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16  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

17  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

18  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

19  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.
20  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.
21  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Tail light gasket recomendations. on: October 24, 2014, 08:51:21 PM
Yes, I did get your reply on TC. Thank you........I hadn't got any brand recommendations yet on this forum and thought maybe someone would throw in another choice to add to my list of possibles.

I will also keep my eye out for some originals in good shape.

Thanks.....Dave
22  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Tail light gasket recomendations. on: October 23, 2014, 08:19:07 PM
My originals tail light bezel to body gaskets are shot with no chance of reusing them so I'll have to go with repros.

I am still hoping someone will chime in with recommendations for a good quality molded rubber tail light bezel to body gasket....and a bezel to galvanized backing plate gasket that is thick enough to compress and seal the way it is supposed to.

Thanks....Dave
23  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Tail light gasket recomendations. on: October 17, 2014, 12:14:54 PM
I am looking for suggestions for tail light gaskets on my '68. Both the gasket between the tail light bezel and the tail panel.......and also the gasket between the tail light bezel and the galvanized backing cover.

I have some new Soffseal gaskets for the galvanized backing covers that I have had sitting in the package for a few years. When I test fit them, it seems they are not thick enough. When I lay them in place in the galvanized backing cover and then lay the cover on the bezel with the lenses in place, you have metal to metal contact before the gasket touches anything. You would think you would feel the gasket compressing before metal touched metal but you don't.......Or do you have to put sealer on the gasket. Looks like they did at the factory.....See the pictures of my original.....It looks like brown glue to hold the gasket to the cover and then a black sealer on the other side of the gasket where it contacts the bezel and the lenses......

I also have molded rubber gaskets for the bezel to the tail panel  that I got from CHQ over a year ago. I don't know who manufactured them but they look absolutely awful. Ragged edges everywhere and the outside surface very porous. I am used to getting pretty good stuff from CHQ but am very disappointed in these. If I had made them, I would be embarrassed  to let them out the door. See the pictures.....I don't want to use them. I do want molded rubber though as opposed to foam.

So looking for suggestions on who makes quality ones of these gaskets and if sealer should be used between the bezel and the backing plate.

Thanks.....Dave












24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Restoring a galvanized finish ??? on: October 17, 2014, 09:50:29 AM
I wanted to report back on what I tried and what worked and what didn't work on cleaning these up.

These backing plates were not in all that bad of condition to start with. It was like the surface had oxidized and turned a dull flat gray in some areas. It was also rough in texture when you ran your finger over it.

Here's what didn't have any effect on them at all: powdered dishwashing soap....vinegar.....milk and baby powder.

Before buying any polish, I decided to try some Brasso that I already had. That worked! I also tried some fine grade bronze wool. That also worked. So I decided to try a combination of both. Applying the Brasso with the bronze wool. I think it worked about as good as anything could. It didn't make them pristine but it made the outside look like the areas inside that had been sealed up and never exposed.

Doing this did not leave any scratch marks unless you pressed really hard. Where I had tried Scotchbrite earlier in a hidden area, that definitely left scratch marks.

After the Brasso,  I washed them and tried the suggested buffing with a plastic scrubbing pad. That added more shine to them. I was surprised by that. I didn't think it would do anything. I finished them with a coat paste wax inside and out.

The before and after pictures don't look much different but the difference is there. The before picture makes them look better than they really were. The after picture doesn't do them justice.

Over all, I am happy with the way they came out.

Thanks for all the suggestions................Dave

25  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Restoring a galvanized finish ??? on: October 13, 2014, 07:14:25 AM
Thank you for the suggestion. I will give this a try and report back on what happens.

Dave
26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Restoring a galvanized finish ??? on: October 07, 2014, 12:45:55 PM
My '68 tail light galvanized backing plates are in good shape. They are not rusting anywhere but the galvanized finish is dull and getting a little crusty in some places.

I would like to restore them back to a newer look. I have tried three things on them. I did some testing on areas that won't be seen. Rubbing compound with a rag didn't do anything. Red Scotchbrite brings back a shine but leaves scratches. #0000 steel wool brings back a little shine without leaving scratches.

Just wondering if anyone else has tried this with success and if so, what they used.

Thanks.....Dave


27  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Proper type of sealant or seal to use ??? on: October 07, 2014, 11:55:40 AM
Thanks for everyone's replies. It's good to know I have something here already that will do the trick.

Dave
28  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Proper type of sealant or seal to use ??? on: October 06, 2014, 07:11:16 PM
I am looking for the proper sealant(s) to use in the following area so that water doesn't get where it is not supposed to.......

The bolts that attach the rear bumper brackets to the body. The AIM shows a sealant or cement on the bolts but I don't what it actually is.

The rear side marker light bezel studs where they pass through the quarter panel into the trunk....... The rear sidelights must have been installed at Fisher Body since the install is not shown in the AIM. I have the small gaskets that seal the plastic light housings to the body but it seems like the bezel studs will need something.

And basically anywhere else where a bolt or screw passes through the body where you don't want water to enter.

I have some 3M Strip Caulk. Would that be a good candidate? I haven't used it on anything yet. Can it be formed in a small enough portion to coat the bottom of a bolt head?

I am sure I can come up with something myself but I am trying to do it by the book.

Thanks.....Dave
29  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Screen under cowl vent holes ??? on: September 12, 2014, 09:27:27 AM
Hey Guys,

Thanks for all the responses and all the great ideas.

I probabaly thought about this way too late. My cowl vent grill is all ready to have color sprayed on so it's too late for welding any connections. If I did do anything, it would have to be done with adhesive.

I tried playing with a little piece of black aluminum window screening on a spare cowl vent grill at home and it looks pretty obvious. Too obvious! But it wasn't installed on the car and had some light coming through from the back. Maybe installed on the car with no light coming from behind, it will look different.

I will try it for real at the shop where the car is next week and go from there. If it stands out like a sore thumb, I'll proabably scrap the idea. I was hoping I could do it without it being really noticeable. Probably, 99.99% of the Camaros out there don't have something like this and fair OK.

Thanks.....Dave
30  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Screen under cowl vent holes ??? on: September 03, 2014, 02:34:01 PM
Thanks for the tip on the Pontiac screen.

I am planning on babying the car for the most part. I am just being cautious.

The circled area in the picture below is where I was considering adding a screen. Something that would let water and air through and keep everythng else out.

Dave



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