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466  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Wiper blade refills on: July 11, 2013, 06:10:06 PM
So if we all go to NAPA and ask for WIP 601598 we'll get refills right?
467  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Neutral switch - that could have gone so wrong :-( on: July 11, 2013, 12:42:03 PM
Is there an adjustment on those or is it a fixed switch?
468  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Exhaust manifold bolts. on: July 11, 2013, 10:38:42 AM
Same length with thick flat washers

Thanks. Washers on the french looks too correct? Found some engine pics in this post but can't see the bolts to well to tell.;all
469  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Steering Pump & Steering Box Questions on: July 11, 2013, 03:34:50 AM
X2 on what sdkar said...My Z didn't come with power steering. Previous owner/s, don't no who or when, had installed a crappy, leaking 67 box that I changed out for a 1980 WS6 Trans Am power unit (I got it for free, and could have gotten the disc brake rear for free too but stupid me didn't want to put it under my Z). Someone turned me onto the guy that does the NASCAR power steering (can't remember who it is now) and he sent me the inserts I needed to install stock GM standard flared end hoses. If I remember correctly 1980 was the last year for standard threaded hose fittings and 1981 was when GM went with metric fittings. I do know the 1980 boxes are standard because I just installed new hoses I bought from Ricks 1st Gen for a stock 69 box. The turns lock to lock is just under 3, maybe 2 3/4 turns. The feel is tight,  positive and very deliberate and will take some time to get use to. It did for me when your use to 4 turns or less.

Something else to be aware of also, I had to change the coupling at the steering column to fit the splines of the 1980 box. It's been a few years now but the splines is actually smaller and won't actually fit the stock 69 column coupler. If I remember I had to get one for a 1977 power steering box to fit to the 69 column because the 1980 was a bit different where it attached to the 69 column flange. You get what I'm saying here don't you?

Ask your builder if he can build it to 1980 WS6 Trans Am standards and you may not have to go thru all the other parts change outs. You won't be disappointed.  
470  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Exhaust manifold bolts. on: July 10, 2013, 10:43:32 PM
Are the exhaust manifold bolts all the same length for the 69 small block and other then the french locks were there any washers used at all? Looking to get new bolts for my 69 Z engine but need this info on washers beforehand. Thanks guys.

471  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Wiper blade refills on: July 10, 2013, 03:15:55 PM
 Jeff...Roll Eyes <---- THIS SMILEY NEEDS TO LOOK LIKE GROUCHO MARX, you know, with the cigar in his hand flipping the ashes off? I thought that's what you meant...12 pairs. That's still a lot. I might look for a couple more pairs this winter. I'll have to hint to the wife for Christmas presents this year. I don't drive my car in the rain either because of the vinyl top, it's unrestored and I really don't want to help it along if possible. A pic would be nice of the rubber so others could see too in case someone stumbles on a supplier and can let us all know.
472  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Wiper blade refills on: July 10, 2013, 02:17:30 PM
The 1969 and early 70's refills and the original assembly line were exactly the same. 3 ribs, patent numbers, and skeleton back.

The ones with the metal strip were later years or may even have been for a different arm type?
these were available from Trico as:just the rubber Refills = RF, or Complete blades = I think those were tagged LF?

I saved a 12 case of these for myself - last time someone managed to convince me to part with a pair - think they paid me $35.

When I went looking for that picture today and found the Dots pair for 63-65. I had to control myself and not buy them for $100.
those are just impossible to find for the Corvettes. and the ones on my 63 driver car are streaking a bit   Shocked

my wife would not be happy if she found that I paid $100 for a set of wiper refills, especially when I don't like to drive the car in the rain.  LOL

12 cases? Will you actually use them all? If you get a chance how about a pic of an OEM set for 69. I'm not sure what they look like and not sure what is on my Camaro. wife would have taken them and used them as a switch on me. Prices are unbelievable for the people that have these cars and can't afford the high prices. It just isn't fair if you ask me. I mean who do those people think they are. I'm damnnn lucky I have what I have but I can't pay those prices. There are several dated pieces I need for my Z I see all the time, but I can't afford them.
473  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Wiper blade refills on: July 10, 2013, 01:06:13 PM
Hey Jeff, by that do you mean they are 'just refills' as sold for replacements or OEM?. I'm going to assume not 69 OEM factory but just what you could buy at the parts stores or gas stations and like that ack in the day. Realistically, that's all I would want anyway. Might have to pic up a spare set for both my Camaro and Impala. I can't see these going into the $100.00 range but ya never know.
474  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Wiper blade refills on: July 10, 2013, 12:25:13 PM
Here are a few pics of the RF-16 refills that came in just now. I thought I would get the box but I didn't. When I went on ebay I just put in Trico RF-15 and Trico RF-16 and these came up. I wasn't after OEM or NOS, that's not important to me and I'm not even positive these are what was factory installed, but I at least have something to install. Looking closely and I mean closely, it's so tiny, I can see U.S. PATENT NO. 2687241 or may be 2697241. The 8 or 9 number, whichever it is isn't very clear. My brain is telling me it's a 9. When I get the RF-15's in I'll post some pics.

I hope this helps others looking. It's a shame you can't get these local.
475  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Wiper blade refills on: July 10, 2013, 09:23:08 AM
Here are the pics of the refills I got off ebay. Top pic 16" you can clearly see the skeleton the bottom pic 15" not so clearly. When they come in I'll post better pics.
476  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Wiper blade refills on: July 10, 2013, 01:23:58 AM
I just checked the pics and can see the clips on the ends of both sets I bought.
477  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Wiper blade refills on: July 10, 2013, 01:20:48 AM
Just scanned ebay, there is a NOS set as a "buy it now" for $29, or you can make the guy an offer, and get an even better deal. Auction #160917044917

Hard to tell from the pictures, but I don't think those are correct.
Originals had a "skeleton like" backbone - those look to be a solid metal strip?

Lets hope they're the correct ones. If not they are going back. I bought a set for my 69 Camaro and my 69 Impala.
478  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Thought I would share. on: July 09, 2013, 03:58:38 PM
I want this one...damnnnn that's hot.

479  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 350/325? on: July 09, 2013, 12:39:35 AM
Oh yeah, something else...I've seen a few big blocks blow too. I think they are way more messy than a small block.
480  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 350/325? on: July 09, 2013, 12:34:28 AM
I've been in plenty. The torque they produce isn't for the faint of heart that's for sure. You have to know what to expect with a BB. I've been friends with this guy in the Air Force since the 70's from Havre De Grace Maryland that had a LS6 well over the stock hp with a tunnel ram in a gutted 66 Chevelle, full floating rear, full cage, 4 speed, the works, one seat. We were sitting in 12 noon traffic at a light with cars everywhere, doing a test run of all things. He says hang on and lets it fly. I'm hanging on for dear life to the roll bar and all I see is sky thru the windshield. A few locals in the area said the wheels were off the ground by at least 2 feet. That was my first time and not my last. Not sure why, but I always thought there was too much muscle needed to control a car like that. With a small block you have that same power but the torque isn't throwing you around your throwing it around, as in your throwing the car around. I feel more in control somehow. In 75 I had my first 69 Z. 12.5's, 140 cam, port work on heads and intake (that's when I did my first divider cut out under the carb), 750 dbl pump, 4.88's and for me that was way more thrilling to drive and easier to control. I always believed that big things came in little packages and never needed to compensate with a big least that's what my wife would say. lol.
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