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2011  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original Brake Hoses for '69 Z28 on: May 30, 2012, 12:09:51 AM
Thanks for the information George .. and Sixtynine...  Those certainly appear to be more accurate (but with the additional crimps)..  and more expensive.  Smiley    I'll consider them strongly.
thanks!  Smiley
2012  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original Brake Hoses for '69 Z28 on: May 29, 2012, 05:01:04 PM
Thanks Mike,

I've used a couple or three companies before for sleeving various Corvette calipers and M/C, but is there a preferred company to sleeve/rebuild the single piston calipers for the Camaro?
2013  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 front bumper guards on: May 29, 2012, 12:05:31 PM
I have a pair of Chevrolet-produced parts I purchased from the dealer in 1976; hopefully same as used in the factory...   these are still in the boxes and never been used (and I'm unsure if I will use them?)...  (but I don't have repro ones to compare to).. Smiley

Gary / 69Z28-RS
2014  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original Brake Hoses for '69 Z28 on: May 29, 2012, 11:24:00 AM
All of you fellas are correct Smiley, but of course safety IS the most important thing, as John points out so clearly.

Steve:  Given that I can clean/bag the original hoses, does that discount 'scoring' on the replacement hoses?   If not, what is your recommended source for hoses?   The Rick's repro/replacement has steel fittings (rather than brass); Is there a better source?  and what about sleeving the calipers/cylinders with SS (or brass).  Does that cause a deduction?   Does silicone fluid cause a deduction?   Do the judges even look at such things?

Any information appreciated to make my decisions a bit quicker/easier.. Smiley

Gary / 69Z28-RS
2015  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Original Brake Hoses for '69 Z28 on: May 28, 2012, 08:33:56 PM
I'm slowly taking apart, cleaning, etc..  parts from my '69 z28/RS which has been *resting* in my basement garage for a bit over 32 yrs.   I'm currently working front and rear suspensions/brakes/etc; the current topic is brakes.  My car has the orig hoses; I rebult the brakes in the late '70's, and they worked fine then, when parked, and work now, but with 43 yr old hoses, I suspect it would be good to replace them.  I looked at the replacement hoses sold by Rick's this weekend, and they have steel fittings on the end (brass fittings on the originals); I just made the rounds of several parts houses, and none of them even list fronts for the '69, but a couple had a 'Wagner' part for the rear one which *appeared* mostly correct, but with the additional crimps.   I also just searched for, and read the historical posts re brake hoses and didn't get much other than the change in 'crimping' from the original crimp to the later double crimp mandated for safety. 

My plan was to flush the steel lines with alcohol, and rebuild the calipers and cylinders with silicone fluid; replace the hoses.   I've a couple of questions:

1)  For my car, which I hope to show in 'survivor category', should I reuse my original hoses?  I'm only considering this due to the non-availability of correct-appearing new hoses.   If you fellas recommend I replace the original hoses, who sells the *best* alternative for front and rear hoses?

2)  have any of you had your original calipers (single piston) resleeved with stainless?   If so, whom do you recommend for this?  I want to be sure I have my original calipers returned to me.

Gary 69Z280RS 
2016  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Does this look to be an original or a restamp block? on: May 28, 2012, 08:19:30 PM
I'm wondering how he restamped a 'never decked'..etc.. block..  Smiley
2017  Site Comments / Discussion / Site Comments/Discussion / Re: Posted a new topic but it does not show up on: May 27, 2012, 09:36:55 PM
change the subject line and try again?
2018  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Z/28 Emissions Decal - any interest? on: May 27, 2012, 01:15:34 AM
Kurt?   The 350/370 engine change would have been to accommodate the '70 models?   not for '69's...
both the Corvette and the Camaro Z28 (with the 350 LT1 engine were introduced after Jan 1 1970, weren't they?   

2019  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: What type of sealer and filler to use on roof drip rails and roof line filler? on: May 23, 2012, 12:30:12 PM
Sauron mentioned 'All Metal', which I've used a long time in the past.   It's basically 'bondo' with embedded metallic dust.   It appears 'gray' rather than white or pink like bondo.  The only advantage I could glean from use of All-Metal rather than bondo is perhaps a slightly better matched coefficient of thermal expansion with the Al-metal, due to the metallic particles in it.

Sauron:  Did you intend any other conclusion re the All Metal?  I got the feeling you like the fiber embedded versions rather than the metal dust embedded??

Gary / 69Z28-RS
2020  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Is my subframe saveable or beyond repair ??? on: May 23, 2012, 12:23:43 PM
Look for a good non-rusty, undamaged original part; should be better than a repro..
2021  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: compression on: May 21, 2012, 12:40:10 PM
Were the studs partially pulled?  or pulled totally out?   Did it damage your valve covers?  When I bought my '69, back in '76, one of the valve covers had been cracked (and welded) as had the head...   due to a stud being pulled out..
PS.  I'm unaware of any engine problem that would make all the cylinders exhibit consistent 'high' compressions..  Smiley
I'd think your engine is OK with those numbers; 210-230 is 5%...
2022  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Z/28 Emissions Decal - any interest? on: May 19, 2012, 04:11:00 PM
Don, I can measure the size for you if you like

Please do.  I can compare it to the size I was given previously which was approximately 6 1/4" by 1 1/2".

Don:  I just measured carefully using a machinist' steel ruler with 1/32 gradations.  The dimension of my original label is:  6-1/8" wide x 1-7/16" talll, and it has 1/4" R on the corners.   This one is 43 yrs old, but has been out of the weather and out of the UV/sunlight  in my basement garage since 1980;  It could have 'shrunk' a little over the years, although no signs of that were evident.

Gary / 69Z28-RS
2023  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: F-Body Gathering Atlanta on: May 19, 2012, 04:01:09 PM
Hi Mike,
Thanks for the information; sounds like this show isn't what I was thinking/hoping it was...   As an old camaro (and old car, 50-70's) restoratio and preservation enthusiast, I was hoping for first gen cars, parts, etc.   I'm thinking this show is more for later model camaros - ones not needing parts that can't be bought at the dealer...?

2024  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: F-Body Gathering Atlanta on: May 18, 2012, 03:38:42 PM
I've never been to this show, but I do plan to attend this year (since I know about it now)..  IS there a swap meet?  for *used original* parts??  plus new parts?  I assume that Ricks and Year One will have setups??  Anything a newbie to this show needs to know?

Gary / 69Z28-RS
2025  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Z/28 Emissions Decal - any interest? on: May 18, 2012, 12:08:50 AM

My car has the original still in place, but unfortuantely I was wiping down many years ago (back in the '70") with a rag with thinner on it.. and it took off the lettering..  but I can measure the size for you if you like.... unfortunately no more letters..  
Oh. . and you can put me down for a couple....
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