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2176  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Duplication of engine/trans/subframe installtion into body from below? on: March 15, 2012, 11:16:27 PM
Has anyone tried to duplicate the GM assembly plant process for installing an assembled subframe iwth engine/trans into an 'almost complete body from below?  If so, how did it work out for you?

2177  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: cowl tag buid date question. on: March 15, 2012, 12:24:19 AM
I respectfully disagree: There is enough re-stamped blocks out there. In addition to a correct looking block stamping, a original protecto plate would add to the probability of the engine block being original to the car.  I know that certain guys have even reproduced the protecto plates, but it seems at this point in time, less common than the re-stamping of blocks.
A person without the protecto plate, and a correct looking stamping may very well have the original block. All I am stating, is in the case of blocks dated outside what is considered the norm, the addition of an original protecto plate just adds to the authenticity, and makes the point more conclusive.
If one had a protecto plate to identify the stamped code on the engine (from the factory), AND you believed the protecto plate.. then the engine could STILL be a restamp!   having the protecto plate doesn't discount that possibility.   Basically, if you can't tell the difference between restamps and factory stamps/marks, then ... you're behind the 8 ball.. Smiley ..  protecto plate or not..

2178  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Are these numbers real? on: March 14, 2012, 05:47:44 PM
Your marking seems to be much more *distinct* than most original VIN stamps I've seen on that cast surface...  do what the earlier poster said.    Do a pencil marking, or take a photo of that and your trans stamp.. and compare..
2179  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: rare 69 camaro? on: March 14, 2012, 05:44:59 PM
My '69 Z28/RS is the same paint/trim code (orange/black with O/B houndstooth deluxe interior)..  but no endura bumper.  I have seen a half dozen of so similarly colored cars (but of course I look for them since I've owned mine for 36 years..  Smiley
Gary  /  69Z28-RS
2180  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Cowl Tag Question on: March 14, 2012, 05:39:31 PM
Is there a VIN on the engine?   What is the engine stamped code?
2181  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: cowl tag buid date question. on: March 14, 2012, 05:38:09 PM
The only sure way to correllate engine to body is via the VIN stamped onto the block...

Gary / 69 Z28-RS
2182  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: cowl tag buid date question. on: March 14, 2012, 05:36:57 PM
William?  How did you determine final assembly date for the '67 Z in qustion?
2183  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: windshield lower trim screw size and type info needed on: March 13, 2012, 11:19:18 PM
Hi Rich,
I replied to your other message re your car; good luck on it!  Smiley

Since my cowl panel is off (since last week) when I saw your message i went down and took a couple of photos trying to get a pix of the screw head.  Actually, all of the screws under my windshiield were the same, but some appeared to have blank head markings (or maybe 43 yrs of crud?).. Smiley
Anyway, I removed one and then searched in the AMK catalog to see if I could find a match.  Attached are the photos I took.   I think AMK number B-11085 is the same (but different head marking)..
The first photo is with the screw lying beside the B-11085 in the catalog; the second is the best pix I could take of the head marking..  appeared to be a circle...?
2184  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Trunk Mat repair? on: March 13, 2012, 11:05:58 PM
Following up to my original post.   

Last weekend I did the *repair* on the tears/splits in my original trunk mat.   I bought some 'trimbrite' tread tape (adhesive backed).   It appeared to be black and thin, so I tried it.   This is the stuff used to put on stairs treads.   It comes in 2" wide rolls, about 20 ft long, and can be cut with scissors.    I flipped my mat overonit's front exposing the back, cleaned the areas when I needed to reinforce (along the tears/splits) with acetone.  Then I used some Dex something or the other (rubber cement) and spread just along the tear.  Then applied the wide tread 'tape'.   I let it sit for a day or so on a flt floor, and now it is in my trunk, and appears to be holding the tears together.  (keeping my fingers crossed).  No, it doesn't look 'new', but it does look *original'...  Smiley

2185  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 Z/28 Cowl Tag, Weird looking on: March 13, 2012, 11:01:11 PM
About half of the restored cars I see have the cowl seal on (what appears to be upside down)...  Or at least formed incorrectly.  It is possible I think to mount it incorrectly, but I think it takes some effort to form the seal correctly when you install a new one.   I recall back in the seventies, I purchased a new seal from Chevy, then I used strips of masking tape to keep the seal 'turned' out' the right way, until I got the hood down on it and let it sit like that for a few days..  then it was OK and has been OK since..  Smiley

2186  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: Gas tank date codes on: March 11, 2012, 02:43:55 AM
GaryL...  what is so wrong with you tank that it cannot be saved?    You can chemically clean and then seal the interior.   you can bead blast, clean and then spray the outside with galvanie paint.. you can replace the sending unit, filter sock, etc... so why can't you 'make it look good' again?

Gary / 69Z28-RS .. (whose original  tank now has a 'drain'  - where I replaced a 'hole' with a screw in seal').. Smiley  ..  and actually, I didn't have to beadblast mine; I just used fine abrasive to clean the outside, then clear coated it...
2187  Orphans - documentation or VIN-stamped drivetrains - in search of the original cars / 1969 - Orphans / Re: 9L500054 - Protect-O-Plate on: March 09, 2012, 01:48:59 PM
a persistent seller..   Smiley
2188  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Best Car Museums to Visit? on: March 09, 2012, 01:17:25 PM
I'm sure you know of the Don Garlits museum in Ocala, FL?    you can't miss that driving up I75...
2189  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Z/28 spare and jack equipment on: March 08, 2012, 02:32:03 AM
Can someone tell me why GM changed the bumper jack 'hook' from '68 to '69?   From my perspective, it appears the '68 design (with the round pin in hole) is far superior and safer.
2190  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Can anyone tell me if this fender is real or reproduction ? on: March 08, 2012, 02:25:46 AM
Ok Mr Frost Camaro,  I tried to take some pix of the captive nuts on the fenders, but I have both an OEM and Repro fender extension which was easier, and the type nuts used are the same as for the fenders.  
OEM nuts, from outside and inside (square holes in fender):
Repro parts nuts, from outside and inside (round hole in fender):

Gary   /  69Z28-RS
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