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31  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: who are the best on-line photo displayers on: December 30, 2012, 10:30:45 AM
I use the picasa web albums, it is free and easy to use.  See the link in my profile, "The Build" and at the end is a link to the web albums.

I still have a lot more pictures to add and need to organize the photos and add more comments when time permits

Mike
32  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Problems with glass bead blasting on: November 10, 2012, 11:34:40 PM
Sounds like a similar table top model I have, I rigged a a very small shop vac that I can hang on the wall next to the cabinet and I had too much suction, I placed a plastic cap over the vacuum nozzle and punched a few holes in it to reduce the suction.  Yes gloves stand out when on but have no trouble working.  You will still have some media escape but not much as the vacuum helps a lot.  My problem is lighting, as the light with the cabinet never worked correctly so I bought a cheap led lamp and hand in the cabinet inside a plastic bag.  Good thing I prefer the wire wheel to media blasting

Mike
33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Best source for lower ball joint? on: October 23, 2012, 06:25:54 AM
Where are you shopping? I found Timkin bearings at NAPA and made in USA. I got wheel bearings and all my rear end bearings. I got my Moog parts from A local parts house and he ordered mine from somebody. They were made in USA though.

Went to Napa, they carried SFK, which were made in Mexico, looked at Timkin elsewhere and the box stated the package is made in USA but did not indicate the country of origin for the bearing.  Steve's Camaro lists Timkin bearings as made in USA, when I called the company rep. pulled the bearing and it doesn't show where it was made so I didn't order it.  lI am now looking for US made jack stands and Hein Werner are made in USA but the company is foreign owned.  It is just frustrating when I am willing to pay a higher price for a US quality, but it is getting harder to find.  The CHQ front end items were made in Taiwan which I hope is better quality than China.


I will mention one other thing, to my surprise I have started ordering items from Amazon.com, (my wife has Amazon Prime which gets me free 2 day shipping), have ordered Raybestos brake shoes, AC Delco belts, PS Return Hose etc, sure beats running around to local supply houses and making telephone calls.

Mike
34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: looking for orginal looking tie rod sleeves on: October 23, 2012, 06:17:54 AM
Strange, because the set I purchased from CHQ earlier this year were not sand blasted and looked spot on compared to my originals, I decided to go with the CHQ instead of cleaning up the originals.

Mike
35  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
36  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
37  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
38  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

39  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
40  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?
41  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
42  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
43  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
44  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
45  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
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