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91  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Inner heater box color on: July 17, 2012, 12:06:16 AM
PPG 9317 is the paint code.  It's not a smooth paint, rather it has a suede texture to it.

Here's the link to the PPG paint chip chart.  It's under "Flat Colors"

http://www.tcpglobal.com/aclchip.aspx?image=1969-chevrolet-pg02.jpg
92  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Inner heater box color on: July 16, 2012, 04:25:38 PM
Here's a few closes-up the inner heater box from my '69 LA car.  Based on inspection, I  belive the color is closer to the top of the dash - the "textured" or "suede" finish.   For reference,  PPG # 9317.



93  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Tie Rod ends and sleeves on: July 03, 2012, 10:52:24 AM
I corrected the sleeve ends per the AIM directions.  Took all of about 2 minutes. 

With that, been noticing many on eBay and other pics I have from other cars that are not correct!   Easy one to miss.
94  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: White vinyl top-source for correct? on: June 28, 2012, 05:56:03 PM
From the Chevelle site - this company was recommended if you want technically correct:  http://www.smsautofabrics.com/

Here's the post:  http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118090
95  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: White vinyl top-source for correct? on: June 28, 2012, 12:17:18 AM
Keep searching.  There is a company that makes exact texture/materials vinyl roofs.  I found out about it after I purchased the top for my Chevelle.  I order a small sample it has different backing and less gloss than what most of the vendors offer.  If I can find it, I'll post it.   I'll look for it this weekend. 
96  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Where to Find Correct Plating on: June 27, 2012, 01:44:26 PM
What parts need plating?   I've been using BrakeBoosters.com, http://brakeboosters.com/services.htm for many parts other than chrome or stainless polishing.  I've been pleased with the work and turn-around times.     
97  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Factory Consoles - Painted From the Factory? on: June 26, 2012, 01:45:34 PM
The original '69 console in my car along with the 1 or 2 used ones I have appear black throughout (at least where the cracks are around the ashtray area).   

Due to the cracks in the originals, I recently purchased a reproduction console shell.  It's very accurate from what I can tell.  However, the grain pattern (though accurate) is a little more crisp than the original, which had me wondering if the originals were painted - even the black color version.    Seems if I were to paint the reproduction, it would be spot-on from a grain texture prespective as the paint would soften up some of grain texture.  Also, by painting the console shell, it would be easier to match the console door and ashtray lid black gloss/tone, which again had me wondering if the factory painted the black console shells.
98  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Factory Consoles - Painted From the Factory? on: June 26, 2012, 12:46:57 PM
Were orignal '69 black consoles painted from the factory or were they left in the natural plastic finish?   
99  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Tie Rod ends and sleeves on: June 03, 2012, 11:24:02 PM
Yes, there is also reference to the outboard clamps in the same graphic "Outboard clamps - L & RH, side bolts must be positioned as shown (postion relative to slot unimportant)." 

Both the AIM and Chassis Service Manual state the same (for '69).
100  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Tie Rod ends and sleeves on: June 03, 2012, 05:08:33 PM
but, I believe that at least one of the tie rod sleeve clamps (inner or outer, not sure) on each side is supposed to have the open end facing up with 15 degrees of the vertical.  

Interesting.  Between the AIM and the Chassis Service Manual - I've been following it as best I can.  Didn't catch that one.  Per page 9-26 of the '69 Service Manual, in Fig 59 - Steering Linkage, it states:  "Inboard clamps - L & RH side; open end of clamp must be positioned within 15 deg either side of the tie rod sleeve slot (Position relative to ground unimportant).

Easy to correct.  Doing that now!  Appreciate you pointing it out.  

Question though - wonder why it matters?  Maybe to provide the tie rods some flex under load??

Hans
101  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '69 RS Vacuum Actuators - Restorable or? on: June 02, 2012, 05:58:07 PM
Good to know the reproductions have improved.   I'll probably go that route and store the originals.   Appreciate the feedback.
102  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: original A/C installation in a '69 on: May 31, 2012, 10:32:04 PM
Well, there are 4 major components - the condensor in front of the radiator; the compressor which mounts on the engine with brackets; the evaporater (aka "suitcase) is sandwiched between the firewall, and the balance are the hoses and misc components that attach to these.

The only one that really matters to go first would be the evaporater - ideally that is installed before the sheet metal is installed.  Thereafter, the rest of the components can be installed in any sequence, assuming your are putting your whole car together.  The hoses will need to go on last to connect the system.

Regarding proper operation - learning from experience here - make sure the heater core has been leak checked or just replace it.   I didn't do that and it starting leaking 6 months after I completed the restoration.   It is a major, major pain to replace!
103  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Tie Rod ends and sleeves on: May 29, 2012, 12:13:38 PM
The reproductions tie rod ends are pretty darn close.  I bought the CHQ's and re-used the original boot covers with GM PN from the original tie rod ends - looks about as OE as you can get without going NOS.  I also used the reproduction sleeves, but re-plated/re-used the original bolts/nuts to ensure correctness.   I left everything natural and used Boeshield to prevent rusting.

Here's some pics:





104  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '69 RS Vacuum Actuators - Restorable or? on: May 29, 2012, 10:06:24 AM
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.
105  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / '69 RS Vacuum Actuators - Restorable or? on: May 28, 2012, 01:41:28 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?
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