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31  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Best source for lower ball joint? on: October 21, 2012, 09:39:31 AM
I recently discovered that Moog doesn't mean made in USA anymore, looks like they are being outsourced overseas. 

Also good luck finding made in USA wheel bearings, North America (Mexico) was best I could do.

Mike
32  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Exhaust for '67 2 bbl single exhaust on: October 13, 2012, 12:21:29 PM
Just installed a single exhaust on my restoration yesterday.  I purchased mine from Classic Exhaust in Ohio a few years back.  Not too many vendors are making single exhaust.
Installation was not to bad, needed a little persuasion getting the muffler angle just right, but definitely a 2 person job.  I am very happy with the results.  Also I believe Waldron's also makes a singlel exhaust

http://classicexhaustinc.com/

Mike
33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Need Powerglide Experts on: September 21, 2012, 05:45:59 AM
When I took the transmission back to the shop that rebuilt it, I noticed when they tried to remove the converter, the transmission shaft pull out.  It looks like the shaft must have moved somehow when we attempted to mate the transmission to the engine.  They put the transmission back together and we will make another attempt to mate the trans with the engine.  I did find another picture of the same engine and it had the exact flex plate, so I know mine is original.

This has been very frustrating as I did this same replacement 25 years agon in my garage with no problems.


See the link in my profile for pictures of the restoration and a link to my picasa web pictures


Mike
34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Need Powerglide Experts on: September 19, 2012, 10:05:52 PM
Pictures would be greatly appreciated, especially if you also have a picture of the button on the flex plate side of torque converter.  If this is an OEM flex plate than I prefer to keep it.   Problem was the TC would go into the end of the crank but seemed to bottom out at the base of the TC band would not sit square against the flex plate.  We couldn't bolt up the trans completely due to the TC.  I know where I can get an NOS GM converter but expensive plus I will be out of the converter I already purchased with the rebuild.

Mike

35  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Need Powerglide Experts on: September 18, 2012, 10:34:53 PM
Yup, next step is to try a different 153 tooth flex plate.  Thanks
36  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Need Powerglide Experts on: September 17, 2012, 10:35:22 PM
Not on backwards.  Transmission shop owner is stumped.  Doesn't think flex plate is correct, and he is suggesting I try a new flex plate.  New converter will not set flush against the flex plate.  I think button on the converter is too short but I do not have the original to compare too.  Does this look like an original flex plate?
37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Need Powerglide Experts on: September 14, 2012, 09:04:30 PM
I have a 68 Camaro Convertible 327/210hp base engine that is currently undergoing a rotisserie restoration.  While in the body shop I had the engine sent out to be rebuilt and I took the original powerglide to a local transmission shop.  While the trans was being rebuilt we decided to go ahead an replace the torque convertor.  I picked up trans and new torque converter (PG4) and they sat in my garage for the last 6 months.  Well the time finally arrived to install the engine & trans back in the car before the front end is bolted  on.  Low and behold, the torque convertor will not mate up to the flex plate properly.  It appears the button on the end that mates to the crank shaft is too short and dosnt let the converter fit flat against the flex plate.  Flex plate was not changed and the previous convertor was sent back as a core so I cannot visually compare.  Trans shop said all the PG converters, especially the flex plate side were the same.  They even ordered another converter and the trans shop owner came to install and had the same problem and now says the flex plate must be wrong.  I am not buying that one as it worked before for 20 years.  According to the parts book the 68 PG part number 3852880 and the 350 version was different.  What am I missing here, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Mike
38  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Poor quality reproduction crap.... on: July 29, 2012, 09:28:46 AM
I just compared the CHQ Classic Series Tie Rods/Sleeve to my original sleeve and inner tie rod (still had the orange paint dab) and was very impressed with the appearance.  I hope they function and hold up on a driver.  Unfortunately they were made it Taiwan, but at least it is better than China.  Very frustrated in trying to find parts sourced from USA, Moog (kept my old Moog idler arm), Timkin, and Raybestos (assembled in Mexico) just to name a few.  I am very pleased with Heartbeat, can not beat the very prompt shipping.  Body shop was very happy with the USA made, trunk pan, floor pan and tulip panels.

Thought I would share my opinion

Mike
39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Firewall Pad on: May 14, 2012, 08:34:10 PM
Ok, I received my molded firewall pad from HBC and it is from Quietride as they indicated.  I have not installed it so I cannot comment on fit.  Looks ok, but the texture is different, more stiffer like fabric whereas the original feels more like rubber.  Not sure at this point if it is worth the extra $$ so I will have to reserve judgement until it is installed.  Comes with the wrong push plugs but HBC sell the correct ones

See pics and I have an original section left over from my firewall on the bottom.  



Mike
40  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Maryland show 2012 on: May 13, 2012, 08:03:28 AM
I'll be there, very convenient as I live 5 minutes from the site

Mike
41  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: small bumper guards under rear bumper on: March 27, 2012, 05:38:23 PM
I have a set of re-chromed bumperette's and brackets if you decide you need them send me a pm

Mike
42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Stupid Question - What does Sway Bar Rubber Sleeve/Clamp do? on: March 21, 2012, 07:27:01 PM
I believe the sway bar bracket should also be painted black.

43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New Forum Member - Single owner car! on: March 20, 2012, 10:16:20 AM
Welcome,

Would like to see pics, especially of engine compartment since we have the same power-train with factory ac.
44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Firewall Pad on: March 15, 2012, 05:11:09 PM
i will keep you posted as I plan on ordering it shortly and I kept a piece of the original pad to compare it too.

Mike
45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Firewall Pad on: March 15, 2012, 06:02:39 AM
I believe I saw on another site that the manufacturer is Quietride and looks to have the best price.  I plan on ordering one shortly.  Has anyone purchased this from them?

http://www.quietride.com/catalogpdfs/gmf_catalog.pdf

Scroll down to page 4 of the link

Mike
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