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2011  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: cowel installation shimming on: February 29, 2012, 01:30:04 AM
I just removed my cowl panel this weekend; I believe it is the first time it's ever been off.   There were standard body shim under two attaching screws (2 under 1, and 1 under the other).   Incidentally, I noted that the original body shims are slightly larger (maybe 1 or 2 mm) than the reproductions packaged by AMK in their fender bolt kit....

2012  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Why do 68 z28s bring less than 69s even though 68s are much more rare? on: February 28, 2012, 04:52:38 PM
someone mentioned having a Corvette Bronze '68 Z...  which is a gorgeous and rare color.  A friend of mine in the USAF back in '68 had a bronze 327 with 4sp.. gorgeous!  That would be my favorite in a '68, although I really liked my Lemans blue '68 ;  it was a basic Z - no extras except spoiler, and when I had opportunity to trade it for an 'unusual orange/black/org/blk houndstooth' 69 Z28/RS with all the bells/whistles in 1976, I had to do it..  but I wish I'd kept them both..  also wish I'd kept the '70-1/2 orange/white Z28 I bought a few years later..   wonder if my wife would notice 2 more added to the 14 or 15 I already own?   Smiley    unfortunately back in those days, I only had garage space for one.... so the others are gone...sad to say!
2013  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Stud Replacement in original rear spoiler for '69? on: February 28, 2012, 04:43:02 PM
As does my 09C Z28, Daniel..   and I'm certain this is origiinal, and I believe when I removed the spoiler last weekend, it was the first time ever it had been off.  Unfortunately, one of the studs was broken off flush, and I'm uncertain how to remove the stud without damaging the fiberglass spoiler  I tried drilling into it with a 5/64 bit, intending to use an easy out, but I broke the bit off in it..  Sad

Does anyone have any ideas of suggestions??

2014  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Why do 68 z28s bring less than 69s even though 68s are much more rare? on: February 27, 2012, 12:04:56 AM
I've owned '68, '69, and '70 Z28s.   I think the '68 was 'quicker', probably due to it's lighter weight.   The '70 was a nicer driver and better handling car.  (I'm talking 'stock' form here)...
But...  I traded the '68 for the '69...  and later bought/sold the '70...  and I still have the '69Z28-RS..    Smiley
I think it's looks correllate directly with it's popularity and appeal today...

Gary   /  69 Z28-RS
2015  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Stud Replacement in original rear spoiler for '69? on: February 26, 2012, 11:59:49 PM
Steve,  The PN for the double ended stud you specified, are not exactly correct.
The four forward studs in the spoiler have 1" of length extending from the spoiler (I haven't been able to get the broken one out, nor have I removed one of the good ones to see what the length is which is screwed into the spoiler.   The rear most 4 studs in the spoiler are shorter, with 3/8" extending from the spoiler.   The nuts used for them are also different from the rear most to the forwrd most studs.   The forward studs (the longer ones) used a nut with a 3/4" floating/captive washer.   The rear most nuts have a smaller diameter captive floating washer (5/8" I think).   I have it written down in the garage..  and I'm typing from memory here.   I'm certain that these studs and nuts are original on my car.  I've tried to removed the broken off stud, but am thus far unsuccessful....  Sad


2016  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: I'm drooling. on: February 25, 2012, 11:50:37 PM
I'm a Chevy guy at heart, but I'd LOVE to have that Cadillac convertible to restore..  Smiley
2017  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Hood Hinge Color on: February 25, 2012, 02:24:14 PM
I think light phosphate gray would be better, if you have to paint it.    A better alternative might be to actually 'phosphate' it;..  Check out Palmetto Enterprises for their phosphate solution.   Besides the solution, I had to purchase some Stainless steel pots (large enough for the parts you intend to phosphate), and a hot plate and thermometer.. (and lots of WD40 for neutralizing after the coating process)..   It works great for the fasteners after you've cleaned and derusted them.. 
"Metal Rescue', or 'Evaporust'' works good for removing rust (non-destructively for everything else like paint, rubber, etc)...

PS.  I remember fondly when my wife used to help me in the garage..  Smiley   

2018  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Stud Replacement in original rear spoiler for '69? on: February 24, 2012, 11:54:27 PM
Thanks Steve;  I'll check out those parts...  Smiley

The rear ones are very short; the front ones are longer;  the nuts on the front are different from the nuts on the back as well.   AMK nuts  B-13436 appears to be identical to the nut used on the forward studs  (1/4 - 20 thread with a captive floating washer 3/4" D)...   The floating / captive washer on the rear most studs are smaller in diameter, but I haven't measured them or looked for the equiv AMK...

There was also a sealer (almost plastic like) around the stud at the hole thru the decklid.   Any idea what material should be used to reseal  when I reinstall the spoiler?

2019  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: ZL2 Flat Bottom AC Base on: February 24, 2012, 02:42:22 PM
Is the vent tube for the bottom of a cowl AC available in any form?   In examining a spare cowl AC I purchased 35 yrs ago, I jsut noticed that the vent tube is missing.   (The extension is missing also, but I remember giving that to a Z-28 friend in the late '70 who needed it (He bought GM OTC cowl air cleaner, but the 302 extension had been discontinued by GM).   Will a repro extension fit an original air cleaner?

Gary / 69 Z28-RS
2020  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Stud Replacement in original rear spoiler for '69? on: February 24, 2012, 02:29:36 PM
Does anyone here have familiarity with replacing a broken stud in an original rear spoiler of a '69?   I'd like some information on how to remove the broken off stud, and source of a replacement stud and how it installs.  This stud may have been broken since factory installed it, and I don't want to damage the spoiler by my ignorance.. Smiley 


2021  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: I have a 1967 Camaro with no antenna..... on: February 24, 2012, 02:19:57 PM
At one time, wasn't there aftermarket 'tape on' antenna' that you could run around the inside of your windshield?  (cheap version of what the mfg's did by putting the antenna wire inside the glass).
..  or is my old memory screwing me around again?   Smiley
2022  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Power Feed Wire Color on: February 24, 2012, 01:46:40 AM
And here is the most accurate reproduction I've seen thus far..... for the side terminal battery cables of late '69

Gary  /  69Z28-RS
2023  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Power Feed Wire Color on: February 24, 2012, 01:26:13 AM
On my original Z28, original battery cables (late 09C build), both the large battery cables are black, and the smaller attached cables are black.  The only *red* item for the POS cable is the  side terminal itself...  (see photo).
I'm also attaching a photo of original cables from the Oregon 'barn find' Z28, discussed on TC a couple of years ago.  Both of these cars are late build cars, one from Norwood and one from LA...

2024  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: 14x7 to 15x7 Rally Wheel Swap... on: February 22, 2012, 05:29:55 PM
You should be able to calculate the tire Dia (height) using the formula; to keep your effective gear ratio and speedo cal the same, you should try to keep your tire height the same or very similar.

Height of 225/70R14 = Rim (14*25.4) +  2* tire section (0.7*225)= 355.6 + 315= 670.6 mm =  26.4" Dia
Height of 235/60R15 = (Rim (15*25.4) + 2* tire section (0.6*235) = 381 + 282 = 663 mm = 26.1 In Dia

Is this close to what your tire book said?

2025  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 L-89 Convertible on ebay. on: February 22, 2012, 01:24:06 PM
Hmmmm....  so the 20,000 miles were 1/4 mi at a time... the owners tossed everything *original*, esp if it detracted from 1/4 mi speed... let it sit outside when it wasn't at the track... for 37 yrs..  then in 2005, thought... 'hmm.  we surely did destroy what would be a very valuable car now'....  What can we do? ...  so now .. there they are....Huh?   Smiley

.. but that original 20K mi L89 conv story sure reads well...   the $150K would read nice in their bank book too... Smiley
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