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1591  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Control Arm Alignment Shims on: April 02, 2013, 11:12:07 PM
Mine also were of the type shown in your bottom photo (the old rusty one).. Smiley
1592  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Charlotte Autofair on: April 01, 2013, 10:43:50 PM
What is the date again?
1593  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: It's Baack-----2014 Z28 on: April 01, 2013, 10:37:00 PM
Are you saying that you got used to the 'sitting in a hole', and the poor visibility  from the drivers seat after driving it two days?
1594  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Subframe Crisis on: April 01, 2013, 10:34:27 PM
Thanks Steve,

I had always suspected that my front clip had been repainted due to those two things:  1) slight difference from the paint from firewall back, and 2) thin coverage on the inner fender area...   Now I'm not sure....  Smiley

Gary
1595  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Stamping Tool for VIN on Block & Trans on: March 30, 2013, 07:02:10 PM
Thanks ZLP.. Smiley    for correcting my post.    Shows how little attention I paid to the 'yellow'..  *L*..    usually I didn't pay a lot of attention to the 'factory redline' either since I removed the original tach and installed a Sun Super Tach in the dash and had the redline set at 7000 after I rebuilt my engine (in the 70's).   Pictured below is the original tach from my 09C Z28, and it does 'yellow' at 5700 (not 5500) and reds at 6 grand.  I had it rebuilt 30 yrs ago, but haven't operated it since.   I'm planning on reinstalling it and HOPE it works better now than it did before.
1596  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Any info on door mirror dates. on: March 29, 2013, 04:49:55 PM
That sounds good..  Smiley    I thought you'd only purchased the dated mirror glass, and was going to install it yourself in your original housing...
1597  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: It's Baack-----2014 Z28 on: March 29, 2013, 12:16:21 PM
I've driven a 2007 Corvette Z06 with the LS7 (427 ci engine).  That engine is amazing..  not only in the power level, but also how quickly it revs for a big cube engine (not at all similar to the 'old school' 427 engine!  My main issue with the 'new camaro' is the body .. size, weight and visibility from the driver seat.  I think they tried to do too much in that desgin, and tried to capture not only the 1st design shape, but also the 'cartoon CARS' or whatever.. brutish look, and in doing that it loses a lot of the 'retro appeal' (at least for me).

That said, I like a lot about what GM has seemingly done for the Z28 model, and the PM's enthusiasm for the car, but I'm very curious what the price point is gonna be.. Smiley.   In the past, when proposing that the Corvette offer a 'stripped down' model (wtih options), we were told that it was more expensive to offer the options (which complicate the assembly process), than to just put all the options on all the cars (ie. AC, PW, PS, etc)..
1598  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Subframe Crisis on: March 29, 2013, 12:09:29 PM
Thanks John!   That's new information to me, and beneficial knowing that.  I assume your explanation referred to the Norwood Fisher body plant?   
What about the paint on the front fenders, hood, valence, and other parts painted in the Norwood assembly plant??   
Were those parts painted with an automated system? or manually painted?  I'm curious because the 'inner' portions of my front fenders (the part inside the engine compartment) didn't seem to get full coverage; as if the painter sprayed from above and the under areas where there were contours, didn't get much paint...  Is that typical of factory painted fenders on a '69 Camaro?   
Maybe Steve S. has some information on that as well from his survivor/original judging activity?
1599  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Any info on door mirror dates. on: March 28, 2013, 09:42:36 PM
Did they provide info on how to remove the old mirror and attach the new one?
1600  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: What are these marks on the harmonic balancer? on: March 28, 2013, 08:51:43 PM
When the timing mark on the damper is at the 'TDC' mark on the pointer, the piston is always UP at TOP DEAD CENTER, .. BUT.. 
1) the piston might be UP on Compression (which is the one that counts for timing), OR
2) it might be up on Exhaust (in which case the exhaust port will be open). 

Just pull the LH valve cover and observe the rockers as you rotate the engine thru the 4 'strokes'  (intake, compression, power, and  exhaust).  If you've never done that before, it will give you a new appreciation for the engine operation.. Smiley ..  and don't forget that the crankshaft is rotating twice per rotation of the cam, and that makes ONE cycle of the engine.
1601  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Stamping Tool for VIN on Block & Trans on: March 28, 2013, 08:40:34 PM
I don't believe that's the correct tach for a Z28, Larry.   Z28 should 'yellow' at 5500 and red' at 6000.
1602  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Subframe Crisis on: March 28, 2013, 08:38:30 PM
What year did chevrolet begin using automated robots for painting car bodies?

Painting robots weren't introduced in GM assembly plants until the mid-80's, and weren't in widespread use until the mid-90's. Exterior painting was "automated" in some plants in the late 60's, but it was done with air motor-powered reciprocating spray guns on fixed supports, not with robots.

Was the Norwood Camaro plant included on that list of 'automated' paint plants (in 1969) John???
1603  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Z28 fuel line support bracket -JohnZ? on: March 28, 2013, 11:04:11 AM
We've had some fairly recent discussion and photos of original parts for this bracket.   Take a cruise thru the following link:
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=8747.msg61154;topicseen#msg61154
1604  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: It's Baack-----2014 Z28 on: March 27, 2013, 11:55:53 PM
I have to agree with jano.. the Mustang is the best of the 'retro pony cars'.   The Challenger and Camaro both *feel* too big; look too big, and the visibility is awful.  PS.  I do like the performance of the engines though..
1605  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Stamping Tool for VIN on Block & Trans on: March 27, 2013, 10:35:13 AM
I agree with Charley; you've got a nice car, an unusual color, and I think the small custom feature of the paint in the stripes sets it off, and coordinates with the blue interior quite well...
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