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46  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: GM silver for Rally wheels. on: November 01, 2013, 10:46:15 PM
Jim,

I think the same thing is true for all the Rallye wheels of the late '60's at least.    Gray paint was applied by Kelsey for 'service wheels', destined to be sold thru the dealerships, rather than production line parts.

What I meant to say is ALL (5) of my ORIG factory (LOS) installed 76kmi rallys wheel are KH gray on the back side. There is NO black. I have owned the car since 83. I am convinced my car was purchased with the similarly dated orig factory wheels.



FWIW Colvin Book FIG 17-8 1969 14x7 jj standard wheel Kelsey Hays drawing number 082153  seems to confirm that wheels were part numbered with varying finishes ,,,plain, rustproof oiled,,, primed KH spec 3323 black..,,,,
Interesting.
47  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: GM silver for Rally wheels. on: November 01, 2013, 12:32:20 AM
My Orig spare 1967dated Model 1968 14 x 6 Coded "XG" rally wheel is Gray on the back side.

I even think the Book By Colvin has a wheel section and some manufacturing drawings that include painting instructions.

So is it fair to say Black primed wheel base color is NOT,,,,,, a all // every time. You guys might be just talking about 69's,,,,,,,??

Jim
48  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1968 rs ss spare tire on: October 28, 2013, 10:33:04 PM
Disc Brakes?? Would that option make a difference on wheels??

Neat Car looks familiar

Jim
49  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: storage on: October 09, 2013, 11:36:40 PM
Get a couple of the "DRIEZ" granule holders-cups and load them up with the desiccant. Use a pan or bucket for secondary containment to avoid spills at all cost. Check every once in a while and empty and refill with granules. This is VERY important here in the PNW where it friggin RAINS 3 out of the 4 seasons. I maintain usage of these neat simple effective devices all year long and you will be amazed how well it pulls the moisture out of the air. I put one in the trunk and one in the cabin of the car. The bonus is it attracts any spiders or little bugs and they drink the death juice in the cup and you will have no insect problems while the car is unattended. The other feature is the reduction of any mold growth in the car on the upholstery and head liner. They should be available at your local box store or hardware shop. This is a very simple method and the results are worth the time and expense.

Jim
50  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Re-upholstering '67 front seats on: October 09, 2013, 11:03:50 PM
The Key for me was I did it myself and they looked,,,,OK.
Two Critical ideas: Have a warm area as others have pointed out the materials are much easier to work with when supple (sp?) and pliable. You WILL need two sets of hands to do this. Others will claim they did all alone, but the job is a huge pain w/o 4 hands at the ready.
Go for it.

Jim
51  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating on: October 09, 2013, 10:44:19 PM
That looks like a CASWELL plating job to me.
http://www.caswellplating.com/kits/index.html
I purchased a kit in 2000 and built a variable power supply. I found the finish difficult to obtain (I lacked the necessary brighteners) and got a  dull gray finish. A Lot of the problem can be in your prep. AVOID sandblasting of any kind. You need to clean and polish the surface to obtain a smooth fresh plated part.
Your progress looks good.

I gave up and found a Local Plater who plates the equivalent of a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood part's for 130$ per lot near a local airplane manufacture in North Seattle.

Jim
52  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Console seat belt clip finish on: October 09, 2013, 10:23:42 PM
My console seat belt clip is painted black and has lots of scraped paint on the friction surfaces where the tongue and belt clasp interface, revealing a plated steel finish. Very original console. I have ONLY replaced the lid in 1985. It would be very difficult to photograph with the console assembled.

Jim
53  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Stripe dimensions for Baldwin Motion? on: October 09, 2013, 07:31:59 PM
If you have any of the magazines you can scan and post here or send me, that would be great.

Thanks,

Steve
sdkar@bellsouth.net


I sent you about 6 photos of Kevin S Daytona Yellow 1969 Motion car, they are overall photos and you might be able to get a idea of stripe locations.

Check your email

Jim
54  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Cleaning outside of TH350 case on: September 30, 2013, 10:22:14 PM
Your Progress is good.
A few ideas. From My experience.
Stubborn stains can be worked localized with some Laq Thinner.
The Eagle One Mag Cleaner & PPG DX579 are acid based and are the cleaners that will dissolve a small layer & must be worked in and rinsed. They create a layer that MUST be mechanically agitated - removed with a Brass (preferred) or Stainless brush.
After thorough rinse and dry time you can spray on a diluted PPG DX501 and let stand for the time indicated per mfr instructions. It brightens the fresh cleaned alum SKIN.

I have done a few manifolds, distr, and one trans.

This is a poor mans DIY skin cleaning. It is not as good as the pro's but It gives a guy a chance to fluff stuff locally in the garage.

Test, test, test and adjust.

Try it out.

JIM (169INDY)
55  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Cleaning outside of TH350 case on: September 29, 2013, 10:56:51 PM
I cleaned up my "CX" find trans using the following method;
Remove trans & FME openings. i.e. plug lines, cap cover & temp tailshaft yoke etc.
Soaked exterior with Simple Green & Castrol Purple stuff.
Hooked up my craftsman electric pressure washer to my Hot water Tank output via garden hose.
I jacked up the burner on the gas heater to boost the temperature.
I ran the washer and made a huge wet mess, rinse repeat. Various brushes & The heat helped loosen up some of the gunge.
This did not provide a satisfactory finish & I was going to have a local TRANS specialist moonlight the rebuild in his garage. So I had an option to take the disassemble trans case and part and put them in a Solvent tank and really clean the surface.

I have found the following product work well to refresh the skin of Alum components.
Eagle One Mag wheel cleaner & the PPG products.
Essentially the Eagle on & DX579 etch the skin to remove a sluff layer.
The  PPG DX501 is a conditioner alum brightener that give the alum that fresh finish.
56  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Plugging Big Block Smog Exhaust Manifolds on: September 12, 2013, 10:58:07 PM
another series of pics:

As Others have said. The thread is a Straight tap size. I special ordered-purchased a new tap from Fastenal.

The Old nuts can twist right clean off and then you have some real work to do to extract.
Use a flare nut wrench if possible. My tubes were rusted 80k mile orig. They were rusted out shells. I chose to cut the tubes flush with the nut and use a 6 point socket and lots of penetrating fluid and heat to no avail. Twisted clean off. That required me to set up to drill out the nuts and carefully remove the remaining thread. Worked up to just shy of the tap size and fine work with dremel and picks. Easy-outs need not apply. It can be a DIY if you take some time and have access to some special tooling.

Jim
57  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Plugging Big Block Smog Exhaust Manifolds on: September 12, 2013, 10:33:27 PM
Same Idea but custom cut on a lathe.
I have had NO issues with these. Roll Eyes

Chop the (a portion of the threaded shank of) screw and after removing the A.I.R. Tube place the remnants of the screw into the counter sunk portion of the hole. The AIR tube tree nuts should capture the screw in place.

Jim
58  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1969 th400 codes on: September 12, 2013, 09:43:05 PM
http://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/102599/1/CY_CX_400THM_differences_simil

2 letter code.

Check this link out to the yenko site for a neat list.

Jim
59  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: bell housing on: August 25, 2013, 08:00:17 PM
I am kinda surprised no one has posted this picture.
60  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Big Block Distributor Hold Down Clamp on: July 31, 2013, 08:59:49 PM
68         L35         1215          812E              Wire


Jim
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