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3751  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: HELP NO REAR BRAKES on: May 20, 2006, 01:52:57 PM
Did you replace the rear flex line from the body to the axle? When they get old, they deteriorate and swell up internally, limiting or blocking fluid flow.
3752  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Engine casting date vs build date on: May 20, 2006, 01:49:08 PM
Werner has owned MANY of the one-off C1 and C2 Styling Corvettes over the years, and is currently restoring another C1 Styling car he found last year in a garage in Birmingham.
3753  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Camaro big block oil line for gauges on: May 20, 2006, 01:40:45 PM
I agree that the 45* elbow fitting is original, but the steel double-male adapter fitting screwed into it is not; if you'lll look in the Assembly Manual, section U17, Sheet A3, View "D", you'll see the nut (item 14) and the sleeve (item 13) - those are the two parts shown in the front of the photo I posted.

I've never owned a BB Camaro, but I think the original oil line was nylon (as were all the small-blocks) due to the complex routing to the gauge in the console.
3754  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original inspection paint marks on underbody on: May 20, 2006, 01:23:47 PM
The practice of paint-marking fasteners in the car assembly plants didn't start until well into the 70's (except for randomly-selected audit cars); what you found are inspection markings on the components, applied at the component plants, before shipping the parts to the car assembly plants.
3755  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original inspection paint marks on underbody on: May 19, 2006, 12:54:19 PM
The car assembly plants didn't paint-mark fasteners to indicate they had been torqued; occasionally a finished car selected for the daily quality audit had plant-installed fasteners marked as they were checked with the car on a hoist in the off-line quality audit area, but there was no paint-marking of fasteners on the line. Some fasteners that were installed by the supplying component plants (like backing plate bolts) may show paint marks, but only assembly plant-installed fasteners were torque-checked in the assembly plant quality audit.
3756  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Power steer pump cap on: May 19, 2006, 12:47:13 PM
That's why I was hoping someone with a P&A that covers those years would jump in...
So, Steve, are you verifying that there was no other cap "listed" from 5690846 to 7803820?
In other words, what p/n(s) covered 69 cap(s)?
If 5690846 changed from metal to plastic in 69 at any time, would that have been reflected in the p/n?

The P&A isn't always a reliable source for production parts usage; service parts were frequently released/listed that would "Service" the application functionally, with no concern for whether or not they "looked" the same, depending on inventory levels and usage rates.
3757  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: CRG Research Topic - 1969 - 2 pc vs. 1pc KickPanel on: May 19, 2006, 12:37:25 PM
My 02D '69 (VIN 606402) has the one-piece kickpads.
3758  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Woodgrain horn shroud on: May 18, 2006, 01:46:52 PM
The number molded into the back of the shroud is the casting number - it's the same on all of them - they just changed the color of the plastic when they molded the different colors (each of which had their own finished PART number, which doesn't appear anywhere on the part).
3759  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Power steer pump cap on: May 18, 2006, 01:42:31 PM
Exactly the same cap and wording as my 02D '69 - as in the photo above, it says "Use Approved Fluid", not "Use Proper Fluid".
3760  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Recommended Rear End Ratio... on: May 18, 2006, 01:31:03 PM
I'd go with the 3.55 also - you'll have all the tire smoke you can handle in 1st and 2nd, and the equivalent of a 2.41 axle on the highway in 5th.  Smiley
3761  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Donor cars for a Tremec 5 speed tranny? on: May 17, 2006, 11:26:09 AM
None of the factory-installed Tremecs (except the T56 in the Viper) will survive behind a 500hp motor; you'll need a T56 or a TKO600 like Keisler Engineering offers.
3762  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Engine casting date vs build date on: May 17, 2006, 11:18:47 AM
By the way, several thousand bricks WERE saved during the demolition, and given to the National Corvette Museum; they're sold by the Museum, numbered, and can be personalized; photo below of one I had made up and presented to one of my NCRS chapter members to recognize his contributions and participation last year.  Smiley
3763  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Engine casting date vs build date on: May 17, 2006, 11:12:53 AM
John: You may recall the sister facility about 1/4 mile north of the old V-8 plant was the birthplace of the early build '53 Corvettes.  It was demolished within the last several years as well.   Not even a brick was saved.  No plaque...nothing.   Sad....

That's the facility I was talking about - began as the Customer Delivery Building for the Flint Assembly Plant, was converted as the mini-assembly plant for the 300 '53 Corvettes, then became the Chevrolet Pilot Line, then the GM Assembly Research Center, then the GM Quality Center, then became a warehouse in recent years, and was bulldozed in 2004. I shot the photo below during the SACC (Solid Axle Corvette Club) Corvette 50th anniversary in June, 2003, with about 40 53's and twelve of the original '53 Corvette workers (in red shirts) that we rounded up in the Flint area as our special guests for the '53 Corvette 50th "Birthday Party" celebration. The plant is in the background, with the ramp to the roof parking lot.  Smiley

3764  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1968 302 head bolts on: May 16, 2006, 11:35:42 AM
Bolts with a "ring" marking are typical.
3765  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Valve covers for 68 z28 on: May 16, 2006, 11:27:26 AM
It should have chromed stamped steel valve covers.
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