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61  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 67 AIM on: September 17, 2014, 10:05:03 AM
Here's the original dipstick from my untouched 02D '69 Z/28.
62  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: September 17, 2014, 10:01:42 AM
Plugs AC43

43's are WAY too cold for normal street use, and will result in some degree of fouling; use 45's (or some other brand that crosses to the 45 heat range).
63  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Bolt ID, 67. on: September 15, 2014, 09:44:59 AM
I've never seen the bolts in the bottom photo (3/8" thread size, 9/16" hex head, no washer face, black phosphate) used ANYWHERE on a 1st-Gen Camaro; they look like hardware store lag bolts that have been plated black.
64  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1968 z/28 373 rear end inspection marks on: September 15, 2014, 09:30:48 AM
The rears were painted black by eaton. 

Actually, the rear axle was painted at the Chevrolet-Detroit Gear & Axle plant, where it was built; Eaton only supplied the Posi unit.
65  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Fuel pumps on: September 15, 2014, 09:27:31 AM
That's a good question, I approached it last year with no luck. Was looking for the GPM on a stock/replacement pump.

You won't find a GPM rating chart - the number on the pump is primarily for the pump configuration, essentially the bottom half; where are the inlet and outlet, which way do they point, are they clamped or threaded joints, etc. Shop Manual calls for the same volume for the same time for all pumps.
66  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: September 15, 2014, 09:16:55 AM
Rather than type it out, I'm attaching Lars Grimsrud's excellent paper on how to install a Chevy V-8 distributor; follow the instructions and you'll have it running in no time.
67  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: sway bar bushing replacement on: September 13, 2014, 01:12:53 PM
<<  am in the midst of replacing my sway bar to frame bushings on my 69 , but no matter how I install them, it just doesn't look right
I have the later year mounts(with fingers).
any pointers? does the narrower slip under the top? is it supposed to just squish, leaving an oval for the bar to sit in? do I need to cut something?
Thank you for the help >>

You install the bushing around the sway bar, install the bracket first with extra-long bolts and the bar ends connected with the link bolts to the lower control arms, then replace the extra-long bolts one at a time with the correct shorter bolts. The plant used a compression fixture on the brackets so they could use the shorter bolts.
68  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 Camaro backfiring on: September 13, 2014, 12:46:17 PM
What would cause my 69 Camaro to backfire? First time it happened when I was starting the car and today it happened when I was accelerating on the highway.

Through the carburetor or the exhaust?
69  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Convertible Windshield Header Moldings on: September 08, 2014, 10:24:01 AM
I read within CRG a while back that in '68 there were new DOT safety laws passed that made it necessary for the satin moldings. I think the wiper arms were included in that too but I am not 100% sure. '67 was bright trim.
Maybe John Z. can verify that.


On Corvette convertibles, the header stainless moldings remained bright into the early 70's; however, MVSS Specular Gloss regulations changed the Corvette wiper arms and blades in late '66 from bright chrome/stainless to "Satellite", a dull chrome and stainless finish that wouldn't reflect light in the driver's eyes, and the painted inside lower garnish molding at the base of the windshield glass had flattener added to the paint to minimize its reflections. The side and upper moldings were outside the vision zone specified in the Specular Gloss regulation.
70  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 camaro seat belts on: September 08, 2014, 09:55:41 AM
I only have two rear lap belts in my car . My car was a late 1969 build  (September) Is it possible that GM switched to two rear lap belts for the 1970 model and thats why I only have two rear lap belts ?

Your car was built with three - are you sure the center belt isn't stuffed down below the cushion?
71  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: ebay ad for a big block Z11 car.... on: September 08, 2014, 09:28:15 AM

... Is it me or do the bids on eBay look manipulated on this auction. Like he has his friends bidding the car up... eBay should crack down but they never will

Caveat Emptor my friends...

  I believe many of these eBay auctions have bogus bidders to jack the price up.
eBay will not crack down unless there a a blatant violation. In the end the senior management who manage eBay have to show a profit to their share holders in order to get their own stock options and bonuses otherwise major share owners like Carl Icon will begin to influence them (like with so many corporations people like him dealt with) so I'm sure they will tolerate certain practices as long as it isn't illegal, that you and I find not exactly kosher.


eBay gets 10,000 auctions per hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; how many people do you suppose you'd have to hire to check out every new auction before they were posted?  Why does everything become an industrial conspiracy theory?  :-(

P.S. It's Icahn, not Icon.
72  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / X55 and M35? on: September 08, 2014, 09:17:03 AM
Did they use a m35 in a x55 car?

Yes, if that's what the customer ordered. X55 (SS350) came standard with a full-synchro 3-speed manual, and automatics were optional at extra cost.
73  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Shat R Proof Front windshield with no DOT? on: September 04, 2014, 10:45:06 AM
John, was the "dam" material READILY/EASILY available to after market installers at the time?
If so how common was it for outside glass installers to use the "dam"?

We received the extruded "dam" material on 200- or 300-foot spools (it took about 18 feet per windshield); our application gun applied hot-melt glue to the fabric-reinforced side of the dam as it was applied to the (cleaned and primed) glass. I have no idea when the dam material became available to the aftermarket.
74  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Shat R Proof Front windshield with no DOT? on: September 04, 2014, 10:31:35 AM
OR.. maybe John..  your car got built/finished late?   Do you know the date of production based on your VIN?  or from GM docs?   It *could be* that even with a 02D scheduled week, your car wasn't built until the early days of March...

The NCRS data shows it came off the line on February 27th, and the Canadian docs show it was shipped on February 28th.
75  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct hog rings for upholstery. on: September 03, 2014, 02:19:57 PM
I am re-covering my seats and I am at the point where I am going to be needing a set of Hog Ring pliers and the rings themselves. I have noticed the rings that were on the seats were round and all of the plier/rings kits I have found online use rings that look more like staples.

Are the round rings available from anywhere along with the pliers ?

Should I just not worry about it and the staple shaped rings will be ok?

The production hog-rings (which came in glued-together 12"-long stacks to load in the air-powered hog-ring guns) were shaped like staples, and the jaws of the hog-ring gun formed them into a round or diamond shape when they closed.
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