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That's the sort of 'error' that I could easily attribute to factory personnel... (or to any of us humans for that matter!). :)

General Discussion / Re: Body build date VS Body number
« on: June 07, 2012, 03:21:14 AM »
i always thought that customer orders got priority on the builds, and also that high volume dealers got preferential treatment..

Originality / Re: 69 front bumper guards
« on: May 31, 2012, 02:53:49 AM »

Yes, I just went and pulled them out; and I had previously opened one of the boxes.  The guards are Left and Right.   On the bottom of the guard, where it bolts to the valence, there is an 'L'.. apparently for Left side (I haven't opened the other box).   Also inside the guard was a stamp 'SP'...   check out the images I've included.

Suggestion:  if you have 'original' guards needing chrome, if you have a good chrome shop, their chrome will be MUCH better than the factory chrome, and I also believed a 're-chromed' original' is preferable to either an NOS or a reproduction guard.

Gary / 69Z28-RS

General Discussion / Re: Original Drivetrains
« on: May 30, 2012, 09:36:00 PM »
Probably less than 10% of the Camaros carrying Z28 emblems *ever* had a 302...  :)
of those that did, it would be a small percentage.. I would have guessed less than 25%, but couldn't argue with Steve's 10% guess....

Gary / 69Z28-RS

General Discussion / Re: Original Brake Hoses for '69 Z28
« on: May 30, 2012, 05:09:51 AM »
Thanks for the information George .. and Sixtynine...  Those certainly appear to be more accurate (but with the additional crimps)..  and more expensive.  :)    I'll consider them strongly.
thanks!  :)

General Discussion / Re: Original Brake Hoses for '69 Z28
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:01:04 PM »
Thanks Mike,

I've used a couple or three companies before for sleeving various Corvette calipers and M/C, but is there a preferred company to sleeve/rebuild the single piston calipers for the Camaro?

Originality / Re: 69 front bumper guards
« on: May 29, 2012, 05:05:31 PM »
I have a pair of Chevrolet-produced parts I purchased from the dealer in 1976; hopefully same as used in the factory...   these are still in the boxes and never been used (and I'm unsure if I will use them?)...  (but I don't have repro ones to compare to).. :)

Gary / 69Z28-RS

General Discussion / Re: Original Brake Hoses for '69 Z28
« on: May 29, 2012, 04:24:00 PM »
All of you fellas are correct :), but of course safety IS the most important thing, as John points out so clearly.

Steve:  Given that I can clean/bag the original hoses, does that discount 'scoring' on the replacement hoses?   If not, what is your recommended source for hoses?   The Rick's repro/replacement has steel fittings (rather than brass); Is there a better source?  and what about sleeving the calipers/cylinders with SS (or brass).  Does that cause a deduction?   Does silicone fluid cause a deduction?   Do the judges even look at such things?

Any information appreciated to make my decisions a bit quicker/easier.. :)

Gary / 69Z28-RS

General Discussion / Original Brake Hoses for '69 Z28
« on: May 29, 2012, 01:33:56 AM »
I'm slowly taking apart, cleaning, etc..  parts from my '69 z28/RS which has been *resting* in my basement garage for a bit over 32 yrs.   I'm currently working front and rear suspensions/brakes/etc; the current topic is brakes.  My car has the orig hoses; I rebult the brakes in the late '70's, and they worked fine then, when parked, and work now, but with 43 yr old hoses, I suspect it would be good to replace them.  I looked at the replacement hoses sold by Rick's this weekend, and they have steel fittings on the end (brass fittings on the originals); I just made the rounds of several parts houses, and none of them even list fronts for the '69, but a couple had a 'Wagner' part for the rear one which *appeared* mostly correct, but with the additional crimps.   I also just searched for, and read the historical posts re brake hoses and didn't get much other than the change in 'crimping' from the original crimp to the later double crimp mandated for safety. 

My plan was to flush the steel lines with alcohol, and rebuild the calipers and cylinders with silicone fluid; replace the hoses.   I've a couple of questions:

1)  For my car, which I hope to show in 'survivor category', should I reuse my original hoses?  I'm only considering this due to the non-availability of correct-appearing new hoses.   If you fellas recommend I replace the original hoses, who sells the *best* alternative for front and rear hoses?

2)  have any of you had your original calipers (single piston) resleeved with stainless?   If so, whom do you recommend for this?  I want to be sure I have my original calipers returned to me.

Gary 69Z280RS 

I'm wondering how he restamped a 'never decked'..etc.. block..  :)

change the subject line and try again?

Originality / Re: 69 Z/28 Emissions Decal - any interest?
« on: May 27, 2012, 06:15:34 AM »
Kurt?   The 350/370 engine change would have been to accommodate the '70 models?   not for '69's...
both the Corvette and the Camaro Z28 (with the 350 LT1 engine were introduced after Jan 1 1970, weren't they?   


Sauron mentioned 'All Metal', which I've used a long time in the past.   It's basically 'bondo' with embedded metallic dust.   It appears 'gray' rather than white or pink like bondo.  The only advantage I could glean from use of All-Metal rather than bondo is perhaps a slightly better matched coefficient of thermal expansion with the Al-metal, due to the metallic particles in it.

Sauron:  Did you intend any other conclusion re the All Metal?  I got the feeling you like the fiber embedded versions rather than the metal dust embedded??

Gary / 69Z28-RS

Restoration / Re: Is my subframe saveable or beyond repair ???
« on: May 23, 2012, 05:23:43 PM »
Look for a good non-rusty, undamaged original part; should be better than a repro..

Maintenance / Re: compression
« on: May 21, 2012, 05:40:10 PM »
Were the studs partially pulled?  or pulled totally out?   Did it damage your valve covers?  When I bought my '69, back in '76, one of the valve covers had been cracked (and welded) as had the head...   due to a stud being pulled out..
PS.  I'm unaware of any engine problem that would make all the cylinders exhibit consistent 'high' compressions..  :)
I'd think your engine is OK with those numbers; 210-230 is 5%...

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