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16  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.......
17  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: under hood finish on: March 13, 2014, 06:41:03 PM
no--my buddy ordered it through his paint vendor. BTY I am very pleased with the results. Stopped by the shop today and took a look under the hood, very nice. What I wanted. Well ,hanging the front clip on this Sunday----coming along Cheesy


Thanks Gary & Mike for your suggestion.

Good news and close hanging ours but decided to do everything and I mean everything imaginable before and glad. Once the front sheetmetal is attached things become a little more complicated.
Just some food for thought.....
Love them 68Z's Smiley
18  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Hardware to attach Alternator Brkt. to Kustom Headers on: March 13, 2014, 06:34:28 PM
Pick those up out of Michigan ? Or did you use Larry C ?



Used Larry!
19  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Hardware to attach Alternator Brkt. to Kustom Headers on: March 13, 2014, 07:31:15 AM
That's what I used on my headers.  I had to use a washer or two behind the bracket to get the alternator pulley in line with the others.
Thanks as that seems the best scenario but was hoping I could find out what if anything came in the header package hardware related. Contacted JerryM hoping to get info from his 68 Survivor with headers but no luck.
20  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Hardware to attach Alternator Brkt. to Kustom Headers on: March 11, 2014, 09:09:15 PM
Many of you know we are restoring a 68 Z/28 that had the air cowl plenum. Since I could not correctly utilize the smog set up with that set up I decided to purchase the repro Kustom Headers but not sure what would be deemed correct for the hardware (bolts, washers, nuts) to attach the alternator bracket to the repro Kustom Header bracket. I was hoping someone here has a similar set up and has had the car judged. I was going to use a shouldered phosphate bolt and combination lock washer and nut.
21  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Looking for CRG Members from Lebanon PA. on: March 11, 2014, 08:49:46 PM
Glad you are getting some info Eddie. He's been filling me in on where he's at with assisting you!
Keep the hope friend......
22  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: CRG etiquette concerning parts on E Bay on: March 10, 2014, 07:19:14 AM
Just don't be shocked if a CRG member bids against you.
Also don't be surprised if a fellow CRGer has the same item you are looking for and will make you a better deal, just because you are a member and contributor and they don't mind helping you out as long as they know it is not being flipped on Ebay.

I've done that several times and twice now the part ends up on ebay.  Oh well.... Smiley
Another key is do your homework as one has time during the auction run time. Search here and team Camaro for info and goggle for info. In many cases one can find out what is correct fairly easy. But as stated, if not sure post the link and members will chime in.
23  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original radiator cap? on: March 07, 2014, 06:51:00 PM
Jeff, Would you have any of the "flat rivet" caps on hand??  thanks!  Don

Best thing to do is send Jeff a PM or email.
Note for restoration-Joe can utilize whatever rivet you need for your application. For anyone coming to Corvette Carlisle, Joe is normally there with a space and is a great guy!
24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Well My Camaro online Compadres, Time for a fight of my Life! on: March 07, 2014, 06:31:16 PM
I just know when you read this Danny things will be in a more positive direction. I went through Prostate Cancer and will be thinking and praying for you.
As others have said, we are with you as ONE.
25  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Identifying Original Console Gauges on: February 11, 2014, 07:15:07 AM
I've tried many and toothpaste works well for minor abrasions but for some serious work (just like cutting paint in) one needs some cutting action. I found Novus plastic polishing products can do the job and utilize 3, 2, & 1 compounds but it is time consuming. 
http://www.novuspolish.com/
26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 5 originals rallywheels 67 code DG on: February 10, 2014, 11:00:34 PM
DG Rally wheels are 15" x 6" Corvette wheels produced in January and early February 67. I have never seen any 14" wheels coded DG.

1967 Corvette 15x6 rally wheels are coded "DC".

Paul

Actually there were both DG and DC 15X6 67 corvette rally wheel and believe most of the DG wheels were very early wheels but they are the same wheel, just with different letters. The DG wheel was also used on station wagons from 1967-70 according to JohnZ. And yes, there was a DG 14" rally wheel and have seen them both advertised and at flea markets. So in reality, everyone was correct...... Smiley
27  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Chrome Plating on: February 10, 2014, 07:16:55 PM
Chick    I cannot make it out from the pictures but is the inside ridges of the door hands still detailed fine grooves like originally? Also how are you going to rivet your knobs back on?  Thanks, Scoop

Yes Scoop, the fine grooves are still on the door handles and yes, I'm going to rivet the original knobs back on as later service replacements are not correct. More on that later as there was an article in the NCRS newletter on how to do this and it's actually quite easy and looks exact. I will post info on that subject for sure as its very worthwhile.
i look forward to seeing this explained Chick. I thought my old cranks were hopeless, but perhaps not. What do you do about yellowing of plastic? Is there a fix for that?

Well first off my cranks are black with a distinct scallop so the yellowing is a non issue for our car anyway.


Back last year NCRS had an article about how to replace the knob on Corvettes, tried it first on an old window crank and then moved forward. Here are some pics of that topic by NCRS member Bill Lacy. All credit and pics go to Bill Lacy and NCRS. I think or hope this give the general thoughts on how to complete as it really pretty easy.




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28  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Chrome Plating on: February 09, 2014, 09:30:20 PM
Chick    I cannot make it out from the pictures but is the inside ridges of the door hands still detailed fine grooves like originally? Also how are you going to rivet your knobs back on?  Thanks, Scoop

Yes Scoop, the fine grooves are still on the door handles and yes, I'm going to rivet the original knobs back on as later service replacements are not correct. More on that later as there was an article in the NCRS newletter on how to do this and it's actually quite easy and looks exact. I will post info on that subject for sure as its very worthwhile.
29  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Chrome Plating on: February 09, 2014, 07:13:29 PM
Hi Chick,
    I have a few items I need to get re-chromed soon. I'll certainly look at this vendor.
Do they plate using the copper-nickel-chrome process? So many shops leave out the copper step these days.

Mike
Mike, give them a call as they offer two chrome services, which both are better than GM chrome. The one is show chrome which I believe to be with the cooper base. I've had valve covers, both small block and big block, many small pieces like sun visor parts, door handles (outside & inside), mirrors, etc. and everything has been top notch. Do searches and many have used them as they were big with the street rod gang. Send them parts, they send you pics of what was sent with a price, and if you agree the job is done to your total satisfaction. Bottom line, they have their act together.......
30  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Chrome Plating on: February 09, 2014, 07:59:42 AM
I posted this in my build thread but know many search topics and wanted to communicate how great a pleasure its been working with Jon at Custom Chrome Plating. One deals with many people during a restoration and for the most part its just goes with the process, sometimes can be aggravating, but once in awhile a company or individual stands out or excites the customer which in this case is ME. 😊 If anyone is looking for chrome work and a company that does it correct from the actual chrome plating to how they handle their business and customers then try Jon Wright’s CCP Custom Chrome Plating in Grafton, OH. I had some issues with a prominent platter and East Coast Muscle Cars recommended trying CCP back a couple years ago and wow what a difference.  I myself have sent many there and everyone has been extremely happy with the results. I’ve talked to Jon several times and he’s even called me to assist and offer suggestions. The CCP team have chromed many parts for both our 68Z and some Corvette parts and each time its like Christmas when you open the box. And this past Nov. Jon the CCP team celebrated 45 years in business. For sure when I have our car completed and have a placard thanking contributors Custom Chrome Plating will be prominently identified. Thanks Jon! Great guy to deal with and like us, a car guy first. Some more original parts off our car recently chromed & received. By the way the red bag holds the two screws also re-chromed for the qtr. window trim.
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