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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Urethane Repair Product for VE3 Special Front Bumper on: Today at 02:04:36 PM
5887 works great, I have used it to repair Endura's
I use and recommend Spies Hecker 3300 Elastic Primer w/ 3100 catalyst.
It was demonstrated by priming a blown up beach ball then allowed to fully cure and deflated... no cracking peeling etc even a year later...

As a precaution against cracking I use a flex agent in the top coat (clear or Single stage), not needed in the base coat.
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: black on tailpan on ss cars on: Today at 12:36:58 PM
Ok here are some photos of Lucite Black Lacquer.
Flattened 10% 20% 30% by weight then taped off and  polished with Meguires swirl remover and showcar glaze



















Unpolished  --- 10% at the top ---20% in the center --- 30% closest to viewer
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 SS Grille correct Black gloss Level? on: September 16, 2014, 06:22:46 PM
That still doesn't help with the gloss level.

BTW
The silver grille in the black RS survivor was painted silver. The grille was molded in an opaque bone color plastic for lack of better description.
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / 1969 SS Grille correct Black gloss Level? on: September 16, 2014, 05:58:28 PM
If someone can point me in this direction as far as percentages I would be grateful!!
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1968 z/28 373 rear end inspection marks on: September 16, 2014, 05:46:16 PM
The rears were painted black by eaton. 

Actually, the rear axle was painted at the Chevrolet-Detroit Gear & Axle plant, where it was built; Eaton only supplied the Posi unit.

My mistake on the location, was the description of masking and lack of markings correct?

I will add that the brake drums were in place when painted and had I believe a push on spring washer type of retainer, (much like the ones that hold the heater cables to their levers) the coverage on drums varied from good on some to non existent on others.
Because the drums were in place the brake side of the backing plates would have been natural steel, some restorers use high heat charcoal grey inside the backing plate etc so they look closer to correct when they pull a drum off. 
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1968 z/28 373 rear end inspection marks on: September 14, 2014, 07:24:08 PM
The rears were painted black by eaton.  Masked with a tube over the pinion stub/collar and sleeves protecting the Ebrake cables other than that I have not seen markings on them, there is a photo of subframes and rears being assembled around here and there are no marks visible, it is my opinion that it would be restoration graffiti on a rear end and unless documented by pre resto photos I would leave it without.
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: September 14, 2014, 07:06:57 PM
YES the rotor must face the #1 plug wire position on the cap and #1 plug wire goes to the front plug on the drivers side of the engine.
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: September 14, 2014, 05:10:08 PM
It always points to number 3.
AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE?

The next cylinder in the firing order is 8 not 3.
It should be either 8 next in line to be fired or 2 previously fired

Firing order
18436572

You had mentioned FORDS earlier...
Remember Chevrolet has odds on one bank and evens on the other unlike FORD which has them in order. 1-4 on one bank and 5-8 on the other.
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: She's Painted! on: September 14, 2014, 03:14:11 PM
Yes, I usually shoot 2-3 coats, (White stripes 3, 2 for black) typically leave the tape in place or re-mask the edges and cut any imperfections/rough polish with the tape there so I won't accidentally take the edge down too far. With 3 coats after un-taping the taped edges feel "tall" which I slightly cut with 2000.
As an aside... I often tape edges and creased crowns/breaklines when polishing vehicles. 
 
10  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / 1968 #16 Penske Camaro - Watkins Glenn 2013 - tirewall/guardrail collision on: September 14, 2014, 02:57:58 PM
I was rereading the dec issue of Vintage Motorsport Magazine and read about the loss of braking which led to crashing into the tirewall and guardrail, for which the driver was airlifted to the hospital. (a photographer was also injured & received treatment for a compound fracture)
Driver was released later but was reported as saying "He was glad he was wearing a HANS for the SEVERE impact."

Severe is what I am referring to... 

Does anyone know how badly the car was damaged?

11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: She's Painted! on: September 13, 2014, 01:55:03 PM
Just Feel them or can you catch your finger nail on the edge of the stripe? (The finger nail test is the test judges use when scoring for points)
***If the stripes and color were cleared together then you probably can't catch your finger nail on the stripe edge,  which will lead to a point deduction.
Current accepted practice for original cars is to single stage(I use Dupont Chroma One) the stripes (over the clear) which is as close to assembly line as most people are going after.
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Z/28 X77 garage/barn find on: September 13, 2014, 01:23:58 PM
Those are cavity numbers in case there is a problem the particular offending mold cavity can be isolated.
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Convertible Windshield Header Moldings on: September 13, 2014, 11:27:24 AM
Thats how I remember our 68 Firebird conv header moldings to have been finished.
14  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1966-1972 Advertisements and classified ads on: September 12, 2014, 12:49:32 AM
Scott, the date of the photo is correct and taken from the issue of Competition Press & Autoweek that it was found in. The first appearance of the cowl induction hood was on the 1 of 1 '68 Z/28 convertible owned by Chevrolet's Pete Estes. That hood was probably put on the car by the GM Tech Center and not as a production line component but it was present on the car when it paced the '68 Can-Am race at Road America. The second application of the cowl hood that I have seen is on the car shown in the Berger ad. This was a car used by Chevrolet for its new car introductions for '69 and it appeared in a large number of road tests in the fall of '68 as well as some print ads. You are correct that the first use of the cowl induction hood as a production line component was at the end of December '68 when they made their debut on the ZL-1 Camaros.
RE: ZL2
There is a highly documented hugger orange LA Z28 built 2nd or 3rd week dec with ZL2 and paper out the rear... it is now the earliest known ZL2 accompanied by supporting docs.
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1968 z/28 373 rear end inspection marks on: September 08, 2014, 12:07:31 PM
rarely were they the same, just put what you found.
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