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166  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: vintage 67 picture COOL! on: March 02, 2009, 11:51:00 PM
2nd try Posting Photo

July of 1970.
My 1968, just a used car,,,,,I got it in 1983 feels like yesterday.

Jim
167  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: What is the last date code for 1968 Z/28 in December 1967? on: March 02, 2009, 11:19:53 PM
Yes like Todd mentioned, I have a orig interior 68 car from LOS w/ cowl tag 12E equipped with the Deluxe Houndstooth Black buckets (Trim code 749) and it was built with shoulder belts.

I need to Call my friend Roger and see if his 12E LOS z28 he is reastoring has the shoulder belts  also.

168  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: What is the last date code for 1968 Z/28 in December 1967? on: February 28, 2009, 07:29:20 PM
Yes, 12E with 749 and was built with shoulder belts .

I will have to check on yhe 12E Z car (std red int)

jim
169  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: What is the last date code for 1968 Z/28 in December 1967? on: February 11, 2009, 10:12:12 PM
Up here in the NW Washington we (A co-worker & I) have two LOS 12E cars

Mine LOS 12E (SS/RS 396-325 Th-400) R-2

Buddies LOS 12E (Z28 302-290 M21) C-2

HOLIDAY CARS!
170  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Barrett Jackson on: January 20, 2009, 11:46:47 PM
I didn't see any 1968 Z 28's at this auction. I guess all the owners are keeping them
Larry

I was at the Russo & Steele and they had 2 68Z's
1 red R/S
1 YY std

Had a nice visit with the YY owner out of Salt Lake & he had a JM cert, his sold on Fri afternoon. 40k+?

My first trip to the circus, BJ-R/S-Siver, &(pavillions) I had a wonderful time and would reccomend it!
Did not even purchase a t-shirt, concidered it a break for the sun and veiwing MANY nice cars.

It is very confusing to the owner and restorer, think values and restoration examples.

Jim
171  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Congrats JohnZ on: December 29, 2008, 01:56:46 AM
 Smiley
Congrats that little bio- was very interesting,
kind of a -- rest of the story.
I am amazed at his knowledge and willingness to share.

Jim
172  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas! on: December 26, 2008, 08:22:58 PM
Now everyone get out in the Garages and start wrenching on your NEW Years resolution projects-

YOU CAN DO IT!

Regards,

Jim W

173  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Camaro Z/28 RS Parking Lamp Plating on: December 08, 2008, 10:36:23 PM
Jim,

My housings look just like your "before" pics.

The finished product is the best I've seen. Do you think spraying the finished product with Eastwood clear coat will prevent fading?
BTW, I couldn't read the stamp on the plate. Mine says "Made in USA". Is that what yours says?

Thanks again,

John

Yes Mine also have MADE IN USA stamping on back.
If your Coloring is similar to my before I would assume they were yello cad, Checking the finish under the white paint will provide you with conclusive plating finish as built.

We had a lot of Fun with this project. I do not protect the plating as it can alter the sheen, I did it once I figure the way I pamper my Cars someone else will have to refinish it years from now.

I noticed that the title reads RS, while these lights are the same R/S equipped or not.
174  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct locaton of proportionong valve on sub frame on: December 06, 2008, 05:16:16 PM
Update w/ Disassy photos.

I ended up just taking it apart and cleaning it up w/ brake fluid and carfully re-assembling.


Hope this is helpful.

Jim
175  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Camaro Z/28 RS Parking Lamp Plating on: December 06, 2008, 05:02:49 PM
Completed Parkers
Very Cool factory Refurbished parts that look beter than the OER reporductions out there, IMO.

This was a very fun project. I took this on when I contacted Jerry a year ago and he mentioned they STOPPER plating parkers?

Now I understand that there were varying suppliers for parts and I want to be clear, when I removed the OEM white paint on the interior of MY orig parkers the plating was found to be Bright Yellow Di-Chromated Cad plating [ 1969 04C LOS pace Car ]
Keep in mind plating wears with age and the yellow dichro treatment fades with time,,,what looks silver can be faded yellow.

Have fun.

Thanks

Jim Weaver
176  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Camaro Z/28 RS Parking Lamp Plating on: December 06, 2008, 04:54:36 PM
Misc:
1) The socket can be cleaned and buffed up by many means to provide a clean new appearance.
2) The wiring harness can be cleaned up with Laq thinner and conditioned to look fresh, Wires, grommet and black covering.
3) The wiring terminals were unseated from the connector harness-plastic connector and copper contacts cleaned up to assure good continuity (If required cut and install new copper-brass terminals) and reinstall in plastic connector and given a fresh squirt of die-electric grease.

The repop gaskets I obtained from a vendor were VERY different from the as built gaskets. In fact this presented a problem as the repops were MUCH thinner that the OEM parts and the Lens would rattle when the Factory three retention screw were tightened and the NEW gasket was not thick enough to provide proper compression. I peeled the vendor label and as luck would have it the repop manufacture label was intact and I contacted them and otained thicker gaskets dispite their protests and denial of the defective product. * they originally supplied 0.125" thick gaskets which are not thick as the OEM version.
177  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Camaro Z/28 RS Parking Lamp Plating on: December 06, 2008, 04:40:58 PM
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179  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Camaro Z/28 RS Parking Lamp Plating on: December 06, 2008, 04:39:41 PM
You should then be able to reseat the soft metal socket into the hole.
This may take some grooming of the unfolded flange with a file and pliers to allow the flange to fit back into the hole.
Keep in mind to much folding unfolding actions can work harden the metal and rip apart at the fold so work slow and careful.

Fully seat the socket into the hole and setup in a partially opened vice to act as a backing for reseating the socket flange via a hammer and punch. I found that the ball side of a ball-peen hammer was prefect to get the raised flange to begin its roll over.
As a side note I noticed a tar like substance (SEALER) when disassembly was started, so I used Soft prematex sealant between the mating surfaces of the stamped steel housing and socket and wiped away any excess.

180  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Camaro Z/28 RS Parking Lamp Plating on: December 06, 2008, 04:21:35 PM
After plating:
Mask off the back side and prime and paint the interior with a nice high quality gloss white paint.
I would not reccomend powder coating as I am not sure how the powder baking temp would affect the plating?

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