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3736  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Door edge guards installation on: May 09, 2006, 01:45:49 PM
The plants put them on with a rubber hammer, and weren't concerned about chips that were hidden under the moldings (which is why I haven't touched the ones that are on my original '69).
3737  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Light monitoring system rpo U46 on: May 09, 2006, 01:42:22 PM
The Assembly Manual will tell you that too - the license lamp for U46 was unique, P/N 916664, and the standard license lamp (UPC 12, Sheet C4) was P/N 910967.
3738  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Engine casting date vs build date on: May 09, 2006, 01:36:20 PM
Mike, I was at the Chevrolet Pilot Line (on Van Slyke just south of Atherton, next to Flint Assembly) from '66-'69; they bulldozed it two years ago.
3739  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Camaro big block oil line for gauges on: May 09, 2006, 01:32:31 PM
The pipe in the photo is for a Corvette, which used steel or copper-plated steel; the same fitting design was used with metal or nylon tubing (the nylon tubing had a tiny brass insert in the end that kept it from collapsing when the fitting was tightened).  Paragon's site is www.corvette-paragon.com .
3740  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Light monitoring system rpo U46 on: May 08, 2006, 10:57:18 AM
The routing, connections, and holes for the rear portion of the system are all shown in the Assembly Manual in section U46, Sheet A3 and A4.
3741  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: DZ harmonic balancer VS LT1 harmonic balancer on: May 08, 2006, 10:54:13 AM
The DZ balancer has the timing index line on the inertia ring about 10* counter-clockwise from a straight line extended from the hub keyway slot through the center of a pulley bolt hole, as the '69 DZ used the new long water pump accessory drive; '68 and earlier balancers had the timing index line directly on that line, as they used the earlier short water pump accessory drive system. An LT-1 balancer should also have the timing index line located in exactly the same place as the DZ balancer, as it also used the long water pump layout.
3742  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Camaro big block oil line for gauges on: May 08, 2006, 10:46:18 AM
The fittings at the BB engine end shown in the photos above are aftermarket compression sleeve fittings. The original fitting that was screwed into the brass elbow and the mating fitting that went on the oil pipe are shown in the photo below; GM used their own proprietary fitting design that didn't use a separate compression sleeve - it used specially tapered male and female fittings that captured and sealed the pipe when the fitting was tightened. Paragon has the GM female fitting that screws into the elbow (their #34), and the matching GM male fitting that goes on the pipe is supplied with their oil line kits - they may sell the fittings separately.
3743  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: ignition system on: May 07, 2006, 12:24:03 PM
Does anybody have any comments/experience on the" breakerless ignition convertion" that Rick's sells (ep-714)?
keep your original ditributor without the breakers.

That's the "Breakerless SE" conversion manufactured by M&H Fabricators; lots of Corvette guys use it, as it only uses one black wire to the coil and thus appears stock during judging. Haven't heard of any problems with it from the Corvette users.
3744  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Light monitoring system rpo U46 on: May 07, 2006, 12:14:55 PM
Which lights were monitored by the rear pod, seems the two outer red lens fibers are for the tail/stop lights, not sure about the center one?

See my post above - only the outer bulb was monitored.
3745  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Engine casting date vs build date on: May 07, 2006, 12:13:14 PM
Yes, I've seen a couple, and NCRS has documented several over the years. Flint blocks were cast in Saginaw, and it was possible for a block to be cast early in the 1st shift and show up at Flint Engine on 2nd shift for machining and assembly. Would also have been possible at Tonawanda, as the foundry was right next door to the engine plant, on the same site.

The "norm" was more like 2-3 days to a week, but it was "possible".
3746  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Impossible to document? on: May 07, 2006, 12:07:47 PM
GM of Canada Vintage Desk - George Zapora, (905) 644-3387.
3747  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 396 radiator cap on: May 06, 2006, 09:50:47 AM
There were MANY different configurations of the RC-15 cap in production and service, and there are at least four different reproductions on the market; there's an excellent research article on the history of the RC-15 cap in the Winter, 2006 issue of the NCRS "Corvette Restorer" magazine.  Smiley
3748  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: spark plugs on: May 04, 2006, 01:18:40 PM
Yup, .035" gap.
3749  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Light monitoring system rpo U46 on: May 04, 2006, 01:13:22 PM
Housings on both front fenders and in the lower center of the rear window - headlights and park/turn lamps were monitored in the front, and outboard taillamps and license light were monitored in the rear.
3750  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: spark plugs on: May 03, 2006, 10:27:49 AM
I run AC R45S plugs in all my small-blocks, with and without factory domed pistons; good all-around plug for normal driving, no fouling in my '69 Z/28, which would foul 44's occasionally around town. Autolite 86's also work well for the same normal operation.
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