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31  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 1967 Camaro Factory Tach Not Working Properly on: October 07, 2013, 08:08:43 PM
Factory dizzy with points or converted to HEI?
32  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What Would You Do? on: October 05, 2013, 10:35:32 PM
Vince - So you have not rebuilt the shifter as suggested in this thread back in 2011?
That is where I would start.
Common for them to jam or lock out in 1-2 or miss 2nd when the old rubber bushings rot or the carrier gets sloppy.
Rebuild kits are about 100 bucks or you can send it to Hurst to be rebuilt. Also I suggest using the pit pack bushings that are steel or the hardened steel versions as the original rubber style or the later plastic ones are just bad news all the way around.


Your trans has been serviced a few times and if there was something wrong with the indents or the forks that would have been found if it is a good shop.


I've been in your shoes a couple times in the past 30 years. Always at night in less then "hey lets get underneath and see whats up" conditions.
I have been able to set it straight and get home by shutting down and going through the following pattern:

Start by learning how to double clutch.
Since you won't be spinning engine power you need to have some slight movement on the trans without grinding your gear box to scrap under engine power. 
The double clutching moves the spindle just enough to work out the jam. So clutch in, clutch out, then clutch in and SLOWLY try to pull her into neutral gate.
This may not happen the first few times so be patient and slowly move through the gates, brute force is not necessary, required or desired.

Once in neutral clutch out, then clutch in, clutch out clutch into reverse since reverse can actually be thrown while you are actually in 1-2 or 3-4 since there is no indent to lock-out for reverse in the tail like there is on 1-2 3-4 under the cover plate. If the 1-2 indent lock-out failed you would hear grinding into reverse if you were under engine power.

Once in reverse double clutch go neutral again then double clutch first, double clutch back to neutral then take a deep breath make peace with your God and double clutch second. If she grabs second you are more then likely clear of the jam. You can put her back in neutral, start it up and slowly clutch out and if you go nowhere you are clear and in neutral. Slowly crawl forward with first, then neutral, then backward in reverse, then neutral. Head home. Just be slow and steady shifting home cause the misalignment will still exist and could hit you at any 2nd gear shift you make.  Worse time I had it was about 40 minutes of footwork before she cleared.

If the jam doesn't clear the first sequence continue the pattern double clutch to third, back to neutral then up to fourth then back to neutral then reverse. Then start the sequence all over again. Eventually she will clear the jam and you can get home unless it is truly a mechanical failure.

The first time I ran into this I discovered that I had a mix of OEM factory Hurst Comp plus and Hurst Aftermarket Comp plus rods, levers and mount. The rubber bushings were also like goo. There is a difference between the factory hardware and mount and what Hurst sold as aftermarket conversion units under the Competition Plus name and you need the right set for your shifter. Once I set that straight I neglected to maintain the system and a loose lower mount bolt and sloppy bushings caused another incident a few years later when the plastic bushings cracked and bound 2nd up again.

The steel bushings, good lock washers on the lower mounting bolt and regular inspections are my defense against another incident.
33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Re-upholstering '67 front seats on: October 03, 2013, 06:02:24 PM
It is not hard but you MUST have an obsession for details to have a good end result.
Most folks are intimidated but if you take your time, make sure you are in a warm place so the covers are supple, and have a good pair of hog ring pliers, and a set that are at an angle you can do it with no issues. Just take your time. Study the originals as you tear them down, take lots of pictures for reference.
34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Missing trim tag on: September 29, 2013, 07:06:37 PM
Yes Mike it is only the VIN is checked. Not all manufactures even used trim tags.
35  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Radiator upgrade on: September 29, 2013, 07:02:19 PM
Well you have a few options.
Use a cooling additive.
Change timing advance to manifold that will help.
Check that the water pump impeller isn't all chewed up.
 
Since it is not a factory engine what type of fan and shroud are being used.
How many rows are on the factory radiator and was it a 396 big block car to begin with or is the radiator small block based.    

36  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1969 Z/28 firewall crayon marks, question? on: September 22, 2013, 12:49:07 PM
The media used to blast is sodium bicarbonate a.k.a. Baking Soda
37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Sorry, another air cleaner decal question on: September 16, 2013, 05:14:51 AM
Take a look at the reproductions member Don Lightfoot has on his website.
Top notch, quality work.

http://www.angelfire.com/rock/69ss/index.html

Brian
38  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Decode a 1969 protecto plate ... Having difficulty on: September 14, 2013, 11:25:08 PM
Same response to your TC thread - post a photos so we can help you out.
39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Did all 69Z28 cowl induction breathers have a flat bottom ? on: September 12, 2013, 09:31:21 PM
There has always been unconfirmed speculation and theories by many that late August, September and November production end Camaro builds at Norwood were forced to adopt the Chevelle ridged bottom air cleaner base as the stocks of the Camaro flat bottom design were exhausted. Examples put forward as factory originals have not always survived testing and several have turned out to be Chevrolet service replacements which had the Chevelle ridge design after 1970 regardless of application and part numbers. Many "original" were added after factory as the ducted hood became widely popular as an aftermarket speed part and found its way onto 68, and 67 models. Several mid and late September 1969 Camaro builds still have flat bottoms. Anything is possible. We will never know for sure.
40  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Did all 69Z28 cowl induction breathers have a flat bottom ? on: September 12, 2013, 05:50:17 PM
Dave - flat for Camaro production. 70 Chevelle had ridges and so do the reproductions. Here is a great thread over at TC to reference http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=54696

Brian
41  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Need help on IDing a 69 RS-SS ??? on: September 07, 2013, 06:01:10 PM
Looking good based on your photos. Crawl under and look for rust if it is a road salt state, or storm Sandy states. Just a few things to restore the interior such as correct steering wheel, loose the aftermarket tachometer and remove or add back the missing woodgrain dash (drivers side has it pass side does not). But all in all a honey of a 69.
42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Need help on IDing a 69 RS-SS ??? on: September 07, 2013, 11:17:04 AM
So if she is true and you do pull the trigger are you going to restore her to the original specs of 711 - standard black interior, 72 Hugger Orange with B black vinyl top?

43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Need help on IDing a 69 RS-SS ??? on: September 07, 2013, 09:53:31 AM
No there won't be any info on the trim tag to support the born with RS/SS for your build date X codes were not being stamped so a visual inspection is the only verification.
44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Amp gauge problem on: September 06, 2013, 10:04:04 PM
Yup. Check battery with your multi meter first then swap the leads on the gauge.
45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 68 NOR build sheet on: September 06, 2013, 06:15:00 PM
Gary I think the front carpet and columns were Chevrolet installed. Rear carpet was Fisher.
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