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721  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Firewall Pad on: June 04, 2012, 05:33:09 PM
Mike S.,

Any status/opinions on the firewall pad you ordered?

Thanks,
Paul

Hi Paul,
Yes....it is interesting. Let me put the pictures together and I'll post them.

Mike
722  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: New Guy Needs Help Correlate Cowl/VIN with Options on: June 04, 2012, 05:03:12 PM
....... If the car truely didn't have a radio, or had a rear antenna (an hence an AM radio) from the factory, there will not be a holde drilled in the A piller forward of the passenger door where the antenna cable went from the interior of the car to the space behind the front fender.  If theres a hole there, then the car had a radio when it left the factory.

Mark,

 Are you absolutely sure about that being no hole in the front pillar if there was a rear mounted antenna ordered?
I do recall seeing a rear antenna 67 (option on trim tag too) with the front hole (looked like it was punched) with a plug in it.
The AIM refers to it as 'existing hole' and I figured it was like so many holes punched and plugged based on options.

Mike
723  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original Drivetrains on: June 04, 2012, 04:55:09 PM
I agree, to me the original cars are very cool to look at, and to me it doesn't matter if its a six cylinder or V8, Mustang or Camaro. Seeing the original patina and preservation of a classic, is  a little special. I still enjoy restored cars, but the survivors and drivers are what I appreciate. There will always be trailer queens out there, and they are part of the hobby as well.....

I agree entirely. I'm a 'stock' guy. When at a car show and walking towards a car that looks stock on the outside and if I see an aftermarket air cleaner when getting closer, I'll continue to walk past it. But if it passes the air cleaner housing test, then I'll stop and give it a long study no matter what brand or model as long as it is stock.

Mike
724  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Where to buy new steering and suspension components ??? on: June 04, 2012, 04:46:31 PM
Parts for my Harley are made in China. It's sad to know even HD joined the corporate whores to use cheap foreign labor.
I heard GM may move the manufacture of the Volt to China.

Mike
725  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original Brake Hoses for '69 Z28 on: May 29, 2012, 05:17:52 PM
Hi Gary,

 I had my 4 piston calipers sleeved with SS inserts in 1987 and still holding well though I did install new rubber seals recently just for the sake of it.
I had a local shop by me called Apple Hydraulics ( http://www.applehydraulics.com/brakes.htm )  install a brass sleeve for $95. They do brass and SS but I opted for brass to save some $$$$.
They do complete rebuilds or just install a sleeve and you rebuild it. I went for option 2 and got the rebuilding kit locally at LI Corvettes ($28) and saved quite a bit ( over $100 total ) doing the rebuild myself.
Mike
726  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 under body dichromate primer? on: May 29, 2012, 02:57:05 PM
 I found the answer to my own question from a buddy who works in a paint shop. He used a rag with some compound and was able to get a deep gloss from the yellow that was like the topside body color gloss. Cool idea! The red primer area he rubbed had a slight shine but nowhere like the gloss as the yellow. He did this to show me the difference between the two to rule out the yellow being a form of primer. He said it was likely darker because of the red oxide primer under it vs. the gray primer used on the topside and the fact that is was mainly thick overspray even though the whole under carriage is yellow over red oxide primer right up into the tunnel and stops at the floor meets cowl line. I still donít know how a reciprocating sprayer would reach so far under unless the fan size was very large, and seeing other examples of the same coverage on other posts, I'll go with what I found.
 So, if the results donít follow the theory, keep the results and change the theory.  Wink
  So this is how Iíll restore the underside

Mike
727  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original Brake Hoses for '69 Z28 on: May 29, 2012, 01:50:42 PM
  I have rebuilt both and it's impossible to see the SS inserts on either the M/C or calipers when installed.

Mike
728  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 67 repo door skin experience? on: May 27, 2012, 06:52:09 PM
 Thanks Daniel. I may go with the whole door shell from dii being their are no P/N's stamped into it and I checked out the ribbing and it's the same as the original door.
Either way if I get the skin or whole door, I'll post my results about it for future reference.

Mike
729  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / 67 under body dichromate primer? on: May 27, 2012, 02:46:30 PM
I know this topic has been discussed may times before. While scuff sanding the underside of my 67 NOR 5B convertible I see the whole underside is covered in what I thought was butternut yellow paint. But what is confusing is this appears in the upper parts of the transmission tunnel too. I have researched and read the articles about the underside colors and the finishing process on CRG, so the underside is said to be anywhere from red to black to gray but I find it hard to believe the underside would be completely painted in the body color considering the painting was automated (minus blackouts). What I have is not just overspray because it is too uniform and applied on purpose and on areas outside the robotics reach.

 In the attached picture (Pic 1) the underside layers are as follows from bottom to top:
raw metal --> red primer --> yellow coating (paint or primer?) --> Rustoleum I applied in the 80's.

Looking at the topside body color picture (Pic 2) the layers are from bottom to top:
Raw metal --> factory gray primer --> factory butternut yellow paint --> (repaint) gray primer applied in the 80's --> paint applied in the 80's

The picture with the paint sample (Pic 3) of the 80's butternut paint job was scuff sanded the same grit as the underside to remove the gloss. As you can see it is noticeably lighter than the yellowish hue of the underside as well on the chassis rails that are completely opposite where the robotic sprayers overspray would hit.
If this isn't paint then this leads me to believe that a yellowish primer was also used, possibly a form of dichromate?

Mike
730  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Console Gauges on: May 26, 2012, 05:58:24 PM
The gauges in my '67 console have a white sticker with the broadcast code and date.

Mike
731  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / 67 repo door skin experience? on: May 26, 2012, 04:00:46 PM
  What I thought would be a routine door skin replacement on my left door turned out to be a surprise once I removed the original skin and went to install the NOS one.
A spare L&R 67 NOS set I bought in the mid-80's and stored since then turned out to be a mis-matched set. The right skin is for a '67 but the left is for a '68 Camaro so that is useless to me.  Shocked
Looking for a NOS panel on ebay averages $500. That's an expensive price to pay for a GM sticker on the inside.
  Has anyone installed either a repo skin or a complete repo door assembly? If so I would love to hear your experiences on fit and quality.
I am looking at Dynacorn and they boast of superior repo parts but then most repo places do.

Thank you,
Mike
732  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Recommend a master cylinder rebuilder? on: May 26, 2012, 08:53:38 AM
Whitepost has some interesting cars there and looks like a top notch shop.
I received a separate email suggesting a place called Apple Hydraulics. I checked out their web site and leared they are only 10 miles from my house.
I stopped by there yesterday to drop off the master cylinder and got to speak to the folks there.
Anyhow, they will clean, glassbead and sleeve the cylinder at the cost of $95.
I'll be installing the rebuilding kit myself (including the rear drum line check valve)

Thanks for the reply!
Mike
733  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Restoring engine back to points: what's needed? on: May 24, 2012, 07:46:03 PM
 If you have the resistor wire intact and a stock type coil (2 wires), then it should work fine poviding the distributor is properly indexed.

Mike
734  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Recommend a master cylinder rebuilder? on: May 24, 2012, 07:29:31 PM
 It's time to get the master cylinder sleeved after 45 years of use.
Can anyone recommend a place that they have had good service with?

Thank you,
Mike
735  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Restoring engine back to points: what's needed? on: May 24, 2012, 05:49:19 PM
In addition to Big Iron's question, did you save the original resistor wire to be used with the stock distributor?

Mike
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