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706  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
707  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
708  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
709  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
710  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
711  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
712  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Subframe Crisis on: March 22, 2013, 08:25:02 PM
The under body finish was been discussed in detail a few times and has led to some interesting facts. It seems the color of the primer varied from year to year with the color ranging from gray dominant to black dominant and some owners reported red. Which plant (NOR vs. LOS) likely had differences too in the color though I doubt it mattered what was used.
This URL explains the body paint process especially the underbody in the Paint Shop Operations section: http://camaros.org/assemblyprocess.shtml#fisher

Mike
713  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: repo 67 Z28 trim tag for sale on: March 22, 2013, 07:14:55 PM
 That looks like a trimtag.com repro tag.
Mike
714  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: window washers on: March 22, 2013, 11:38:30 AM
Back in the day....a windshield washer was standard regardless if you wanted one or not when exiting the NYC side of the Midtown Tunnel
and usually with a dirty squeegee. If you paid then you got a clean windshield and if not then you were left with dirty water on the glass   Cheesy

Mike
715  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '68 taillight bezels won't fit properly. on: March 22, 2013, 11:32:30 AM
 I suspect in this case it's the rear panel contour that is causing the gap and not the lamp housing themselves.

Mike
716  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: '68 taillight bezels won't fit properly. on: March 22, 2013, 09:41:28 AM
Dave,

 On my restored 67 convertible done in the mid-80's I had this exact problem on the passenger side with original and reproduction tail lamp housings. Three touch the panel and the 4th lower right corner stood out by almost 1/4" and the gasket didn't hide it as much as I wanted it to and that is with the original rear panel. To minimize the gap I used body solder to fill the gap and smoothed and feathered it with a body file. So it may not be a bad panel but more of the typical fit nuances of mass production.

Mike
717  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Subframe Crisis on: March 22, 2013, 09:24:58 AM
 Those pictures are one heck of a fine example of what an original undercarriage finish is instead of the all black show paint jobs.

Mike
718  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Subframe Crisis on: March 20, 2013, 12:41:46 PM
 Not meaning add to your fears (well maybe...) if the body mounts are that bad then I suspect the metal contact under them may be rusted q lot and if too much then the rubber mount can eventually push through the chassis and you'll have sag. There are repair kits sold to weld in round plates where the mounts sit on the chassis rails. You also want to inspect where the rubber meets the floor boards to make sure it not rusting in that direction. Like others have said, if you don't address this now you will likely so soon afterwards.

Mike
719  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: repo 67 Z28 trim tag for sale on: March 19, 2013, 06:37:30 PM
 At least he was up front about it. Do you have a link to it?

Mike
720  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1967 12D RS SS paint details on: March 19, 2013, 06:13:17 PM
 Did Chevy use actual stencils back then or was the tape applied free hand using some guide stencil. I ask this because even though the assembly manual lists stencil, why would they show gap measurements between the thin and wide lines if a stencil was used. In my mind I would think one stencil would have the 3 stripes in a common base for lay, press, peel back and spray so all the dimensions would be automatically in place. I understand having starting edge references though.
Anyhow...I was able to reach up top of the lift and take a closeups of the stripe end on the 67 4B LOS and as you can see it ends at the bumper top with the bottom edge following the fender curve so the front rise showing upwards gives the illusion the bumper is curved downwards (notice the edge bleeding under the front thin stripe...so much for mass production). Excuse the dry and crazed original paint....the old girl is showing her age. As much as am hesitant I may document every inch and then just restore.

Mike
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