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1036  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: ignition timing on: March 02, 2012, 05:39:34 PM
I recommend this...
I used to use the screw driver method but finally tried this last weekend was was surprised how easy and fast the distributor indexed itself.

I found this article that describes a neat method to "walk" the distributor into position. I
http://www.corvette-restoration.com/resources/technical_papers/Distributor_Installation.pdf

This one has links to You Tube examples
http://www.classiccarauto.com/impala/how_to/install_distributor.shtml

Good luck!
Mike
1037  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Concerns With Decking The Block Question I Need Your Help on: March 02, 2012, 05:35:12 PM
I wouldn't do it. Too much chance for error & then it's just another unknown Camaro. Are you going racing or doing a restoration? If you're going racing find another block or another car & let someone else have yours...Joe
I agree...get another engine. How much performance would you get by decking? Most racers today are using NO2 so dial in how much HP you want if you need a boost. Unless there is severe warpage or deep surface rust, decking IMHO, would provide little value, if any. Besides, would you want to risk blowing up the engine at the value it's worth now?

Mike
1038  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct finish for the speedometer cable clips on the firewall on: February 28, 2012, 07:08:05 PM
Here's one from a 1100 mile 10D Norwood car, looks like clear cad/zinc to me.

That is what mine look like though I don't remember it so close to the grommet. If zinc plating goes flat over the years then that is likely what was used.

Mike
1039  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Why do 68 z28s bring less than 69s even though 68s are much more rare? on: February 28, 2012, 06:44:18 PM
I don't like the the money aspect of this hobby... it's killing all the REAL Camaro lovers ability to have fun, however buy them now while they are cheaper. The market will correct it's self in time. As stated earlier in this thread the 68 built the market for the 69.
  VT

I hear ya VT!
  I remember when I bought my 67 L35 hardtop back when people were getting rid of big motor cars after the 2nd gas crunch, I spent $4000 for it because I loved the 67 body. My L35 ragtop, I paid $500 for it because the motor was locked up (spun rod bearing caused that) and the front end was hit. The car sat for years in a yard rotting until I rescued it. It was a gamble but as it turned out the block was good otherwise so I continued to restore it.
  All the years I have had them (+30 years) I never thought of selling them even during times when I needed money when raising a young family.
Now, those days are behind me and I am glad I kept the cars. I am so attached to them that the money they are worth now means nothing to me and I have both in a will to my children when I leave this life.
Sorry to deviate from the topic but being we are talking about Camaro altruism, I figured what the heck.

Mike
1040  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Rear axal code date on: February 28, 2012, 06:32:18 PM
My 02D Norwood '69 Z/28 "BV" 4.10 axle was built on February 19th, and the car came off the Final Line on February 27th.

Its birthday (and mine) was yesterday.  Grin

Isn't it nice to know we all have a 'date code' ?  Cheesy
Happy belated B-Day, John

Mike
1041  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct finish for the speedometer cable clips on the firewall on: February 28, 2012, 06:53:16 AM
The assembly manual ('67 - UPC M20 A6) shows them as being installed during build time and also using a small dab of sealer.
Mine are silver though I'm  not sure if it's cad or zinc.

Mike
1042  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Rear axal code date on: February 27, 2012, 08:39:45 PM
My 68 z is 07b  rear code BV0316G1 E  engine is V0628mo on pad. CAST E228. It looks like rear diffs. were stretched out more

Looking at your rear code of being a 4:10, that is certainly a less common ratio option to order, IMO, even back in '68. Your date spread is no worst than Joe's (X66 714) cars that too have steep ratios. I would venture to say yours (and Joe's) are within a very acceptable range.
 As for engine dates vs. cowl dates, I find it interesting how the small block Z's are so close compared to my BB dates (and other BB dates I have seen in the past). I guess it is partially dependent on when the model options 'catches on' to the buying public.

Interesting thread!

Mike

1043  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Rear axal code date on: February 27, 2012, 06:59:41 PM
My 68 z is 07b  rear code BV031G1 E  engine is V0628mo on pad. CAST E228. It looks like rear different were espresso out more.
The date code should be four numbers. Did you leave one out?

Mike
1044  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Bright high beams, Dull low beams on Hal. lights on: February 27, 2012, 03:56:01 PM
 I had this exact problem when reinstalling my RS harness back in the 80's after replacing the front sheet metal from damage. It turned out to be a ground wire problem in the front but I don't remember exactly where.

Mike
1045  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 Big Block Runs Hot Camaro on: February 27, 2012, 03:29:16 PM
 Looking at a used water pump (the culprit) in my shed reminded me of the exact problem that I wanted to share with you as a possible fix.
I put a rebuilt aftermarket water pump on my 396 when the motor was rebuilt and had high temp problems afterwards mainly at idle but it did run above average when driving as determined by the normal spot on the gauge. To make a long story of trying this and that short, I had the GM original pump rebuilt and reinstalled and that fixed the problem. Out of curiosity I removed the backing plate on the aftermarket pump and easily spotted the pump impeller to be much smaller in profile when it normally takes up most of the cavity.

Mike
1046  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Rear axal code date on: February 27, 2012, 01:18:55 PM
 Here are my 2 67 rear dates (plus engines):

NOR 5B - 396/MT/3:31 posi - date - 0331 - This is the performance rear option. Lag about 6 weeks. (engine date 0308)
LOS 4B - 396/AT/3:07 non-posi - date - 0404 - This is the standard rear for this base engine option. Lag about 9 days. (engine date 0214 - assembled with love  Smiley )

  I think the gear ratio installed may have an effect on the assembly date of the rear vs. the car.
The standard ratios  should have less of a date lag because they would be used on all cars that didn't have the optional rear ordered, as is the case of my LOS car.

Mike
1047  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 Big Block Runs Hot Camaro on: February 26, 2012, 10:47:49 PM
Just a thought but did you change the head gaskets by chance? And if so did you get the correct type (series vs. parallel flow)? BB's should be using the series flow gasket sets whereby water enters the front of the block, flows past the cylinders to the rear then up through the heads towards the front and out the front cross over in the intake and out the thermostat housing. Gaskets for parallel flow on blocks made for series can cause over temp conditions.

Mike
1048  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Original 1969 SS 396 325HP AUTO no air cond on: February 26, 2012, 09:28:44 PM
 Wasn't there a recall due to the issues caused by the intake manifold hot slots either causing fires and/or carb plates to warp? Could this have been a replacement if the dealer deemed the carb should be replaced?

Just a thought.

Mike
1049  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67 tire pressure decal on: February 26, 2012, 09:10:29 PM
This is the original sticker in my 67 LOS 4B SS/RS/L35 hardtop.
As for RS vs. SS differences, the RS didn't come with a 396, but an SS 396 can be ordered with the RS package.
Hope this helps.

Mike
1050  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67 tire pressure decal on: February 26, 2012, 08:13:19 PM
Yes.....'R' and the P/N is 3917576
 The pressure is 28/34

Mike
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