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31  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.
32  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.

33  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.

34  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.


35  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

36  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.

37  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.


38  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.

39  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.

40  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.

41  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.


42  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.


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

44  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.


45  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.
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