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1021  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: "Hot Slot" equipped cast iron intake manifold modifications.. on: February 03, 2012, 09:25:35 AM
  I tapped and installed allen plugs in the hot slots on both of my 67 396 Camaro's. I left the riser valve alone though. That opens fairly quick anyways and I don't see how that would contribute to performance issues. The stock exhaust manifolds are the large performance reduction culprits (you can work around that a little by using a cam with a slightly longer exhaust profile). I did install a restrictor in the intake manifold gasket crossover opening to limit the amount of flow under the intake mainly to reduce paint discoloration and flaking at the ends but still retaining the functionality of the choke coil.
 If you intend to drive the car in cool weather or show the car I would recommend to leave the exhaust valve in place.
I don't think any of us use the cars today the way they were intended due to their antique status and value, including performance concerns, so aside from the hot slot plugs, I would recommend to leave the rest intact.
 
Mike
1022  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Factory Fastener Discussion on: February 02, 2012, 03:47:35 PM
I'll be glad to help out. Anyway you can get those numbers you just posted into Excell? It would be easier to track it that way.

Mike
1023  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Engine Stamp on: January 30, 2012, 11:09:50 PM
inspected dosn't mean found, proved, verified, it just means inspected. What are the results of the inspection ?
Agreed ....
I gave it a quick 'inspection' and the number 4 jumped out immediately to be different between the block and tranny partial VIN. The red font flag went up then.
 Inspection done!

Mike
1024  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Engine Stamp on: January 30, 2012, 10:11:10 PM
The CAR IN QUESTION has been on ebay before and it's a nice restoration, but the engine is a restamp.

Ed


   What stands out are the fonts of the partial VIN on the block don't match the font on the tranny partial VIN. I assume the 69 engine and trannys were stamped the same time when the car was built.
The ad states "WE HAD THE ENGINE & TRANSMISSION REMOVED & PROFESSIONALLY INSPECTED FOR AUTHENTICITY"
Sounds like a play of words? Authentic doesn't necessarily mean original or 'born with'.

Mike
1025  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 12 bolt rear non posi on: January 30, 2012, 09:41:29 PM
My 67 LOS 4B -  L35 w/TH400 has a 12 bolt non-posi rear with round traction bar.

Mike
1026  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct Fasteners and headmarkings on: January 29, 2012, 09:24:20 PM
Great pics!!! Anything on the P (mirror or backwards)?
Damn! it 's reversed. I took it upside down because it was the only way I could get a focus shot of it and flipped it vertically but forgot horizontal.
Good catch. It's a 'P' though.

Mike
1027  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct Fasteners and headmarkings on: January 29, 2012, 09:03:43 PM
 Here is another random one removed from the rear (the first time off the car since 67!)
They look close though mine is disconnected. If it was the machining stamping cast that was 'worn' then possibly 100's to 1000's of these could have been produced.
Yours and mine have the same head shape otherwise and look approximately the same size.

Mike
1028  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct Fasteners and headmarkings on: January 29, 2012, 07:28:48 PM
 Is your 'Z' bolt from the rear end cover? It sure looks close to my semi-Z bolt markings from my rear end cover, doesn't it?  Huh

Mike
1029  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct Fasteners and headmarkings on: January 29, 2012, 05:48:49 PM
Here are zooms of the three.
The LOS 12 bolt rear cover are unique and I have never seen them before. That marking is on all 12 bolts. The shoulders are still covered in grease.
The marking sort of looks like a hand in one part?

The traction bar is the letter 'P' but with the center filled in.

The brake regulator bolt is the same for LOS and NOR.

The 'alloy' bolt is 'Supertarium Alloy'
I can't find that on the web. Maybe that's an in-house invented word?

Mike
1030  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct Fasteners and headmarkings on: January 29, 2012, 04:09:03 PM
a few more....traction bar bolts
1031  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct Fasteners and headmarkings on: January 29, 2012, 04:07:37 PM
and few more....

1032  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct Fasteners and headmarkings on: January 29, 2012, 04:05:56 PM
Here are a few more. I'll try to take the same shots from both Camaros (67 LOS 4B unrestored and NOR 5B restored in mid 80's)

Enjoy!
Mike


1033  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Stock looking ignition conversion on e-Bay on: January 29, 2012, 10:59:04 AM
Bought one of the name brand units with the extra wire...oh about 5 years ago.
Installed it......the car ran great but I got spooked by it, because a friend of mine put one in his 69 Firebird, and it died on him over 50 miles away from home coming back from a car show.
He called, and I brought him points / capacitor and tools to a Delaware town......4 hrs later he was back on the road.

One thing you can say......the likelihood of points leaving you stranded is almost nil.  
These new pointless systems for old cars just make me nervous.
Great idea....but no thanks.  I'll keep my points system.



 I agree about the potentials of electronic failure though the new cars I have owned from the 90's and on never had an electronic module failure anymore (now that I think of it maybe because the electronics are now mounted on cooler surfaces compared to the inside of a distributor...when they were still used) .
  I still use points in my boat for the reason of reliability because a sea tow is very $$$$ overall and using a boat is seasonal in NY.
  I don't use my Camaros' as often as I should and when trying to start them was a challenge. Cleaning the points worked in those situations even though it took only 10 minutes. If (big if) I do go with an electronic unit, I'll certainly have a point/capacitor set in the travel tools just in case. Then again, having a mechanical anything setup (ignition, fuel pump, clutch, etc) on an antique car is part of the overall ownership, fun and pride I guess. Sort of like having a kick start Harley vs. an electric starter today. Wink
  Well..heck...Sounds like I just talked myself into staying with points!  Cheesy

Mike

1034  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Stock looking ignition conversion on e-Bay on: January 28, 2012, 04:25:35 PM
 Thanks, John. That's good to know and I see after researching that conversion kit under the Lectric name that it has been around for a while.
Seems like a good work around to having to clean the points from oxidation when the car sits for a long while.
I didn't want to change the stock look with an aftermarket 2 wire units which is why I kept using the points.

Mike
1035  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Stock looking ignition conversion on e-Bay on: January 28, 2012, 10:21:55 AM
This conversion sure has my interest. It uses the stock single wire from the distributor and coil so it retains the stock look. Has anybody used this or know of someone who has?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/200512132077?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Thanks,
Mike
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