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1  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: September 25, 2014, 11:45:31 AM
Danny, mop up the coolant and drain the oil pan before you start it because coolant mixed with oil is VERY corrosive to the rod & main bearings. George
2  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Well My Camaro online Compadres, Time for a fight of my Life! on: September 21, 2014, 07:08:13 PM
Danny, That is great news, congratulations and keep doing what your doing, on your health and on your restoration.
A little prayer from a lot of people goes along way. George
3  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1968 z/28 373 rear end inspection marks on: September 21, 2014, 06:47:36 PM

I will add that the brake drums were in place when painted and had I believe a push on spring washer type of retainer, (much like the ones that hold the heater cables to their levers) the coverage on drums varied from good on some to non existent on others.
Because the drums were in place the brake side of the backing plates would have been natural steel, some restorers use high heat charcoal grey inside the backing plate etc so they look closer to correct when they pull a drum off. 
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James both sides of my 69 backing plates were painted black, I assume they were dip painted prior to bolting to the diff housing, the 4 mounting bolts were not painted on the drum side. George
4  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: September 14, 2014, 07:26:34 AM
New problem occuring. Heated it up to operating tempurature. Set the dwell at exactly 32, it was at 30 from the distributor rebuild guy. Set the timing at 4 degress BTDC. Set the static idle at 900. Sitting at an idle with no load on it it purrs like a kitten. Try to give it a little gas about 2 or 3000 RPM's and it starts to shake violently and has a HUGE steady miss. I thought I had it licked. But no way I can even move it out of the garage. Keep in mind this is a NEW problem that was not there before. Going out to make sure I don't have any spark plug wires crossed. What the hell?? I wish 10 of you guys lived close so we could dial this baby in... Wind out of sales, I mean sails... Danny
Danny, I don't think you have a tight valve if it idles smooth, sounds like an ignition or fuel delivery problem. Hook up your timing light to the coil wire and watch the light at 2500 rpm, if it looks erratic, you have an ignition problem. If that's OK watch the carb above the throttle plates and see if the fuel coming out of the venturies looks consistent at 2500 rpm. Look from the side not directly over the carb encase it backfires in your face. Good luck. George 
5  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: September 04, 2014, 07:06:11 AM
Danny, good story & great pictures. Usually there should be a a protective piece of steel stock to go between the crank and puller center bolt so as not to damage the threads. I don't see anything in the picture, you might want to check the threads in the nose of the crank. George
6  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Timing out of wack on: August 25, 2014, 06:50:38 AM
Sounds to me that the outer ring on your balancer has shifted. Pull #1 spark plug, get piston to TDC and see were your timing mark is. George
7  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: August 22, 2014, 07:14:19 AM
Danny what others have mentioned is get your #1 piston at TDC, checked thru spark plug hole, then verify timing pointer and balancer mark is at TDC. The balancers have been known to slip. When reinstalling a original distributor on an original manifold the factory stamped a chisel mark on the back after they adjusted it. I have allways found the timing to be within 2-3 degrees of the recommended setting. George
8  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: August 03, 2014, 08:32:25 AM
Danny, you might pull the vacuum advance hose off the distributor to see if the advance plate is sticking. George
9  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Chassis J nut, 67 bumper mount on: August 03, 2014, 08:27:26 AM
Is that a 3/8" bolt? I might have one of those J nuts.
10  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 19, 2014, 06:57:41 AM
Danny, I saw the harness clip (retainer) on the alternator is white, are the other T shaped harness retainers on the engine harness also white? George
11  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: July 18, 2014, 07:53:53 PM
Danny I got to say it is so great to see you are obviously feeling better, excited about this special find car, but mostly you have got someone who obviously loves you to make your meals, give up her house to you for a week, and then buy you this car. Its like a fairy tail story. I will be checking every day for new updates on how things progress. Best of health to you and keep the pictures coming. George
12  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Restoration help on: July 08, 2014, 02:38:57 PM
For my information did you replace the rear springs and shock absorbers on your SS 69. If yes what were your part numbers and codes.
I replaced the five leaf springs with units from HBC, they were very nice copies of my originals. I had one leaf cracked in each rear. The shocks I replaced with  Monroe gas shocks because I heard the repro spiral shocks were not so good. I plan to drive this car after a couple shows and the ride is important to me.
Very nice job George. My x66 car looks just like yours under the hood. It is a real pain to keep it looking that nice...Joe
As you know a BB with AC is more of a hassle to work on, but I wouldn't have it any other way. George
13  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 deluxe seat foam on: July 08, 2014, 06:52:00 AM
Joe I had Al Knoch replace my foam cushions and covers. The covers were very nice but the foam they used was way to big & thick. Covers looked over stuffed, top & bottom. They were kind enough to send me new covers, I bought foam from HBC and had them recovered locally. George 
14  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Do You Still Have Your First Car? on: July 03, 2014, 08:07:18 PM
George-Love that Caddy. Is that in Florida? Guessing by the house color and style. Like you love the old pics and stories.
That was my Grand Fathers Florida car, their winter home in Hollywood Fl. was also pink & white, but the home in the picture was on their farm in Indiana. Home is still there but no-longer pink. George
15  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Restoration help on: July 03, 2014, 07:57:05 PM
She is drop dead gorgeous, Is it out of line, to ask the $ amount ?  Just trying to get an idea of how much I need to have at the ready.
I thought I was buying a fairly rust free all original car and was willing to pay a little extra. Turned out I had to replace the quarters, wheel wells, 1' square of the floor, and trunk floor so that killed my initial budget. I can't do bodywork or painting in my shop so I sent that out. I also farmed out the seat covers, headliner, vinyl top install, chrome work, and trans overhaul. All the assembly and remainder I was able to do over 3 years, with allot of help from CRG guys. I probably have 65K invested total but saved 30K in my labor if I had to pay a shop to restore it. Just a guesstimate. George
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