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76  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Spare tire hold down bracket location ??? on: November 11, 2013, 08:53:46 PM
Thank you for the photos.

My car is a '68 hardtop.....Sorry, I sould have included that.
77  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Spare tire hold down bracket location ??? on: November 11, 2013, 09:09:42 AM
Does anyone have any reference dimensions to properly locate the spare tire hold down bracket in the trunk?

78  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Re-coding an original door lock on: November 11, 2013, 08:54:02 AM
On my '68, the same key is used for the doors and the ignition and the other key fits the trunk and glove box.

You've got nothing to lose by calling a couple of locksmiths. I am not 100% sure but I think they can be recoded.

Dave
79  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / 68 standard grill to body gap problem. on: November 05, 2013, 08:07:36 AM
I am trying to find out how much of a gap, if any at all, should be between the outer edges (sides) of a 68 standard grille headlight bezel and the opening in the fender. I have about 3/16 of an inch on both sides. This seems like a lot to me. I know I have seen cars out there with almost no gap at all. I did not have gaps like this before the car was taken apart.

Every component of the nose of the car is GM except the fenders which are AMD.......The plastic grille center is an NOS GM piece. The lower valance is a GM assembly line take off. The header, the upper and lower grille moldings, and the headlight bezels are original pieces of the car.

This being the case, it seems the variable is the AMD fenders. I tried to compare the bezel opening on them to an orignal GM fender. They seem a hair bigger but not 3/16 bigger.

Is there any cure to close up these gaps or an I stuck with it?







80  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Heater core - rebuild or buy new ??? on: October 30, 2013, 09:20:17 PM
I know I have one leak. What concerns me is if they fix that leak, how do you know there is not a weak joint somewhere else ready to go in the near future after it installed?

I never knew too much about radiators and just watched a couple of videos on how they are constructed. Will a radiator shop re-solder all the joints, freshening them up and making them as strong as new again?

When they re-core a radiator, what do they actually replace? Are only the tanks re-used and everything else new?

Thanks.....Dave
81  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Heater core - rebuild or buy new ??? on: October 24, 2013, 10:04:38 PM
I just got started on my heater box today. Wow, what a mess inside. I already knew my heater core leaked. I bypassed it years ago.

Do people who repair their original cores, have them boiled out to make sure the is no crud inside?

I like the idea of fixing my original but I have to wonder, even if the leak is fixed, it's still 45 years olds, and will it spring a leak in a different place soon after it is installed?

The date code on my original is 68C. Is this March of '68? My build date is 03C. Are these dates too close together?

Thanks.....Dave










82  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Right Stuff Detailing spindle quality ??? on: October 22, 2013, 08:17:14 PM
My original 68 GM disc brake spindles are on the border as far as wear and I am thinking or replacing them just to be safe. Searching through parts catalogs, I am seeing a huge difference in prices.

 Right Stuff Detailing had the lowest price of $119 for a pair. They say they are 1045 forged steel and CNC machined. I don't know anything about steel grade numbers and would guess all brands are all CNC machined today. So that claim dosen't mean anything to me

 Then I have seen a high price of $275 for a pair. And then prices of $140, $200, and $220 for a pair. Some saying they are USA made.

 Usually, the parts catalogs are somewhat close on the price of the same item so I am wondering why such a spread on prices.

 Can anyone speak about the quality of The Right Stuff pieces? Are they USA made? Are they fairly close in appearance to an origianl GM? I have to wonder if the low price reflects the quality?

 I would go with Right Stuff if the quality is there.

 Thanks....Dave
83  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Heater core - rebuild or buy new ??? on: October 22, 2013, 10:33:48 AM
I haven't read up on this recently but when I did, people seemed to have problems with reproduction heater cores and recommended rebuilding an original one if possible.

I am wondering if this is still the same general opinion out there?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Are there good reproduction heater cores out there? ....and if so, where are they available from?

If not, where does one take or send an original heater core to be rebuilt?

And what does it usually cost to do that?

Thanks.....Dave
84  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: ACC carpet texture ??? on: October 20, 2013, 09:02:07 AM
I want to update on how this turned out.

First off, when I looked back through my receipts, I was shocked to see it had been five years since I bought this carpet. Not a couple like I had stated. Time is flying faster than I thought. Irregardless, when I first opened it up, it looked just like it does now.

I wrote to ACC, sent the pictures I posted here and on TC, and also copied and pasted the comments made here and on TC about how people thought the carpet looked.

I wasn't really expecting them to do much. What I was really after was to find out if this was how they all their carpet looked and I if shouldn't expect any better...... or if it was, in fact, a defective carpet. At least then I could make a choice to buy another ACC or try a different company. We went  back and forth with a few e-mails and they finally said that they felt my carpet was a "valid" carpet set. After reading that, I thought, OK, that's that! So I replied and said this would be my last e-mail to them about it but asked if they could give an opinion as to why so many other Camaro enthusiasts who saw these pictures, thought the carpet looked bad.

I got a reply that didn't answer that question but they did offer to send me a new carpet it I sent then the old one back and if I would pay for the shipping on the new one. After five years had gone by, I thought that was fair enough. It cost $16 to ship the old one back and $13 to ship the new one.

My new carpet came this past Friday and I am pleased with it. It looks much better than the first one.

It took a little nudging but ACC took good care of me on this.

             Dave
85  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: GM fenders '68 - What are they worth ??? on: October 10, 2013, 10:58:21 PM
Thanks for all the replies and info. It helps.

                 Dave
86  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / GM fenders '68 - What are they worth ??? on: October 05, 2013, 10:21:55 AM
Hello, I am going to be going to a swap and have some fenders to sell. I am trying to find out what could expect to get for them. Or the least I should accept for them

Both fenders are GM !

Each fender is needing minor repair which I am showing in the attached pictures. Other than the areas you see that need repair, these fenders are rust free, have no body filler, and are straight with no dents. Both fenders have been stripped to bare metal inside and out and primed with PPG DP40 epoxy primer.

You can see on fender "A" that the lower mounting tab just behind the wheel opening is missing. I have a donor piece off another fender that goes with it to patch it.

On fender B, the area that needs repair on the inside where the brace is and the area on the outside is the same area shown from oppsite sides

















87  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: ACC carpet texture ??? on: October 01, 2013, 08:38:00 PM
I am going to e-mail ACC and include these pictures and see what they have to say.....and then go from there. If I don't get anywhere with them, I will try the suggetions given to me here and over on the Team Camaro website also.

Thanks.....Dave
88  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: ACC carpet texture ??? I added photos ! on: September 30, 2013, 03:40:20 PM
Here are some photos. You can see where some of the loops are bigger and stand higher than others. These photos were taken with the light coming from in front of me which makes it more noticeable. You can't see it as much if the light is coming from behind you. I know you are not going to have light like that inside the car and it may not be noticed that much but it seems a nerw carpet shouldn't look like this.............But maybe they all do......I don't know.
























89  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / ACC carpet texture ??? on: September 29, 2013, 08:40:48 PM
The popular opinion is that ACC makes the best carpet. I went ahead and bought one for my '68 a couple years back when they were on sale from Rick's to tuck away for future use. It was past the 30 day return period by the time I laid it out and took a good look at it.

I was disappointed in the texture. It looked like something had been dragged over it, raising some of the loops, and making the texture course. I used to have a JC Whitney carpet in there years ago and it was smoother than this one.

I know it is hard to understand what I am talking about without actually seeing it. If I can take a picture in the morning that will show it, I will post it.

So I am wondering what other people thought when they pulled their ACC carpet out of the box. Did anyone's look the same way? If they do, will it smooth out after it is installed? Or did I possibly get a bad one?

Thanks......Dave
90  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 grille center plastic repair on: September 21, 2013, 09:43:20 PM
Thanks for the replies and suggestions............ The grille I am trying to repair is an NOS GM grille I bought that was damaged during shipping. This is what I have tried so far. I have been cutting test pieces out my old beat up grille that the NOS one is replacing and tyring different adhesives. I make sure the mating surfaces are clean and sanded................I have tried ABS plastic pipe glue, Testors model airplane glue, Loctite super glue, regular JB Weld, and JB  Plastic Weld. I have some Gorilla epoxy curing now. With each,  I have glued two flat pieces together and then tried to pry them apart after they are cured. The ABS pipe glue, Testors, Loctite, and regular JB Weld all failed pretty easily. The strongest bond was the JB Plastic Weld. It was more difficult to split apart than all the others and it was the Plastic Weld itself that broke apart. It's bond to the pieces of the grille did not not break where all of the others did.

I was hoping one of these would melt the plastic together or bond strong enough where the plastic would break before the adhesive.

I also tried melting with a soldering iron but the soldering iron I have doesn't seem to get hot enough to really make the plastic flow.

It seems from what I read that you really need to know what kind of plastic you are dealing with in order to find the correct adhesive. There are some plastic adhesives that say they won't work on polyethylene or polypropylene plastics.....Does anyone know for sure what these '68 center grilles are made of ?

Anyone ever heard of Plastex and tried it?

Thanks.....Dave
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