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16  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: First test drive! on: January 16, 2014, 03:13:19 AM
sweet ride! ^5
17  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: who do you all get body parts from? on: January 13, 2014, 11:50:46 PM
  Beware Goodmark stuff. I had to replace both doors and fenders, and their products didn't even match each other as far as contour lines and door-to-fender gaps. It's been said many times before but it's worth saying again: if you can find NOS parts, get them. They'll be pricey, but the headaches saved versus aftermarket crap will be worth it. And it's not just body parts--half of the stuff out there advertised as exact reproduction isn't anywhere near exact. For example, the "exact reproduction" '68 heater controls have lettering that isn't even close to factory. Some SS gas caps won't twist on with the SS level. If you can find it and afford it, get NOS.
18  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PF35 Oil Filter on: January 13, 2014, 11:29:46 PM
  In general, the PF25 was considered a passenger car filter, the PF35 was a truck filter. Rick's Camaros sells both, but they're expensive. Hope this helps.
19  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 68 Camaro rear park brake cables on: January 13, 2014, 11:19:17 PM
  My original cables are wound with a spiral spring. As I understand it, all were made this way. There is an inner tube core with the spring on the outside. The cable from the parking brake pedal and both rear cables are spring-wound. Presumably this keeps the inner tube from kinking where they have to bend and curve, especially the front one. Hope this helps.
20  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Supposedly 302 Mustang 'Barn Find' on: January 07, 2014, 04:26:39 AM
  I call b-s. Any car that has sat in a shed like that for 40 years would be covered in 1/4" of dust, the tires would be dry-rotted and flat, and the bright trim would be oxidized or dull, unless it was stainless steel. Chrome would be rusted or pitted. Unless this car was in an a very arid state with no humidity or wind I can't see it. No car looks that good after 40 years unless it's been tweaked first.
21  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: rear end upgrade 1969 on: January 05, 2014, 12:15:55 AM
  Moser sells a brand-new 12-bolt that is a drop-in. You can order it with any spring perches you want, almost any gear ratio and with C-clip eliminators. They're stronger than the original 12-bolts and come with positraction. Downside is they're rather pricey. As for traction bars, Competition Engineering sells an excellent set with J-bolts and the snubber contacts the front spring eye. They eliminate any wheel hop and actually help plant the rear tires on launch. Rick's Camaros sells rebuilt original 12-bolts, too. Hope this helps and good luck!
22  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: speed warning buzzer on: December 28, 2013, 01:14:03 AM
Thank you kindly!
23  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / speed warning buzzer on: December 27, 2013, 01:42:23 AM
  I bought a new speedometer for my '68 and it has the speed warning needle. I'd like to make it functional, but no one offers the buzzer that goes on the back of the instrument cluster. Does anyone know of a late-model buzzer or chime that I can adapt to it? Since it won't be original, I don't really care what it fits. I'd just like the thing to buzz when it exceeds the set speed. Thanks.
24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: starting my resto on: December 25, 2013, 04:30:25 AM
  rs327 is so right--buy the parts as you need them! These projects can stretch into months and even years, and the repro industry is always improving. New and better parts are coming out everyday as the demand becomes greater for parts that actually fit and work as the OEM pieces did. A good example: the heater control panel. My car's heater control had 2 broken levers, one that was pot metal and almost impossible to repair. So I bought a new unit that was an "exact GM reproduction". The fit and finish was virtually identical, but compared to the original control panel, the repro lettering on the thing wasn't even close. I had to drill out the rivets and take a brand-new unit apart just to change the lens. There are the little things that drive you nuts.
  You'll learn as you go and it's fun and exciting. If I can help in any way feel free to message me. I'm sure the others feel the same. This is all about keeping our beloved 1st-Gens around forever. I've owned my '68 for 30 years now. I got it in May of 1983 when I was 25 years old. Over the years I've raced it, neglected it and cursed it, but the love affair remains and now I pamper it. Just the other day I was driving it to town and a guy in a new Camaro came up beside me, honked his horn, and grinned ear-to-ear and gave a thumbs-up. That makes it all worthwhile. Folks, we own history.
25  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Rockchester Quadrajet vendor suggestions on: December 25, 2013, 12:20:20 AM
 Toss the Q-Jet into a trash can and get a Holley Spread-bore.... lol            you won't be sorry. Good luck.
26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: starting my resto on: December 24, 2013, 03:14:30 AM
  Yes.......it cannot be overstated enough........as you disassemble the car put EVERYTHING in Zip-Loc bags or boxes and LABEL them. No matter what you think, there will be bolts and screws and parts where you will forget where they go. I also took my '68 completely apart and when the time came to reassemble it the labeled bags were invaluable. Put as much as possible in the same place as well--try and store everything in one location and do it by category--fuel, brakes, interior....etc.
  An Assembly Instruction Manual ( AIM ) is also invaluable. There are a surprising number of parts you can still get through GM, although they will likely be pricey. Some will be 'replacement' parts and not NOS too, so that's a consideration. It helped me to get all the catalogs I could.....i.e.   Rick's, NPD, Ground-Up   etc and study the parts they selll and what is correct and what is not. If you can get NOS parts, GET THEM. Half of the reproduction stuff is not GM quality and it won't fit quite right--especially sheetmetal.
  Good luck and welcome to the world of taking a car apart and putting it back together again. It's not that hard if you do your homework. Knowledge is everything. Hope this helps.
27  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: 8.2 10 bolt differential on: December 20, 2013, 03:23:34 AM
   An 8.2 10-bolt can take a lot of abuse, but torque killls them. There is a reason why Chevy put a 12-bolt behind their more powerful engines. As long as the tires don't hook but spin, a 10-bolt will live. Once you get into the 12-second range with good tires, a 10-bolt is a time bomb. 10-bolts are notorious for ripping the spring mounts out of the axle tubes if you don't fully weld the mounts. I have the original 10-bolt I ran under my car for years and it's still intact, but once I stepped up to adult horsepower I got a 12-bolt. If you're in the 12s you're on the ragged edge. Good luck and I hope this helps.
28  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Intake/Carb recomendations on: December 10, 2013, 12:25:52 AM
Good point, Mike. I had a couple of leaf blower and chainsaw carburetors get trashed from ethanol. I use Sea Foam in the gas now. It's inexpensive and seems to work.
29  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Intake/Carb recomendations on: December 09, 2013, 11:28:11 PM
  Sounds like you may have something in the needle & seat--Holleys are notorious for flooding if the gas isn't absolutely clean. I'd get a rebuild kit and go through the carburetor and put a good inline filter in the gas line. I certainly wouldn't trash it. As for the air cleaner, does your have the low-profile base? A factory-style open element air cleaner will drop the height a good inch. The Edelbrock Performer would be a good choice of intake with a mild cam. Sounds to me like it's just flooding a little at idle. New needles & seats will fix that in a jiffy. God luck and I hope this helps.
 
30  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / '68 on the main page on: December 05, 2013, 03:15:27 AM
  Wow.................sweet ride. The Vigilites and remote door mirror and Goodyear tires and gray mags and old USA-1 tag set that baby off. Well done! I hope my '68 turns out as well.
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