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616  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How to resize an image for posting using Microsoft Paint on: January 26, 2013, 03:12:44 PM
Hi Phillip,

  Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. As for resizing images and the final quality, that depends on the software you use. More expensive image processing software such as Photoshop (I use CS4) have several methods available to resizing images and maintain good quality in details. They off such interpolation methods as bicubic, bicubic sharper and bilinear for image reduction and control aliasing very well (bicubic methods can be used to enlarge images too). Personally, I use bilinear for image reduction because it maintains slightly better details and sharpness but I will compare to a bicubic version to see which looks better. I process primarly with astro images so details are very important to maintain. Keep in mind that when downsizing an image, pixels are being discarded so finer detail resolution will also be reduced. You can apply mild  sharpening to the reduced image to give the perceived look of details to an extent. Microsoft Paint is a basic image processing program and offers limited reduction quality.


 That is a hell of a nice looking car!
Mike
617  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: GM gets bailed out, then goes to China?? on: January 26, 2013, 12:10:57 PM
   On a better note, according to this months (March) issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines, the next generation Camaro production will be moved from Canada to Lansing.
Per the article "This will make for the first generation Camaro built within the US borders since the Van Nuys plant closed in 1992 and all Camaros since have been built in Canada"
The article further states "Why the move? Manufacturing efficiency. Assembling the next generation Camaro at LGR consolidates rear-drive passenger car assembly with the Cadillac CTS and ATS. This will make for lower capital investments and improve production efficiencies - the Camaro is the only rear wheel drive vehicle built at Oshawa, so building it on line with other rear wheel drive cars makes operational sense."

Mike
618  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / How to resize an image for posting using Microsoft Paint on: January 26, 2013, 11:52:22 AM
  I have seen this question comes up a few times so I decided to create instructions to outline the basic steps necessary to rescale an image to a size acceptable to post on the CRG Discussion Forum. Using the Microsoft Paint program that is part of the Windows PC operating systems you can basic achieve image reduction without needing third party aftermarket products like Photoshop.

1.Select Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Paint

2.When the Paint interface opens select File -> Open

3.Browse to the folder containing the file, select file and click on Open.
Depending on the size of the original image it may look very large on the paint board.
You can use the right and bottom scroll tabs to move it around.

4.Make a backup of the original image file in case you have to resort to it again. Being the intent is to make a smaller version to post I typically append the word –small in the file name (example: cam-replace.jpg with be saved as cam_replace-small.jpg).
To save the image select File -> Save As and use the new name.
Once saved this will be the current file you will be working with.

5.Next is to get the current image information. Select Image -> Attributes to display the image information (shortcut is to press control e)
What you want to note is the Width, Height and Size on disk values

6.Select Cancel to close the Attributes window

7.To resize select Image -> Stretch/Skew (shortcut is to press control w)
The Stretch and Skew window opens

8.Using the information from step 5 you can adjust the image file size recommendation of 150kb or less to be within the CRG requirements by changing image scale (Horizontal/Vertical) in the Stretch section. Depending on the size of the original image you will have to experiment with the percentages. I typically strive between a size of 480 to 600 pixels wide to give a good view for details and this size typically brings the file size within the recommended size of 150kb or less. To maintain the same aspect ratio use the same percentages for Horizontal and Vertical then select OK.

9.The image size will change on the paint board. To check the new size press control e (step 5) to display the new attributes for width and height. Note: the Size on disk value will not change until the image is saved by doing a File ->Save (shortcut is to press control s). Pressing a control e after it is saved will show the new file size in bytes.

10.If the image size is still too large or too small then you can back out by pressing control z which will restore the image to the original size. If you mess up and can't restore to the original size then close the image and reopen the original. Don't forget to save a backup again as mentioned in step 4.

11.If you are satisfied with the image size (width and height) and the size (150kb or under) then you are done

 I tried uploading a PDF with pictures but the file size exceeded the limit. If you would like a PDF copy PM me and I will send you one in email.

Below are a before and after resizing examples.
Hope this helps!
Mike
619  Orphans - documentation or VIN-stamped drivetrains - in search of the original cars / 1969 - Orphans / Re: M 21 19N697714 on eBay on: January 25, 2013, 06:22:38 PM
 I second the 6. I imported this into Photoshop, enlarged it and converted to a negative to better see the contrast and you can see it's a lightly stamped 6.

Mike
620  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: GM gets bailed out, then goes to China?? on: January 24, 2013, 09:00:34 PM
With the highest corporate tax rate in the world and some of the toughest regulations, why would any company want to stay here?  Washington is at war with the hand that feeds them.  If a company doesn't make a profit, there is no reason for it to exist.  If we want American companies and American jobs, we have to make the US a place that companies can and will want to base manufacturing in.
I agree. The tax system needs to be revamped and loop holes closed to make the US attractive to do business in again. Too much corporate tax dodging is being done. Read up on how Microsoft and HP do it to dodge taxes while keeping jobs off shore. It will make your head spin...it sure made the Senate Subcommittee investigations take notice.

Mike
621  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: GM gets bailed out, then goes to China?? on: January 24, 2013, 08:52:05 PM
But nothing will change because corporations have a strangle hold on Washington.

Not true. No one has less influence in Washington than U.S. manufacturing companies, as our legislators and policymakers in Washington have no interest whatsoever in supporting manufacturing - they don't understand what it takes to be competitive in Manufacturing, and don't want to be drawn into a public debate that highlights their ignorance.

It's a world economy, whether you like it or not, and we're not going to get any help in the form of a Manufacturing policy from Washington. In the meantime, deal with it.

GM has sold more Buicks in China than they have in the U.S. for MANY years - this isn't "new news".
I respectfully disagree...true. I've been in the computer field for 40 years and have seen manufacturing in the US vanish and almost overnight. If people don't think there is any influence then all they have to look at HP and Microsoft who after firing many Americas and outsouring jobs overseas.what isn't off shored they constantly lobby in DC to try and increase visa limits to import more foreign worked into the US. So the H1B program which was once used to find hard to fill positions for specialized talent is now the America job replacement program. Washington knows this abuse is going on and is powerless to do anything about it. I see it at work daily. I won't even mention the oil companies influence in Washington. We all know too well about that. ALEC is another example of corporate influence in policy making. The list can get lengthy.
 But yes, I deal with it like you and everybody else. We have no choice anymore. Finding "Made in the USA" anything is like finding NOS parts.  Wink

Mike
622  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.
 

Mike
623  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.
  

Mike
624  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.

Mike
625  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"

Mike
626  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.

Mike
627  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Firewall insulation plug on: January 16, 2013, 08:32:20 AM
He probably means something like these:
628  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.

Mike
629  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

Mike
630  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
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