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631  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 69 Z - number bona fides on: October 02, 2012, 06:26:15 PM
   The VIN numbers spacing looks different between the engine and transmission.

Mike
632  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: What is the best after market sheet metal? on: October 02, 2012, 08:26:41 AM
After a couple of rounds of the Licensed By GM I quit buying any of it. All of it was  junk.

OER is the perfect example of GM licensed junk that's made offshore as cheaply as possible..
 After reviewing the different user experiences with the different brands, I went with AMD because of the seemingly better fit and thicker metal gauge. I called AMD yesterday to order a door skin and had questioned what the difference was between the same part number, but one has an 'X' in it. I spoke to a gentleman who told me the parts without the 'X' are made with their owned tooling and was of better quality vs. the X. When asked if they were made here he said both parts are made over seas. The price was slightly higher by $10. I should get it this week and likely hang it this weekend so I'll post my results to share when done.
  As for made over seas, until we have another world war upon us to reverse the trend, I'm afraid the business generation of greed will continue with the shameful practice of moving jobs off shore.

Mike
633  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / 1969 Z on cars-on-line on: October 01, 2012, 07:20:35 AM
Not to thread jack but what about this....

http://www.cars-on-line.com/40395.html
Rear end was built a week after the car?  05A build date with a BUO513G2 rear end.  That dog won't hunt.

I believe the trim tag date is when the body was started and that could have been the end of the first week. So, I guess could be possible unless someone with access to the CRG DB can get an approximation of those date ranges of trim tag, rear dates (for that particular gear ratio).

Mike
634  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Brake Booster date code on: September 18, 2012, 10:14:50 AM
 I see your car is a '69 but if it helps, my 67 LOS 4B still has the original 8515 booster dated 82.
Give Steve at brakeboosters.com a call. He has some intersting findings on booster dates and has likely seen more boosters than anyone here.

Mike
635  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Exhaust for '67 2 bbl single exhaust on: September 15, 2012, 06:41:27 PM
  Most muffler shops can custom bend a system. I would recommend to get aluminized pipes for longevity.

Mike
636  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Ouch! One less '69 on: September 14, 2012, 09:09:49 AM
  One less '69 Camaro:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o7uPNyUpdo&feature=related

Looking at the Yenko Nova, I wonder if that was a clone or a die-hard racer using a real Yenko car for what it was build for.
Anyhow...I'll only image in my mind what my cars can do in the 1/4 mile and save the real risks and costs to someone else  Grin

Mike
637  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 69 brake calipers on: September 10, 2012, 05:55:05 PM
 It looks soooo good when the parts are new or restored. Makes you not want to drive it now, doesn't it?

Mike
638  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 67 Hold Off valve finish on: September 09, 2012, 09:31:32 PM
  Interesting to see your bracket also has a groove in it  like mine on both cars. This is absent in the repos. I also noticed your bolt is black compared to the repos zinc.
I removed the one on my survivor as well as examining the original one on the convertible I am restoring and they both are clearly black phosphate.
So much for the repos!
  I'll likely keep the body raw cast (it cleaned up great with glass beading) and coat with RPM to preserve it and gray phosphate the cap.
Compared to the repos, there's a lot of differences.

Thanks again for all the replies.

Mike
639  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 67 Hold Off valve finish on: September 08, 2012, 09:17:40 PM
Hi George,

  Thanks for the input. That is good to know and I see it extends into 69!
Question,...how will you be finishing the outside main body...cast or black?

Thanks again,
Mike
640  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: What is the best after market sheet metal? on: September 07, 2012, 06:49:19 PM
Sauron,

 Aside from quarters which have more involved contours and bends, have you used any of these brand door skins? I'm looking to replace a skin and being it's basically a flat surface with miniman bends I would hope the repos would fit nice.

Thanks,
mike
641  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 67 Hold Off valve finish on: September 07, 2012, 05:31:18 PM
Hi Scott,

  I have the solutions for gray parkerizing. I soda blasted the part on the outside and it cleaned up really nice. I'll parkerize it to restore it to its original finish. The main body I may paint black or leave it and cover it with RPM. My guess is the cast parts may or may not have been painted. I wish I could look back 45 years to see for sure. So much for the repos as they can be misleading in what is supposed to be correct.

Thanks,
Mike
642  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Freeing frozen piston in master cylinder on: September 07, 2012, 12:10:47 PM
 Did you remove the retention screw from the floor on the inside?
Mike
643  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / 67 Hold Off valve finish on: September 06, 2012, 07:20:04 PM
  I received the rebuild kit posted here last week from Muscle Car Research and upon cleaning the original hold off valve parts I noticed the round cover finish looks to be a gray phosphate type of finish. When dry it looks like the gray finish on my 45 ACP. In the images below you can see the interior gray finish as well as its extension into the flat machined edge. On the exterior you can clearly see the remaining gray finish in the machine mark rings. This leads me to believe the cover did in fact have a gray phosphate finish, at least in 67. I see many repro hold-offs and the cover cap is a gold cadmium color. Maybe that was later in 68-69 but this doesn't seem the case for '67. I have researched the CRG archives but can not find a definitive answer as to what the finish should be though I have seen another thread where another person with an early 68 Z had the same interior finish. Many say it was a bright zinc to gold finish. I'll be bringing pictures to shows in case the judging questions it.
  Any other 67 or early 68 owners see the same on your hold-offs? If you haven't opened yours up yet, you  may want to do it. It is a surprise of the amount of brown crud that develops inside though the outside looks clean.
Thanks to Muscle Car Research LLC for the fast delivery and excellent price!

Thank you,
Mike
644  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Hemmings TV on: September 04, 2012, 07:21:31 PM

Let's see:

1-Wrong air cleaner housing
2- I don't see a PVC valve on the left side
3- Shouldn't the tac be a 6K RPM red line for the 396/375HP
4- Steering wheel vs. 760-Z standard interior
5- Wrong pitch on the rear atnenna
6- radiator overflow hose routing
7- A 396/375 with an auto tranny?
8- hood pins
9- engine lift brackets
10- left vave cover rear doesn't look correct
11- wrong radiator cap
12- ash tray front doesn't look correct?
13- front and rear spoliers- well..not factory

BUT....at least there is no fan sticker.

Mike
645  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: GM 3905525 Metering Valve Disassembly and Rebuild on: September 01, 2012, 09:46:38 PM
 I placed my order plus the differential valve kit.
I was surprised how good the unit looks from the outside and the amount of brown crud on the inside.
Based on that I'm going to rebuild the brake pressure differential valve because I'm sure that has crud too.
The rest of my brake components are either new or rebuilt.

Thank you for the very well prepared instructions too!

Mike
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