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31  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67 Z stamp on: July 01, 2014, 07:46:26 PM
Great thread on original stampings! I was looking at the 1967 MP block and was wondering if it was common sometimes for the factory to stamp the VIN upside in relation to the block code. I've never seen that before.  Huh
Yes, it's happened a few times. There was a small run where the year and plant code were reversed (ex: L7xxxxxx vs. 7Lxxxxxx). I have one such stamping on my 67 BB from LOS where is it L7153XXX

Mike
32  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Trunk Lid Identification on: June 30, 2014, 08:05:37 PM
 Here are two pictures on my '67's from 04B (original paint) and 05B (in primer).
 Hope it helps sort out when changes in the stampings approximately occurred

Mike.

33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 1111170 Dist. Stamp on: June 30, 2014, 09:09:20 AM
7E26

Mike
34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Chicken or the Egg? on: June 30, 2014, 09:07:00 AM
 
My German heritage would not allow me to state anything before "SSCheesy
All kidding aside, I'm with Gary on this one. I believe the primary designation would be the 'base' model (base motor or performance -SS or Z) followed by an appearance option (RS).

Mike
35  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Firewall to floor joint seam seal ??? on: June 27, 2014, 06:49:55 AM
 My two 67's are the same way as Tim described. Sealed on the inside only.

Mike
36  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Length of J-bolt for spare in trunk on: June 19, 2014, 07:15:16 PM
 Here is mine from the 04B '67 coup for a 14" tire. Looks like Eldon's posted in reply #2.
Not sure if it was used in '69 or not but it can answer where Eldon's was used.

Mike

37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Red Line tyre measurements 68 SS RPO-PW8 on: June 19, 2014, 06:56:23 PM
 Here are pictures of an original Firestone Super Sport D70x14 Wide Oval still on its original DG rim in my 67 4B LOS L35. The height from the tread to redline was taken at the base of the tread stamping in the mold so as not to get conflicting numbers due to tread wear.
The other picture is of a reproduction tire set I bought from Coker Tire in 1987 when they first became available.
You can see the differences of where the red line is placed. The original is above the black center line and the reproduction is below the black center line. Aside from the thread design that is different (the Coker was supposed to be DOT compliant per 1980's)
the lettering is the same between the two.
 I do not know if Coker placed the red line in a different position after I bought these but looking at their web page its location looks approximately the same as the one I bought from them in the '80's.

38  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: A.I.R Smog Diverter valve on: June 19, 2014, 04:41:39 PM
Both of my '67 L35 (396/325) have the fixed blade fan. Yes, at idle the temperature gauge would creep up but still stay within the 'safe' zone of the numberless gauge.
The '67 L78 had the clutch fan.

Mike
39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: DZ stamp on: June 19, 2014, 04:34:59 PM
 I have seen people try this method before and never once seen it work.
I suspect a lot has to do with the original impact of the characters and the depth of the milling.

Mike
40  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: vin removal on: June 19, 2014, 04:31:52 PM
 I would try to cover the rivets and tags with a layer of RTV silicone. That should be impervious to most anything.
You can peel it off later.
If you get rivets to change on a dash, get the correct ones and just don't say anything.

Mike
41  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / OT - Talk about an insane price for a 'Cuda on: June 16, 2014, 11:31:01 AM

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/06/16/1971-plymouth-hemi-cuda-convertible-auction-record-video/

Mike
42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Red Line tyre measurements 68 SS RPO-PW8 on: June 12, 2014, 09:49:22 AM
 Coker Tire makes accurate repro's except for the thread design which had to conform to newer standards.
I have an original Wide Oval tire and also repros Firestone Super Sport Wide Ovals (D70x14) I can take pics of.

Mike
43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: valve adj on: June 11, 2014, 09:18:02 PM
 For anyone reading who has a hydraulic cam, I have a foolproof method of adjusting juice lifters. Use the sequence as suggested above by cook. To adjust the valves, back off of the rocker arm until you can spin the pushrod between your fingertips. Then slowly tighten the nut down until the pushrod stops rotating. Turn the nut EXACTLY one-eighth of a turn and your hydraulic lifter is set. Do not go 1/4-turn. I've found that with a performance or even stock cam, this sets the lifter preload perfectly. Hope this helps someone.
Lots of room for hydraulic installs....
Every BB hydraulic cam I put in I did the following:

Coat base with moly-lube and install lifters  (Soak in oil over night but do not pre-pump prior to installing)
Rotate engine to get the lifter on the lobe bottom
Turn the rocker arm adjusting nut until the lifter plunger moves about 1/16" down from the plunger retainer

At this point you can fire up the motor and usually do not have to adjust them afterwards.

Mike
44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original dealer info for 1st gens is available on: June 10, 2014, 07:53:00 AM
Yet, here on CRG, we kind of celebrate the diversity and realize and document the variances we find. It is a learning process. To say all the cars(insert your year and model) are "cookie cutter" exact would erase what all the years of site research have netted. ........snip.......

  Although the AIM shows and I know both these details are not in conformance with what is known as correct, I am leaving the car "as found" even if it would cause "points" loss, which has no interest to me.
  Two of the best observations I have seen and fully agree with and live by. If every car was from a 'cookie cutter' then there would be no reason for a research group, now would there? The major thing that keeps me staying with CRG is it doesn't operate in a rigid and sterile mode, as if often the case with other organizations.
  I have been in this group long enough to see some parts that were once considered to be wrong now accepted as being correct and actually used. An example is the brass oil line used on early 67's vs. the rubber grommet. The brass union was considered after market until more people started to come forward with their examples of the brass fittings with the same vendor stampings.

Mike
45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original dealer info for 1st gens is available on: June 09, 2014, 08:50:37 PM
The word 'implosion' comes to mind after reading it. Even smaller car clubs I know of here on Long Island, internal politics gets in the way often and leads to member strife. I can only image with a larger organization such as NCRS that this can happen too. People = egos too often is the case.
I've seen far better stability in outlaw motorcycle clubs over the years when it comes to organizational internal politics.  Wink
  I was hoping to get my other Camaro researched but now that Roy is gone I wonder if that service will be available anymore.

Mike
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