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61  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What is it ? on: February 09, 2014, 01:11:16 PM

Looks like it - clearly not a GM wheel.
62  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What is it ? on: February 08, 2014, 06:22:55 PM
16" x 4" are the midyear Corvette dimensions, but that's not a Corvette steering wheel; I doubt if its a GM wheel at all with the sharp/abrupt bend where the spokes join the rim.
63  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: And I Thought The Snow Was Bad...Now Ice on: February 07, 2014, 10:34:02 AM
JohnZ definitely did a nice thing with the Generac.. Smiley    I considered the same unit when I built my home, but I let build schedule and $$ pressures put it off til 'later'...  and we all know how 'later' goes.. Smiley

JohnZ:  Would you change anything about that if you were doing it over?  the size? or brand? or ??

Nope, the unit has been quite satisfactory, and has paid for itself more than once. It starts itself up once a week for a ten-minute diagnostic run, and in eleven years all it has required is one starter and a battery.
64  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: And I Thought The Snow Was Bad...Now Ice on: February 06, 2014, 03:31:29 PM
<<I hope you have a safe way to stay warm; be very careful with fuel-based heaters inside.  I KNOW how no power sucks, as I've got more than a week twice, once in/after an ice storm, and another 3 yrs ago after the Tornado day.  A generator is a good thing to have ... but generally you have to HAVE it Before the problem hits and the stores sell out. >>

Been there, done that - installed a 20-KW Generac fully-automatic natural gas standby generator system in the summer of 2003 ( 3 weeks before the famous 3-day "northern grid" failure - timing is everything  Smiley ) Has kept us nice and comfy many times since then when DTE (Detroit Edison), our Mickey-Mouse electric utility, has gone dead, and we don't even need to be home.  Grin

65  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New auto factory in Germany.. Amazing video .. :) on: February 03, 2014, 11:00:54 AM
A video of that plant was posted before.
JohnZ explained the debacle behind it and how much money was wasted on it....

I'd be very interested in reading JohnZ's comments re that plant, if anyone can provide a link..  I've spent some time searching and haven't been able to find it...

I tried several advanced searches keying on "Ferdinand Piech" or "Phaeton", but got no results - dunno if the search function is working or not.
66  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How big of a tire will fit on the front of a 69 on: February 03, 2014, 10:52:06 AM
My all-original unrestored '69Z came to me with BFG 235/60-15 T/A's on the stock YH rallys, and the fronts rubbed at 12 o'clock on the bright wheel opening moldings and bolts. I swapped the whole set out for 215/65 T/A's (same size as the original E70-15's), and the rubbing is history.
67  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What we did during the Deep Freeze and Great Southern Blizzard of 2014 on: February 03, 2014, 10:41:09 AM
Here's what WE did last week (snowiest month in metro Detroit history since they started keeping records) - shot these yesterday morning.   Shocked
68  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Original 67 327 ? on: January 31, 2014, 03:07:05 PM
I'm wondering then how any 327 of that year is labeled as numbers matching if there is no absolute proof.

Yup, for '67 the closest thing to absolute proof on engines that didn't have a partial VIN stamp would be that the engine assembly stamp would match the POP.

Paul

And that doesn't positively nail it, as the engine plant probably built several hundred of that particular engine suffix that day, all of which will have exactly the same engine plant stamp.
69  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Original 67 327 ? on: January 31, 2014, 03:03:48 PM
I'm wondering then how any 327 of that year is labeled as numbers matching if there is no absolute proof.

"Numbers Matching" has as many meanings as there are sellers, but the only one that matters is "born with"; on a '67 327, all you can really PROVE is "date-correct" without a VIN stamp.
70  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How long are you guys running your radials tires on: January 31, 2014, 02:49:40 PM
Normally, the worst thing that can happen to a tire is a tread separation, which is almost always a catastrophic failure, particularly at freeway speeds, which can result in all manner of really bad outcomes. Tread separation is a common failure mode on "S" speed-rated tires, which are on 99.99% of all cars on the road today (except new Corvettes, Vipers, Ferraris, etc.).

The problem is that "S"-rated (112mph) tires don't have a nylon cap belt in the carcass, on top of the radial or bias plies, which keeps the tire from disintegrating if the tread separates; that cap belt is only in tires that are speed-rated "H" (130mph) or above, and they're significantly more expensive true performance tires due to the premium materials used in their construction.

BFG Radial T/A's are NOT "performance" tires - they're ordinary garden-variety "S"-rated tires (no cap belts), better described as "performance-appearing" tires. Keep that in mind the next time someone tells you that their T/A's are "performance" tires - they're NOT.

Just one more thing to consider when deciding whether or not to replace your old tires - unless you have "H" or "V"-rated tires (which have cap belts), ten years is probably a good time to replace them.
71  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Ignition Coils on: January 26, 2014, 11:25:03 AM
Here's the Delco Remy catalog pages from Oct. '68. Note the distributor listings are correct, as are the point sets and other parts, but is only lists 2 coils to cover the entire engine offering. Interesting -

Remember that those Delco wholesale/retail catalogs refer only to the part number of the coil itself; the part number shown in the Assembly Manual is for the coil AND ITS MOUNTING BRACKET, a "coil assembly".
72  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rosewood Wheel on Ebay on: January 26, 2014, 11:14:16 AM
JohnZ:  Did the McKinnon plant build 302's for Z28s? Smiley  or were high performance small blocks 'all Flint' as I've always believed?

McKinnon didn't build any solid-lifter small-block engines - they all came out of Flint V-8.
73  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Crankcase Ventilation question on: January 26, 2014, 10:59:30 AM
I'm trying to bring my 67 RS with an original 327/210 back to as close to stock as possible.  Found the correct dated 2 barrel manifold and original air cleaner, and have a line on a rebuilt Rochester dual jet, but can't seem to find out anywhere why some cars were set up with a positive system (vented oil fill cap/breather) and others a closed positive, with the pcv valve attached to the fill tube. 

Do you have an Assembly Manual? The standard (non-California) crankcase vent system is shown in UPC 6, sheet C5 (adapter elbow, hose, PCV valve, and carb fitting, with vented oil fill cap), and the optional (mandatory in California) RPO K24 system is shown in section K24, sheet A2. You want the standard setup.
74  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: console gauge lights on: January 25, 2014, 12:48:03 PM
With the copper line I ran to my oil press gauge....
Yikes. We lost one test car when it burned to the ground due to a copper line - could still see the marks on the highway for years later. Melted the wheels off of it.
I personally almost burned up a test car that had a copper oil line.
I'd never use a copper oil or fuel line.....

Correct!  Copper tubing work-hardens with vibration, then fatigue-cracks and fails (and it's used in a lot of aftermarket kits); that's why GM used copper-PLATED steel oil pressure lines before they changed to nylon - they look like copper, but they're steel.
75  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rosewood Wheel on Ebay on: January 25, 2014, 12:37:55 PM
John, was your car originally Canadian-delivered?

Yes, it was - to Howard Elliott Motors in Hamilton, Ontario.
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