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Restoration / Re: Foundry Black Paint
« on: October 12, 2018, 05:52:03 PM »
It was a cheap flat to semi gloss which the castings were dunked in prior to machining.

Nice job on the M/C.  Makes me want to refinish mine now.

General Discussion / Re: Anybody know this Z28 ?
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:21:21 PM »
LOTS of odd cars and combinations out there.

Mine is 10A with no console, no tach or guages or spoilers but it did get (ugly) light green custom interior and optional radio with kick panel speakers.

General Discussion / Re: Anybody know this Z28 ?
« on: October 08, 2018, 10:19:10 PM »
Too early for "Tach required".

General Discussion / Re: Is there any history on this ebay 69Z?
« on: October 04, 2018, 03:47:53 PM »
With any car, if you are serious, do a personal on site inspection BEFORE purchase.  I don't care who the seller is.  That way you reduce the chance of any regrets.

Arms length only transaction is my advice here.  Ronald Reagan said it best....."Trust, but verify".

Decoding/Numbers / Re: 68 Dash Vin Holder Replacment
« on: October 04, 2018, 12:12:51 PM »
I would bet the boneyard has a LOT of those.  Not sure if they are fully generic or not but I would try looking for a period correct GM product to scavenge one off.

General Discussion / Re: Is there any history on this ebay 69Z?
« on: September 30, 2018, 01:05:59 AM »
Might be Jeff Byttner's car.  He had one like that back in the day.

General Discussion / Re: Is there any history on this ebay 69Z?
« on: September 28, 2018, 03:37:25 PM »
VIN in ad is wrong.  Not even a '69. 

General Discussion / Re: fan blade in relation to shrowd
« on: September 25, 2018, 12:32:49 PM »
My 2 cents - Water pumps do one of three things - They either leak coolant out the weeping hole, or the bearings fail causing them to fall completely apart, or they pump water.   Thats all.

Grab the upper and lower radiator hoses to see if you have any flow.  Bottom hose temp should be close to top hose temp if you have water flow. No flow makes the thermostat suspect.

If you overheat while driving at highway speed, the fan is not a factor.  Fan is important when driving at slower speeds or stop/go traffic.  Check for missing blades.  if fan is new to you, check for proper rotation direction - Not all fans rotate the same direction.

Fan clutch is not that expensive and easy to change out if it is dead.

Thermostat is easy to check with pan of hot water to see if it opens.


Mild Modifications / Re: Replacement hood
« on: September 22, 2018, 01:39:31 PM »
The shop ruined it.  JEEEEZ !!!

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Caveat Emptor - 124379N580xxx X11 307 car to X77 Z/28
« on: September 22, 2018, 01:35:34 PM »
 My bet - The floors are WAY too far gone.  We will never see that sad shell on the road again. 

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Inaccurate Partial VIN on Engine!?
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:12:08 PM »
Seems possible that the gang stamp holder still had all the numbers in it from the previous car and it was re-used in error.  The error was likely discovered and then corrected.  I would believe it.

Sounds like a cool project.

« on: September 13, 2018, 01:39:33 AM »
I think the big block base was same as small block base but the spacer ring was used to make up the difference in height.

General Discussion / Re: Setting up valve springs?
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:36:34 AM »
I never buy those kits.  Just never made sense to me as I end up needing to replace the stuff in the kits because I usually need different stuff.  You can try to use it.  You still need to set up the parts kit or no kit.

You must take measurements and set up the shims individually for each valve regardless of them being virgin or not.  Be sure to use the right style valves if you replace any.  If you use aftermarket retainers then this next part about o-ring seals does not apply to you. The majority of aftermarket replacement valves do not have the grooves for stock type seals so if you want run stock o-ring seals, find the valves that have the extra seal grooves (Melling valves do). 

The heads get refurbished by the shop and I assemble them myself after a thorough cleaning once they come home.  ALWAYS CLEAN ENGINE PARTS YOURSELF after the machine shop returns them to you. THEY DO NOT CLEAN THEM ENOUGH... AND THEY NEVER WILL.  All the individual spring pocket heights get measured and the shims required for each valve are calculated and written down.  Then the guides get moly paste lube inside and the heads are assembled. I like my NAPA screw down valve spring compressor best but I have several others I have used at different times. Lever style, giant C-clamp style. Preference depends a lot on the seal type I am using at the time.

Mild Modifications / Re: Prothane poly bushings in leafsprings
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:49:04 AM »
I use the poly on the sub frame bushings, but when it comes to suspension, I prefer (and use) plain ole rubber.
Thats what I did.  Have a set of original rubber a-frame bushings to install some day. 

Decoding/Numbers / Re: Inaccurate Partial VIN on Engine!?
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:46:52 AM »
Yes - I = September, so my bad.

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