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91  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Mold damage on vinyl - fixable ??? on: June 11, 2013, 08:02:29 PM
First off let me say I live in Florida, the humidity capital of the world. All of my 68's interior had been stored in New York for many, many years and my car has been here in Florida being worked on. A couple of years ago, I brought all of the interior to Florida. For a lack of a better place to store it, just put it back inside of the car.

I sent my car to the paint shop a couple of months ago and had to empty it. My space inside my house is very limited so I put the seats in what we call a Florida room. It is an enclosed room attached to the house. It has plenty of windows and ventilation but no air conditioning. And it gets plenty hot in the summer. I had the seats wrapped on old sheets to protect them.

I pulled the sheets off of my back seat tonight just to check it's condtion and I got a big suprise. The top of the rear seat back was covered in mold. Really bad! I cleaned it off with a wet rag and then some upholstery cleaner........but then I got a bigger surprise..............

The mold had left depressions, like pock marks or craters, in the surface of the vinyl. Like sheet metal would look like if it got pelted with steel shot.

For being 45 years old, these seats were almost in pristine condition. When I saw those depressions, I almost wanted to cry.

I haven't checked everything yet but I think the damage is limited to just this seat back only.

SO MY QUESTION IS......has this ever happend to anyone and were you able to fix it. I was thinking of putting it in the sun tomorrow to see if it might smooth it out.....I don't know if that's a good idea or not......or maybe I should apply something to it that would help.

ps.....even if I have to put my bed outside to make space, I am putting all my interior inside in the air conditioning till it goes back in the car.

92  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 rear wheel molding placement on: June 11, 2013, 07:21:24 AM
Thanks so much for the information.

93  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / 68 rear wheel molding placement on: June 09, 2013, 11:18:04 PM
I need help with placing of my 68 rear wheels moldings. My car has new repro quarter panels and outer wheelhouses which were installed a while ago. The joints where the quarter panel and the outer wheelhouses were welded together were bent down to far and have been corrected now. Now I am test fitting my original GM moldings to the wheel wells to make sure they fit together right.

I thought I marked my moldings pretty good when I took them off the original quarters but now I have my doubts as to which side is which. I know it should probably be obvious. I have attached pictures of both ends of one of my rear moldings and marked the ends A and B.

If someone can tell me which end goes towards the front of the car and which end goes towards the back, that will give me my answer.

There is another thing I need to figure out. You can rotate the rear moldings on the wheel well. There is no point on the car that corresponds to a point on the rear molding that tells you it is in exactly the right place. Not like the front. My original quarter panels are long gone for any kind of reference. I need a dimension from either the front or rear end of the molding to a point on the car that tells me exactly where they go. I looked in the AIM and it only gives dimensions for the front moldings so I am guessing the rears were put on my Fisher Body.


94  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 rear spoiler stud lenth needed on: May 26, 2013, 09:17:47 PM
Yes it does. That's exactly what I needed to know......and what I thought it should be.

95  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 rear spoiler stud lenth needed on: May 25, 2013, 03:09:57 PM
Thank you.....and yes, that is British Racing Green.

96  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / 68 rear spoiler stud lenth needed on: May 25, 2013, 02:08:11 PM
Can some one tell me if the four long rear spoiler studs on a 68 ( the ones that are on the forward edge of the spoiler ) all stick out the same length of if the two in the middle should stick out longer.

I only have one of the original four longs studs left in it's original position. That is one on the end and it sticks out one inch. Of the two in the middle, one is gone and the other is the original factory stud but I had to reset it more than 20 years ago. That one is sticking out an inch and a half. It's been too long for me to remember why I did it that way. I don't remember if I was trying to match the original length or that just how I happened to set it.

Anyhow, I am going to be replacing the missing studs and want to set them at the correct lenth.


97  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Repro dash top installation dimension needed. on: May 25, 2013, 01:47:21 PM
I had a reproduction dash top put on my '68 and am now having trouble getting my original GM dash pad to sit down in place. The dash pad is sitting about 3/8 of an inch too high where it meets the dash face.

I am trying to figure out if the problem is with the reproduction dash top, the way it was installed, or both.

I am attaching a sketch of the cross section where the dash top meets the dash face. I am hoping someone who has their correct fitting dash pad off can check the measurement I am showing on their car and verify if my measurement is correct or wrong.



98  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 outside window fuzzies recommendation on: May 14, 2013, 09:40:12 AM
Thanks for the reply. That's good information. It's nice to hear of someone standing by their product. I will check them out.

99  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Fiber optic rear deck pod mounting holes on: May 14, 2013, 08:44:04 AM
Does anyone know or have the mounting holes diameters and spacing for the rear pod of the Vigilite (fiber optics) option on a 68? These are the three holes (one large and two small) drilled in the piece of metal between the rear package shelf and the rear window. That piece of metal was replaced on my car and the shop who did the work re-drilled the holes in the new piece but didn't get them quite in the right place. Off center and the pod sit a little crooked. I am thinking of plugging those holes and re-drilling them in the correct spot. I looked in the AIM which shows all the dimensions for the pods on the tops of the fenders but nothing for the rear. Maybe those holes were drilled by Fisher Body.

I  sure I can figure it out on my own but would like to see the dimensions if they are published somewhere.


100  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Wiper transmission rebuild necessary ??? on: May 13, 2013, 09:40:10 PM
I am wondering if my windshield wiper transmission is OK as is or needs attention. All of the three ball and socket joints are very free moving. All of the rivets are tight but there is no resistance to movement whatsoever. Two of the three joints have almost no play in the joint. Meaning when I try to move the ball around inside the socket, there is only the tinyest, barely noticeable, movement. The third joint however has some play. Maybe a little more than a 32nd of an inch when moving it side to side.

Is this normal and OK or do I need to do something about the joint with the play in it.

Should you use anything special to lubricate these ball and socket joints.

How about the rotating joint of the the wiper post. Does that need to be cleaned and lubed in any way. They rotate freely with a little resistance. I don't know if that is normal or not.

101  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / 68 outside window fuzzies recommendation on: May 13, 2013, 09:06:21 PM
Does anyone have a recommendation on where to buy the outside window fuzzies for a 68 that has the reveal belt moldings on top of the door and quarter panel. I would like them to be as original as possible in looks and function.

I am not sure if I should order both the inside and the outside ones. I just need the outside ones for right now. My original inside fuzzies don't look too bad. That's hard for me to know for sure though without holding them along side of new ones to compare. I am not sure if they need replacing.

Rick's sells kits with the outsides only as well as kits for all of the inside and outside. I looked at Steel Rubber Products and it seems you have to buy the inside and outside together. Steele's seem pretty expensive too. And that's OK if they are excellent quality.

102  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 repro doors - Problems with? Who makes? on: May 08, 2013, 10:41:07 AM
Thanks for the info (even though that's not what I was hoping to hear).

AMD told me that they are making their own '68 door skins now and are working on '68 complete shells but they weren't ready yet. AMD said the complete door shells they are selling right now are from Dynacorn.

Has anyone had experience with Dynacorn '68 doors as far as metal thickness, fitment to the body, and all the things that attach to the door?

Also, does anyone know if Dynacorn doors and Golden Legion doors are on in the same or different pieces?

103  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Installing grab handle and bezels on: May 07, 2013, 06:30:25 PM
I know this is not an answer to your question but could you explain the Thermo-vacuum molding process and where you had that done?

104  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / 68 repro doors - Problems with? Who makes? on: May 07, 2013, 06:24:09 PM
I am faced with the possibility of having to get repro doors for my '68. I don't know yet if my original doors are candidates for new skins. I have looked around past forum posts and can't find too many good things said about the repros.

Are there different manufacturers for these doors or just one? Most of the posts I read with bad comments about them are a little old now. I was wondering if there are any new stampings out there that are better quality?

Besides just to fitting the door to the body, I am worried about all the things that attach to the door.....Exterior handle, lock cylinder, interior door panel, interior handle, deluxe interior grab handle, reveal molding on the top, window tracks and regulators, fuzzies, weather stripping, window guides, hinges, latch mechanism, etc. That's a whole bunch of mounting holes that have to be in the right place!

Can anyone who has used repro doors on a '68 comment as to how much trouble they with attaching all of these things.

105  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: N30 steering wheel restoration on: April 15, 2013, 11:15:46 PM
I have  the same wheel. I got a steering wheel puller from Autozone and got it right off. Autozone has a free tool loaner program. You essentially buy the tool and then get a full refund when you bring it back. Of course you have to bring it back in the same condition it was in when you took it out.

By the way, where are you sending yours for restoration? If I had a dollar for every crack mine has in it, I could retire.
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