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2176  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
2177  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?
2178  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...?
2179  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

2180  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

2181  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...
2182  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
2183  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...
2184  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.
2185  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
2186  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Dash Pad Restoration on: March 08, 2012, 01:57:02 AM
Yes, that's the type of adhesive I was thinking of, and someone else mentioned the 'weldwood' products which are similar I believe.. . but I've first got to figure out how to remove the dash pad without damaging it or something else..  Smiley

2187  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Dash Pad Restoration on: March 07, 2012, 04:57:07 PM
Thanks for that link Mr Sauron.. Smiley    I agree with the opinions expressed by James, although I don't think I'm going to substitute metal for the plastic.   Someone else in that link mentioned just 'regluing' the original pad and having it last for 8 yrs.. so I'll go that route first..   but James is exactly correct re the length, coverage, and grain/etc of the repros..   they don't math the originals...  and I strongly prefer keeping the *original* parts whenever possible.   (The only parts I've ever had problems with on my older cars - from the 50's - was with the repros)..

Gary  /  69Z28-RS
2188  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Dash Pad Restoration on: March 07, 2012, 12:06:31 AM
I'd rather have my curling original pad than any of the repros I've seen....  Sad

Chick:  Maybe *restore* isn't the right word.   What I would like to do is *maintain* the original pad and stop it from collecting dust under the curling edge and help it to look as good as possible..  Smiley   How do the original unrestored judges look at such actions?  Is 'gluing the pad back to the plastic considered 'restoring or maintaining??


2189  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Dash Pad Restoration on: March 06, 2012, 01:06:48 PM
Rather than start a new thread, I'm going to tack onto this one as the subject is perfect for my question:  'Dash Pad REstoration'.   I do not want to *replace* my original dash pad with a reproduction one.   I want to 'restore' my original dash pad. 
Question 1:    Is the dash pad difficult to remove without damaging it?  I've never taken apart a camaro, so I'm a novice re knowing Camaro details, and I do not want to damage the pad.  My pad is near perfect in appearance except for the front edge of it being 'raised up', or separated? from whatever the backing is.  A step by step for how to remove the dash pad would be appreciated, as well as where the retainers are...?

Question 2:  Can the issue with my dash pad (raised up front edge) be repaired once it is removed?   Any suggestions?

OR should I just leave well enough alone?   I'm trying to clean and maintain my original car for possible judging in the original unrestored category;

Gary  / 69Z28-RS
2190  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Trunk Mat repair? on: March 05, 2012, 06:14:32 PM
My '69 has the original trunk mat, but it has tears and cuts.  Is there available any product to repair the mat which could 'weld' the rubber back together, from the bottom side?  I think I've seen a 'rubber weld' product, but I can't recall where or what.  Has anyone tried this and had any success?   

I don't expect it to look like a *new* one, but I'd really like to retain this original mat if at all possible...

 will be greatly appreciated..!

Gary  /  69Z28-RS
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