12, 2006, 12:03:02 PM
OK, my replated base is on its way back to me.  I'll try to snap some photos when I am re-assembling the regulator with the solid state internals.  I'll have a fresh NOS correct cover, gasket & screws, replated original base, replated male connectors, and original black plastic 'thingy'.  It should look great when assembled (I just hope it works).  The only give-away will be the screws attaching the connectors instead of rivets, but you won't be able to see them once it's installed.
339  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly? on: March 30, 2006, 04:30:12 PM
Thanks for the quick reply, John.
340  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly? on: March 30, 2006, 08:35:59 AM
OK, I got the VR715, popped the cover off and drilled out 5 rivets to remove the circuit board.  As expected, 4 of the holes line up perfectly with the original base - the ones for the 4 connectors.  The 5th hole is a ground for the circuit board.  I marked and drilled this hole in the original base, and everything fits perfectly.  Very simple & easy.  For final assembly, I will either use rivets or small brass screws.  Sorry I didn't take any pictures, but I was moving too fast.

Now, does anyone know the correct plating for the base?  I was going to have it silver cadmuim plated along with some other parts.

-Jeff
341  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly? on: March 30, 2006, 08:28:25 AM
Don-
I love it!  You made the right choice.  Great looking car.
-Jeff
342  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly? on: March 28, 2006, 09:21:12 PM
Great news, Don.  I'll be picking mine up tomorrow. 
I just stripped down my original Delco voltage regulator.  I now have a bare metal base, and hopefully I will try installing the solid state 'guts' this weekend.  I'll let you all know how I make out.
343  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly? on: March 28, 2006, 04:17:44 PM
Exactly - I'm trying to keep the bottom half of the regulator that has the part # and date code.  I actually still have the original regulator that came on my car from the factory, so I will pick up a VR715 and see if I can make it work with the original base.  If I can, I will just have my original base re-plated after the necessary modifications.  I love these fun little projects......
344  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Voltage regulator not working properly? on: March 28, 2006, 12:51:48 PM
I am looking at using the VR715 voltage regulator as well for reliability.  Does anyone know if the 'guts' of the solid state unit can be swapped onto the base of an original Delco unit?  I hate to get rid of my NOS regulator that has the correct date code & part number stamped on the base.  The NOS unit has small adjustment knobs on it, but I have never had good luck adjusting them in the past.
345  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: rallye green 68 w/ 716 Custom Ivory Houndstooth buckets...help on: February 10, 2006, 12:36:36 PM
Contact C.A.R.S. - see www.carsinc.com.  They show the houndstooth covers available with black, parchment, and white vinyl.  I assume that the white is really ivory.  I purchased my black/houndstooth covers from them and they are truly a work of art.  Each set is hand made on an as-ordered basis, so they should be able to make you a set with any color vinyl that you want.  I hope this helps you a little.
-Jeff
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