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46  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

47  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.

48  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
49  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
50  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
51  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
52  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
53  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
54  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
55  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
56  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Need help/picture to correct my 69 Z28 write up from Jerry MacNeish. on: June 09, 2014, 07:56:27 AM
 I don't think you can do any better than GM Reconditioning Black as far as matching the correct gloss level and texture goes.

Mike
57  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 Dimmer Switch 3841892 Grommet? on: June 08, 2014, 05:40:48 PM
Bob,

 I checked the 67 4B LOS and it looks exactly like the pictures Steve posted with one exception, Steve's has a lone number 3 and mine is the number 2. Otherwise the manufacturer and '833' are the same and relative to each others position.
 As for rubber vs plastic, I would say a flexible plastic. If I had to order one and the choice was rubber or plastic, I would select plastic.

Mike
58  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Issues reviving 69 396 from long term storage on: June 07, 2014, 04:46:30 PM
I suspect a stuck open power valve in the carb. I had that happen after sitting for a few years. Unless you have a collapsed lifter (usually permanent) I would approach it from the KISS principle and check the Q-Jet.

Mike
59  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Issues reviving 69 396 from long term storage on: June 07, 2014, 12:03:03 PM
 There is a power valve in the Q-jet that controls the mixture in the primary side. You can get to it by removing only the top portion of the carb. If it is stuck then you can either have a very rich (stuck open) or very lean (stuck closed) condition relative to the throttle position depending on which way the brass piston is sticking in the bore.
  Does the exhaust have a rich smell or burn your eyes?

Mike
60  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 Dimmer Switch 3841892 Grommet? on: June 06, 2014, 08:00:45 PM
LI Corvettes ( http://http://licorvette.com/ ) has one that looks like the same and for a lot less.
They have plastic and rubber versions.

Plastic - 39-25B  $1.50
Rubber- 39-25C  $10.00
Their search page: http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb.dll?userwatch~dynamicSearchPage~cadeikba%20?
 I don't know if there is any printing on the back. It may be worth a call to them.

Mike

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