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211  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 proportining valve?? on: March 28, 2008, 10:40:54 PM
My experiance was in 1985. (1968 SS w/ discs)
Going to a stop and ruptured the dry rotted flex line on the right front disc,,,Pedal went soft and car was sluggish to stop.
Idiot brake light lit-up like a xmas tree.
Pull over to investigate, found fluid leak.
The 'loss' of pressure in (The front hydraulic brake circuit) in relation to the intact rear circuit, pushes (axially) a tapered piston inside the distribution block towards the offending (failed) circuits side. The cone tapered center section of the piston contacts a insulated pin (W/ corresponding Brown wire with boot from your front harness) that effectively completes a ground source for the BRAKE light on the dash, there by iluminating the Brake light. I think this electrical circuit is in parrallel with the foot operated parking brake switch also.

Drained front circuit (Hyd), Purchased New Hose, installed, and removed the switch from the dist block and used a small screw driver to re-center the piston and installed the switch and wire, topped the fluid and blead the system and was back in control of braking.

I belive this system is described nicely in the service manuals also.

212  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 bb DriveShaft Paint Stripes on: February 03, 2008, 06:45:21 PM
At the risk of getting off track to the original request.
I will offer the following photo:

Super Sport / Ralley Sport
Conv- LOS (Z11) w/ Tank Sheet (Partial) (Reads 5Z11AA) Block 230 "PROP SHAFT" destroyed by undercoating, sheet torn.
Note the Yellow on the yoke end.

213  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 camaro hood insulation question on: February 03, 2008, 04:33:52 PM
Only one vendor makes the molded pad and it's not very good.  As a matter of fact, it's pretty poor.  Too thin and the clips pop out for starters.  #$@%$&*&%^*!!!  The flat molded areas are not in the true postition.  When used on a 1968 Camaro with 396 engine, the smog pulley digs into the hood pad.........nice.  I tell people to buy the old pad that is not molded but looks more correct.  I actually called the vendor who makes these a couple of years ago and told them about the problems and they didn't seem interested in correcting the issues.


I agree! I purchased a Molded pad in 2001, & you pay a premium and  incur high shipping costs due to construction(No other option). When installed on my 68 w/born with 396 parts, the pad rubs the original air cleaner lid. This scratches the chrome. As a concerned customer and understanding the 'Your the only one with a problem' attitude of mfr's & vendors I felt like doing a little research on these pads. I had long trashed the original and installed the $35 resto pads that were the only choice in the 1980's. What I found as a reference was the Old issue of Camaro Enthusiast that had a series of great 1967 Camaro reference (Read ORIGINAL) photos. On page 5 they have a shot of an original Hood insulation pad. It was clear and you could make out details and depressions and spacial relationships of the contours & indentations.
The reproduction missed the air-cleaner recess by about 1/2" on the radius. Keeping in mind the Big block offset to the pass side. I assume the SB cars do not have this issue?,,,,,Therfore the rubbing occurs.
I prepared an bunch of documentation and sent the feedback to (Manufacture) R.E.M. Auto in PA.
Nothing but silence,,,,
Well my Fix is to Run a $25 Tiawann Lid and let her rip (I drvie mine & it does have its fair share of 1980's resto errors)and swap to the orig lid at a show.

No problems at all with there cowl ind hood version on my pace car,,,,he, he

Not a bash here,,,just a little feedback.

214  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: rain gutter strips? on: January 12, 2008, 09:53:25 PM
I will concur that from what I can remember when I farmed out a vinyl roof replacment by a vendor they removed some long flimsey gutter plastic retainers, of course they did not come out intact.
Interesting that there was a tool for installation.
I think most fabric hard tops that have been replaced are gluse and then a silicone product (bead) ran in the gutter to secure smooth out the termination of the fabric.

1968 12E


215  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Good Photos of 1969 SS350 Engine? on: December 02, 2007, 12:32:51 AM

Top view with my hood removed. I think this was 1998 or 1996.

216  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Good Photos of 1969 SS350 Engine? on: December 02, 2007, 12:28:46 AM

69 350/300 TH350 LOS pace car.

Please forgive some of the details items I have missed & or/ restored incorrectly.
long term project.

217  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Manifold Pre-Heat tube MISSING!!!! (Oh My Gosh!!) on: December 01, 2007, 11:01:45 PM
Lets see if I can post a pic of my 350/300 th-350 w/ cowl induction Air cleaner with thermo updraft tube.

218  Site Comments / Discussion / Test Drive / Re: Picture Test on: September 16, 2007, 11:34:45 PM
Yea, It posted OK.

I kept on getting file to LARGE error messages when the file was clearly smaller than the indicated limit.

I realy like this pic as it clearly shows some very sharp details and answers a lot of questions for the 68 crowd.

I will work on posting the L78 Test drive eng shot from the 1968 Popular HotRodding issue. It is no nearly as clear as this Zee shot.

219  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: cooling system decal on: September 16, 2007, 11:24:36 PM
I think they were NOT installed.
One reference that comes to mind is:
February 1968 Popular HOT rodding
'Drag testing the HOT 375-HP Camaro'
Page 37
Eng photo clearly shows a lack of Cooling decal.

Other may know for sure.

(of course I put one on my 68 during a 90's resto) resto houses were selling so many of us incorrectly applied them.
I need to remove it!

Jim Roll Eyes
220  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: got my original bill of sale today, 23 years after buying the car! on: September 16, 2007, 10:44:28 PM
Great story. It is neat when others take an interest in our TOYs and follow thru.

221  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Ported vacuum on a Holley? on: September 16, 2007, 10:25:45 PM
John, For us 'Medium' (Hyd Lifters) performance motor guys that are utilizing the quadrajet 4MV.

Would  a 'drive setup' be obtained by "T"ing off the hose that goes from the front of the carb [Manifold-vacumm] port to the A.I.R diverter valve?

Vice as delivered Vac advance hose routing to the tube on the passanger side of the carb by the choke mech.

Reference: Page 47 of HPBooks Rochester Carburetors by Doug Roe.

I will soon be installing my #'s matching Dist Jerry' reworked for me and will set it up with the above drive configuration and enjoy the benefits others have described.

222  Site Comments / Discussion / Test Drive / Picture Test on: September 11, 2007, 06:14:05 PM

Picture Test 2nd TRY.

68Z Eng compt FACTORY photo.

223  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / 1969 Glove box liner surface question on: September 10, 2007, 11:29:20 PM
I have a question on the as built 1969 Camaro glove box liner interior (of the box Liner) surface treatment.
Was the interior of the box coated with a suede texture or just natural box carboard/? surface.

I ask because of two reasons:
My 68 Camaro has the original glove box liner, and it IS coated with a suede type black flock- texture. So I assume YES for 68.

My 69 when purchased in 1984 lacked a liner and a home made liner with stereo, was found as purchased.


224  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Hidden VIN under cowl panel on: September 10, 2007, 11:00:29 PM
Interesting, When I removed the Cowl Panel for some detailing in the 90's I noticed that the cowl VIN was stamped and Chipped the original orange (1969 LOS pace car) paint. I think that was an indicator of an untouched cowl. A lot of times it seems the cowl tops have be restored to a point of filling in the stampings. Grin
Necessitating digging to find the impressions from the stamping.

225  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: LOWER CONTROL ARM HARDWARE on: August 04, 2007, 01:04:41 AM
My 1968 Camaro (80+k miles) had the same [single] hole elongation problem on the passenger side aft (rear) lower A-arm mounting -pivot subframe hole.
I fabricated a mild steel backing plate out of 3/16" thick stock. Oversized (L x W) and drilled to clear the bolt. The existing bolt has extra length to extend thru the added distance.
I prepared the frame, cleaned of paint, Mocked up the hole - bolt alignment and hired a moon lighting Nuclear qualified Naval civilian welder to (TIG) weld the plate in place using his remote portable gas powered TIG set up. We did this with the enginge in place and suspension in a state of disassy (No springs etc) We watched the heat levels and worked very carefully. Used tons of heat - slag - protection,,,kind of a firberous heat blanket as protection. (Refrecell (spelling?))
Painted black and no one is any the wiser for the reapair. Final assy and front end alignment accomplished and I am good to go.

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