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826  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original rubber brake hoses on: July 20, 2011, 05:22:53 AM
Exactly the same hose as on my 69 RS/SS,  but mine is deteriorating and needs replacing.  Any input on where to get a completely correct hose would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

boston14



http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1967-1968-CAMARO-FIREBIRD-DISC-BRAKE-HOSES-67-68-Z28-/130549831526?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1e65605766#ht_2374wt_958

That set is for what I would need (67/68) but there is one huge draw back in that you have the red lettering correct but the ends are wrong. A friend pointed that out to me recently.
827  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove PA on: July 19, 2011, 06:04:56 AM
Eddie is correct in that there were some very nice machines there representing many different GM makes and flavors.  Eddie's car is, well just awesome looking and the color combo stops you right away. Great car Eddie and thanks for the compliment but the pleasure extends both ways as we both enjoyed each others company. And don't you be bashful Grin Eddie's car won another Gold Class Award and Best Interior, Best Motor, and Best Paint.. Congratulations Eddie!!!!!!
828  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original rubber brake hoses on: July 18, 2011, 05:56:04 PM
A friend in Canada confirms he has the same thing on his 69 Z/28. Just never heard of this before. Who has the most correct hoses?
829  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Original rubber brake hoses on: July 17, 2011, 08:08:34 PM
Saw some NOS flexible rubber brake lines advertised for a Chevelle that had the SAE info in red with long red dashes 180 degrees from the red SAE info. I trashed the front disc brake hoses on our 68 z/28 but had the rear one. After a little cleaning the red SAE information and dashes were very prevalent. I do not recall reading about this before and was wondering what information might be available. Here are pics of our orig. rear brake hose. Is this new info to anyone else or was it just me again Grin


830  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 302 Oil Dip Stick Tip Color on: July 17, 2011, 07:26:45 PM
Does any one know the correct color for the 67 Z dip stick? 
Thanks,
Gary

Not sure if 67 is the same as a 68 but they used a gray tip if I remember correctly.
831  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 cowl air cleaner on: July 17, 2011, 08:40:33 AM
Our Oct.69 built SS350 has the flat bottom.

Not sure it matters however is your car an Auto.


Yep, turbo 400!
832  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 cowl air cleaner on: July 16, 2011, 05:35:17 AM
Our Oct.69 built SS350 has the flat bottom.
833  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Finding a body shop on: July 10, 2011, 07:12:40 PM
Having spent 14 years in the parts business I had many occasions to make the body shop/new customer connection. Both were our customer. I stopped doing it because both end up pissed off.

Body Shop: keeps adding work but holds me to the estimate, car is worse than we thought, constantly here nit-picking, parts missing/late, keeps bugging me to finish it. Owes me money.

Customer: Taking longer than agreed on, costing more than agreed on, not the level of quality I expected. Doesn't return calls, why is my car outside???

Valid issues on both sides. Try to avoid them.

First and most common mistake is taking a car to a production body shop. Most are slow at this time of the year so they will agree to anything. If the shop hasn't done restoration work in the past they don't realize how putsy it can be. They take all sorts of ugly shortcuts; lap-weld floor pans, splice panels to avoid drilling out spotwelds. The instant they get some insurance work in your car sits. Sometimes parts are removed and later cannot be found.

Find a shop that has done resto work and talk to some former customers.

All shops have an "undisclosed damage" clause that you need to understand. No one has X-ray vision and all sorts of problems can show up when the quarters are removed or 3 coats of paint are stipped off. If you want it made right costs and time will increase.

Help yourself out-do as much of the grunt work as possible. Don't drop the car off with a full interior and expect them to remove/store it for you.

Don't expect any shop to finance your restoration. Space is always a factor and they schedule to maximize usage. Having a deposit is one way to ensure your car will be there on time. They have all had guys "change their mind" and go somewhere else. The instant it arrives the clock starts. The shop wakes up every morning and starts eating money.

Asking for money up front is also a character test for you. $1000 is peanuts in the hobby and you're already flunking. There won't be an insurance check and they don't know you. A small risk to get the relationship off on the right foot.

Good Luck!   

William you hit several key points! I was lucky in that I knew the owner of our local restoraion shop for over 25 years so there was nothing to check but I have seen first hand several cars that have arrived at his establishment that first landed at a body shop and it failed for one or several of the reasons you listed. Not getting done (just sitting) and the quality are the two biggest complaints. In the past year I saw two cars that were both at two body shops before they finally came to my friends shop and these are NOT local cars. There are many excellent body shops but their first order of business is insurance repair and that takes priority. And could not agree with you more about taking the easy road time wise to fix something rather than doing it like a normal restoration shop. Jim, its tough finding a place and a lot of work can go into finding a good place. Since this is a one time replacement I'd consider taking it where you know the work will be done correctly. Last year one of the cars at my friends shop was from CA. See you have a 68 Z/28 so welcome aboard both to the forum and having a 68Z. Need to update the thread but here is our's.
 http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=182584
834  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove PA on: July 10, 2011, 06:44:01 PM
I plan on arriving Friday evening, if the weather holds out.  Will you be showing your car or just coming for the show..If you are showing your car let me know what you will be showing and I will come by and introduce myself..I will be showing my 1969 Z/28 RS Camaro..

Eddie

Not taking anything of mine but may help a friend who is taking over more than one car. Give me some info on your Z Eddie and I will look you up for a hello...... Can PM if you like! Forcast can change but it seems it will be cooler by end of the week (mid 80's I believe).
Chick
835  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove PA on: July 09, 2011, 10:22:52 PM
I plan on being there Saturday!
836  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Z28 timing cover on: July 06, 2011, 02:42:08 PM
The '69 Z/28 timing covers I've seen are dated like "4 69" for April, 1969, not in a Julian format; don't know if or when that dating format started or stopped.

Yep, have a timing cover off a 67 model year HP 327 and its stamped "3 67" (March, 67). All the ones I have seen are month and year. Seemed many were stamped and many were not!?!?  But as Mark mentioned identifying the date code would be extremely difficult once on the car. Heck, I could not  see one even with the timing cover off the car until I sanded the area to remove paint. Sheet metal stamping is not deep in nature.
837  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 67 Camaro Wheel Cylinder part numbers on: July 05, 2011, 06:27:47 AM
I know they have "Delco Morane" cast into them, but I don't remember if the part number is. I don't believe so, but maybe one of the other guys can comment.

Ed

Here you go! Off our 68....


838  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: The Camaro Nationals June 24th & 25th in Frederick, MD on: July 03, 2011, 06:23:12 PM
After 2nd in class the past four years at the Nationals I was pleased to win 1st in class, 67-69 stock, this year.I'd be happy to send you some pics, let me know what you are looking for.
Billy

How many cars were in class? How many cars judged in legends and red, white, and blue? Thanks for the pics Billy Smiley
839  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: inside rear view mirror resto on: July 03, 2011, 05:41:41 AM
I purchased the rear view mirror glass from Paragon (listed as 67 Corvette) for our 68 Camaro as I could not find anyone to re-silver the orig. glass. No problems or issues but the new glass is thinner in thickness. Again, no biggie but a heads up.....
840  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Quadrajet Restoration on: July 03, 2011, 05:33:13 AM
You for sure encountered a little stress on that carb Cry but sure glad it worked out. The ol' Rochester looks like new and fantastic.
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