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1561  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / maintaining doors... on: October 02, 2013, 04:06:24 PM
I'm disassembling my door hardware to clean, lubricate, etc... and have some questions I hope to get some help with...

Which inner door hardware (regulators, guides, and latch mechanism') were installed by Fisher before they painted the door?  I'm suspecting it's everything except the glass.. but I've never heard or read anything about this, and I just disassembled my first one (and there is primer/paint overspray on some of the components??)

Is there a good source for an original or good reproduction outer door weatherstrip?  (goes along the top of the door, seals over the door edge, has a chrome/ss bead and provides 'whiskers' against the glass)Huh  If there is, What is the best source?

Is there a source for the plastic inserts which plug into holes in the door, and provide retention for the door panel pins?  (see photos)

Is there a source for the black 'masking tape' (what it looks like) which was used in the factory to tape down the vapor barrier under the door panel?  (see photo)..

Any information/assistance is appreciated...  Smiley
1562  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Vietnam Lost Films worth seeing.... on: October 02, 2013, 01:06:05 PM
Nice car..  and the torque thrusts look great on the early cars..  many ran them back then.. (anyone who could afford them).. Smiley
1563  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 Chevy Camaro Only Unrestored COPO in the World! on: October 02, 2013, 11:53:47 AM
I don't think it is the only iron 427 Camaro that is unrestored but definitely not the only unrestoed 427 COPO Camaro including ZL1s
as there (are) amazing ZL1 story.

There are some 427 COPO Camaros that were old race cars that remain mostly unrestored but have mods from racing since new
...  edited..

That car (the original one in this thread) looks TOO good to be unrestored..  it's definitely 'warmed over' even if it was done  a long while ago.  I don't think there is any way, outside of a vacuum chamber, to preserve a Chevrolet that well for 44 yrs..  Smiley ..  
There WAS an unrestored (barn find) COPO at the Camaro Nationals this year..  photos attached.  which show what a *real unrestored* car looks like. Smiley
So their primary claim of 'being the only unrestored iron block COPO' is not accurate..   

PS.  What was the highest body number in '69 PRIOR to the resetting in August '69??
1564  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Sheetmetal Date Code on: October 02, 2013, 10:41:29 AM
Kurt,.. 
That's a reasonable theory..   could be..    only thing I've heard that makes sense...
If we knew those dates, and had some dates before and after along with the die location, we might be able to confirm that theory...

Gary
1565  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: alternator broadcast codes on: October 01, 2013, 09:26:35 PM
If anyone has an '825' CT laying around..  I'd buy it..  Smiley
1566  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Sheetmetal Date Code on: October 01, 2013, 01:15:57 PM
Not i
In those days, cars were selling like hotcakes, and the system was stretched to its limits most of the time; for a stamping plant, that meant racks were in short supply, and you can't produce stampings unless you have the proper shipping racks for the panels (each panel had hundreds of special racks designed just for that panel) - there weren't any "warehouses" to store stampngs - the only "storage" was in the rail cars that hauled the racks of panels to the assembly plants.

Referring back to post #7 on page 1 of this thread, would it be kind of odd then that the sheetmetal date code stamped into the driver side door of my car is H34 for an 01C built car?  Quite a time diffrerence between the 34th calendar week of 1968 and 01C bulid (the 3rd week of January 1969).
Not if your door had gotten replaced somewhere along the way???
1567  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: ACC carpet texture ??? on: October 01, 2013, 11:22:21 AM
Phillip,

I agree with your post; I think he should vacuum it and see if it looks better..   (carpets typically do not look great right out of the box)...
1568  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Sheetmetal Date Code on: October 01, 2013, 11:20:39 AM
The closeness of sheet metal production to car usage implies that the sheetmetal items were pretty much JIT (just in time) even back then.. I suppose that's more true for sheet metal than some other smaller parts, in part due to the difficulty of warehousing large quantities of these larger bulkier parts.   I'd bet John Z can shed some good light on this subject..  Smiley

In those days, cars were selling like hotcakes, and the system was stretched to its limits most of the time; for a stamping plant, that meant racks were in short supply, and you can't produce stampings unless you have the proper shipping racks for the panels (each panel had hundreds of special racks designed just for that panel) - there weren't any "warehouses" to store stampngs - the only "storage" was in the rail cars that hauled the racks of panels to the assembly plants.

Thanks for confirmation, John..      that's as I thought....  Smiley
1569  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Solid lifter valve adjustment 69 302 on: October 01, 2013, 11:19:04 AM
a very nice story clem....  Smiley
Did you use the same broom handle that they used to hold up their hood?  Smiley

J/K..
1570  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 69Z rear ratios on: September 30, 2013, 11:14:27 PM
Good points James!  Smiley
1571  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Sheetmetal Date Code on: September 30, 2013, 11:13:54 PM
The closeness of sheet metal production to car usage implies that the sheetmetal items were pretty much JIT (just in time) even back then.. I suppose that's more true for sheet metal than some other smaller parts, in part due to the difficulty of warehousing large quantities of these larger bulkier parts.   I'd bet John Z can shed some good light on this subject..  Smiley
1572  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Sheetmetal Date Code on: September 30, 2013, 07:22:29 PM
My drivers door, the only door I've checked, is  'H 37 -1'    which is within 1 or 2 weeks of the production week 09C.   How close are the doors on you fellas' cars to your production week??
1573  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 327 Timing Chain Cover on: September 30, 2013, 12:53:36 PM
I agree with Kurt...   repair rather than replace whenever possible..  Smiley
1574  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 1967 Trans-Am season review on: September 30, 2013, 10:36:12 AM
the other side of that coin, jon, is that some people persists in believing that ALL Z28's came with headers in the trunk.. Smiley
1575  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Radiator upgrade on: September 30, 2013, 10:31:31 AM
But does this part start radiator fan when temp gets to a certain point? I'm trying to figure out why the fans are not kicking on.

I assume you realize that is NOT a factory part?   that is an aftermarket part which goes with most of those other aftermarket parts shown in your photo.  Early Camaros use fans driven by the motor, NOT electric fans.  Did you drive the car in the Texas heat before you bought it?  Did it overheat then?
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