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46  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 upper ball joint rivets on: December 02, 2013, 11:53:46 PM
They tightened up just fine. There was a fair amount of friction between; the mating surface of the domed head, the shank thru the ball joint and the a arm seemed to hold the bolt and provide enough resistance to allow sufficient torque. Additionally you can use the strike method (Slugging wrench) to make darn sure they are tight.

These bolts were a fair compromise. I wonder how many tons it takes to clinch the real deal rivet?

47  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct rivets for the ash tray on: December 01, 2013, 08:05:31 PM
Assuming: Semi-Tubular Rivet, 1/8x1/8 In

Good job. Thanks for sharing.

48  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '68 D90 stripe questions on: December 01, 2013, 07:57:52 PM
It was a long time ago (1986/87) WHEN we painted my car.
I thought the stencil was a peel & stick, then you used your 1/8" fine line 3m tape to set the pin stripe.
My buddie the pro painter did it as I would goof it up.

I like the 396/350 centered in the fat part of the stripe, but the factory SURE deviated & I have orig paint photos of my (LOS) car and the 396 is not centered perfectly as built.
49  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct rivets for the ash tray on: November 30, 2013, 08:23:17 PM
Can you post a Pic of the tooling?

Jim W
50  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '68 D90 stripe questions on: November 30, 2013, 08:20:42 PM
That pictured sample is WAY off on the edge distance from the wheel well lip.
Ref: 1968 AIM, D90, Sheet A1, Page # 237. Calls for 1".

Most would never know. Still a nice photo.
I used Stencils & decal in 1987.
Where I goofed was not checking 396 emblem placement PRIOR to shooting the nose stripe, Emblem has been incorrectly located during a prior repair and repaint in 1980 by previous owner.
Learn from my mistake check the emblem placement even if you are farming out the paint work

Mine looks goofy w/ 396 out of position & never have bothered to fix it over the years.

51  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 upper ball joint rivets on: November 28, 2013, 01:42:13 AM
Cheater kit from a Corvette supplier.
I used this w/ my PST kit. a big compromise.

I like the set up pictured above better.

52  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Which crossflow/transverse muffler on BBC on: November 23, 2013, 09:23:03 AM
68 SS396 car: muffler are you "using" on your BBC with full exhaust? Gardner

Your Car: if it were "ME", Pypes

53  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: More pics of an old Z on: November 22, 2013, 10:35:02 PM
GREAT thread Guys.

I like the vintage photos.

54  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 B.U. Rear End on: November 22, 2013, 10:29:05 PM
I live in Vancouver, Wa. I've seen their yard many times... not much left of first gen Camaros.  Terry
I concur, last time I was there the 1 gens were shells only, picked to the bone bare, they did have rally wheels stacked like cord wood.
I went in the summer and the Hornets were aggressive and a hazard. The yard is a cool place to troll and get some serious flash back of iron from the past.

55  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Storing Tires on: November 22, 2013, 01:20:48 AM
I mounted one of these on my wall of the garage.

Mounted and aired up wit cardboard inbetween,,,,,,

56  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Nov 23 & 24 on: November 22, 2013, 01:16:30 AM
I went in 2011 I think,,,,the ZL1 show case show, and the event was so special.
I got a signed picture from the Grump and a handshake, before his passing (RIP),,,,,

This show was HUGE, I am bummed I have not made it a priority to attend regularly.

The heavy hitters of the Hobby and History makers & Iron are there.

I will enjoy the posted photos and dream of a rip in the future,,,,,,

57  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: tie rod paint codes? on: November 18, 2013, 12:42:31 AM
Stop and think about the way the paint daubs "RUNS",,,,,,,,,,,,
58  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 68 Z28 on the CRG Home Page on: November 13, 2013, 10:21:37 PM
I bet it must have been tempting to restore it to the as race configuration.

Great Car.


59  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating on: November 05, 2013, 11:17:59 PM
Great work, this makes me want to activate my tanks again.
THis is a wonderful example of DIY, step AWAY from the Eastwood plating in a spray can guys.

Your OCD is a good thing when you produce results like that.


60  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original tires on: November 05, 2013, 11:07:34 PM
Q: What does the CRG mean by "normative practice?"

A: The first-generation Camaro was produced at two US factories and at least four foreign sites, in large numbers, for more than three years. Mid-year changes were deliberately made for marketing, production, and safety purposes. Each factory had specific unique assembly practices, many of which are undocumented. The CRG strives to document the released and accepted factory procedures for each major vehicle configuration, and additionally, attempts to document as many of the major variations as can be easily noted.

However, in order to keep assembly lines rolling, some exceptions to "normal" procedure could be and were made by GM. In these cases, GM had a internal process to determine what components or process could be substituted (normally based on fit and function). There were also assembly errors made, including mismarked tags and stamps. Buyers searching for original vehicles should realize that such unusual features can be real, though the CRG does not encounter them frequently.

Therefore the CRG focuses on what we call "normative practices," which are the factory configurations per released procedure for the model year. To the extent that we can, the CRG will also document normative practices as a function of assembly plant and mid-year time frame, though these will never be complete, and in many cases must be observed indirectly by collection of a statistically significant population of vehicle data.

The point is that when inspecting first-generation Camaros an occasional "non-normal" feature will pop up. The reason for documenting typical practice is that the more unusual the feature, and the larger the number of exceptions to practice on a single car, the more the originality of that vehicle should be questioned. While it is difficult to say "never" or "always" about a first-generation Camaro, too many liberties from normative practice should sound a warning bell to any interested in an original vehicle.

How does this figure into a restores choice of tires when attempting to select from the reproduction markets offerings? assuming he has NO evidence of original configuration of his late 69 SS NOR car.
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