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616  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: GM gets bailed out, then goes to China?? on: January 24, 2013, 03:36:26 PM
  I always felt the US was better in many areas. We become the world leader by being better than others and now these countries are learning our ways because the methods and technology are handed to them to make goods cheaper off shore. Not sure how you can compete with cheap low cost labor. Even the visa workers that come here and hired over US workers are payed much less (I know because I work along side them where I work). Sure ,we can take a pay cut to stay attractive in the job market but housing and the cost of living will certainly not go down to make living a non-struggle way of life. Then there are the tax write offs going off shore and also loop holes corporations take advantage of going off shore (I have witnessed that). It still comes down to excessive greed.
 This is certainly a complex problem and can be discussed for days so I'll back off my rants Smiley.

617  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Z28 Radiator Re-coring ? on: January 24, 2013, 01:30:17 PM
  I had my core replaced but reused the original side tanks and mounts. I told them it was for a show car so they gave it the special treatment and had nice looking solder seams. The top square section of the replacement was missing a hole so the shop measured the original one and drilled it in the replacement. It looks exact including the fin density.

618  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: GM gets bailed out, then goes to China?? on: January 24, 2013, 09:56:22 AM
 Cheaper and better don't necessarily go hand in hand. And if GM can build them cheaper that doesn't mean it's better. Look at the things sold at Harbor Freight for example...all Chinese made and at best they can be considered disposable due to the low quality in build, materials or other things. Many of the imported auto parts made in China do not hold up as long in service as an American part. This is from personal experience in my 40 years of car ownership and doing the work myself. Also, no matter how low cost GM will pay for building a car, I doubt the cost savings will be passed on to the US consumers. Much of the Harley parts I get now are made in China and you can see Harley lowered the quality bar in that area.
   Today it's all about making profits and more of it at any expense. I'm not against making profits but the culture today is way out of control when it comes to greed and the America people are paying for it. But nothing will change because corporations have a strangle hold on Washington. When the US gets defeated by China either militarily or industrially (maybe both)then Washington will eventually wake up.
 Sorry for the rant but I have witnessed this going on for 15+ years and seen people lose their jobs only to take much lower paying ones with many outside their expertise , losing homes and marriage breakups and some commit suicide because they could not get another job after searching for years.

619  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: GM gets bailed out, then goes to China?? on: January 24, 2013, 07:50:34 AM
It's a sad time we live in these days. Greed is running wild.  
  China's military and space technology has grown enormously and will eventually overshadow and easily trump our ability. China has learned over night what took our manufacturing techniques decades to develop and perfect. We are living in the era of corporate greed to raise the bottom line at any expense including America jobs. If jobs aren't sent off shore then American jobs are replaced with cheaper cost visa workers (I am speaking from personal experience). All for the interest of the share holders profits.
   I want to be alive when this all backfires on the US and its corporations if and when a war breaks out and China is either backing our foes or directly involved such as was the case in Korea, and they confiscate the US factories and defeat our military. I'll be especially looking forward to hearing the corporate millionaires beg Washington to do something about it. This is a very sore subject with me because I am indirectly involved first hand with this shameful practice and I see, hear and know what the corporate whores who make the millions do.
  My family has been a GM loyalist for decades, but no longer. I'll be switching my loyalty to either Ford or Chrysler though some of their manufacturing plants are in other countries as well but at least it's not a "Thanks America for the bailout.... now we move your jobs to China" in your face. They can take their new China made cars and "CHEV IT"

620  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 69' 302 CE numbers on: January 23, 2013, 12:31:51 PM
  Were CE blocks ordered to match the original application such as 2 bolt CE to replace a 2 bolt original vs. 4 bolt CE to replace a 4 bolt original block?
So far all CE blocks in general I have seen were all 4 bolts.

621  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Firewall insulation plug on: January 16, 2013, 08:32:20 AM
He probably means something like these:
622  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: beware of the look alike 68-Z28 fan on: January 15, 2013, 02:37:22 PM
I would say yes. The dented blade is a give away.

623  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: beware of the look alike 68-Z28 fan on: January 15, 2013, 02:07:49 PM
How does that saying go....there's a sucker born every minute?  Huh

It's sad to say that some people think if it's expensive it must be real and who would lie???  Cheesy

624  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.

625  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.

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

627  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?

628  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?

629  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

630  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,
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