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751  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Restoring emblems on: April 04, 2013, 05:02:05 PM
Hey guys, what's up? Anybody ever restore any of their emblems?
752  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Any info on door mirror dates. on: April 04, 2013, 04:13:09 PM
Hey Ed, have you seen these mirrors? These don't have DMI on the glass. Thought maybe you would want to check them out for your study.
753  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Stamping Tool for VIN on Block & Trans on: April 03, 2013, 09:59:47 PM
When I first looked at that pic I didn't notice the crank flange impression. Man, it is so obvious what that flywheel was attached to now that is see it. Great pic.
754  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: M55A oil pump question revisited. on: April 03, 2013, 03:18:46 PM
Nothing special. Just a stock rebuild. I may hit the occasional 6000 RPM but not too aften. I like staying in the 3000 to 5000 RPM range while cruising.

It is my understanding the M55A pump went back to the heavy casting in early 2009, so with any current stock you should be fine. They do use powdered metal gears instead of billet gears though. The PM gears should not give you any problems unless you're dealing with a max effort engine.
Go for it!
755  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: M55A oil pump question revisited. on: April 03, 2013, 01:07:36 PM
I emailed Melling about all the old information online about the M55A oil pump and revieved this reply...

Yes, the M-55A is correct for the Z28. Standard volume high pressure bypass 
Since 2008 the M-55A has had a robust HD casting.
Most info on the NET is BS.

George Richmond
Melling Engine Parts
Master Automobile Technician
(517) 787-8172 X 134

I'm hoping this is correct. I am going to order it soon from either Summit or Jegs. If anyone has recently bought one please let me know what you think.

756  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Any info on door mirror dates. on: April 02, 2013, 07:12:36 PM
My originals were MIA. I wish I could have just bought the dated glass, but unfortunately every mirror I have found were in such bad condition with loads of pock holes and bubbles in the chrome. Not even sure anything could be done with them.
757  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / M55A oil pump question revisited. on: April 02, 2013, 03:24:21 PM
I know this has been talked about alot but I'm still trying to figure out what oil pump I want to use for my DZ engine. HBC advertises a Melling pump. I sent email to inquire about which model and they offer the M55A which they say they never had a problem with. I was thinking on using the Melling Select 10553 but was curious if Melling finally went back to using the older casting on the M55A versus the newer one that I heard was breaking in HP engines. Anybody have anything to add to this? HBC is asking around $75.00 for the M55A and the Selects are about $20.00 more at Summit and Jegs.

So far everything I have read dates back quite a few years on this subject.

Thanks guys for the help.
758  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Coolant drain and refill on: April 02, 2013, 11:08:21 AM
Just as JohnZ says. I have found on occasion that when filling an engine that is completely empty that air gets trapped inside the block and assuming other places as well. I bought a 69 Judge from a friend back in the 90's and he couldn't get it to stop overheating. Did a little research and found if you leave the radiator cap off and let the engine run at operating tempature the air will enventually be burped out thru circulation as you keep adding fluid. Chevy engines don't seem to have as much of a problem as the Pontiac engines do, at least the ones I have owned anyway.
759  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Any info on door mirror dates. on: March 29, 2013, 07:21:21 PM
Even if I had the originals still after 40 something years they would be terrible looking. Getting them rechromed would be expensive I  think. Putting new glass in a rechromed original mirror would be ok too. Hmmm, need to find out what someone has paid to have their mirrors rechromed if anyone has even done it. I wonder if Ed would know if it would be worth the trouble to rechrome originals and how the glass is actually installed. I thought I read somewhere you can use a heat gun to remove mirror glass but had to be careful so the heat wouldn't crack the glass.

That sounds good..  Smiley    I thought you'd only purchased the dated mirror glass, and was going to install it yourself in your original housing...
760  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Any info on door mirror dates. on: March 29, 2013, 03:56:39 PM
Actually if you buy the mirrors from them and the dated glass too then the price of the glass installation is included in the price of the dated glass. But to answer your question, when I got the mirrors everything was all done for me and there wasn't any instructions or other paperwork. If you need mirrors anyway just get Paragons. I'm impressed with these if they are reproductions. Nice and tight at the swivel not like a reproduction one that was on my car when I got it. You slam the door and the mirror head just flops around. Even driving, the force of the wind will push them around.

Did they provide info on how to remove the old mirror and attach the new one?
761  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: It's Baack-----2014 Z28 on: March 29, 2013, 01:13:59 PM
I went back to take a closer look at the new Z28 and it's really not THAT bad. At first glance I thought the Z28 emblems were tape but they are dimensional, maybe need to be a touch larger. Move the emblems from behind the wheel to the front of the fender and put CAMARO behind the wheel like the original was and move the Z28 to the center between the taillights. The bowtie looks good but not on a Z28. The taillights look retro but what messes them up is the wrap around ends. Need different rims too, not too fond of the black or the style. Retro ralleys maybe? Add the stripes and a cowl hood with that air ducting at the rear of the hood and you might have something there. Oh yeah, need the simulated air vents in front of the rear wheels. Interior, what can I say, ALL black in any material would suit me fine. Spoilers? I don't have a vision on what would be better than what is there now. Not sure what to think about the grill, but I have to agree that it is too narrow. It looks like you can blind it with dental floss. As for the drivetrain. I would keep that as is. You can't mess with Chevy perfection. Even if it doesn't beat the new Mustangs, who cares. I would definately have fun driving it.
762  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Any info on door mirror dates. on: March 28, 2013, 09:24:05 PM
Hey guys, I got my mirrors today from Paragon. Look great. I definately would recommend them if you are missing your originals.
763  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: What are these marks on the harmonic balancer? on: March 28, 2013, 03:08:04 PM
The mark is for setting the timing as we all know and the white on either side of the mark is just to enhance that mark when the engine is running and the timing light is applied. Way easier to see the timing mark. A common practice that was done as far back as I can remember.
764  Orphans - documentation or VIN-stamped drivetrains - in search of the original cars / 1969 - Orphans / Re: 9N549121 V1121DZ block on ebay on: March 28, 2013, 09:38:44 AM
Hey Mike, did you get the PM I sent?
765  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct Cowl Induction coil bracket question. on: March 28, 2013, 09:33:16 AM
Hey Danny, I sent you a PM. Did you get it?

I have a similar bracket in a pile of stuff I am getting ready to put up for sale. JohnZ taught me that there is a lot of fellow ebayers selling the notched bracket as the CORRECT bracket for a Z/28. It is NOT just a Z/28 bracket. In fact, if I remember correctly, it is not even for the Z/28. Here is mine.... Danny
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