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121  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Stupid Question - What does Sway Bar Rubber Sleeve/Clamp do? on: February 06, 2012, 12:02:40 PM
Ok, restored and re-installed the sway bar sleeve and clamp assembly over the weekend (the round rubber bushing next to the sway bar bracket).   So what does this thing do??  Prevent some lateral motion/sliding of the sway bar?  Sqeaking??  I don't recall my other GM cars having this ('69 Chevelle).

122  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Steering Linkage - Factory Markings or Not? on: February 03, 2012, 06:48:07 PM
Thanks JohnZ and Sixt9X33RS - I will probably just clean up a little more and re-install it vs spraying the link with cast blast and replicating the markings.
123  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct Fasteners and headmarkings on: January 29, 2012, 03:31:54 PM
Very cool!  Thanks for taking the time to document them.
124  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct Fasteners and headmarkings on: January 29, 2012, 01:15:10 AM
I also initally bought a few reproduction bolts to kick-start the restoration.  Though the quality was very good, the head markings differed from what was on my car originally.  Thereafter, I glass-beaded about 600+ of the original bolts, fasteners, nuts, etc and had each replated.

Here's a link for pics of each of the various bolts and the area/component the belong to:

If you need further details on any, let me know and I can easily take a better picture and post accordingly.
125  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Rear Axle Marking - Factory or?? on: January 28, 2012, 07:31:17 PM
Noticed this blob on the rear axle housing - factory or someone else's graffitii?   '69 Z28;  04B LA Built car.   BV 0403G1 Axle code....

126  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Steering Linkage - Factory Markings or Not? on: January 28, 2012, 07:19:37 PM
After cleaning up the center link, found these markings - kinda ugly, but where these applied at the factory or did someone spill something sometime later?    '69  04B build, LA Car with 73K original miles.

127  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Steering Linkage - Tie Rod Sleeve - correct finish? on: January 25, 2012, 06:33:26 PM
Thanks.  I forgot to do a search, but did go back many posts and didn't come across a discussion.  So net-net:  Tie Rod Sleeves are natural as are the clips;  the bolts are phosphate and oil; the lock nuts zinc/silver or natural.
128  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Steering Linkage - Tie Rod Sleeve - correct finish? on: January 25, 2012, 01:52:19 PM
Regarding the steering linkage tie rod sleeves - what is the correct finish?  Natural or black painted?  I've seen both on restored cars and not sure.   Also - how about the two sleeve bolts - black phospate or cadmium/sliver zinc?
129  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: A Arm washer etc finish 1969 Z/28 on: January 23, 2012, 11:00:41 PM
Are you familiar with AMK and their catalog?  It's available on-line. 

What I do when I need to determine a bolt/nut/fastener finish is first locate the bolt PN in the AIM;  The AMK catalog has an appendix that lists the GM part number and lists the page number in their catalog where the part can be found.   Thereafter, they have a code that lists the finish.  On page 6 of their catalog, they list the finish codes.  Seems complicated, but I have this to be pretty efficient and accurate.
130  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct subframe bolts on: May 14, 2010, 09:51:59 AM

Wonder how many restored 68's and early 69's have the right front mount components? 

This is why I've gone through the pain of restoring as many of the original bolts as possible.  I did order some reproduction suspension bolts. Though the quality was top notch, I was dissappointed with differences in head markings.
131  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67 6cyl Car on: April 30, 2010, 10:28:52 AM
My first Camaro was a '69 Hugger Orange  250 6 Cyclinder with a 4 speed with a white interior.  Sold it in 1982 to go to college.  The car drove great.  Unfortunately, sometime in the late 1980's the 6 got removed and V8 dropped in.  

Enjoy the one you bought!   Will you be keeping the 6 in it, or?

132  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Z/28 02D Built during the 4th week of Feburary 1969, Wheel Date? on: April 28, 2010, 07:05:43 PM
My 04B Van Nuys builts Z came only with the YH wheel spare.  It has a January date code; K 1 9 1 10.  I've since found 1 other K 1 9 1 10 and two K 1 9 1 28's.   

Since the spare was a January build, I'm assuming January is OK for an April build car, as it appears YH rally wheels were built in batches only a few times per month.
133  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: 69 owners with "Pebble-grained" steering wheels (not shrouds) please check in on: April 28, 2010, 06:41:08 PM
Interesting.  My first Camaro was a 6 Cylinder (250) with a 4 speed trans. 

I do not know the VIN number or buld date; sold it in 1982.  
However I have pictures of it and confirmed it has the Z23 option, along with 727 Interior.

It had the "pebble grain" steering wheel.

Here's a picture of the interior with the pedal trim, wood on the wheel and part of the dash along with the grab bar and ad blown-up pic of the steering wheel, clearly showing the pebble grains:

134  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: 69 owners with "Pebble-grained" steering wheels (not shrouds) please check in on: April 28, 2010, 03:32:03 PM
1.  Type of Car:  1969 Camaro RS Z/28
2.   VIN:  124379L52930
3.   Build date:  04B  (Van Nuys)
4.   Interior Code:  713
5.   Z23:  NA
6.   Steering wheel definitely has a grained texture between the two permeter lines.

Also, I have a '69 Chevelle SS.  It also had the grained, textured wheel (01A build date, Kansas).   I purchased a reproduction wheel for it and was puzzled why it was smooth as both the Z and the SS had textured wheels.  All makes some sense now.
135  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: any way to restore brake and fuel line finish? on: April 28, 2010, 11:34:19 AM
Have you tried metal polish and a polishing wheel?  Might make is too shiny, but should clean it up.   I've seen other trim components clean-up real well using metal polish.

I would not glas bead or blast them - it will leave a dull, incorrect finish is my guess, though you could always try a small section to see what happens.
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