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601  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Firewall insulation plug on: January 12, 2013, 08:03:02 PM
In the middle of the plug is a hole. I took a screw driver that fits the hole and ground a rounded end on it. Press this in to stretch the plug just enough while holding the larger end to get it through the firewall hole.

Mike
602  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: This is why you NEVER trust anyone on ebay on: January 12, 2013, 05:51:39 PM
 I've seen several eBay items worded incorrectly and it's obvious on purpose to fool the buyer.
Examples are NOS booster hoses (NOS hoses that were stamped later) w/stampings worded cleverly as if it was a true left-the-factory with stamping.
And my favorites are "NOS" bolts and other tags that are obviously repros and shown with a GM box/bag in the picture with wordage like ".....we bought these in bulk from a Chevrolet dealer so you will not be getting the GM bag (or box)". Bunk....I have purchased a ton of GM parts and they even bag single screws if it isn't part of a set. The sad thing is uninformed people will fall for this and fork out good $$$$. Afterall, if it's expensive it must be real, right  Wink

The ad may be an honest mistake or someone trying to take advantage of others who doesn't know better. It will be interesting to see how this plays out after you notified them.

Mike
603  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Dimpled Carb Studs on: January 12, 2013, 02:26:54 PM
Where did you buy them from?

Mike
604  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Clones, tributes, recreations.. on: January 10, 2013, 10:05:22 PM
   I've had mine for 30+ years too and have absolutely no intentions to sell them plus they are willed to my grown children. Until my demise I will continue to enjoy them.  I don't care if the market drops out on collector cars...and maybe is should because greed takes over like everywhere else in life and ruins it. All I have for documentation is an UOIT for one car and nothing for the other. And there is plenty of false documents that look damn authentic these days to make original ones a moot benefit. But, as far as the 'doubting Thomasa's' go, I don't have to prove anything because I know my cars histories and doubters will always be just that. If they don't believe what I have is real...well then they can read my license plate  Wink
 Don't despair....enjoy them while you still can. Fifty years from now, who will care?

Mike
605  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: beware of the look alike 68-Z28 fan on: January 08, 2013, 08:28:58 AM
 This is an interesting part of the description: "This fan has been professionally machined, ready to paint and bolt on."
I wonder what machined means in this context? Fixed or modified an old common fan to fit this application, repro or something else?

 Mike
606  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '67 Power Disc Automatic Brake Pedal on: January 06, 2013, 09:27:45 AM
I have 2 67 power brake cars (04B ,05B) and neither have the disc you mention in the pedal pad. Just one car has the outer trim on the pads due to that option code


Mike
607  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Emergency brake on: January 05, 2013, 11:03:01 AM
 Here are pictures of a 67 setup which should be the same for 68. The spring is hidden so you will have to remove the front support bolt and try to push it to the side to get your finger in there. If you can loosen the 3 supporting nuts in the engine bay then that will prevent the firewall metal in that area from twisting.

Hope this helps,
Mike
608  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Interesting 69 For Sale on: January 04, 2013, 05:45:42 PM
  Looks like what I would refer to as an Armistice Day motor.

Similar to how I refer to my block as the Valentines Day motor (T0214)

Mike
609  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Old Reliable on: January 02, 2013, 08:17:43 PM
 Let's see....$459,900....almost a price for a house here on Long Island.
After paying for my two children's college tuition's I am so broke that my take home pay doesn't even take me home  Grin

I'll have to keep dreaming.....

Mike
610  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Are the any differances in sub frames? on: January 01, 2013, 02:04:56 PM
Hi Joe,

  That's good to hear that compressor type worked for you. Didn't it make you feel safe handling those compressed springs?
I didn't have to grind anything however with my '67 frames. I figured your A-arms would be the same  Huh
I wish I had known you would be interested in that compressor because I would have lent mine out for the cost of shipping.
Glad to hear it worked though.

Mike
611  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: January 01, 2013, 01:53:48 PM
.................... Humans performed most processes so various anomalies exist.  

I can certainly attest to this comment. My 67 4B LOS 396 that I have owned since 1980 has:
1- Double strike for the engine prefix (ghosting)
2- Misplaced year and plant code sequence in the VIN ( instead of 7L it is L7)
3- The last digit in the VIN stamp is a 1 and the VIN tag and hidden VIN is a 7

Mike

 To show an interesting comparison and how human error James eluded to can be consistant at times, below are 2 pictures of 67 BB's from the LOS plant.
The one titled 'L7-vin' is a picture taken from my 67 4B car.
The one titled 'big block-from CGR' was taken from a CRG thread:
 (http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=8278.msg62099#msg62099 ) that is close to my S/N and also stamped with the same errors...upside down and the 7L reversed with L7 but interesting enough is the way the gang stamp was held on an angle being top heavy and the bottoms faint impression. This tells me it may be the same person who stamped both blocks.

Mike
612  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: BLOCK CAST DATE VS PAD STAMP DATE on: January 01, 2013, 10:41:45 AM
.................... Humans performed most processes so various anomalies exist. 

I can certainly attest to this comment. My 67 4B LOS 396 that I have owned since 1980 has:
1- Double strike for the engine prefix (ghosting)
2- Misplaced year and plant code sequence in the VIN ( instead of 7L it is L7)
3- The last digit in the VIN stamp is a 1 and the VIN tag and hidden VIN is a 7

Mike
613  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Rear turn signal on: December 28, 2012, 12:26:14 PM
I don't remember but be sure and check the front bulb before the flasher.

Ah yes....good catch. I forgot about that. It's been a long time since I had a bulb burn out (maybe because I never use the darn car anymore!) :-)

Mike
614  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Rear turn signal on: December 28, 2012, 11:08:37 AM
Sounds like the flasher.

Mike
615  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Gardner Exhaust Rusting from the Inside/Install Stainless? on: December 27, 2012, 07:20:12 AM
 That is interesting reading, Jeff. I wonder if the problems were resolved with the supplier by now.
I was looking at the Gardner system because the 304 SS one I had made back in 1987 (I forget who did that....some place in Ohio as I remember) still looks brand new but the bend into the tunnel on the right pipe isn't as opened and smooth as I would like it to be and seen with steel pipes.
  During the cars re-restoration now I am looking at installing resonators which is why I was looking at Gardner but I just may look at the alternatives you posted too before making any decisions. I'm not going the 'judge on a lift' route so having an exact repro isn't as important to me.

Thanks for the info,
Mike
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