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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / A little help needed on: March 12, 2015, 09:14:42 PM
Hello everyone.
I need to borrow someones eyes.

I have been looking at buying a Pro-Street 68 and have been looking online for ages as I dont want to cut my baby up.
I have found two cadidates so far, one is in New York somewhere ( yeah I know its a big place ) and the other is in Port Colborne in Canada.
As yet I have not heard from the guy in NY about whether I can arrange to have the car inspected but the guy in Canada is ok with it.

I am reaching out to members to see if there is anyone that is close to Port Colborne that would  be willing to take the time to inspect this car.
I would like to get an honest report on things like RUST & VIN and whether everything works etc etc.
I may be able to arrange a hoist as well if all goes well.
I would like some pictures taken of the car especially showing the rear 4 link, roll cage and chassis etc.

If anyone can help me out please let me know, I am happy to cover reasonable costs.


2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Vin check on: January 14, 2015, 01:09:10 PM
Hi Kurt thanks for the information.

I have seen a pink sheet, a bill of sale, a bill of laideing and a customes clearance sheet here in NZ.
Those are all the pieces of paper I need here to go for LTSA compliance and local VINing to be legal on the road here once I make it compliant.

One can only guess that the tag that is rivetted on to the drag race dashboard matched the car until I pull it apart a bit more.

At least now I am sure it is a '68

How much for that bridge you mentioned in the other post?

Thanks, Wayne
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Vin check on: January 13, 2015, 04:26:40 AM
Hi there, thanks for the replies,
The hole for the wiper motor is oval, thanks for that iinfo.
One more tick in the '68 box.
I'm not sure about the doors though.
Somewhere in the dusty dark corners of my brain i vaguely recall a conversation about doors and something about the latch heights being different so you can t just swap them over.
Im not sure about removing the quarter window though and replaceing the glass.
Anyone else have an idea?

4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Vin check on: January 12, 2015, 02:32:07 AM
Hello everyone, I trust you all have had a very relaxing festive season.

I have a quick question or two about a '68 Camaro I am looking at here in NZ.
The VIN is 124378N394854
Now I have to admit it is "tacked on" to a drag car here that i am considering purchasing, and I am pretty sure that apart from the body not much else is original so I'm not even going to bother with a picture of the VIN tag and the Fisher Body Tag is gone.
That said however there are no side marker lights and it has a 67 grille but it does have '68 front doors.
I was unable to get to the partial VIN #s as I had no tools when I looked at it.

So my questions are:
Is there a record of the VIN in the database?
Do '68 doors fit a '67 body?
If the quarter panesl were replaced at some stage do the '68 ones come with the side marker holes stamped out or do you have to cut them out?

My intention is to partially restore it to a Pro Street car but I am curious if there was a record of what this VIN originally was.
I am also a bit unsure whether iit a '68 or '67.

Any feedback would be appreciated.


5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: mig welder on: December 21, 2014, 09:58:24 PM
If you can find an old miller synchrowave 250/250 that would be my first choice.
Its an older machine but is built tough. You can run straight and reverse DC polarity, AC and it has HF as well and you can stick weld with it also.
I dont see many come up for sale here in NZ as they are popular and very reliable.
More modern machines can be pricey and these days they are mostly inverter type power sources.
Personally I prefer a chunky transfomer and a good bridge, usually you get a much nicer arc and you dont need to be a rocket scientist to operate it.
On aluminium you need to run continuous HF on AC with pure Argon gas. An engine block would probably need to be pre-heated as well to help the weld "wet in" to the parent material.
The Lincoln machines were also very good up until a couple of years ago ( in NZ at least ) when they changed thier diode supplier and all sorts of wierd things started to happen. They may have come right now but I havent had one in to check out for a while.
If I were you I would still try and find a GOOD machine shop, doing it yourself could do some serious damage if you are a novice Ali welder.
Try and find a place that does boilermaking or high pressure pipe welding, usually they are pretty good tradesmen and tend to enjoy a job that is a bit out of the norm for them.
If you want a home / hobby machine then mostly they are scratch start, dont get one of these. They will be single phase and I dont think you will get the heat output out of it that you need to keep the work piece hot enough to get a good weld.
Make sure if you buy one it has HF.
If you are welding Ali be very careful as there are very severe radiated arcs. Completely cover you arms with a dust coat and wear leather gloves and a welding helmet of course.
If you dont you will get badly burnt.
Shop about, stay with a known brand for good after sales service and be prepared for it to be a bit costly if buying new.


6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: mig welder on: December 21, 2014, 05:05:25 PM
After 14yrs repairing all forms of welders I would probably toss up between the Miller 211 or the Lincoln 180I for home use as you mentioned for panel and frame work.
Both will run MIG nicely with mixed gas shielding, 0.6mm solid wire for panels and 0.9mm - 1.2mm solid wire for frames.
I would not recommend gasless wire (flux cored) to anyone unless you are desperate or wanting to weld up an old galvanised gate post in a paddock.
A spool gun would not be a good choice for aluminium blocks.
You just wont get enough weld intensity from it.
You would most likely not get good penetration and really for any good aluminium work you should be welding with AC and HF which you wont get with these welders.
With TIG on AC with HF and a large enough source and good torch you will get a better result, better penetration and less inclusions. Make sure you use the correct tungsten and correct size collett etc.
The heat input from TIG can be very high and you run the risk of melting rather than building up if you are not careful.
Run it with a foot control so you can readily ramp up and down as you weld.

I hope that helps

Merry Christmas
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: metal to metal glue? on: May 31, 2014, 03:44:07 PM
You can use a contact adhesive such as ados F2.
You can get a smallish tube about half the size of a tube of toothpaste from a hobby store or a hardware store.
Apply to both surfaces and smear about with a flat stick to get a thin coat then wait till they "tack off", then put them together.
You probably wont need to completely cover the plate, the old glue residue should give you a clue as to how much is needed.
WARNING....... you will get one chance so make sure it is lined up correctly.
I hope that helps
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Speedo / Gauge cluster - bad connection ?!?! on: May 27, 2014, 01:39:12 AM
Hi Claus
that piece of metal that is sitting up at 90 degrees should be laying flat in the small plastic groove that is under your finger.
The small loop on the end is supposed to be sitting over the centre securing screw hole so that when y ou screw the centre screw in you effectively JAM it against the metalwork of the dash panel and that created the ground for the cluster.
In my car all these metal bits were all rusty so I removed them all and gave them a light buff to get clean metal connections everywhere.'
I also ran a loose piece of wire from the back of the cluster to another ground point under the dash to make absolutely sure.
I hope that helps
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Bad neutral switch ?? on: May 24, 2014, 06:48:15 PM
I would replace the Neutral Safelty Switch seeing as how  you have already got the console apart.
When I bought my car someone had put in a shorting link just like you have and I was not aware of it. I started the car one morning and almost drove out the back wall of my garage. I had left it in Drive when I turned it off last time I parked it up.
If your car wont crank over with the switch shorted out then check for 12V at the starter solanoid terminal with the ignition key in the cranking position. You will need someont to turn the key while you measure the voltage at the starter motor solanoid.
If there is no voltage there then either you have a bad ignition switch or a dirty fuse holder in the fuse box.
Also check that the engine has a good Ground connection (negative) back to the battery and that the positive connection to the starter motor is ok.
I hope that helps

10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: I'd like to introduce myself and my Camaro. on: May 13, 2014, 02:09:29 AM
Hi there, very nice job you have done there.
I wish there were more guys your age with the same passion for Camaros, or any 60-70 muscle cars for that matter.
My son is 23 and I wish he had one of his own so he wouldnt keep trying to con me out of mine.
Keep up the good wrok.
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: OT- Rare Shelby Mustang GT500 unearthed after 40 years on: March 18, 2014, 01:06:37 AM
They are still out there I guess.
What a car to own, if only I had more children to harvest organs from.
The past President of our Muscle Car Club down here has one of those, he will no doubt be interested in this.
I am guessing the auction will be most interesting.
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Cars in action ! on: March 04, 2014, 02:11:59 AM
Hi Bullitt65, it just gone autmn here but the weather is still pretty warm and sunny.
It is raining on and off today though.
We done get extremes of weather here in Auckland, no snow.......ever in this city.
It will get pretty wet and cold in another couple of months...... a good time to do maintenance.

13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Cars in action ! on: March 03, 2014, 02:40:48 AM
Not really pictures but here is a link to a few runs at the strip.
A few of us went to the Junior Drags National Finals and at the lunch break took the kids for runs down the track.
I dont know who had the most fun.

I have other vid if you wanna check em out.
Best run on a serious day was 12.35 at 111MPH on the 1/4 mile

14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 68 350 engine - how to start on: February 14, 2014, 04:29:55 PM
Mike S has hit the nail on the head with that proceedure.
Just as a matter of interest, what are the numbers on the engine?
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 68 factory air on: February 04, 2014, 02:46:34 AM
Grumble Grumble.........

I am going to have to Emmigrate to the USA........So many bits........ just down the road......

My car is/was an air car until someone in the last 40 odd years decided to weld up the firewall and fit a normal heater.
Problem is the fresh air flap in the wiper scuttle was also welded up so to fix it is a major engine out, dash out job.
I have managed to scrounge up all of the engine bay items from a bloke here that was making a drag car but still need all the interior parts, especially the inside heater box and vent parts, prefereably free.....or cheap......hint hint.
I occasionally locate bits on the web but for not may peopple in the USA are prepared to ship down here.
I would love to get everything back to how it should be then fit the AC delete kit from the likes of Classic Industries.
I know it sounds stupid, changing it back then not using it but at least then I would have an opoerational ventilation system with the option of fittng the AC back in when or if I sell.

Kelly, have a chat to your friend or if anyone else has bits could you let me k now.

Sorry to hijack your post Kelly.
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