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631  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Failing starter on: August 28, 2009, 05:59:50 AM
Is the spring the big return spring that comes out when the solenoid is removed?

Jimmy V.
it is in there.
632  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: M-21 lube leaking out of the speedo cable on: August 26, 2009, 05:34:24 AM
John,

I was able to buy a new bullet for $5 from a local transmission shop. I put it in last night. I will take the car for a nice long drive and see what happens.

Thanks!
633  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Failing starter on: August 26, 2009, 05:30:57 AM
I had the same problem, and found an excellent thread on the NCRS board. I realize if you are not an NCRS member it does not help you, but the thrust of the article was about the spring inside the solenoid. Aftermarket or springs that come in the rebuild kits are a different lengths than what came original. When they heat up the tension strength of spring changes and does not allow the starter to engage. Heat sheilds may work but from what I read you would only be masking the problem. The real solution is to get a standard not metric spring length for your old GM starter.
I happened to have an old starter at the house so I took the spring out of the solenoid and put it in the faulty starter and that cured my problem. Additionally, I sanded paint off some of the contacts. Also make sure that the contact point from the armeture to the solenoid is good.
Somebody that knows more about this hopefully will chime in. I have only done this once.

My starter is still not operating correctly and it is not heat related. I am getting a single click when the starter is cold and after repeated attempts it starts. I must have a bad connection?
Any ideas or comments?
634  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Failing starter on: August 24, 2009, 07:35:55 PM
I had the same problem, and found an excellent thread on the NCRS board. I realize if you are not an NCRS member it does not help you, but the thrust of the article was about the spring inside the solenoid. Aftermarket or springs that come in the rebuild kits are a different lengths than what came original. When they heat up the tension strength of spring changes and does not allow the starter to engage. Heat sheilds may work but from what I read you would only be masking the problem. The real solution is to get a standard not metric spring length for your old GM starter.
I happened to have an old starter at the house so I took the spring out of the solenoid and put it in the faulty starter and that cured my problem. Additionally, I sanded paint off some of the contacts. Also make sure that the contact point from the armeture to the solenoid is good.
Somebody that knows more about this hopefully will chime in. I have only done this once.
635  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: M-21 lube leaking out of the speedo cable on: August 24, 2009, 07:25:00 PM
John do you have another part number for the seal? What I got today at NAPA was for an automatic transmission and they did not have the part number for the bullet.

Thanks!
636  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: M-21 lube leaking out of the speedo cable on: August 24, 2009, 01:29:42 PM
There should also be a pressed-in rubber seal in the end of the speedo "bullet" where the cable ferrule screws on to keep gear lube from "climbing" the flex shaft.
John do I have to unscrew the cable from the bullet to get to the rubber seal?

Are these parts I can buy at NAPA?

Thanks again

Yes - unscrew the cable ferrule from the "bullet" and you should see the black rubber seal. Don't know offhand if NAPA carries the seal separately or not. The "bullet" is called a "fitting", and is P/N 3869912 (includes the seal), in group 4.338. The seal itself is P/N 3869910.
John thanks for the part numbers. NAPA had just the seal. I will intall it and see how it works
637  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: M-21 lube leaking out of the speedo cable on: August 22, 2009, 02:00:49 PM
Thanks for the pictures guys. That really helps explain the situation. Now I just need to find the time to fix it.

638  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: M-21 lube leaking out of the speedo cable on: August 18, 2009, 05:47:59 PM
There should also be a pressed-in rubber seal in the end of the speedo "bullet" where the cable ferrule screws on to keep gear lube from "climbing" the flex shaft.
John do I have to unscrew the cable from the bullet to get to the rubber seal?

Thank you very much.

Are these parts I can buy at NAPA?

Thanks again

Yes - unscrew the cable ferrule from the "bullet" and you should see the black rubber seal. Don't know offhand if NAPA carries the seal separately or not. The "bullet" is called a "fitting", and is P/N 3869912 (includes the seal), in group 4.338. The seal itself is P/N 3869910.
639  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: M-21 lube leaking out of the speedo cable on: August 16, 2009, 05:25:46 PM
There should also be a pressed-in rubber seal in the end of the speedo "bullet" where the cable ferrule screws on to keep gear lube from "climbing" the flex shaft.
John do I have to unscrew the cable from the bullet to get to the rubber seal?

Are these parts I can buy at NAPA?

Thanks again
640  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: M-21 lube leaking out of the speedo cable on: August 16, 2009, 04:33:51 PM
Thanks John I will check that.
641  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: M-21 lube leaking out of the speedo cable on: August 16, 2009, 08:09:01 AM
Thanks for the input.
642  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / M-21 lube leaking out of the speedo cable on: August 15, 2009, 09:22:52 PM
After running my car for about 20 miles in City traffic I have gear lube leaking off the speedo cable just before the cable attaches to the speedometer underneath the cluster. Any idea what would cause this? I am using Royal Purple synthetic lube. I checked the level and it is not over filled.

Thanks
643  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Generator Dash Light on: August 14, 2009, 06:14:35 AM
Let us know if we can help!
644  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Leaf Springs When Restoring on: August 12, 2009, 06:06:51 AM
When I took my originals out in 1983, all of the shorter leaves on both sides were broken in half right at the alignment bolt hole, the only one supporting the weight of the car was the main leaf that ran from the front bushing to the rear shackles.
Do you remember how many miles were on the leaves at the time you removed them?
645  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Leaf Springs When Restoring on: August 10, 2009, 06:02:27 AM
Good to know. Thanks. I went back and forth. I ended up replacing them. The bands literally fell apart during removal but surprisingly they were not sagging much. They just looked to be in really poor shape.
That is what happened to mine too. The bands just fell off and the arches looked pretty bad. But so far so good.
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