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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: CRG t-shirts - How to order on: April 12, 2014, 08:14:34 PM
Have a couple t-shirts and may get another but for sure will be ordering a sweat-shirt Steve.
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Well My Camaro online Compadres, Time for a fight of my Life! on: April 11, 2014, 05:21:23 AM
Danny, glad to see you back here, and I wish you well on the road to recovery and eventually getting back into a Camaro!

I'll drink to that and agree! Great news Danny and here's to ya!
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: This is a good looking car! on: April 09, 2014, 06:43:25 PM

. Just curious, any of you have the a-arm bolt orientation (bolt head out) as the one picture shows? The AIM is that way but believe every car I've ever looked at had the thread side out except for one 69 Firebird I noted a few years ago.

Chick, Are you talking about the large bolt that goes through the bushings on the frame end of 'A' arm, I assume. My three Nor. cars all have the bolt heads facing the front, like the picture. In fact, most I see are that way, I believe. May start paying more attention.

Yikes, brain fart this morning or becoming more mature (better than getting older). As soon as I went to the garage I thought what the heck am I talking about! Sorry everyone! Yes, the bolt is oriented correctly and the AIM shows it opposite. Did see one 69 original Firebird that had the thread sticking out the front. Going back to my sick bed now. Smiley
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: This is a good looking car! on: April 09, 2014, 07:19:14 AM
Car has been sold twice at Barratt Jackson here:
and here:

Both times its was described as having a “correct” block. Now according to the ebay ad its numbers matching. Buyer beware.
Just a Few Things Noticed: Lot 938 has Headers (in the picture) but listed as Correct Z/28 Manifolds, Rosewood Wheel, No clock, No Firewall Assembly Markings  Lot 711 has Stock Exhaust Manifolds, Standard Steering Wheel and the Factory Firewall Markings Have Appeared (the shifter looks wrong) On Ebay the Car has a Clock and looks like New or Detailed Exhaust Manifolds. "SURVIVED 45 Years"

Not sure what meant by "no firewall assembly markings" as most of that is restoration graffiti as JohnZ once called it (LOL). At the one sale posted whoever bought that for $56K got a heck of a deal no matter what things one could find wrong. Nice looking car but stamping & pad surface, stop?Huh?? Which then makes the vin stamping on block suspect. Just curious, any of you have the a-arm bolt orientation (bolt head out) as the one picture shows? The AIM is that way but believe every car I've ever looked at had the thread side out except for one 69 Firebird I noted a few years ago.
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: clips and seal for RH side inner fender brace on: April 06, 2014, 07:49:15 PM
I had two nice ones which were off low mile cars and they both looked like they were blackened or blued spring steel
one was stamped with a GI

X2 with James! Would not say it was phosphate and the closest description I could come up with taking James words is a type of bluish looking spring steel.
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Wiring lume for the trunk of a 68 rs on: April 04, 2014, 08:54:06 AM
Hey Chaps

The wiring lume looks a bit tattered so I want to change the section that feeds the rear of my car (ie.lights) but following
the lume thru the trunk into the cabin it doesn't join anywhere. Does this mean that I would have to replace
the complete wiring lume in the car from front to back

Hope not

When you state the wiring lume looks a little tattered do you mean the plastic sheath that encompasses the wiring? They usually become brittle and become a little ugly. If that is the root issue you might want to find a donor piece of sheath and replace only from the back seat back. If you do this take measurements to replace the tab holders in the exact location, use the correct type tape to tape them on, and take notice to how they were taped on to replicate. On this page I have a couple pics of our 68 wiring harness.
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: My 69 SS/RS Project started on: April 01, 2014, 06:22:15 AM
You displayed a new automatic transmission that I assume you will be using, correct? If not already planned for you will need a different cross-member as the one in your picture is for a manual transmission.
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: GM silver for Rally wheels. on: March 30, 2014, 08:20:54 PM
Chick,  When you were done with your wheels did you have any problems seeing the date codes. My problem is the stamping is so lite I feel a couple coats of paint will make them unreadable.
Sorry I missed this question originally! No, no problem on mine but in many cases its just masking off the area and keeping that area very light with paint.
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: White paint on 68 cowl tag on: March 28, 2014, 08:42:24 PM
A couple examples I took pics of at the Lambrecht Chevrolet, Pierce, Nebraska Sale!  Just interesting seeing different vehicles with it.

10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Date Stamping on: March 28, 2014, 06:33:39 AM
I've seen date stamps on 68 dash pads, door panels, and date tags for the carpet.
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 26 year resto on: March 27, 2014, 08:14:08 PM
Man can I understand the 26 year thing as we have a similar situation and should be finished this year. Ours been apart since 1979!
Great looking car and congratulations. Smiley
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Matching numbers or original condition 69 Camaro photos request on: March 22, 2014, 06:23:07 PM
Good day all,

I am looking for Matching numbers or original condition 69 Camaro photos.

I need complete photos that covering all parts even from the bottom.

I really need it to show it to shop whom restoring my 69 Camaro.


I think you might need to be more specific in your picture request, i.e. what areas are being repaired, what kind of a 69 are you restoring, etc., as just posting pictures covering all parts even the bottom is a huge request. Another question might be what kind of a shop is restoring your Camaro that needs photos from apparently A to Z? Doing searches can uncover a large amount of pics both here and Team Camaro. The build section of team Camaro has a multitude of builds and pictures that you can review and capture.
Best of luck to you,
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Muncie cleaning on: March 18, 2014, 08:41:27 PM
I had some alum. trailer cleaner I used on some parts and it worked pretty good to remove some stains but after the bath I glass beaded between 15-20 PSI. Was slow going due to the low pressure but the alum skin was not altered and it gave the part a really fresh new look.. Got the idea for the low PSI from one of JohnZ's comments. Again, slow going but it worked well and only took time and not $$ as I already had the alum. trailer cleaner (mixed so many parts of cleaner to so many parts of water). Use distilled water!
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: The CRG in Hemmings Motor News on: March 16, 2014, 09:49:51 PM
Great news! Oh, what does the "G" stand for?  Grin
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 Z engine parts on: March 15, 2014, 03:18:25 PM
My best guess is the guy's son did the work and either ran the tap too fast or used a dull one and the heat build up cracked it.  I pulled them out but didn't notice the cracks at that time. 

Thanks for the recommendations and I'll see if I can get this sorted out and order some parts today.
I'd be very surprised to believe a dull tap caused that much heat to cause cracking or the cause was tapping too fast, but I've been surprised before.
Now, I do not know anyone who rebuilds those mouse motors with that weak link still intact, i.e. pressed in studs. You stated a balance issue but not sure how bad that was and how you found out or the crank was not machined properly, are you referring to the past engine build where you ran it for 4 years or recently they machined it incorrectly. What was wrong with the crank? Now I'm not picking as you sound just like me some years past. Smiley One of the first things I would do is find a reputable shop that knows engines and has the capabilities to do their own machining. Our original 68 302 did 362hp at 6700 rpm, and that was with a crane blueprint cam purchased new in 1983 and stock heads and manifold. Was everything easy, no! Why, the first time it was rebuilt with different hands they messed things up. Example, had the heads checked and valve job done at a local NAPA that does a lot of machine work. Later when I took the heads to the new engine builder they pulled a vac. check and two seats on one head and one seat on the other leaked. Cause, seats had chatter. The engine machine work done many years ago (engine was never fired) was more upsetting as our original MO was stock bore and did not need bored so it was lightly honed back then yet they used a ridge reamer at the top of the bore. Guess what, they cut in so deep on some cylinders the top land was going to very close so we had to bore .03" over and purchase new pistons. All of this was carefully shown to me by who I now use and swear by.  So your discussion brings up memories as I've been there and done that.
That is why I'm suggesting you hold off any purchases and find yourself a reputable shop. Find out exactly what you have, and what you need and why. Ask them to show you and explain. When they rebuilt our 302 I was there for the short-block assembly. When it was broke in and dyno'ed I was there which to me gives credibility to the shop.
Good luck 68Z brother.......
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