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31  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.

32  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.


33  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.

34  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.

35  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.

36  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.


37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Screen under cowl vent holes ??? on: September 02, 2014, 09:44:25 PM
Before my cowl vent is re-installed, I am thinking about installing some sort of screening over the bottom of the vent holes to keep debris from getting down in the rockers and clogging them up.

Has anyone ever done this and if so, what kind of screening did you use and how did you attach it?

I know someone is going to say, if you keep it an a garage and don't get it wet, you don't have to worry about it but I would rather "have it and not need it rather than need it and not have it."

Here is a photo of my rocker panel before my restoration started. It was packed solid inside with dirt and debris. I don't ever want to see that again.


38  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Firewall to floor joint seam seal ??? on: June 27, 2014, 07:19:41 AM
Ok, thanks for looking.

39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Firewall to floor joint seam seal ??? on: June 24, 2014, 09:49:07 PM
I know the joint where the bottom of the firewall and the floor come together was seam sealed at the factory on the interior side of the joint. My car is a '68.

 Was there any sealing done on this joint from the factory on the bottom side of the car. Looking at pictures I took of the bottom of my car before the floor was replaced, I don't see any.

 If it was not sealed from the factory, is it a good idea to do that now? I thought I had read somewhere that it was not a good idea to seam a joint like that from both sides. I don't remember the reason why though.


40  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Choosing the correct window molding clips ? on: June 01, 2014, 09:08:08 PM
I was told by Scott (Sauron327) that W & E Sales Co, Inc. makes a good clip. I was able to find the W & E clips locally here in Orlando at a jobber called Albert Kemperle, Inc. I am going to pick them up tomorrow.
41  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Replace bearing races supplied with new rotors ??? on: June 01, 2014, 09:02:45 PM
Given that changing the races is not a big deal, I am going to go ahead and do it instead of not doing it and then wondering about it later.

42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Lower windshield molding clip fittment ??? on: June 01, 2014, 09:00:39 PM
I test fitted that lower molding a couple of days ago. Now it all makes sense how the molding and the cowl come together.

43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Lower windshield molding clip fittment ??? on: May 28, 2014, 07:50:46 PM
Thanks for the replies...............

It's good to know that the eight clips are supposed to be that loose and that I don't have another unexplainable problem to fix.

Are the end clips supposed to fit loose also?

It's been a few years since this car came apart and I didn't realize that it was the cowl vent that made the trim tight.

And yes, I knew about the mounting holes for the end clips. I remember getting those screws out!

44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Lower windshield molding clip fittment ??? on: May 28, 2014, 04:54:52 PM
I am re-installing the mounting clips into my '68 lower windshield molding after having had all my moldings polished and the clips glass bead blasted and painted. These are the eight major clips plus the two clips that go on each end. I am very suprised by how loose they all fit now. I would have thought they should be pretty snug.

 This is the original molding and the original clips that came down the assembly line with the car. It has been a few years since I removed the clips and don't remember how tight they were taking them off........Nothing has changed except for the polishing and bead blasting

 The eight major clips are loose enough that if you turn the molding up vertically, the clips will slide right down. The two end clips are loose enough that they can be rocked side to side a little bit while sitting inside the molding.

 Should these be this loose or is something wrong here?......And if someting is wrong, how do I fix it?


45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Need glass installer in Central Florida on: May 27, 2014, 11:13:52 AM
John, thanks for your reply.

Are you saying that any one of these hundreds of glass shops should be qualified to do this job?......including using the dam?......including setting the glass at the right height so that the window moldings fit correctly?

I didn't know if this was a case where you have to find an "old school" guy who is experienced with old cars to get this done correctly.

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