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1  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
2  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
3  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
4  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

5  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

6  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


7  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
8  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
9  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.
10  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
11  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

12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / '68 lower control arm won't fit in subframe on: November 02, 2014, 09:27:55 PM
Looking for a suggestion on how to solve this problem. I cannot get this lower control arm to fit into the subframe. The overall dimension between the outer edges of the bushing's (measured at the inner metal collars) is an eighth of an inch too wide. The bushings are pressed in as far as they will go. I have tested two other old control arms (that are too ratty to use) and they fit fine into the subframe so I'll rule out the problem being with the subframe. I really need to use the control arm in the photo as it has already been blasted, primed, painted, and has the bushings and ball joint already installed.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks.....Dave

13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / '68 headliner brand recommendation on: October 27, 2014, 10:09:18 AM
Is anyone making a quality headliner for '68's that is close in appearance to the original. I had Legenday Interiors send me a sample and it does not look like my original at all. Look at the difference between their sample and a piece of my GM original.

I am hoping there is something out there closer to the original.

Thanks.....Dave

14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Tail light gasket recomendations. on: October 25, 2014, 10:11:37 AM
As a first time restorer, I have certainly learned my lessons over the last three years or so about repro parts. If the UPS truck pulls up on Friday, now I don't open the box till Monday so that my weekend isn't ruined by what I find inside.

I have tried from the start, however,  to save every original piece of my car that I could unless it was just too far gone.
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Tail light gasket recomendations. on: October 25, 2014, 09:13:52 AM
Yep, not knowing at the time that this would be a problem in the future, pieces of my original gaskets are still stuck to my original bezels.
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