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196  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
197  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.
198  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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200  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.

201  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?

202  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Camaro Z/28 RS Parking Lamp Plating on: December 06, 2008, 04:17:58 PM
I worked with a friend on gathering a 'Batch' of Camaro parts requiring plating and we found a Seattle area plater that welcomed Hobby plating and we pooled our parts and sent them out for plating.
Appx COST is Very inexpensive-affordable! Shop around, you might get luck locally Smiley

85$ min-per rack and you prep the parts and a RACK was HUGE, they plate AIRPLANE parts around here (Think the BIG "B" flying ALUM TUBE Co.) so you can imagine the Rack was appx 4' x 8'  and it was up to you whether you had 2 pcs or 100's what ever would fit on the RACK. Very good turn around and great quality. This one did , Zinc, Cad, Gavl, Nickel, Anodz,,etc...

203  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 Camaro Z/28 RS Parking Lamp Plating on: December 06, 2008, 04:05:57 PM
 Smiley
DIY
You Can Do IT!!!!!!
if you have access to a plate shop.

To determine the color of plating scrape some of the interior surface white paint. Mine were yellow (Di-Chro-Cad)

Carefully open up the fold-crimped socket from the housing- Use Screwdrivers, small needle nose pliers & take your time to unfold the crimp and work the bronze socket loose from the light stamp steel shell.
Seperate and feed wire thru the hole.

I glass beaded the remaining white paint on the interior and solvent cleaned the back side this was done so as to not change the texture of the back side of the stamped steel housing. Blasting changes the surface prfile and this affects the sheen of the plating.
204  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1968 Horns on: December 06, 2008, 03:45:35 PM
E-mail sent with Photos of a 67 SS/RS.
Hope that it helps.

Jim
205  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 Tail Light Bezels - Which Ones? on: August 26, 2008, 11:18:50 PM
Jeff, I think I sprung for the molded repops (gaskets) and used them to mount on fresh paint. The Orig GMs were intact but had taken a 'SET' and were not going to transfer well. The CHQ bezels had no issues with fitment to the tail panel.
I did use the OE style nuts and pre threaded them on the bench VERY, VERY carefully so the in car install would go smoother and minimize potential for stud shear when leaning in trunk to tighten.

An interesting side note: I took the GM tail lamp housing sheet metal backs and had them clear (silver) zinc plated [I know they were galv plated originally] but they look awesome! Also there is a small hole in the sheet metal back that has a little white/beige fiber plug installed allowing venting of the housing, they get browned out from age, just turn it around and stick the fresh side out for a clean restored look.

Jim
206  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 Tail Light Bezels - Which Ones? on: August 24, 2008, 01:36:23 PM
My experiance with the CHQ bezels (1968) was as Follows:
Order NEW Bezels, Receive NEW bezels;
Order NEW RS lenses, Receive NEW Lenes (RS).
Try to install NEW Plastic Lens into NEW Bezels,
NO FIT!!!!!!

So in the end I found that the raised RS platstic lens required machining a very small portion of the raised area around the inboard short side of the lens. I took the lens to a mill machine at my dads and chucked up a 3/8" end mill and shaved a very small portion of the raised area of the plastic lens so that the lens would seat into the new bezel. (Note: I think the NEW lens would not fit into the GM OLD bezel as well) If I remember it was only about a 1/64" required removal to allow the lens to (pop!) in and be fully seated. I tryed to File fit at first but the lens material was tough and it was hard to maintian parrallel etc. Lenses were from a vendor and I can not remember what the packaging was like (i.e. whom sold-mfg?)

BTW: I was very happy with the CHQ -vs- OER quality of the bezel, as others have stated you should be happy with CHQ offerings at this time.

Jim
207  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1968 camaro (BIG BLOCK?) on: July 22, 2008, 09:11:33 PM
Post a picture of the fuel line.
It contains a clue
3/8" single with BB specific termination.

Details avail in the Assy Manual.

Jim
208  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: sleeves for power steering hoses on: June 15, 2008, 01:38:35 PM
Sleeve
.75" ID
1.250" OD

Oil soaked, deteriorated originals on a PS 1968 396 LOS car.

I have not found it avail via repop houses. We use a very similar material to insulate pipes on Submarines trade name 'Aramflex Insulation' I need to see if they have it in the above size. The color, density, shape, feel is very similar.

Jim
209  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct locaton of proportionong valve on sub frame on: June 15, 2008, 01:23:09 AM
Here is an disassy view of the valve from the subframe:

Jim
210  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / 67-68 Brake Line Clip attachment on: June 08, 2008, 03:06:26 PM
What Method or Tool is used to properly secure NEW 1967-1968 Brake line (also 3/8" Fuel Line) Clip asm Part Number 3881339 to the Body or subframe.

The new clip is in the AMK book Page 150 Part Number B-10317, Red, double ended clip w/ 0.27" rivet.

The ASM manual (68) shows a detail of the clip with a "PUSH RIVET". page 123.

The new clips from AMK & Others appear to have the rivet as part of the clip. I am not sure how folks have been Clinching or Bucking this tight to the car structure?

Thanks

Jim
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