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616  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: TO: CRG members What year Camaro(s) do each of us own? on: April 06, 2013, 08:09:04 AM
  My initial feeling with the displayed above list is this would turn up even for non CRG members if would be counterfeiters were to do a Google search to research 68 Z body number vs. assembly date ranges. I'm sure they would even be so bold as to stamp an already issued body number on a fake tag which would go undetected unless a query would come through here or the original owner spotted it on a car.
 That's just me though. Wink

Mike
617  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct 67 radiator tag on: April 05, 2013, 09:57:37 PM
 Thanks, Gerry.
I forwarded that picture to the vendor. If he asks for a measurement I'll reach out to you.

Mike
618  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Z/28 (M-21 and 3:73) Drive Shaft Stripes (ONLY) on: April 05, 2013, 02:07:43 PM
You may find this thread of interest.
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=7861.0
Also, if you do a search on drive shaft some interesting discussions (many with pictures) will turn up.


Mike
619  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Coolant drain and refill on: April 04, 2013, 10:04:18 PM
 That's good news it is working. Are you able to push the poppet away from its seat?
I usually will work the poppet when new because I have seen a few that stick pretty tight until worked.
Also, putting it in a pot of water on the stove is a good pre-install test (when the wife isn't home)  Wink

Thanks for the follow up. It's always good to hear what the fix is for problems.
Mike
620  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct 67 radiator tag on: April 04, 2013, 08:55:58 PM
 What is incorrect about that tag? Fonts, straight edge, ....?
I'm still waiting for the vendor to get back to me after he figures out how much he needs to spend to get the missing letter for the Camaro tags. He assured me though that his reproduction will be exact. I'm hoping he makes a demo tag to show first.

Stay tuned....
Mike
621  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 396 dipstick tube color??? on: April 03, 2013, 01:38:37 PM
I can only assume (and hope) there was an updraft ventilation system pulling those fumes up and away from the workers otherwise Purple Haze sure had a real meaning from the buzzzz.
Certainly pre-OSHA days!

Mike
622  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 396 dipstick tube color??? on: April 01, 2013, 06:35:01 PM
Something is definitely wrong there - look at all of the paint on the ex manifold!
 Coverage depends on the artistic mood of the sprayer at the moment. Sort of like how the bell housing went anywhere from partial to full coverage.
One moment you can be like Bob Ross and another, Earl Scheib. Maybe it depends on how high the person was from the fumes?
  I attached a picture of my 67 4B LOS L35 showing the dip stick and you can see it is black.
Excuse the grease as the old gal is in need of a Cover Girl makeover.  Cheesy

Mike
623  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Coolant drain and refill on: April 01, 2013, 04:59:30 PM
Although I have not tried it, there was an article written lately by an engine builder who drills a 1/8 inch hole near the edged of his T-stats when new to help purge the air. I will be trying it soon.
  I have seen thiese already drilled in t-stats from parts stores. That's a good point to bring up however.

Mike
624  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Coolant drain and refill on: April 01, 2013, 04:58:04 PM
Thanks Mike, with the cap on or off?
  For mild squeezes I leave the cap off to see if the water level suddenly lowers which would indicate the air ipocket s worked out. Otherwise I'll put the cap on and give it rapid squeezes. It can take some coaxing but I have had this work very well.

Mike

Mike
625  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Coolant drain and refill on: April 01, 2013, 02:46:16 PM
 I have always had great success with the 'burp' method. While running and hot enough for the thermostat to be open I would grab the upper hose and squeeze hard rapidly many times until you hear a faint burp like sound which are the air pockets finally escaping.

Mike
626  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Lubing after sitting for a year? on: April 01, 2013, 01:46:05 PM
 If the intake is out then you can easily get access to and spin the oil pump shaft to prime the motor to circulate oil which will include the rod/cam/crank bearings. I'd recommend also to spray some penetrating lube into the cylinders to prevent the rings from a dry start and crank with the plugs out first.
 I made a tool using an old distributor body with the cam drive gear removed to drop in and a welded socket on top to put an air ratchet.

Mike
627  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Unbelievable Price For Ralley Center Caps Nowadays on: March 30, 2013, 09:09:54 PM
 Is "......... dollar Camero....."  the way it is spoken in the South?  Wink

Anyhow....I'm sure somebody will pay that price if they want it badly.
If you have the $$$$$ then go for it I always say.

Mike
628  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct 67 radiator tag on: March 30, 2013, 02:48:03 PM
 I'll keep you posted on this progress with the vendor. I spoke to him yesterday and he will have more info for me Monday.
He is tooled for Pontiac and Chevelle and has the correct flat top number 3 for Camaro and the letter U. He will let me know Monday about other fonts.

Are 67 and 68 tag edge shapes the same with the notched sides? I see 69 is straight but the 67 repros with the straight side are wrong. If someone can send a 68 tag picture I can forward it to him (CRG only shows a 67 and 69 tag)
He sells the Pontiac and Chevelle tags for around $75. It's about $25 higher than the wrong repros but I figured the price is the same as a night out drinking with the buddies so I don't mind paying the extra if the tag is correct.

Mike
629  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 396 dipstick tube color??? on: March 24, 2013, 05:02:23 PM
I have seen that stated before about being raw but I can assure you my original 396 stick body is definitely black. Unless 69 was different?

Mike
630  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 396 dipstick tube color??? on: March 23, 2013, 09:05:14 PM
Hi Donny,

  I know you asked for a '69 but I suspect '67 was the same. My 67 assembly manual shows the stick as a separate item so I assume it was added when the engine accessories were installed during the car assembly. What does the '69 manual show? On my original unrestored '67 L35 the dip stick body still retains the factory black finished, though it is faded and I can't tell what the gloss level was, but it is definitely black. I have the notes to my other 67 I restored in the mid-80's and I recorded it black as well. Hopefully someone here with a 69 BB will chime in.

Mike
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