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1936  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 or 68 SS 350 Picture? on: January 28, 2013, 02:35:30 PM
I'm glad to hear that Charley, since Steve has my booster now.. Smiley
Just today received my MC back from Whitepost (for sleeving) - along with their warning and note about NOT using silicone brake fluid.. but I'm going to ignore that as I've got 3 cars which have had it for 20-25 yrs without issues.   I elected to send Brake Boosters my booster, rather than Whitepost after seeing some recommendations on this board, and seeing his website and talking to him.
First booster I've ever had rebuilt, so I'm a bit nervous about it.   
1937  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 or 68 SS 350 Picture? on: January 28, 2013, 12:06:17 PM
Also notice the finish of the brake booster in the pic above. A little faded but backs up how Brakeboosters.com has been doing them.
Charley,  I'm curious about what you mean precisely here.. '.. how BrakeBoosters' has been doing them?'...   Do they do them good?  or ?   original or ??    I haven't compared booster restorers so I'm ignorant here.. Smiley
1938  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Zl-2 Cowl Hood Production on: January 28, 2013, 11:56:00 AM
OK .. thanks Mark.   Of course I recall seeing them on Z11, but don't recall ever seeing a *regular SS* with a cowl hood..  but then there weren't a lot of Z28's with the cowl hoods either, back in the day.. Smiley
1939  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Zl-2 Cowl Hood Production on: January 28, 2013, 10:41:36 AM
Mark wrote - speaking of ZL2 factory hoods:   
"...were mandatory options and that leaves roughly 5000 for all of the remaining SS's and Z28's that could have ordered the hoods as an option."

Mark, since the SS Camaros had a special hood, Was the ZL-2 even an option for SS's??  I didnt' think it was... but I don't have an original option book...
1940  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Zl-2 Cowl Hood Production on: January 28, 2013, 10:38:41 AM
TX-302,
from what has been reported previously, all 'factory original' ZL-2 hoods had a 'date code' stamped on the rear drivers corner of the hood, on the side at the back.  See attached photo of my original hood with '25' stamped.  Note that the stamp in my case is 'upside down'.  I'm totally unsure if they are all like that or not, since I only have the one.   The 25 represents the week of the year, so 25 would be sometime during July of 1969 (since '69 is the only year factory cowl hoods were used).  My car is an 09C production with a 27August engine and most parts being produced in August 1969.

Supposedly, repro hoods and even post-69 model year 'OTC' hoods were not so stamped?
1941  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: GM gets bailed out, then goes to China?? on: January 28, 2013, 12:36:30 AM
If '40 years' is fast, then yes, things are changing fast...   In the sixties, American built, and bought, american goods.   We tood pride in making them and purchasing and using them.   Foreign goods were considered (and were) 'crap'.   but by the late 70's, the 'new generation' was coming up, more involved in *self*... they bought what they considered to be the *best*, which mainly was *cheap*.   Japanese auto companies had learned from American companies and they were first to market with small cars which got good gas mileage (for the time) and they made great inroads... more and more 'americans' (young one anyway)  now considered American cars as 'crap' and bought japanese Hondas in record numbers; that 'change' kept changing, as other industries (TVs, electronics, etc) were shut down in the US and moved to other countries..  Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, mexico, south america, Canada, etc... this has continued to today where we really aer in a world economy, and the US has to *fight* just to keep a small part in the economic battles.   American car companies are now making good cars; better than elsewhere in my opinion with better gas mileage, more power, more everything, but the parts come from *everywhere*...   even companies from other countries bring in their parts and 'make' (meaning assemble) the cars here..  so they are 'US made'.. 

I personally believe we cannot remain (or recover?) our position as the premier world economic power without retaining the ability to manufacture.   Americans have always led the way in *design* of new products, but to a great extent, those *ideas* came from our manufacturing floors...  where the ideas began and germinated.    We must regain our manufacturing capability.   We don't have to manufacture *everything*, but we must know HOW to manuafacture *anything*.. and the only way to retain that is to do it..

Just my opinion..
1942  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Radiator tag restoration on: January 27, 2013, 11:34:25 PM
Hey steve,
..  That came out very nicely..  Smiley
1943  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: L89 Camaro At Mecum, Not So.... on: January 27, 2013, 01:32:33 PM
I was very curious about the background of the 'John Justo' that had quite a number of very pricey cars sold thru that auction.  It may be my 'old' memory, but I don't recall ever hearing of his collection before..?  Does anyone know who/where he is?
1944  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 SS350 muncie 4 speed tunnel hole template on: January 27, 2013, 01:28:47 PM
Lynn,
If you can suggest a point (or points) to measure from, I'd be glad to do the measurements from my car; most things are out of the way right now.. (meaning I've got parts scattered all over my garage.. Smiley but the bottom of the floor is clean and easily accessible and the console is out..
1945  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: mecum Kissimmee on: January 27, 2013, 01:24:37 PM
Yes, they 'said' that..   but I didn't get the feeling that it was an accurate statement; I think they said it because the 'ZL1' term is most often associated with 69 Camaros.
it was probably one of the 'new' ZL1 engines.    The 55 BelAir was beautiful though..  it bid to a VERY HIGH price, but was a no sale...
1946  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Heater core and resealing inside heater assy on: January 26, 2013, 06:12:19 PM
I'd sure like to know too what the materials are in item #1 & #2. Mine has completely fallen off.
Unless I get some better information from someone here, I'm going to Lowes... Smiley
1)  the damping material on the heater flapper door *appeared* very much like the material used inside HVAC return air ducts (to dampen the sound).
2)  The 'seal' between the heater core and the heater/def box *appeared* very much like standard home door weatherstripping (that you use between external doors/windows and their frames. 
And I suspect both these materials would work OK if I can find them at a home repair store.
1947  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: mecum Kissimmee on: January 26, 2013, 03:22:28 PM
Mecum has an auction with 3000 cars next week.
With 3000 cars over ten days, it'll be interesting to see if they run out of bidders before they run out of cars.
Anyone else feel like Mecum is more Muscle/Pony car and Barrett Jackson is more Corvette and Fins?
yes.... that's why i like mecum
I see it as more the difference between the BJ "haves" and the Mecum "have not so muchRoll Eyes  Shocked  Sad
Watching Velocity on Saturday, the last day, there are still bidders, and they seem to HAVE quite a bit of $$$..  Smiley
Prices are astoundingly high.. and I suspect the cars there are more *real* than lots of them seen at BJ..
1948  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Zl-2 Cowl Hood Production on: January 26, 2013, 03:16:37 PM
My late 09C Z28 ZL2 hood is dated '25'...
1949  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 SS350 muncie 4 speed tunnel hole template on: January 26, 2013, 01:45:05 PM
One of the photos below was pretty good, and you could probably measure offset from that.  If you can't, My drive train is out and the jack is jacked up, so I could take a similar photo from the bottom if you want...  Not any good way to measure I can see..

PS.  Don't cut your hole with a plasma cutter..  it will be TOO NEAT to be original...  Smiley   
1950  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Z28 Radiator Re-coring ? on: January 26, 2013, 01:35:23 PM
Two things
- save the top and bottom plates and have at least the top plate installed on the new core.
- tags can be soldered on sometimes and thus won't come off easy.
Kurt,
Thanks for the suggestion to save/reuse the top plate..  that's the one that had the square holes in it.   I'll talk to the shop on Monday!  Smiley
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