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2011  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: color of front leaf spring bracket? on: April 15, 2013, 09:32:26 PM
I've done it both ways, and to be honest, I'm still not sure which is preferred.  The factory used the black wtihout primer (as you can tell when you strip down a an original part (which still has paint residue).   I like the reconditioning paint for it's gloss level, as I think that comes closest we can to what the factory did, so I use it in spite of it's lower durability (but how much weather, 'use' and 'misuse' are out cars going to see?   not much I suspect...
PS.  if you do prime, I'd suggest sanding most of it off, or applying it very thin if you're going to cover it with gm reconditioning black.
2012  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: color of front leaf spring bracket? on: April 15, 2013, 03:31:53 PM
that's what I've been doing, Mike....  about the closest we can come, and it uses the minimum of paint to get that 'thick effect'..
2013  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Need cheap insurance on: April 15, 2013, 09:46:29 AM
Is your car on a street?  in your driveway? or otherwise in view?    If it's undergoing long term restoration and not parked on city/state streets, and it's not stored in an 'unsafe' manner, then why does it have to be registered for the highway?   and whether you have insurance or not is your own decision unless you are endangering others...    I have trouble believing our country/society has gotten this 'UN Free'....Huh?? .. although maybe we have..  Sad
PS.  check with one of the classic insurance companies (ANPAC Chrome is one I have and it's very reasonable); they seem very flexible, so ask them if your car is undergoing restoration, can you still ensure it?  It's a 'stated value' insurance company, so if you don't insure it for a large amount, the only issue is liability, and if you aren't driving it..  what liability is there?
2014  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Solid subframe bushings at the core support ??? on: April 14, 2013, 01:35:17 PM
The only possible purpose would be an attempt to use the front sheet metal structure to *further stiffen* the subframe... which I would question the effect as well.   If solid mounts were used at the rear four attachment points, essentially the rear of the subframe is 'a part of the body structure, leaving only the 'cantilevered flexibility' of the subframe in question (re the suspension geometry).  Does the front sheet metal provide additional regidity to the frame structure?   I'd guess any impact would be minimal?
2015  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: my 69 Z being restored on: April 14, 2013, 01:30:57 PM
Evening orchid?    Were you going to the PROM?     Smiley
2016  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: engine date code on: April 13, 2013, 01:41:04 PM
Why does that bother you?
2017  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Restoration/ vs preservation on: April 13, 2013, 10:40:32 AM
One can 'take care' or one can 'use it up'..  Smiley    *(junkyards are full of the 'used up' ones)..  or at least they used to be full of them when junkyards were plentiful..  Smiley
2018  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: are cowl and trim tags painted on: April 12, 2013, 11:22:34 PM

Most of us with Camaros have well over $10K in just parts, not even counting our travel to shows and chasing parts and not counting the time invested in our own research.     
To those on the CRG who support us with INFORMATION on our cars - my sincerest gratitude is extended.

That said:  I think I'm done with this thread......
2019  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: are cowl and trim tags painted on: April 12, 2013, 02:43:04 PM
Maybe you could provide the appropriate excerpt from the book here?  for all of us to see and discuss and understand?   i'm sure there was a reason for everything they did, and it likely had something to do with cost or efficiency...  Smiley
2020  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 302 DZ Valve adjustment on: April 10, 2013, 04:57:06 PM
I don't see how the lifters can cause loss of compression, UNLESS you have them lashed so tightly that the valves aren't fully closing.   ie.  If you have non zero lash at TDC, the lifters can't be the problem...
2021  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Is This Real or Restamp on: April 10, 2013, 04:48:44 PM
Perhaps because people are buying 'dates'..  and the restampers put the dates in that they know people want??
2022  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1969 Z/28 YH Wheels on: April 10, 2013, 04:45:35 PM
I took comparison photos and measurements today between a May '69 YH wheel, and a Sept 76 FW wheel.  Basically, everything rszmjt has previously posted about teh differences is correct, wtih the only thing I noted is that I measured the width of FW slot slightly less than 1" (~ 7/8").    The length of the slots in both wheels is approximately 4" and the distance from slot to slot is approximately 3" in both wheels (no difference).    The differences are what he described.  1) 180 deg opposed reading of the stamped codes at the air valve, 2) difference in the narrow dimension of the slots (YH larger), and the different stampings inside the wheel.   
It should be far easier for all of us to determine wheel type from now on.. Smiley
2023  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Black paint on rocker question. on: April 09, 2013, 11:25:00 PM
It's not three different *colors*, it's just three different surfaces which received differeing amounts of paint.   The rockers were pianted quickly apparently, and the more vertical surfaces got more paint then the horizontal and angled surfaces..  ie.   same paint..  different degrees of coverage. Smiley
2024  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: 69 Z/28 SCCA Racers - Hemmings article on: April 09, 2013, 09:22:36 PM
Yes, I think Bob Mitchell ran at least one race in that car (maybe as a co-driver).   
Bob Christiansen ran 427's in his car in some IMSA/GT races later on, depending on the track.  I recall him having an aluminum 427 as well as a 'truck 427 iron block' that was his spare.  Interesting note about one of his 427 engines;  NASCAR racer, Jimmy 'smut' Means also lived in Huntsville, and in an emergency one time, 'borrowed' one of the 427 engines from Bob C.   Smut blew it up.... so that was one engine never heard from again.. 
2025  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Black paint on rocker question. on: April 09, 2013, 09:17:37 PM
From looking at mine, I'm guessing it's the same 'black' used for the black Z28 stripes...
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