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Restoration / Re: '69 RS Vacuum Actuators - Restorable or?
« on: May 29, 2012, 03:06:24 PM »
Thanks.  The tanks are solid.  Only light surface rust.   I'll clean them up and determine how to get them refinished.  Good to hear the reproduction tanks are much improved.

Restoration / '69 RS Vacuum Actuators - Restorable or?
« on: May 28, 2012, 06:41:28 PM »
Are RS Vacuum Actuators restorable?   The internal piston seems to move fine (blows/sucks air); the exterior is slighty rusty/dirty - is it possible to have them replated without effecting the inside?

Originality / Re: Correct dated wheel
« on: May 27, 2012, 05:32:43 AM »
The spare in my Z is a YH Jan 10 date (I cannot confirm if its the original spare or not but best guess is it is, based on everything on the car was mostly original).  Car was built the week of 04B Van Nuys  It was missing the other 4 YH rims.  I was able to find 4 more YH rims, all January dates (10 and 28).   

Restoration / Heater Box Finish - Interior
« on: May 07, 2012, 10:29:09 PM »
Getting ready to restore the heater box (the interior component with the heater core).  What is the correct finish?  It appears to be textured and flat, much like the top of the dash (PPG Code 9317). 



Originality / Re: Z28 photos
« on: April 27, 2012, 10:16:36 PM »
Great pics!  Keep posting! 



General Discussion / Re: YH Wheels?
« on: April 20, 2012, 02:22:27 AM »
My 04B VN Z spare tire YH wheel is dated  K-1-9-1-10 or Jan 10 of '69.  3 months early relative to the build date - I am assuming Jan dates OK for 04B?   The other wheels were replaced in the '70's, but have no reason to believe the spare was changed.   I have managed to find 4 other YH wheels with Jan dates...

Restoration / Re: Broadcast sheet restoration
« on: April 18, 2012, 11:14:18 PM »
Excellent value @ $120.  I probably spent 5X that for a very similar service here in San Diego.

Here's the before and after (note - in the "before" picture, parts of the sheet were torn off and I stored those in an envelope, the paper conservator re-attached them).



Interesting.  I painted the sway bar brackets a semi-gloss black, same color as the sway bar itself which appears to be correct now.   

But the sleeve clamps had light surface rust so I assumed they were natural finish.  I don't recollect seeing any paint remanents.  Easily could have been phosphated as that does not last long.   Also, from the picture posted, the insides appear dark (phosphate).   No chance it could just be the black bushing rubber rubbing off on the inside?   Does it appear the outer surfaces were phospated as well?  I see light surface rust and natural metal, which is why I'm asking.   

No expert, so looking for advice as well.

Not sure how correct, but I used Krylon semi-gloss spray paint,  per referencing the following sources & CRG feedback:

By the way, corrected the finish of the sway bar to black, though sprayed, not dipped:

Research Topics & Reports / Re: Gas tank date codes
« on: March 16, 2012, 02:41:56 AM »
Here's the date(s) from the gas tank on my 04B Van Nuys '69 Camaro RS Z28:

Fuel Tank:  33 69
Fuel Sending Unit Lock:  31 9

Unfortunately, in order to save the chassis broadcast copy, I ruined the tank (had to cut it out).  

Appreciate everyones feedback.   Based on the feedback, it appears the front two brake-subframe brackets were dipped.  That may explain the inconsistent finish that I observed (see second photo in my first post where you can see build up in some areas).  I'm also guessing that the brackets may have had stamping oils remaining on them prior to dip resulting in poor adhesion and overtime this caused some of the paint to flake away.

I'm also concluding the rear axle housing bracket is natural finish as is the brake line bracket.  I looked at brake line braket last night and other than being greasy, does not appear to have any paint anywhere.


Here's a before clean-up picture.  I am guessing the original finish was natural stamped steel, though there are hints of black.   These are for a '69 Camaro with discs, Van Nuy build.

OK, I searched the forums but could not find a clear answer - what is the correct finish for the two subframe brake line brackets and the rear axle brake line bracket?   Here's a picture for reference after I cleaned them up.  If black - satin, semi-gloss, gloss or?   Thanks in advance.

Originality / Re: GM Heritage Center Documentation / Underbody color
« on: February 06, 2012, 09:12:37 PM »
Pictures of my '69 Van Nuys 04B underside as well as the factory green firewall - go figure.   Whatever the paint material was (primar or paint), the underside was clearly black throughout with significant body color overspray.  The car is an original SoCal car - never spending anytime outside of the area.  I found no signs of non-factory undercoating anywhere. 

Regarding the green firewall - my only guess is they ran out of black paint that day and dark green was the closest alternative. 

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