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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1969 Z28 Trim Tag - is it real? on: February 23, 2015, 11:01:37 PM
Sorry Gary,

I still haven't seen a original early August example.

 I have seen an 08E and onward original examples... Grin

I've never seen a live unicorn either..  Smiley

There is at least one 08A car with the sticker.  It is less than 100 cars after my 08A.   The car is the white low mile Z featured in Jerry's book.   Used to be owned by John Berry.  Don't have the book handy (we just moved).   It is featured on several pages, but there is a very clear shot of the decal.

I do not believe mine ever received the sticker.  It certainly was not there in 1975, and there was absolutely no trace of any glue residue.   Even if it was applied and later fell off, I would expect SOME residue.
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Heater cover wiring clips. on: April 12, 2014, 09:41:54 AM
On the 69 I am doing now, which is a factory AM/FM car the noise suppressor mounting location is under the heater box so the wire is routed under the heater box then back over, is this correct?   

James:  I don't believe that is correct.   AM/FM the wire was rerouted under the heater box.   AIM shows double up the wire and tape.   It then goes to a clip on the bottom corner of the heater box like Mike shows.   Then to another clip on the bottom middle of the heater box then to the fan.    No wire up top.

Mike:  On yours, did they leave an empty clip up top?
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Z/28 Leaf Springs on: February 21, 2014, 09:53:49 PM
No reason boeshield wouldn't work.  I just didn't have any handy.

James, let me see if I took any pictures of the actual rivet assy.   I used bolts for the rivets.  I had my old rivets as a model.   I ground the head into the same general shape as the old rivet head.  then put the shank in a drill and held the head on some 40 grit to get the same swirl pattern as the originals.   I cut the bolts just a bit longer than the final rivet would be, and center drilled the shank with a 5/31 bit about 1/4 inch deep.   Sherri held the assembly up on the vice for me rivet head down on the anvil.   I used a large punch for the first couple of hits, then used the small end of a ball peen hammer as a punch for the last two or three hits.   Kept hitting until the clamp was tight and would not spin on the rivet.

I made the clamps from some steel stock.   They are just a few thousanths thicker than my originals, but closer than the aftermarket clamps.  Cut and ground them to size.   After they were riveted on, Sherri and I used a combination of hammers and the vice to bend them into place.  It is definitely a two person job.
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Z/28 Leaf Springs on: February 10, 2014, 09:03:47 PM
Some pics of mine in this thread:

I sandblasted, then coated with a very thin film of permatex rust converter on the bare metal.
Let set 72 hours, ran over them with a scotch pad and painted with a very light coat of cast iron paint.
Then coated with REM oil, which is available at academy.  It is a penetrating oil with silicone so it hangs around pretty good.

Another thread hear just for the springs and rear axle refurb:
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: ACC carpet texture ??? on: November 03, 2013, 09:44:16 PM
My ACC carpet looks fine as far as texture.  My only beef was the jute fiber glued to the back was all wrong.  Spent an evening shaving most of it off on the pool table, then re-gluing it where it should have been.

Don't feel bad Dave for letting time fly by.  I bought mine in 2001 and installed in 2013.  I AM a slacker.

But that isn't as bad as my 2013 install of emblems I bought in 1977!!!!
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Balancer ID please. on: June 07, 2013, 06:17:28 PM
Is the timing mark lined up with the key?
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Valve stems for Rally Wheels on: May 29, 2013, 10:57:52 PM
I had a May of 69 ralley wheel with the original spare on it.  Spare had been on the ground once.  Had a dill 627 cap on it.
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 302 Crank Pulley not working on 350 LT1 on: May 28, 2013, 07:37:30 PM
The FRONT face of the 302 and the LT-1 pulley should be identical spacing from the engine block.

Yes they are different thicknesses, but start out as the same casting (at least the later 302) and the back side is machined differently.

You have another problem.  Not any repop pulleys in that group are there?  They are crap.
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Ball Joints 69 Camaro on: May 19, 2013, 03:40:43 PM
George.  You are correct.  I didn't even look because I am not interested in them at that price anyway.  Those must be later service replacement parts, consolidated with Vega Monza, etc.

10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Ball Joints 69 Camaro on: May 19, 2013, 11:03:00 AM
NOS tie rods run about $125 each now...

If you can find them before a vendor gets them.  Otherwise 600 for a pair of inners:
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: manual trans neutral switch on: May 18, 2013, 09:33:28 AM
That's the one.
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Ball Joints 69 Camaro on: May 16, 2013, 07:21:29 PM
Original GM ball joints will have quite a bit of play LONG before they are a serious safety issue.  On first gen Camaros, it is usually tie rods and ilder arm that go first.

I know most guys go with Moog tie rods, but Raybestos makes a really good one with larger ball socket.  Can't remember what they call it, but it is the higher priced one of the two they offer.   Rock Auto has them at a good price.

They do not look exactly like the originals, but I consider parts like that to be wear items, and just don't worry too much about being a perfect match.  Just like I am not worried about having a 69 issue fan belt on  my car.

13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Ball Joints 69 Camaro on: May 15, 2013, 11:02:44 PM
Unless really abused and left ungreased, the uppers rarely wear out.  I kept mine and replaced the boots only.  That way I didn't have to worry about rivets matching up.
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: manual trans neutral switch on: May 15, 2013, 11:47:16 AM
Meant the switch on the clutch pedal, not the reverse light switch.
I believe the automatic cars have the neutral switch integrated with the reverse light switch.

Was pretty sure it took the round metal switch on the clutch pedal, but I have one of the plastic 1970 switches, and have no idea where it came from.

15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / manual trans neutral switch on: May 14, 2013, 11:48:24 PM
Did the late 69 manual trans cars use the white plastic switch used on the 70 models?

I know the early cars had the round metal switch.
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