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811  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Leaf Springs on: August 15, 2008, 06:39:58 AM
Since it's new paint, I'd remove it with lacquer thinner or some similiar solvent. The paint should just melt off. Sandblasting will get grit in between the leafs and make a royal mess, and it will leave a clean, but rough surface. If they're rust-free under the paint you can use Cosmoline to stop any surface rust from forming on the bare metal. A good alternative is to paint them with cast-iron gray paint. Not 100% original, but the springs look nice and they won't rust. My 2 cents and good luck!

I tried Lacquer Thinner right when I got home. The paint started to come off but it did not come off easily...still alot on them and not coming off easily. The springs are dis-assembled.
812  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Leaf Springs on: August 14, 2008, 09:03:04 PM
I had my leaf springs re-arched and went to pick them up and the guy had painted them. Great!!!!

I am considering having the black paint sandblasted off. Has anyone done this before? I am not sure what the sandblasted finish will look like when complete. I am trying to restore my car back to 100% original and want to avoid messing up my springs. The springs did have some rust on them prior to re-arching.

Thanks
813  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Front Disc brake lines on: August 12, 2008, 09:17:56 PM
Perhaps the vendors pictures that I was looking at were only displaying drum brake options.

I will try Master Brake.

Thank you for the responses.
814  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Front Disc brake lines on: August 12, 2008, 06:40:31 AM
That clip is seperate from the flex line.  The flex line does have a copper collar on that point of the flex hose, but not the clip itself.

Not the greatest pic of that exact area:



That is the type of flex hose I am looking for. The one with the collar on it with an attaching bolt.
815  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Front Disc brake lines on: August 11, 2008, 08:23:02 PM
The bracket to hold the line to the sub frame is not even on the brake line.

Are you talking about the steel brake pipes or the rubber flex hoses? The front brake pipes never had a bracket of any sort as part of the pipe; the brackets on the subframe were separate bolt-on parts.
The flex hoses have a clip/bracket that attaches to the upper a frame or the subframe. I would have to refer to the AIM to be sure. But the flex hoses that I have seen do not have this clip on the flex hose.

Sorry I was not clear earlier.
816  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Front Disc brake lines on: August 10, 2008, 08:32:11 PM
I am in the middle of restoring my car and just finsihed restoring the front brake calipers. The car has 36K miles on it and the original front and rear brake lines were on the car. The front lines seem to be ok but the rear lines are shot. I started looking at what the usual after market shops had to offer for front brake lines and noticed the lines are not even close to the originals. The bracket to hold the line to the sub frame is not even on the brake line. Can someone suggest a supplier for oriiginal style brake lines or should I just suck it up and use 39 year old front brake lines provided they dont leak? The lines look good.
817  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Factory markings on: August 07, 2008, 09:55:03 PM
That is what I will do.

Thanks
818  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Factory markings on: August 04, 2008, 09:42:20 PM
Is there a source that I can go to and get (look at) the suspension factory markings that generally came on the car? I know where the suspension paint went on my car I took pictures before the resto. Really looking for the chaulk marks.

thanks
819  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Sand blast or acid dip? on: August 02, 2008, 09:42:10 PM
I am going to sand blast the chasis, epoxy primer everything, then POR-15 the inside of the frame.

Thanks!
820  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Sand blast or acid dip? on: July 24, 2008, 10:03:34 PM
Thanks Guys I appreicate the feedback.

Scott I agree...probably will be dead before it makes a difference.

James....I will call you to discuss further.

Thanks!
821  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Sand blast or acid dip? on: July 24, 2008, 01:34:58 PM
I will also e dip the frame. E dip is the process that helps the frame from rusting right?

I intend to drive the car but not in the rain unless I get stuck in bad weather somewhere. This is not a trailer queeen but a 36K mile car that I intend on driving. I will re install all the original interior once I get the car back.

The reason I wanted to dip the car was to protect the inner sub frame. Is this a real concern if the car is not badly rusted? One thought I had was to use some sort of tool and get POR-15 inside the frame rails.

Your comments are appreciated.
822  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: correct 69 Decklid on: July 23, 2008, 09:13:26 PM
I dont know what ya'll are referring to but here is a picture of my trunk lid and the car is a 03D car.
823  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Sand blast or acid dip? on: July 23, 2008, 09:11:26 PM
I am at a cross road with my restoration. I need to either sand blast or acid dip my sub frame, rear end, upper and lower control arms. Maybe just glass bead my control arms. Does any one have any experience with acid dipping these parts? The cost to acid dip all parts is around $350 vs. $150 for the sand blasting. The reason to acid dip is to get the surface rust from inside the sub frame out. The parts are in pretty good shape over all.

Thanks for the feedback.
824  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Another trim tag question on: July 22, 2008, 07:52:57 PM
Original Trim markings
825  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Another trim tag question on: July 22, 2008, 07:51:16 PM
Original Trim markings
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