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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: ALIGNMENT OF PITMAN ARM on: May 12, 2014, 08:43:49 PM
Thank you John Z.
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: ALIGNMENT OF PITMAN ARM on: May 10, 2014, 05:53:35 PM
I should have said that I never took the Pitman arm off the power steering box. I was referring to the attachment of Pitman arm to the center link. I think you are saying that a wheel alignment at the shop should take care of it.
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / ALIGNMENT OF PITMAN ARM on: May 10, 2014, 08:05:49 AM
I had the power steering box rebuilt on my 68 Camaro. Now the bottom spoke of the steering wheel is not exactly at 6 oclock. Did I do something wrong in bolting up the pitman arm? Or is this normal and it will be aligned when I get the front end aligned?

4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Removing Harmonic Balancer on: May 27, 2013, 08:05:21 AM
Thanks for all the advice. I got the harmonic balancer off. The crank did have some knicks on it that it might have been catching on. Also I think it may have pulled a little off center as suggested. I went back to Auto Value where I had rented the puller and rented installer (I got my money back when I returned them). I reinstalled the balancer and then the puller slid it off easy as pie. I think I'll buy them both because they are inexpensive. Thanks again for your help.
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Removing Harmonic Balancer on: May 23, 2013, 07:57:48 PM
I'm trying to remove the harmonic balance on a 68 Camaro 350 (engine is a 69), which is still in the car. I have a puller and got it to move about 1/4 inch. I can't get it to budge any further. Any ideas? Can I use a torch to heat up something or will something catch on fire?

Thanks for your thoughts.
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Hidden Radio on: April 26, 2013, 07:46:53 AM
Does anybody have any new ideas about hiding a radio or amp under the seat or in the trunk so that I can leave the original radio intact? I really only want to hook up an IPOD or MP3 player and listen to recorded oldies. What about using blue tooth with a unit in the trunk to listen wirelessly? Is there any difference in sound quality? Thanks for any input.
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Oil Pan Removal on: April 24, 2013, 08:20:25 PM
Thanks again Everett#2390.
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Oil Pan Removal on: April 22, 2013, 08:01:08 PM
Thanks Everett#2390. Does anybody know it leaving the bell crank as is will damage anything when the engine is raised. In reading prior posts I plan on using the one-piece Fel-Pro gasket and the Fel-Pro 2912 rear main seal (staggering the ends of the seal about 1/4 inch) . I assume this seal will fit a 69 350 (a Z-28 was being discussed in the post I read).
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Oil Pan Removal on: April 20, 2013, 12:50:38 PM
Thanks for the good ideas, John, especially about doing the rear main seal at the same time. Does anybody else have any advice or gotchas about removing the oil pan without removing the engine?
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Oil Pan Removal on: April 15, 2013, 07:29:13 PM
I've read the previous posts on removing my leaking oil pan on my 1968 Camaro 350. I've read what it says in my Service Manual about it: removing the distributor cap, lower radiator hose, fan, engine mount bolts, starter and the steering rod at idler lever. It says you can jack the engine up under the oil pan with a block of wood and put 2 x 4s under the engine mounts.

Has anybody ever accomplished this in this manner? So the exhaust system, transmission (without removing the cross member), shifter and drive shaft will not be damaged by raising the engine 4 inches without disconnecting these items? And since I have had my power steering box rebuilt and not yet reinstalled it and the pitman arm, I was hoping that I could lower the center link enough to remove the pan.

Also the oil leaks out even if the engine hasn't run in a month in winter. Doesn't that sound like the oil pan instead of the rear main seal, which I think would only leak when the engine is running?

Thanks for your advice.
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Eastwood Metal Shrinking Disk on: March 25, 2009, 11:32:32 AM
Has anybody ever used the Eastwood Metal Shrinking Disk and can you offer any feedback on the results. It says it heats and shrinks the metal. I'm thinking of buying one to shrink some metal on the quarters that was warped by improper sand blasting. I tried to heat shrink one of the quarters with a torch and wet rag and made a mess of it, including oil canning. Thanks.
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Decode 69 Z28 on: October 24, 2008, 03:26:21 PM
No I don't William. But if it was restamped one would think that they would have made it January 25 so that it would match the car built in February, wouldn't you think?
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Decode 69 Z28 on: October 24, 2008, 01:47:52 PM

I am looking into buying a 69 Z28. The engine castings are A189 and 3956618. Stamped on the front pad is V0425DZ. On the trim tab is 02BX77. It appears to me that this indicates that the car was built in February 1969 and the engine in April 1969, which would me it is not the original engine. There doesn't seem to be any numbers by the oil filter. Can anybody verify my research or have any other thoughts on the originality of this engine. Is it always the case that the VIN is stamped by the oil filter?

Thanks for your help.
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Headers on: June 22, 2008, 04:30:43 PM
My 68 Camaro is a stock 350 which I installed a new top end on. This includes World S/R Torquer heads (which are advertised as replacements for factory heads). It has power steering but no air conditioning. This is a daily driver which I would like to take a few passes at the strip just to see what it will turn. Has anybody else had success with Doug Thorley Headers (376Y1C)? They state silver ceramic. Is this the normal ceramic coating? Thanks.
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Headers on: June 10, 2008, 07:06:26 AM
I am going to list this question again about which ceramic headers would fit my 1968 Camaro the best because I am hoping that there would be many Camaro owners that have had good results installing headers on their small blocks. Wouldn't the results be the same for 67 - 69 Camaros?

Hooker Super Comp sounds like they must be dimpled at the streering box. I do not know if this is representative or not. Here is my original question:

Can anybody please tell me exactly which headers fit a 1968 Camaro, 350 without any issues. I've seen some headers dented in to fit around the steering box. Another person told me he had get a special small oil filter with his set of headers. I am hoping you folks have some experience with a headers that fit perfectly.

Thank you
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