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16  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Wheel opening mouldings on: January 29, 2015, 07:46:21 PM
The original front wheel well moulding has the holes in it for the fender bolts.  I don't know why they would not still come that way?  That is how they are attached.
17  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rare 69 Camaro Part on: January 20, 2015, 09:14:43 AM
Is that VIN in the database?
18  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Need Anti - Burn Check, Ebay smog pump on: January 17, 2015, 10:24:35 AM
The stamp on the machined surface is a date stamp with shift of production.  There is not any way to know what vehicle it was originally installed on from that stamp.  It would be critical to examine all the mounting holes to be sure it would work for you.
19  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Need Anti - Burn Check, Ebay smog pump on: January 16, 2015, 08:47:13 AM
You and your seller may already know this but it was news to me at one time.   It is important to be sure the pump is machined for our application.  These smog pumps were used across all the GM lines and they all would have the same casting number on the back of the pump.  The castings are machined differently for different applications.  Example - A Smog pump from a 73 Caddy will have the same general shape and the same "149" casting number on the back of the pump BUT the holes and threaded mounting bosses are not machined the same as the pumps installed on our Chevy engines.  They look very close but will not bolt up. 

20  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 camaro Z28 Shifter rods on: January 15, 2015, 11:55:09 AM
I would be very skeptical about that being factory.  The 1970-1/2 Muncie tail housing and the '70-1/2 -'72 Camaro shifter mounting plate are completely different and will not interchange with '69 pieces.  The later '70 console is not in the same place as the '69 console so the shifter would not end up in the right place.  The '70 and up tail housing has only 3 bolt holes and they are not like any of the 5 on the '69 and earlier tail housing.

Can the '70-'72 shift rods be used with a '69 style shifter/mounting plate/tailhousing? - I would not be surprised at all if the rods can be forced to work but they are not being used as originally designed.  They could be field installed and be functional,  just not factory installed.  JMO.

21  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Soft seal weatherstripping from NPD on: January 13, 2015, 11:29:20 AM
Classic Headquarters seems to be what I used if I remember right.  SOFT.  Came with a kit of mixed vendors.
22  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Found this in a box outside in the rain on: January 10, 2015, 01:29:30 PM
Brace is still very NOS available and cheap so I can't see it being all that rare.  Maybe the design has changed?  I would sell it if the money was right. 

The wiring clip is pretty cool. I would not let it go without doing some more research about it.  Those kinds of pieces are pretty hard to find when you need one.  If you "need" one, you $$$"NEED"$$$ it. :~D
23  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Firmer Shock Absorber? on: January 04, 2015, 04:49:46 PM
I tried KYB, Monroe, and Bilstein on my '69.  The Monroes were last and best.  They are on the front now but I have a new project in mind to replace my poly control arm bushings with regular rubber style and will report back after I re-evaluate them.  Didn't like the KYB's much so I ripped them off.  I absolutely LOVE the Bilsteins on my C3 Vette and would not trade them for anything else on that car.  On the '69 Camaro the Bilsteins were not as impressive when used with the poly bushing setup.

Gotta replace the control arm bushings and try again....

24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: mig welder on: December 22, 2014, 12:44:51 PM
I like my Miller.  I have found reversing the polarity seems to help with sheet metal work but I am far from an expert.

25  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Feemster Chevrolet - Siloam Springs, AR on: December 12, 2014, 09:33:32 AM

Some OLD pix and history I found.  Maybe you can ask them for more info?

26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: exhaust manifold torque small block on: December 11, 2014, 09:54:47 AM
I think I've seen in a Haynes manual that the readings should be.....20 ft/lbs on the outer and 30 ft/lbs on the inner.

Chilton says that too.  I would not change the torque when using gaskets.

27  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: COST OF BUYING CARS WITH OR WITHOUT RUST on: December 06, 2014, 10:15:48 AM
The hard and fast rule is this - A rusty car costs more than it is worth while a solid car will cost less in the end. 
28  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Z/28 X77 garage/barn find on: December 04, 2014, 08:23:17 AM
No wire reinforcement on the muffler. Often seen on others.

FYI - I have "29295" without the wire reinforcement. I have seen them both ways

29  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: dash replacement VIN on: December 03, 2014, 09:14:37 AM
Tough call - No clean, easy way to fix it.  The front of the dash panel is usually all that is rusted so maybe you can save some of the original dash and patch it?  You can always see the underside from looking up so if you leave the VIN tag rivets alone you will always have that.  Overlapping the new on top of the old pretty much looks like crap too so no help there.

What ever you decide, my advice to you is never ever tamper with any rivets. Smiley

30  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original front spoiler for a 69 on: December 03, 2014, 08:58:17 AM
I don't think anyone would reproduce them correctly.  Very light black plastic and shockingly flimsy.  If you have had one in your hands before you would not have any difficulty identifying a GM piece. They were very inexpensive when you could buy them new from the GM parts department.  The bracing pieces probably cost more than the spoiler.  I have only seem them with stickers.
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