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31  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: goodyear polyglas tires on: October 27, 2013, 07:03:59 PM
Steve, Thanks for the info....Don
My favorite tire on my Z was always the Goodyear Polyglas. The pic attached may be hard to see, but the tires are H60-15 and F70-15 Goodboots on the factory YH rims - these tires were on the car from '76 until a couple of years ago, when I finally sold them at the local auto flea market. Yes, they were a handful to drive, but a cooler tire never lived. Trips to the local 25 cent car wash always included a Brillo pad to clean the letters with -

Bias ply tires generally follow the ruts that are really on any road, interstates included. Ever notice how you can hydroplane easier in the right lane at speed on an interstate ? It's because of the slight depressions from trucks and heavy traffic in that lane, constantly, that funnel water in the lane, causing it to puddle and wedge under the tires. Radials resist it better, but bias ply builds are more sensitive to changes in the road surface. Couple that with manual steering, quick ratio, and these things were a challenge to drive - but I still love them (for the look !).

Driving my Pace Car home after purchase, some 125 miles in several July thunderstorms, was downright horrendous after so many years of radial tire equipped company vehicles (at high speeds). Car was all over the road, darting everywhere, hydroplaning, and drifting from side to side. First purchase after I got it home was a set of B.F. Goodrich Radial T/A's, which dramatically cured the ills noted on the ride home. I resolved never to run bias plies on the street, but as a show tire Goodyears still have the charisma.

Shame that Goodyear can't build a radial that looks like a Polyglas GT or Wide Tread GT of old -
 
Regards,
Steve
32  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: goodyear polyglas tires on: October 22, 2013, 02:53:03 PM
Mike, Thanks for taking the time to explain.  Some guys say "steering box" are "loose".  Rebuilders now use "Firm Feel" internals.  Don
If I recall the earlier alignment specs, there should be a certain amount of toe-in so when the car moves forward the road will force it outwards to take up any minor play in the steering. If the toe in/out is perfect then the steering can be prone to wandering, which what it sounds like you are experiencing.

Mike
33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: goodyear polyglas tires on: October 22, 2013, 12:00:01 PM
How bad does your car wander on this rubber???
that's one of the 'characteristics' of bias belted tires...      Fun huh?  Smiley
34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: goodyear polyglas tires on: October 22, 2013, 11:56:25 AM
Hi again!  I've never heard of "alignment specs" for these tires. Could you explain further please???  Don
Try tightening up the steering box. I did and it really helped
X2... and alignment?
Were the alignment specs for your bias belted tires followed when the tires were put on the car? Toe-in?
35  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: goodyear polyglas tires on: October 22, 2013, 11:50:57 AM
Don't know what you mean by that.....please explain further.        Don
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=3913.0   
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=4656.0

Did the people you had rebuild your car drop it on it's feet before tightening all the suspension bolts?


36  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: goodyear polyglas tires on: October 21, 2013, 07:33:53 PM
Try tightening up the steering box. I did and it really helped
X2... and alignment?
Were the alignment specs for your bias belted tires followed when the tires were put on the car? Toe-in?
Thank you for the reply..  My Camaro had a alignment after car was frame-off restored.  Then came the goodyear tires.  I've never heard of "alignment specs" for goodyear polyglas tires. Can you give me anymore info on this matter??  Trying to resolve this issue with the car, because its not safe at high speeds.  Thanks!     Don
37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / goodyear polyglas tires on: October 20, 2013, 02:21:37 PM
Hello everyone!!!   I have a issue with a set of goodyear polyglas tires I bought new from Kelsey tire.  When on the open road, car want to track left to right.  It seems its wanting to follow cracks in the road.  Any input would be helpful from this site.  I've had a guy tell me it the tire design.  These tires have a "square" edge not "round" like a radial tire.  thanks!      Don
38  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: storage on: October 20, 2013, 02:14:26 PM
Hey Guys....I came across this storage bag for classic cars.  It's called "Car Jacket".  You un-zip it, drive your car on it, put the desiccant moisture catching bags in car,trunk,engine bay, under car and zip it up and your done.  The entire car is 100% protected from the elements.  Check it out!!   Don
39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: rust preventer on: October 20, 2013, 01:53:40 PM
Scoop, Where is this "sharkhide" available at??  Thanks!!    Don
40  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: am/fm radio repair on: October 15, 2013, 10:11:23 PM
Hans L, so is your radio dated February 3RD 1968?? ... Danny

I have no idea where there is a date code on the radio. Curious where it is.

Per the Chevelle Radio Tech site, http://www.chevelles.com/radiotech/69_72tags.html  it decodes as a '69 AM FM and is correct for a Camaro, if I interpet their decoding correctly.   I have not been able to find a site or place that tells where the date code is.  Clearly the ID tag on the restored version is a reproduction tag.   

From the Chevelle Site:

"Example: the correct model number for a 1969 Chevelle AM/FM pushbutton radio is: 91BFP1.



Using the decoding information from above, you might be confused by the "B" in the model number since "B" indicates "B-body" or in other words, a full-sized Chevy. So why is it correct for a Chevelle or mid-size "A-body" ?

The answer is some of the same audio equipment was shared among different Chevrolet vehicle lines. A full-size (or B-body) Chevy such as a 1969 Impala shared the same AM/FM mono radio with such vehicles as the Camaro and the Chevelle. To keep things simple and costs down, B-body radios such as the AM/FMs were often installed in other vehicles. "B" can also be thought of as the "default" radio to be installed when a vehicle line did not have its very own line of radios. In fact, many Chevrolet vehicles "borrowed" B-body audio equipment at different times in production."

Hans L.   What did this guy charge you for the radio resto job???    Don
41  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Bumper Jack ratchet color on: October 04, 2013, 06:18:20 PM
Hey all you Camaro guru's, I have a question.  Does anyone know what color a bumper jack ratchet is suppose to be???  Some say
medium gray, some say black.  Jack would be for a 1969 Camaro SS/RS   Thanks guys!  Don
42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: It's Baack-----2014 Z28 on: April 10, 2013, 10:24:49 PM
The last generation Camaro was fine...when they "tweaked" this time, they forgot about the "first gen" Camaros. 
In my opinion, "old school" style and designs sell.  When its all said and done, they'll go back to square one. Stay tuned Camaro lovers!
43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / CRG Data Base on: January 19, 2013, 10:00:16 PM
Ed, Could you check your "data base" and see if my VIN # is in it??  If it isn't, could you let me know how it can be added??  Here's my 1969 Camaro's Vin # 124379N611808.   Thank You!   Don
44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Dash Light illumination when starting engine on: January 19, 2013, 09:39:40 PM
Hi Gang!!!  I'm new here so bear with me.  I own a 1969 Camaro SS/RS.  I've noticed other Camaros that when started, the generator and temperature dash lights come on when starting the engine.  My car has been re-stored and the lights are intact and have been tested  OK also.  Question: where do I started to look to correct this??  My car also has "console gauges".  I've seen cars with console gauges, and there cars dash lights, light up too.  Any help will be appreciated.  Thanks!!   Don
45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Clutch grind (reverse) on: July 13, 2012, 09:44:43 PM
Hi Guys!  I own a 1969 Camaro SS 396/375 car with a 4-speed M-22.  Just finished a frame off restoration on it.  Ever since I statrted
driving it, when I try and use reverse, it grinds.  Adjusted clutch numerous times.  Last move is at 1/2' to 1' free play on pedal.  It also appears that when car get hot, grinding seems more apparent.   It's fine when car is cold.  Any advise would be helpful.
Don
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