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31  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Aircon car? on: June 06, 2009, 10:14:49 PM
closeup of firewall enginebay side
32  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Aircon car? on: June 06, 2009, 10:13:26 PM
under glovebox looking up to heaterbox
33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / 1968 Aircon car? on: June 05, 2009, 02:26:31 AM
Hello again everyone.
While trying to get the "ball vents" in the dash going I seem to have discovered that my  car may have originally had AC.
There are no penetrations from the cabin to the wiper cowl area up behind the dash for the ball vent ducting to connect to , similarly the ball vents do not have the little knob and lever to open and close the "flap" which turns on and off or restricts the air flow.
The heater controils are all out of whack.
There is no central vent in the radio trim panel.
It appears to have a standard heater box fitted in the engine bay and all looks as it should be for a non AC car in that respect.
All the windows have a green tint to them.
A panelbeater here has started all this when he mentioned to me that there was been a small patch or "AC Delete" plate welded into the firewall ( which I cant see ) up by the wiper cowl panel.
My problem is, I would like to get the venting system working correctly.

I have a couple of options.
1: Drill the holes in the firewall for the ball vent connections, I have not been able to get the plastic parts to mount to the firewall however.
2: Resurrect the original AC system, I can acquire a complete system from a firends car here who is making a hot rod and will be removing his AC
3: Install an aftermarket AC system, vintage air or similar.

Option 1 would be pretty much impracticle as I would have to tear the car apart.
Option 2 would be the best option as it retains all the correct parts but again means some serious surgery to undo what has been done.
Option 3 would appear to be the way to go as I understand they dont require a pump and would retro fit to my car fairly easily. Has anyone fitted one of these?

Before I do anything I want to make sure that I am not "barking up the wrong tree", so to speak.

Are there any other tell tale clues as to whether my car really did have AC fitted?
Were there any models that did not have the air vents ducted to the firewall

34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Door weatherstripping on: September 23, 2008, 02:15:29 AM
Ok I have bitten the bullet and have got partial set of Metro Super Softs weatherstrips out of Summit Racing Supplies. Door L & R, Frame L & R and boot (trunk) seal.

I will keep you all posted as to how they perform.
35  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Door weatherstripping on: September 07, 2008, 02:31:36 AM
Hi all.
I have had problems with closing the doors.
Basically I have had to open the door and with a hearty push swing them quite hard to get them to latch properly.
I have tried soaking the seals with Wurth rubber conditioner which didnt really make a lot of difference.
The car has been beautifully restored and in desperation I have removed the "new" seals that had been fitted.
I beieve they were bought from a classic industries agent down here.
I have a panelbeater freind who has had a similar problem and it seems to be the very end of the seal where it is flattened out whereby it is too hard to compress properly when closing the door.
We cut away this part and it was an improvement. However when we removed the entire seal we found that the door closes perfectly.... click....
All of the gaps are near perfect so it would seem that the seal is definately the problem
I have had a browse through the forums and it appears that the general consensus would be that the Metro brand seals provide teh best fit and cushioning when closing the doors.
I am proposing to replace only the seal that goes around the door. Would it be better to replace the door frame seals as well?
I would appreciate any input from other forum members as I am reluctant to place an internet order only to find out that I am no better off.
Thanks in advance
36  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Wheel clearnces on: June 28, 2008, 12:07:19 AM
Can anyone help me out here.

I have just fitted a pair of 15x8 rally wheels to the back of my 68 and now I am not too happy with the "look".
The wheels I fitted are Classic Industries reproductions with a 4 1/4" backspacing, which I assume is a standard backspacing.
The problem is that now I want to have them altered so that the extra 1" is on the inside of the wheel arch instead of the outside as it looks a bit odd as it is now.
Also I have the car lowered a bit and I think with the extra inch on the outside I will have issues with the tyres rubbing on the inside of the wheel arch trim.
If I alter them they way I want I can also then use the original wheel trim riings and it would appear to be the same as the front and not have a gaping gap between the ring and the centre of the wheel but still have an 8" wheel.
The tyres on the back are BF Goodrich 245x60x15.

Any clues anyone?


37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 68 multi leafs in AIM? on: May 07, 2008, 03:58:40 AM
Amazing what you find in the forums when you have a few hours spare.
I also have a 4 leaf 12 bolt in my car and it has the (as it now appears) the mono bottom plate.
I am having problems with the shocks. The previous owner fitted Koni Adjustables and they seem to be the wrong ones for a number of reasons.
Firstly with the shocks not connected to the bottom plate I can hop in the boot and bounce the rear end quite well. With them bolted up and I try again there is virtually no movement.
Secondly when I checked teh part number on teh Koni site it appears I have the wrong ones fitted.
I checked with a Koni dealer today and aparently the two part number are the same dampening rate but the ones listed for a multi leaf rear end are about 30mm shorter.
Bearing in mind that the adjustable part relates only to the rebound and not the bound.
SO my question is..... does the multi leaf lower mounting plate have the hole for attaching the bottom of the shock at the same distance from the bottom of the plate as the mounting plate for the mono leaf spring?
What is the major diference between the two types of mounting plates other than the number of "wings"?

Furher to all this, just to add to the confusion, the rear springs are brand new Landrums. I am unsure of the spring rate.

I hope this all makes sense. I would like to get it right as at the moment i have two 40kg bags of cement in the boot to inprove the ride.( DONT LAUGH )


38  Orphans - documentation or VIN-stamped drivetrains - in search of the original cars / 1968 - Orphans / Re: 8L332343 - L48 engine on: May 06, 2008, 05:50:19 AM

Could be just about perfect for my car.
Almost the same VIN as well.
39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: I have seached the site........but......... on: May 06, 2008, 05:47:46 AM
Hi again everyone.
Thanks again for all your input.
I have attached some photos of the engine numbers.
I am not totally computer savvy so please excuse me if I get this all worng.
Pic one is pretty obvious. Could this still be a 350?
Pic two is of the front pad. Its really hard to make out the last letter of the suffix. The 01884 appears to be double stamped. The ER has me stumped.
Pic three is the casting date. Hard to tell if its a 6 or a 8 at the end. More experienced eyes may be able to tell.
The heads appear to be early fuelies withoug the water temp sensor hole in them. I will get the casting numbers off them in teh weekend. That may help to nail down what it is.

Thanks again guys for your input.
40  Site Comments / Discussion / Test Drive / test2 on: May 06, 2008, 05:37:45 AM
more test
41  Site Comments / Discussion / Test Drive / test on: May 06, 2008, 05:34:48 AM
42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: I have seached the site........but......... on: November 29, 2007, 03:21:57 PM
Ok guys.
I have double checked and the "H1 8" is definately cast on the back of the block at the bell housing flange directly behind teh distributor and ever so slightly to the passengers side.
Now, the "8" could be a "6" as it is not perfectly defined but I am positive that it is in the correct location to be the casting date.
I have had a really close look at the "VO828HO" stamping on the front pad.
The "HO" look now as if it may be "HG". It all depends on the light at the time.
which means it could be one of:
HG - 1965 327  fuel inject, m/t   375  FI  Vette
HG - 1968 327  Powerglide   250  2  full size
HG - 1969 350  manual trans.   300  4  full size
Along with:
3892657 - 302 & 350  1967 casting number
H1 8 - August 1 1968

Sooooooooo now i am confused as none of this seems to make sense when put together.


43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: I have seached the site........but......... on: November 27, 2007, 03:23:21 AM
Hello again guys.
I have had the car in to have the trans swapped over from a powerglide to a TH350.
I have been able to get the casting numbers finally from the rear of the block........ Now for the surprise.....
The casting  number is 3892657, which is a 1967 casting if I am correct.
As I mentioned above there is 14GM cast above the oil filter and the H18 is in fact H1 B. Still unsure how to decode that for the casting date, if I have got the right numbers.
The stamping on the front of the engine is still a mystery as well.

Any help would be appreciated.
44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Camaro 45rpm Record by The Cyrkle on: November 26, 2007, 05:33:42 AM
Hi there,
I would very much appreciate it if you could email that MP3 to me also,
45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Hello from New Zealand on: October 07, 2007, 05:01:18 AM
Hi there.

No sorry I don't Know him.
I am still looking around for a local muscle car club to join so I may run into him.
Very nice car ....
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