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16  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Cowl Induction hood on: June 16, 2014, 01:40:02 AM
Thanks, fellows!
17  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Cowl Induction hood on: June 15, 2014, 03:05:20 AM
  Hey guys. I have a question about the ZL-2 hood and how it was trimmed out from the factory. Was the overhang at the flapper valve and cowl blacked-out or was the underside the color of the car? Also, was the entire underside of the hood over the engine blacked-out or was it the color of the car? If it was blacked-out, was it gloss or semi-gloss? I've never seen this question addressed and am curious. Thanks.
18  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: valve adj on: June 11, 2014, 11:54:43 PM
  Mike............that 1/8 turn roughly equals 1/16". And yes....once you fire it up they don't need adjusting again. It sets the lifter plunger just right to eliminate pump-up when you spin the engine up.
19  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: valve adj on: June 11, 2014, 08:58:58 PM
  For anyone reading who has a hydraulic cam, I have a foolproof method of adjusting juice lifters. Use the sequence as suggested above by cook. To adjust the valves, back off of the rocker arm until you can spin the pushrod between your fingertips. Then slowly tighten the nut down until the pushrod stops rotating. Turn the nut EXACTLY one-eighth of a turn and your hydraulic lifter is set. Do not go 1/4-turn. I've found that with a performance or even stock cam, this sets the lifter preload perfectly. Hope this helps someone.
20  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: media blasting on: June 11, 2014, 08:39:08 PM
  Soda blasting is good for items that are fragile or easily eroded. Hope this helps.
21  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Who would be interested in buying a replacement passenger seat cable? on: June 11, 2014, 08:35:23 PM
  I need two. If you get up and running, count me in.
22  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Issues reviving 69 396 from long term storage on: June 08, 2014, 11:14:13 PM
  Worst comes to worse, the cam could be going flat. Just a thought. Good luck!
23  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: intake on: June 08, 2014, 01:29:54 AM
  I always put sealer around the water passages, and a thin dab at the bottom of the intake ports just to make sure they won't suck any oil from the lifter valley. I've been using just silicone on the rails for years. It doesn't push out and once set, doesn't blow out or leak. I like Permatex Ultra Black. My 2 cents and good luck!
24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original dealer info for 1st gens is available on: June 03, 2014, 11:24:44 PM
  They found mine. It was delivered to Indian River Chevrolet in Cocoa, Florida. It says the delivery code was 283 in Zone 26. It lists the production date as August 29, 1968.
  This raises a question: My car is #1750. Shouldn't it have been built in August 1967? Perhaps I'm confusing something here, but weren't the cars built to coincide with the model year release in the fall of the old model year?  I.E. weren't 1968 model cars released late-year 1967? Maybe I'm all wet here. Help!
25  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original dealer info for 1st gens is available on: May 29, 2014, 09:38:16 PM
 I had Chevy Muscle Docs run my VIN and was excited to possibly learn more on the history of my '68. Unfortunately I was one of the few whose VIN could not be deciphered and identified. My car is a very early Norwood perhaps that is why it couldn't be traced. But kudos to everyone else--you guys must be thrilled to have gotten your info. Keep 'em rolling!
26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Big Block engine ID on: May 29, 2014, 09:30:10 PM
  Hi guys. I have a friend with a big-block engine and I can't figure out what it is. The number on the block pad at the front is CEF 178770. I can't find CEF in any reference codes. I seem to recall that CEF designated a GM replacement engine or a crate engine. Has anyone else run into this, or does anyone know what this engine could be? Any help woud be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

27  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Speedo / Gauge cluster - bad connection ?!?! on: May 26, 2014, 11:00:11 PM
 Run a ground wire from the back of the cluster to the dash. This exact same thing happened to me and that was the problem--a bad ground. The high beam indicator works because the center dash screw grounds it. When you dropped the thing down something on the cluster probably hit a ground on the metal dash. Not saying 100% this is your problem, but it was mine. Good luck!
28  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Sbc oil pan gasket on: May 25, 2014, 10:31:14 PM
  Have you considered a 1-piece gasket? The molded 1-piece gasket beats the old design in a landslide. They don't leak and are just stupidly easy to install. Just a thought and good luck!
29  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New guy to forum with Old first Gen on: May 23, 2014, 04:37:22 AM
  Ha avnut         When I switched to the Hush Thrush I thought I was safe. I actually had a city cop pull me and shine a flashlight up under the car. The Hush Thrush were new and I hadn't thought to paint them black. The bastard saw the bird decal and busted me. It was that bizarre. Every story one might read of cops persecuting hot rodders in the '70s is probably rooted in truth. They checked bumper height, tires outside of the fenderwells.....everything. I even once got stopped for having blue dots in my taillights. It was a different time and a wild one.
30  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New guy to forum with Old first Gen on: May 22, 2014, 05:26:14 AM
  Lord.................Thrush mufflers! That takes me back to 1975 and a green kid. I bought round Thrush header mufflers and was so dumb I thought they couldn't sell them if they were illegal. After enough tickets I got the message and bought some Hush Thrush header muffflers. Quieter but still too loud for the most crazed of constabulary hotrod cops. More tickets. I found that it wasn't the noise per se........cops just hate hotrods. Back then they were targeted and profiled and persecuted. It was a great revenue racket for the government.
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