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3766  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original panels? Sail panel seam paint crazing on: May 29, 2006, 10:59:15 AM
My all-original 69Z also shows some very light crazing and some show-through of tiny pits under the paint at the roof-to-quarter solder joint on the driver's side; this is quite common on original-paint cars. If you had seen the production process (open solder pots, applying it with hickory paddles and a torch, then grinding and pit-filling, all with the body moving at 70 per hour), you'd be amazed that solder joints lasted as long as they did in a joint that long.  Smiley
3767  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: PLEASE PLEASE HELP, NO REAR BRAKES 2 on: May 27, 2006, 07:33:50 PM
Did you bench-bleed the new master cylinder before installing it?
3768  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 camaro a/c question on: May 27, 2006, 07:14:32 PM
Do you have the Assembly Manual? LOTS of illustrations there that show what you're looking for.
3769  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: ignition coil on: May 24, 2006, 11:55:58 AM
That's probably an aftermarket replacement. "Use with external resistor" is commonly found on replacements.
3770  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Small Block decode...what is it? on: May 24, 2006, 11:54:15 AM
I have multiple references with what I think are all of the passenger car and truck suffix codes, and don't find "XXB" anywhere; it may be a marine or industrial application (I don't have those), especially with the 3-character suffix.
3771  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Alternator (GEN) light on when key is off. on: May 23, 2006, 10:03:12 AM
A key thing to remember is that alternators are NOT designed to charge a dead battery - their job is to maintain the correct state of charge. If you're dealing with a dead battery, you're better off to bring it up with a charger first.
3772  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original inspection paint marks on underbody on: May 23, 2006, 09:51:55 AM
So the early paint markings essentially meant nothing? There was no "paint code" to indentify parts or their location on the car? If I understand you correctly, the paint marks meant the components had merely passed Rockwell hardness standards and were approved for the assembly line, and were randomly marked with varying colors of paint. Thanks!

Yup, that about covers it.
3773  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 67 speedo cable / 4 spd cars on: May 22, 2006, 01:46:22 PM
The adapter gearbox was used with 4.56 axles to avoid generating another transmission part number; everything else used the normal direct connection.
3774  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Harmonic Balancer size? ('68 396 325 or 350hp) on: May 22, 2006, 01:42:48 PM
Don't have part numbers for '68, but generally the hydraulic-lifter 325hp and 350hp engines used a 7" balancer, and the solid-lifter 375hp engine used an 8" balancer.
3775  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 windshield needed on: May 22, 2006, 01:36:41 PM
The Pilkington Vintage Glass folks can make you one (they bought L-O-F many years ago).
3776  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original inspection paint marks on underbody on: May 21, 2006, 10:35:12 AM
Components like spindles (knuckles) and steering linkage are critical safety items, and knuckle forgings were Rockwell hardness-tested after heat-treat and machining; OK parts were usually marked to verify visually that they had passed that test. They were inspected again after component plant assembly (spindle, steering arm, caliper, hub & bearings, rotor, splash shield, etc.); the car assembly plant just took the spindle/hub/rotor/caliper assembly out of a rack and attached it to the ball joints.
3777  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.
3778  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.
3779  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.
3780  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.
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