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31  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Trim Vinyl top ? on: March 19, 2014, 10:04:16 PM
Thank you guys, I installed the top today and got it all trimmed. What I did was, I laid the chrome moldings over the pins with out the clips and marked around the moldings with a sharpie. Then pulled them back off & used one of my wife's thin plastic cutting boards and slid it up under the top up to the pins & used a razor blade and slowly cut it just on the inside of the line. With the cutting board between the paint & vinyl I was able to trim it with out ever touching any of the paint. I did take a few pics but left the camera out in the garage so I'll try & post them tomorrow.
32  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Trim Vinyl top ? on: March 18, 2014, 06:14:07 PM
I would make sure you get a good vinyl top. Most that you see are too padded.

The top I bought came from Firewheel Classics, I hope it is right.
33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Trim Vinyl top ? on: March 18, 2014, 06:12:24 PM
Thats a good looking color. Is that what color your car came from the factory?
Thank you. Yes Butternut was the original color although when I bought the car in 1980 it was Gold. I had it painted the 77 Corvette Yellow in first pics in 1981, but I have wanted to return it back to Butternut for probably 20 years. After hurting the big block at the drag strip in early 2006 I set it aside & started on the rotisserie resto the end of 2009.  I've worked on it off & on.. mostly off. lol..  over since, & painted it myself at home here in my garage last May through July.

Thank you, yes that is what I have done all these years Smiley
34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Trim Vinyl top ? on: March 18, 2014, 06:11:03 PM
Your speaker holes are gigantic.

 lol.. I know thats what happens when 16 year old kid puts new speakers in. There are to many things to count that I've done to this poor car over the years I wish I could take back. Sad
35  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Trim Vinyl top ? on: March 18, 2014, 06:08:18 PM
Butternut w/ a vinyl top is such a great combo. I'm going to follow this thread see how it turns out. Wish I had some advice to give but I'm it the same boat, I want to put the vinyl top back on my 69 but havent worked up t nerve to try it myself.

Thank you for the kind words sir
36  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Trim Vinyl top ? on: March 18, 2014, 06:07:47 PM
you know your spoiler is going to hit your rear antennae?

LOL.. I know, it's been that way the whole 34 years I've owned the car. It wasn't born with a rear spoiler but it was on there when I bought it and it just seems at home.
37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Trim Vinyl top ? on: March 18, 2014, 06:06:18 PM
Thats a good looking color. Is that what color your car came from the factory?
Thank you. Yes Butternut was the original color although when I bought the car in 1980 it was Gold. I had it painted the 77 Corvette Yellow in first pics in 1981, but I have wanted to return it back to Butternut for probably 20 years. After hurting the big block at the drag strip in early 2006 I set it aside & started on the rotisserie resto the end of 2009.  I've worked on it off & on.. mostly off. lol..  over since, & painted it myself at home here in my garage last May through July.
38  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Trim Vinyl top ? on: March 18, 2014, 10:03:34 AM
I am about ready to instal my Vinyl Top on my 68 and was wondering if you all have advice on trimming the top around the quarters and rear filler panel? I had a top put on my car 20+ years ago and the guy ran a razor blade around the chrome molding and it cut through the paint and caused a bunch of rust.  Angry




Here it is almost 4 years later & this time I will just do it myself so I am looking for any tricks or advice on this. How did the GM trim the tops?
 Thank you in advance,
 Nick

39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My other 2 69's on: December 23, 2013, 04:11:44 PM
The "bullet mirror" change out was very popular along with "Grant GT" steering wheels, "slot mags" or "Krager SS" rims, door and rear deck speakers, diamond tuck interior, "Hurst" shifters,"Gabrial Hi-Jackers", "Hooker Headers", "Moroso" chrome for under the hood and removing anything attached to the motor not needed for power. All added"improvements" for cruising town. Unfortunately a lot of the original parts went straight to the trash. Oh did I mention if you could afford paint and body work, adding rear fender flairs and removing those "hideous" factory stripes was a plus. And don't forget the "Isky" cam and "Holley" carb that came with endless adjustments and power valve changes.  Huh Undecided Shocked

I agree, my 68 SSRS 396 had the slotted mags and the 2ng gen bullet mirrors on it when I bought in in 02/'80. On top of that, I was one of those idiots removing most anything that didnt make it quicker in 1/4 mile.  Embarrassed

40  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: my 1969 z28 on: December 23, 2013, 04:01:26 PM
Very nice looking Z!!
41  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: 1968 Rally Sport grille research on: December 19, 2013, 02:58:28 PM
Steve,
 here is the pic you requested, it looks like where I scraped it, it's just metal under the polished area. I dont see any paint or anything else. 
Thanks again,
 Nick
42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: 1968 Rally Sport grille research on: December 18, 2013, 12:16:21 PM
Steve68,
 I think I sent you a PM with the vin, but it isn't showing up on my end, can you confirm you received it?

Do you want me to scrape the out side of the cover its self or do you mean the door cover molding?
43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: 1968 Rally Sport grille research on: December 18, 2013, 10:38:00 AM
Thank you Steve for the quick response & the link. The grill & head light covers got sprayed back in early 81 when I had the car painted The only pic I can find from back then that shows the cover on it is this one, but it is so bad I can't see anything anyway, lol...


I dont remember it being chrome & I was just a 14 year old kid anyway so I probably didn't car anyhow.  Grin  I am sure it was painted long before I bought the car anyway, as the kid I bought the car from had changed the color to Gold from Butternut & done some pretty bad repairs to the car, prior to wrecking the car & then selling it to me.

Here are a few more of the head light cover. The mold # is 3


I took a knife and scratched the black paint off the horizontal bar and it likes it could have been chrome?? I also did it on the vertical bar & it didn't show anything but Black, so I think that would rule out primer??


Here is another pic of the outside chrome piece , I am pretty sure it has been masked and painted as the tape line looks to be very inconsistent.

Thank you again for all the great info,
 Nick
44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: 1968 Rally Sport grille research on: December 17, 2013, 09:52:45 PM
Hey guys I know this is a really old thread but I am about ready to order a new grill for my 05D SSRS 396 and wanted to make sure the grill with the chrome was correct for my car. When I bought my car in Feb. 1980 it had been wrecked and a we put a new Black grill and left side head light cover. The right side cover was original to the best of my knowledge and looks like it has traces of chrome on it.

Here a few pictures and any all input would be greatly appreciated.




45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: correct front suspension parts finishes on: August 21, 2013, 06:35:06 PM
janobyte,

Thank you for the info, I really appreciate it.
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