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1021  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 BBC Battery to Engine Ground Wire Location on: March 09, 2012, 08:03:10 PM
If the 68 BB uses the same short pump as the 67 then the cable goes to the top passenger side pump stud followed by the star washer followed by the nut.
That is how is it on my original and also restored 67  L35 BB.

Mike

Sorry...I'm correcting my own reply. I checked and found the order is star washer, cable eye and then nut. Is that what '68 BB uses too?

Mike
1022  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Distributor Weights and Springs on: March 09, 2012, 11:20:15 AM
I have seen the springs modified and you can get stock aftermarket replacement springs with the correct rate.
What happened to the weights?

Mike

One spring broke and I got to looking and the weights have been ground on.  I was hoping to get a set of Delco weights and springs but I can't find any at the parts house.

Weights and springs haven't been available from GM for over 20 years; most guys who have Sun machines and rebuild distributors (like Jerry M.) have a stash of them. The weights in aftermarket "kits" aren't hardened, and they usually only have three generic types of springs. As Marty noted, used distributors are the best source of GM weights and springs.

 I wasn't implying that they can be had from GM. But with today's gas quality, low octane and the absence of lead, the stock spring rates are a moot point for driving so using a modified rate to change the curve profile will likely change the springs anyhow unless the intent is to have museum piece.

Mike
1023  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 BBC Battery to Engine Ground Wire Location on: March 09, 2012, 08:39:13 AM
 If the 68 BB uses the same short pump as the 67 then the cable goes to the top passenger side pump stud followed by the star washer followed by the nut.
That is how is it on my original and also restored 67  L35 BB.

Mike
1024  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Distributor Weights and Springs on: March 08, 2012, 05:17:35 PM
I have seen the springs modified and you can get stock aftermarket replacement springs with the correct rate.
What happened to the weights?

Mike
1025  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1968 big block engine on: March 08, 2012, 05:15:16 PM
Did all 68 BB's have chrome air cleaner lids?
I know in '67 some were black (my 2 325HP L35's are black) and the 375HP were chrome.

Mike
1026  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Hood Hinge Color on: March 08, 2012, 09:54:26 AM
Found this product on the web, has anyone every used the Dri-Touch products from Birchwood Casey, thinking of doing my front end components?

http://www.birchwoodcasey.com/rust/index.htm

Mike

I have been using it since the mid 80's. It goes on wet and dries in a couple of days. I apply it with an artist brush and spend about an hour dabbing bolt heads and other parts including phosphated components. I used to apply it twice a year but have been slacking off due to other interests. So there have been parts not done in years and still look great (no oxidation) so the film must still be there. I highly recommend it.

Mike
1027  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: bell housing date codes on: March 07, 2012, 10:15:09 PM
Hi Chick,
  I have seen that article posted all over the web but I suspect it is in error. My 67 cast markings still use the number/dots on all the aluminum casted parts (tranny and bell housing). I haven't looked much beyond 67 and I haven't seen any month code using a letter (vs. the number said to be used until '66) in any picture example. I'm glad to see yours are using numbers too.

Mike
1028  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: bell housing date codes on: March 07, 2012, 08:45:19 PM
that's correct.
Generally a month (number) and week (1 week per dot). No year.
Mike
1029  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: fuel tank paint on: March 05, 2012, 07:27:17 PM
LOS tanks were painted black. At least in '67.
My 67 LOS 4B was painted after strapped in at the factory. My NOR 5B built 67 was unpainted.

Mike
Mine 67 LOS was not painted. Sure yours was not undercoated or painted before you got it? Tanks were not painted at the factory.

You may want to read this thread. It answered my question about my unrestored 67LOS with a black tank as well as others seeing or having it too.
Even Kurt has seen black tanks.

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=5577.0

Mike
1030  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: fuel tank paint on: March 05, 2012, 06:25:54 PM
LOS tanks were painted black. At least in '67.
My 67 LOS 4B was painted after strapped in at the factory. My NOR 5B built 67 was unpainted.

Mike
1031  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 armco gas tank stencil on: March 04, 2012, 07:56:42 PM
I remember reading an article a while ago about it. The name was applied to the sheets of steel that were eventually used to make the tanks. So the position can be random.
I can't say I have ever seen one on an original tank yet.

Mike
1032  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Hood Hinge Color on: March 03, 2012, 11:11:12 PM
 I forgot to mention the oil I use is called Dri-Touch and is sold by Birchwood Casey. It goes on wet and dries to touch in a couple of days. This is good so it doesn't become a dust magnet by staying wet.

Mike
1033  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Hood Hinge Color on: March 03, 2012, 05:49:11 PM
 On my restored convertable the hinges along with other parts that were originally phosphated were done in 1987 and still look great today. The trick it to use an oil that goes on wet and dries to the touch. I do this once a year using an artist brush on those parts and never had rust problems. If you use paint then any parts of the hinge rub will wear off quickly and that area will stand out visually.
Just something to consider.

Mike
1034  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Judges: Question on SS stripe w/base coat clear coat on: March 03, 2012, 01:28:22 PM
 This is an interesting exchange of ideas and comments and I do appreciate it.
The stripe will go on top no matter which system I choose.
I'm leaning towards the PPG DBC BB/CC system though I didn't rule out the acrylic enamel.
 I got over the sticker shock for paint.  Shocked  The last time I bought a gal of butternut yellow by DuPont it costs under $100.
Now the gal of DBC is going to cost $337 locally.
   I finished running larger pipes in the garage and installed a larger compressor with a 60 gal tank to support HVLP.
Now all I need are for the temps to get above 60 here on Long Island.

Mike
1035  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: How to assemble oil line to block fitting? on: March 02, 2012, 08:33:59 PM
Do you still have the original reusable brass fitting with the male insert? I'd use that to keep it original.
If you do then you will have to expand it again to allow the new line (plus male insert) to slide into the compression head. I used a tapered nail punch to spread the fitting.

Mike
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