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31  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

-Mark.
32  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.
33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Motors Built Before Installed on: November 27, 2014, 11:02:22 AM
Depends on a lot of things.  The more popular a power plant, the faster they went through them.  Rare combinations are going to see more variation from time an engine was built to the time it was installed. 

-Mark.
34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Chambered exhaust hanger on: November 14, 2014, 06:58:00 PM
$2000 and you still have to PAY MORE to get a tiny piece of rubber added to make the hangar right?!?!?! 
35  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '68 lower control arm won't fit in subframe on: November 13, 2014, 10:46:00 AM
Soap is much better than grease
36  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Timing of 69 z 28 302 on: November 11, 2014, 11:03:18 AM
Assuming you have a dial back timing light - Disconnect and plug the vac advance.  Hook up the timing light and rev the engine until the timing stops advancing.  With the revs up high and not advancing further, set the timing at 36 degrees and lock it down. 

If you do not have a dial back timing light, you need a magic marker line at 36 degrees.  Same procedure otherwise.

Hook the vac advance line back up and you are done. 

You should consider running manifold vacuum to the advance can.  Not stock that way but it will run better/cooler. Be sure to use the vacuum advance can that will fully deploy at 9" of idle vacuum.  Ask if you need more detail here.

If you still need more ignition advance at idle, you will need to remove mechanical advance from the distributor mechanical advance mechanism by reducing the slot length. 

The weights and springs are modified to alter the RATE of advance.  You want the mechanical advance to be all in by about 2500-3000 RPM. As fast as your gas quality will allow.
37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: ebay 69 Z on: November 04, 2014, 11:42:11 AM
The console was probably added. Those black face gauges are from a Nova.
Love the color combo.

good catch - and then the tach is added as well.  The harder you look, the less you want to keep looking. Smiley
38  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Early 1968 Z/28 original tires? on: November 04, 2014, 07:42:42 AM
If a SS got this option, what would the spare tire be?

It has to match the other 4 road wheels.
39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: ebay 69 Z on: November 04, 2014, 07:38:01 AM
Interior looks like it has some bad repro pieces - drivers seat cover and door panels look cheap to me. . There was no way to order a car with the console gauges and not get a clock so that is something to investigate.  Engine stamp pad is painted over and looks suspect.  Caution fan sticker has no business being there. Kick panel speakers are cool and the color combo is attractive.  I am sure it has many other issues if you want to spend time picking it apart.  Are you in the market or just in it for the sport?

-Mark.
40  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 X66 SS Headlight Bezels? on: October 23, 2014, 10:06:11 AM
The Style Trim bezels have a chrome trim piece and a little black paint on the front.  The sides are painted silver but I am guessing that the sides could be different on a true black grill car.  It only makes sense that it would be that way.  Black grill cars would look odd with silver painted bezels.

-Mark.
41  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Parts Help on: October 20, 2014, 09:38:50 AM
Be careful with any long distance parts purchase.  Arms length transactions are strongly preferred when dealing with Camaro parts vendors.  Know what you are buying and ask lots of questions before handing over the credit card numbers.  We have been burned before by so-called
"reputable" vendors who should (and do) know the difference between "gold" and junk.  They are known to put lipstick on a pig then ship it to you in a box. Restocking fees and freight both ways deter you from returning what was described to be "original assembly line parts" but is actually some well used tired generic service replacement that would typically sell for a fraction of what you paid.  If you can't trust an "expert", who can you trust?  Sad.

-Mark.
42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: NOS rear quarter panel louver on: October 17, 2014, 02:38:35 PM
As long as they do not have any tinnerman nut witness marks, they are probably brand new.  The casting is pot metal and it can corrode over time where it is not plated.
43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Z/28 X77 garage/barn find on: October 17, 2014, 02:35:41 PM
Liquid Laundry Soap straight from the bottle, let it soak in for a bit, then warm water and light scrub with plastic bristle brush.  Rinse well and air dry.  They will be clean and soft.

-Mark.
44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Hurst Shifter Adjusting Blocks/Rods on: September 30, 2014, 02:35:31 PM
Use an Oxy-Acetylene smoke wrench to the adjusting block.  Get it to dull red color then spray with PB Blaster.  Makes a lot of smoke and smell so do it outdoors.  That is how I get the threaded engine block plugs out.  It should work for the shift rods too.  WD-40 does not work as well for this in my experience.  The PB Blaster is best here.

-Mark.
45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Master cylinder cover on: September 28, 2014, 07:07:19 PM
My 10A of '68 1969 Z/28 master cylinder has a date code of 241.  I believe it is original to the car?

My original cover is the version 1 style (which I still have), but I currently have the version 2 style on the car - that I stole from my Jan of '69 Z/28.

Sounds like a similar data point. Date code is 2 days away from mine and we have the same production week.  

I have a good original steering box as well.  I bet those would be close too.

-Mark.
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