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676  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Bill Jenkins on: March 30, 2012, 05:56:14 PM
Heard about it this morning as a friend called me and told me. Just talked to a guy a few weeks ago who talked to him when he was assisting the local fire company restore an old pumper engine. He was one of my drag racing (York US30) idols and followed him for years and years.
Rest in peace Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, you were the best of the best!
677  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Front Shocks on: March 29, 2012, 05:12:30 AM
For Lawrence and others, are there any alternatives for having ones orig. shocks re-built? I've heard this mentioned but have never read where or who!
678  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Stupid Question - What does Sway Bar Rubber Sleeve/Clamp do? on: March 28, 2012, 07:19:58 AM
George's picture is quite interesting. Both our 68 sway bar and brackets were painted black with the brackets seemingly dipped as many others due to small runs.
679  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Ground wire on 67 PS Rag Joint on: March 27, 2012, 10:37:06 PM
You used my ol' thread at team camaro and he did respond. I also responded with this info just in case it helps.
"Maybe this will help as these are the orig. rag joints as far as I know off our 67 corvette and 68 Camaro. The only difference I remember was the Camaro joint had  smaller pin diameters. Camaro joint is on the left."

Jim's response: Drawing and comment is at
Of all things, I have fairly good information on 1966, 68, and 69 F-car steering gears and flange and coupling assemblies. But I don't have 1967. Obviously the Camaro was not in production 1966. So the best I can do is tell you about the 1968 flange and coupling assembly.

The 1968 assembly used a ground cable with eyes on the end. I would think that the 1967 would have used the same cable. I think that the rubber bumpers were used in 1967 and possibly were eliminated sometime during 1967 production but I am not absolutely sure.

This is a drawing of the rivet cap (as it was called.) The fact that the cap is only 0.63 inches tall, I suspect that the 1967 Camaro flange and coupling assembly had rivets that were about 0.63 long and not the longer 0.75 that were used on late assemblies.

Wish that I could be of more help.
680  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Help and advice prior to purchase? on: March 27, 2012, 07:48:49 PM
Ex casting date to inside or what one might say the backside of manifold. Other words, if you took the manifold off and layed it down upside down and looked at that backside you will see the casting date. Small mirror.......
congrats again......Love the car!
681  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Quadrajet Restoration on: March 26, 2012, 09:44:21 PM
I have used Eric at Vintage Musclecar Parts, great service and the best restoration from appearance to performance.
He discussed everything in detail needed to restore, as well as kept to the price he quoted upon receipt and teardown for estimate.

I agree that Eric is an excellent source as he has restored carbs (4) for us but they were Holleys as he was not doing quadrajets for awhile and now back to them again or was last year or so. Have never used Custom Rebuilt Carbs but have heard nothing but good things about them. Talked to owner at Carlisle and he seemed like a real nice car guy. Do a search here on CRG and you will find some previous discussions concerning this topic.
682  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: small bumper guards under rear bumper on: March 26, 2012, 09:34:47 PM
Original bumpers do not look like they ever had anything bolted to them, could it be that 6 bangers did not get them?


Paul, when was your car built?
683  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Tachometer calibration source? on: March 26, 2012, 04:34:58 PM
Have not used it yet Dave but here is where we had our tach & gauges gone over. Know he calibrates tachs....
Gauge Repair-Gary Herbert at H&H Industries  1-800-327-8716, M-F 9-6 E.S.T
684  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original radiator cap? on: March 25, 2012, 05:54:08 AM
Agree with Jeff that it should clean up nicely. Get yourself some evaporust or one of the other similar rust remover solutions and let it soak for a day. Those in nice condititon bring good money. A NOS one just brought $609 recently........
685  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Documenting 68 Camaro Fasteners & Hardware on: March 23, 2012, 06:45:18 PM
Some valuable information concering quality and possibly safety of j-nuts! GM part # 3892755, found in 68 AIM page 66 (UPC 4 B1), attaches the front leaf spring bracket to the underneath unitized body. The j-nuts that have both quality and supply peace of mind concerning safety are the ones imprinted with a "CIP" and can be purchased through AMK. There are other similar generics that look similar but upon closer inspection they have issues and when you go to torque to the required 20 to 30 ft. lbs. you have risk of the thread pulling. Non CIP clips I looked at did not have full thread, and had less threads by up to 50%. This is not meant to communicate anything other than a CIP clip is junk, only that inspection and thought to where you purchase might be the prudent thing to do. In fact, not "might be" but "will be" the prudent thing to do. Let me tell ya what happened and then read an older post I found but found after the fact.
Remember recently I took the dummy rear out of the car and installed the original re-built 12 back in. After paint to install the dummy rear some new generic j-nuts were installed and used. When I took the dummy rear out I noticed the new j-nuts in location as the originals I had taken out when the original rear was removed. When I installed the orig. rear back in all six of the screws started nicely (3 for each bracket) and I hand snugged/tightened with a normal length 1/2" rachet and socket. Everything was fine or so I thought. After the rear was installed I later got under the car to torque those rascals to the required 20 to 30 ft. lbs. Set the torque wrench to 20 ft. lbs. and started to tighten but the bolt turned and turned. Realized quickly something was wrong. Went to another j-nut/screw and tried that one with same results but I gave it one or so more and I heard a pop sound. The thread had wiped off. Luckily the screw backed out like nothing happened and dropping the front leaf spring perch is pretty easy but the j-nut was junk. Ended up changing all three on the left side with 'CIP' j-nuts and guess what, they torqued with no issue. Went to the right side and tried to torque one with same negative result. Just decided to drop that front leaf spring eye and change those 3 j-nuts immediately. After changing the right side, all three torqued with no issues. Here are some pics showing differences and another write up found after the fact. Lesson learned by me that could save some of you some time and again possibly safety!. Still available through GM but the part # changed to 378276. AMK uses that 378276 part # in their catalog as well.
Old used CIP to poor quality copy-Notice the nose dimension difference.

Notice the thread form and amount of threads!

New CIP nut to left vs. some generic problem nut.
686  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Cowl Grill Seal on: March 22, 2012, 10:17:37 PM
Oh yea, Scott has helped many of us at sometime or another. Know he's helped me!
Again, will do on the hinge bolts.
687  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Cowl Grill Seal on: March 22, 2012, 07:34:44 PM
Chick - I can't remember if we covered that bolt over at the fastener threads. Can you do me a favor and post a pic of it if you have one handy? At any rate, rotating the hinge like Scott mentioned did a world of good. Lets see if it holds once I install the new seal.

Another question; what should the reveal be all the way around...cowl area, fenders and front?


No we did not Marty and I will take care of that in the near future. A friend is sending me two different origiinal bolt heads used in that hinge to fender locatiion.  AMK has screws with the captured 3/4" washer that could be used but they are pointed and longer which is not seen when installed anyway.
688  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Cowl Grill Seal on: March 21, 2012, 08:39:57 PM
Not sure Marty but believe you have the wrong bolts with captured washer in the hinge to fender location. Or at least they look too large..... Our AIM and also the 69 I believe call out the 9301 bolt which has a 1" captured washer. In that hinge to fender location the assembly line used the same type bolt but it only had a 3/4" captured washer and only used the 9301 in the hinge to hood location. I just went through all of this on our 68 and members were helping me understand. To date I'm not even sure what the GM part # would be for it.
689  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New Forum Member - Single owner car! on: March 19, 2012, 08:17:32 PM
Wow, cool car Bob and welcome aboard! And in the family since day one makes it extremely special. Congratulatioins!
Here is our 68 and yours is probably farther along than ours but maybe there is something that can be benefical. Smiley
Post some pics.......
690  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rookie Poster on: March 19, 2012, 05:39:55 AM
Welcome aboard Mike and happy hunting over the next three months searching for that 69Z!
Keep educating yourself as much as possible as there are so many made up or cars with major issues. Not meant to scare ya as there are many great examples but one has to be buyer beware.
The other thing you may want to check is the cross-ram for the street. Its done but that is not a real street friendly set up and can be aggravating for crusing. Just saw a cross-ram that is set-up nicely for the street but they changed the cam and some other small changes to achieve respectable driving ability. Just my little .02!
Happy Hunting and welcome again,
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