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16  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: where can I buy a manuel steering gear box rebuild kit on: August 18, 2014, 11:28:40 AM
Anybody have suggestions on rebuilder for a Saginaw power steer gearbox

http://lee-powersteering.com/

Paul

Tom Lee did mine and it came out real nice. The overhaul kit is not enough parts by itself to finish the job in my experience.  You usually end up needing other parts and those have to be tracked down.  Then there is the lash setting procedure to do as well....  I decided to send it to Tom.  He advised me to make it higher effort than it was originally and I really wish I had taken him up on the offer.  The factory boost is too much.  Can't really change it easily after the fact.  Same ratio but better road feel.  I am picky about originallity but this is one place it makes sense to go away from the factory spec in my opinion.  His too. Smiley

He did stamp his number on the top cover so you might want to talk to him about that if you are particular.

-Mark.
17  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Z/28 X77 garage/barn find on: August 13, 2014, 10:30:32 AM
Coil Spring with the original "YF" tag barely hanging on.   Both Springs tags were unreadable from the years of weathering.   The Brake backing plates lost their stickers as well with both leaving prints of where they once were.  Sad   The Brake Distribution switch and it's bracket.

You might try carefully soaking that spring tag in water.  I found an original tag on mine that was impossible to read unless it is wet.  Then you can see the codes.  Just something to try.

-Mark.
18  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Running Hot? on: July 30, 2014, 11:28:54 AM
Yep - the only thing else to do is slide a stainless steel shim in between the intake and the head on the drivers side right in the middle of the manifold to block that passage.  It will help to reduce the cooking of the carburetor and fuel percolation. Only do this if you have eliminated the heat riser function.

Just go to the kitchen when your wife is not around and find a flat bottomed stanless bowl.  Cut out a flat piece of material with tin snips just wide enough to fit between the manifold bolts in the center of the drivers side. Bend a small tab over to help you push it in.  Loosten the manifold bolts just a little and see if you can slide that metal down in there between the gasket and the intake. Try not to disturb the gasket too much.  Tighten the bolts back up and see if that helps.  It worked for me when I had the percolation issue.

PS - if you go snatch the bowl when the wife is watching, you are a BOSS!  Cheesy

Good luck!

-Mark.
19  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Running Hot? on: July 22, 2014, 11:48:01 AM
The intake manifold ehaust heat passage will still flow some exhaust even if the flapper is removed.  You can block the non-choke stove side of the intake at the passage and the choke will still work from the heat migration in the aluminum but it might be a little slower to pull off.  Not a big deal.  If the passage is blocked on one side, no exhaust gas will travel through inside the intake manifold.

-Mark.
20  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Running Hot? on: July 21, 2014, 09:18:45 AM
Timimg retarded? 

I would use a stainless steel shim to block the heat passage in the intake manifold/head on the drivers side only.

Do you have an Infra red heat gun to verify the actual temperature?  Nice to have or borrow.

-Mark.
21  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Did all cowl induction air cleaners have the vent tube?? on: July 14, 2014, 03:41:46 PM
'69 would obviously need the crankcase vent inlet tube.  How else would PCV air get in the crank case?

Makes me think about the '67 crankcase ventillation system.......Not sure about that one.  Maybe somone more familiar with the '67 setup will add soemthing here?   HMMMM???

-Mark.
22  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Rear seat bulkhead #8 and #1 yellow chalk marks on 69 camaro on: July 14, 2014, 03:39:20 PM
Just a thought - Might not be an "8"...... It might be a "B" for blue interior?
23  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Purpose of this bracket?? on: June 25, 2014, 03:35:28 PM
Muffler hangar bracket is my guess.
24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Real SS? on: June 25, 2014, 11:29:04 AM
There does not appear to be any frame rail reinforcement plate for the drivers side exhaust hangar in that picture.  The block stamp surface looks suspect but it is hard to see the detail.
25  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: car that lost its barn! on: June 19, 2014, 01:41:50 PM
Not much.... especially if the VIN is on a "hot list".  That would be my biggest fear on one of these "Barn Finds".  Smiley
26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Z Timing Cover on: May 21, 2014, 02:42:49 PM
I believe the "swap meet" cover is actually made for the (smaller diameter) base engine dampener.  The cover itself is the same either way but the timing tab would need to be welded farther away (and flipped around) to fit the bigger diameter HP damper. The spot welds are in the same place either way but the welds would be "under" the tab for the big damper and "above" the damper for the smaller base engine damper. The 90 bend in the timing tab would be in the opposite direction if you look at the pix.

-Mark.
27  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original dealer info for 1st gens is available on: May 13, 2014, 03:53:50 PM
My number is one of the ":missing" ones. :~(
28  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Original versus New Sheet Metal on: May 13, 2014, 10:48:36 AM
If you are not sure if you want to fix the original panel - FIX IT. 

Repro will take longer and look worse in the end to the experienced eye.  Some cars are worth NOS and some are arguably not.  Buy the best metal you can afford or are willing to pay from my experience.

-Mark.
29  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Very Original 69 Z28 distributor for sale on ebay.... on: May 12, 2014, 10:22:09 AM
I would not get too hung up on the orange paint.  You see incidental overspray on lots of original parts and some of that paint might actually be original.  Lots of stuff happens to all parts over the course of 45 years.  JMO. 

Too rich for my wallet and too nice for my car but....That IS a nice looking distributor.  Smiley

-Mark.
30  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: LG7 behind rear seat and writing on the side of the floor pan hump on: April 23, 2014, 03:20:04 PM
I have that same "LG7" yellow crayon marks on my rear bulkhead. "LG" is "Light Green" interior color.  "7" is for the x-77 trim.  The car I have was a light green color custom trim level car built 10A of '68

"My" interpretation of this mark - The Fisher body line needed a clue of what color to spray the interior areas that are visible once the car is finished. The light green interior color will show through the air vents and probably other places so they had to paint that before the interior trim was installed.  THe CRG has not weighed in on this but that is my best guess.  You and I are close in build week so it makes sense to me that they were marking them that way at that time.

The black magic marker lettering is a new one to me.  I doubt it was factory markings but who knows.

-Mark.
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