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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Automatic brake pedal on: April 17, 2014, 12:31:18 AM
  Hey guys. I got the automatic pedal swapped in the '68 and now there is a problem: the pedal sits too high. It's an aftermarket piece from Rick's--surprise that an aftermarket part doesn't fit quite right. Everything swapped fine....the bushings and pins and master cylinder rod etc.. The new pedal is against the rubber bumper just as the stick pedal was, but it's about 3-4" too high from the floor and it's uncomfortable to cock my leg up and push it. Just another heads-up about aftermarket parts. If you can find an original part....FIND IT! It's worth the search and money.
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Cowl induction wiring on: April 16, 2014, 09:40:53 PM
  Thanks, Tim! I got your email before I came to this site, then I saw you had posted it. I'm sure a lot of folks will be grateful for the diagram. I sure am. You guys are the best. Thanks again!
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Cowl induction wiring on: April 15, 2014, 12:19:12 AM
  Hi guys. Can anyone post a wiring diagram of how the cowl harness hooks up at the fuse box and what color wire goes to what? I have an aftermarket (of course) harness and it has 2 wires with 4 plugs coming off them--2 plugs per wire. The wires are pink and tan. Thanks.
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Got My '69RS Back From Paint and Body on: April 13, 2014, 10:44:35 PM
Freakin' sweet! The stripe really sets it off. Beautiful car!
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: rear end upgrade 1969 on: April 11, 2014, 02:33:56 AM
  If you can find one, a '69 Firebird 8.2 is stronger than the Camaro 8.2. It's a bolt-in except for a bastard U-joint you can get at any auto parts store. I ran one of these in my '68 years ago and it lived with a healthy 406. Just a thought and good luck.
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Brake pedal swap on: April 03, 2014, 09:30:11 AM
  Yes, 68Z--that is the pivot pin I mentioned. The pedal and pivot shaft/pin are new from Rick's, just as in the picture you posted. Thanks fellows. You guys rock.
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 Z engine parts on: April 02, 2014, 02:40:05 AM
  In the old days a lot pf shops would just pin the studs. It was a cheap alternative to the machining and tapping for screw-in studs. I don't know if it's even done anymore, but your problem made me recall that a lot of studs got pinned in the '60s and '70s. Good luck and I hope everythnig is good now.
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Brake pedal swap on: April 02, 2014, 02:31:23 AM
  Hey guys. I need to swap a manual transmission brake pedal/clutch pedal setup for a single automatic brake pedal on a '68. I have the automatic pedal and pivot pin to make the change. I also have the cover for the firewall where the clutch pedal rod goes through. Will the automatic pedal simply replace the other pedals with no other parts? It looks as if the other assembly will just drop out when I take everything loose and remove the pivot pin, and the automatic pedal will fit right back in. But before I take the dash apart I don't want any surprises. The car has manual drum brakes if that makes any difference. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 1968 Front Drum Brakes on: March 28, 2014, 01:30:46 AM
The finned drums could have had metallic linings. I cannot say for sure. Someone here will know. They are the best.
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 26 year resto on: March 27, 2014, 11:49:32 PM
Freakin' sweet! Well done and congratulations.
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Rust on galvanized parts on: March 20, 2014, 10:31:45 PM
  POR-15 will stop the rust and it's also relatively cheap. Scrub the parts with a wire brush or Scotchbrite and paint it on. Also, industrial supply stores sell a spray cold galvanizing that works remarkably well. I used this on my window tracks and hardware as well as the wiring cover plates that go along the rocker panels. After many years I have seen no sign of rust returning. Hope this helps.
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How long have you owned your Camaro? on: February 28, 2014, 11:58:49 PM
  I got my '68 in May of 1983 and have owned it since. I got a '68 for graduation in 1975, totalled it in 1980, and just had to have another one. I've gone through a couple of paint jobs, a lot of engines and transmissions, then let it sit outside, which is the worst thing you can do. A few years ago I took it completely apart to do a frame-up and fix everything that was worn, broke or rusted. It's now completely restored except for the paint job, which will be done this spring. It's time to drive that sucker again. Long live the 1st-Gens.
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Z/28 Barn Find?? on: January 27, 2014, 12:41:39 AM
  I knew a guy who found a '69 Z/28 in the late '70s. It was advertised in the paper as a 1969 Chevrolet 2-door sedan. An old woman was selling it. Her son had been killed in Vietnam and it had sat in an old carshed for years. He answered the ad and she led him out behind her house and opened the doors and there sat a 1969 Z/28 with 32,000 miles on it--completely original. Dark red with black stripes and cowl hood. He gave her $1200 for it, got it running, and drove it away. But the story didn't end happily. One night he was winding the 302 out and lost control and wrapped the thing around a telephone pole at over 100 mph. He survived but the car was completely destroyed. What a shame.
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Mult-Leaf Springs or Single for 1967 L30M20? - That is the question. on: January 22, 2014, 09:52:28 PM
  Single-leaf springs are fine as long as they aren't subjected to wheel hop. Many high-horsepower cars have run single-leafs with no problem--some drag racers actually prefer them over multi-leafs. The '67s didn't have staggered shocks which compounded the problem with the single-leaf springs. Without traction bars the single-leafs would literally bend into an S-shape then snap back, causing violent wheel hop. After enough abuse they would break. The problem wasn't with the single-leaf springs themselves, but with the lack of any traction control to stop the windup on hard acceleration from a standing start. Some '67s had a traction arm that was supposed to help, but the only real solution was slapper-type traction bars or ladder bars. Hope this helps and good luck!

15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: First test drive! on: January 16, 2014, 03:13:19 AM
sweet ride! ^5
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