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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Heater box door seal fit ??? on: January 25, 2015, 01:23:08 PM
I am rebuilding my heater box that goes under the dash. There are the three doors inside the box regulating the airflow through it.

The door closest to the heater core controlling the hot/cold air mix....The middle door that controls how much air flows through the box (from zero to wide open)....and the third door that diverts the air to either to the defroster ducts or to the floor.

My question concerns the seal on that middle door that controls how much air is flowing through the box.

I bought a new seal kit for the box from OER. The seal fits fine on the vertical edges of the door but is not tall enough to make a tight seal between the door and the box along the top and bottom edges.

My original seal was completely gone so I have no reference.....So what I am wondering is....is the OER seal made that way by design so that a little bit of air is always flowing through the box or should it be tight on all four sides of the door completely sealing off any airflow.

I have some material that I can cut a bigger seal out of but am not sure if I should.

Thanks Dave




2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: CLEAR COATING ALUMINUM GRILL TRIM ??? on: January 16, 2015, 01:42:29 PM
I would love to have it anodized but are reluctant to do so for the reasons I stated above.......

"Everything I have read says that the anodizing process will destroy iron so I cannot re-anodize the upper and lower moldings without having to pry loose the mounting brackets and studs on the back. I really don't want to attempt this for fear of screwing them up."
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Repro firewall pad fitment problem on: January 15, 2015, 09:37:45 PM
I bought a Quiet Ride molded firewall pad and am test fitting it. I have a question about how the firewall pad is supposed to fit around the steering column / brake booster support bracket where the four brake booster support studs pass through the firewall.

When I took my car apart, a good part of my original pad in that area was gone so I have no reference.

In the first three photos below, you see the Quiet Ride pad in place and how it would seem the bracket is supposed to fit the cut out made for it. It seems the pad is designed to go in between the bracket and the firewall. With lower two of the fours studs passing through the pad and the top ones not. This seems odd to me because before I took the car apart, the bracket was directly against the firewall with no part of the original pad behind it......You can see in the lower two pictures what was left of my original pad in that area and it seems the pad was cut out completly around the bracket.

So I am wondering if this pad is made wrong or designed wrong and if I should return it or maybe just trim it to completely clear the bracket.

Thanks.....Dave


Thanks.....Dave











4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / CLEAR COATING ALUMINUM GRILL TRIM ??? on: January 14, 2015, 08:34:36 PM
I am looking for suggestions on what to use to clear coat the exposed aluminum edges of my '68  grill trim (standard, not rally sport). I took my upper and lower grill moldings and the headlight bezels to a shop to have the exposed aluminum edges polished out. The anodized coating was removed in the process.

My job now is to protect the polished exposed edges and repaint the black area in between. Everything I have read says that the anodizing process will destroy iron so I cannot re-anodize the upper and lower moldings without having to pry loose the mounting brackets and studs on the back. I really don't want to attempt this for fear of screwing them up.

I have researched clear coatings for polished aluminum and seem to strike out with everyone I come across for one reason or another. For example........
VHT Clear Coat - Spoke with VHT tech support and they recomended not applying to polished aluminum.

Permalac - Seems to be good stuff but only comes in matte or satin finish.....after having these pieces polished nice and bright, I don't want to dull them back to a satin finish.

Eastwood Diamond Clear - some reviews say it doesn't stick well to polished surfaces and some say that the "clear" also dries to a satin finish instead of clear.

I hope to put something on there that won't reduce the shine.............Also, whatever I put on there, I have to be able to put masking tape over it so I can repaint the black in the center and not have the clear lift when I pull up the tape.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks.....Dave





5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68/67 speedo/tach bezel chrome repair adhesive rings on: December 05, 2014, 08:12:43 AM
Thank you....I appreciate the advice.

Dave
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68/67 speedo/tach bezel chrome repair adhesive rings on: December 04, 2014, 09:22:53 PM
After getting good reports on the chrome rings, both here and over on Team Camaro, I bought a set on Ebay a couple of days ago. They were $8.50 plus $3.50 shipping. The Ebay page showed that the seller had ten sets left before I ordered mine.



Thanks.....Dave
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68/67 speedo/tach bezel chrome repair adhesive rings on: November 30, 2014, 09:14:30 PM
Hi Darrell,

Thanks for the reply and the photos. ........Was the fit right on the money? Nothing hanging over the edge.......or falling short of the edge anywhere?

Do you remember who the manufacturer was by any chance?

Thanks......Dave
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / 68/67 speedo/tach bezel chrome repair adhesive rings on: November 30, 2014, 06:22:47 PM
Wondering if anyone has used these mylar chrome adhesive rings to repair the worn chrome trim around an original bezel. And if so, what did you think of them? Do they fit? Do they look natural? Or do they stick out like a sore thumb that you stuck something on there?

Thanks........Dave

9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Inner fender splash apron set on: November 20, 2014, 08:55:28 PM
Just wondering if someone could give a recommendation on who is making a good quality set of inner fender splash aprons............I can't find any recent posts on this. Just some old ones where people complained of the usual cheap repro quality.

Thanks.....Dave

10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Radio antenna ground plate on: November 20, 2014, 03:16:30 PM
Does the radio antenna ground plate that goes just under the antenna opening in the fender serve any actual electrical purpose? As in "grounding" the antenna to the body?

I would think, if it did, there would have to be some bare metal on the bottom of antenna opening in the fender for the ground plate to make contact with. Leaving bare metal there doesn't seem like a good idea.

The antenna assembly instructions in the AIM don't mention anything about it.

I am wondering what the right thing to do is.

Thanks.....Dave


11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '68 lower control arm won't fit in subframe on: November 12, 2014, 08:29:49 AM
Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I did manage to get the lower control arms installed. First, I put the threaded rod back in them and cranked on them as hard as could to try to narrow them some more. They were better after that but it still wasn't quite enough to get them in. Even using a hammer. Then I remembered that my Hotchkiss front sway bar came with a vial of white grease to lubricate it's rubber mounting bushings. I put a very, very light smear on the outside of each bushing and they went in.

I tried to heed John's advice and avoid using grease but they just weren't going to go in other wise. At least with the tools I had to work with.

I will definitely wait until everything is installed and the car is at it's ride height before doing any tightening.

Thanks.....Dave







Thanks.......Dave
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '68 lower control arm won't fit in subframe on: November 05, 2014, 10:15:59 PM
Thanks for tip on the chassis service manual but I don't have one of those and I have to get these control arms in tomorrow.

Dave
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '68 lower control arm won't fit in subframe on: November 05, 2014, 10:11:19 PM
The picture is deceiving. Both bushings are installed from the outside pointing in.
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '68 lower control arm won't fit in subframe on: November 05, 2014, 04:29:42 PM
Hi John, I see the serrated edges on the inner sleeve of the upper control arm bushings. The edges of my lower control arm inner sleeves appear to be smooth. On both the replacement Moog bushings I have and the originals. That being the case, I just wanted to verify that the inner sleeve of the lower control arm bushing is supposed to be clamped between the sides of the subframe crossmember so it can't rotate.

Then only reason I was considering the grease is because so many people seem to have problems getting the lower control arm bushings in. Everyone seems to be greasing them and then beating them with a big hammer.

How did they get them in at the factory?

Thanks.....Dave
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '68 lower control arm won't fit in subframe on: November 04, 2014, 10:27:38 PM
Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I tried the "threaded rod" suggestion I got from Team Camaro this and it worked. By cranking on the nuts, I was able to squeeze the control arm down the 1/8 inch I needed.

Now I need a suggestion on the type grease to use on the ends of the bushings as I drive the control arm into the subframe. These are stock type rubber bushings

I would think standard grease would degrade the rubber. I know that silicone grease would be good but when I look for "silicone grease" on the auto part store websites, all I see is liquid sprays. I have also read where something like Mobile 1 synthetic grease would be good.

I just don't want to put anything on there that will hurt the rubber.

Thanks.....Dave

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