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16  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. 
 
17  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?

18  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.
19  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.
20  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.
21  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.
22  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.
23  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69-SS-396-350hp/ mstrcyl and booster date codes with in 1 month? on: September 06, 2014, 06:35:35 PM
GREAT CAR and color combo... I love blue and white.
24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Condensation wicks in tail light housing on: September 06, 2014, 06:18:16 PM
Nice detail shot of original paint and the black tail pan light overspray in the trunk jamb....

25  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Fender Flaring On Trans-Am Camaros on: September 06, 2014, 10:14:40 AM
We used to clearance first gen rear wheel wells with a piece of 2.5" or 3" pipe and roll the lips like the baseball bat method.
26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: REAR END DATE on: September 06, 2014, 09:23:30 AM
Oct 68 built 1969 Z28.
Cowl Tag 10D
VIN falls first week of November
Axle Oct 31  BV 4.10
Trans Oct 18th  M20
Engine V1007DZ
27  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Convertible Windshield Header Moldings on: September 05, 2014, 06:10:28 PM
Old thread, however what is the story on header molding finish?
I remember the 68 Firebird conv we had in the 80's wore Satin finished header moldings (don't remember if it was split like the one shown), our 67 Camaro conv had bright chrome, the 69 I am doing now has bright chrome, what is correct?
28  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 67 Z28 production run on: September 05, 2014, 02:51:23 PM
Mello's car is the first.... Aero Chevrolet Virginia and raced from the start.
29  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Shat R Proof Front windshield with no DOT? on: September 05, 2014, 02:46:54 PM
I can only imagine what it would cost you (a company) to shut down the assembly line...
I had deals with in the packaging industry where it would cost me 2000/hour if I kept presses waiting for paperboard.
30  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Shat R Proof Front windshield with no DOT? on: September 03, 2014, 06:07:02 PM
His shipping date is in Feb.

 
"I don't know why this issue keeps coming up or how it got started, but it's incorrect. Windshields and backlites were installed manually in the plant (two guys with suction-cup grippers for each glass), just like the replacement guys used in the glass shops. Machines/robots weren't used successfully to install fixed glass in production until MANY years later."

I stand corrected... probably started by the replacement glass companies which is where I heard it years ago.

John, was the "dam" material READILY/EASILY available to after market installers at the time?
&
If so how common was it for outside glass installers to use the "dam"?
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