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751  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Transmission crossmember bolts on: November 08, 2012, 08:23:13 AM
 Why would these bolts be any different than so many others on the car as far as having different manufacturers markings?

Mike
752  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Reproduction Muncie Shifters on: November 06, 2012, 11:23:21 AM
 Back in the day this may have been an issue if you were racing, but today we are driving pampered show cars so racing is not necessarily on the list anymore as far as shifter play is concerned (don't want to risk a blown drive train component).

I still have the original Muncie shifter and I found that as long as it is adjusted correctly and the rod unions are not worm out, it does shift good, though not as firm as a Hurst.
IMO I would stay with the original shifter unless it has major wear.

Mike
753  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Best source for lower ball joint? on: November 05, 2012, 03:15:27 PM
 What I see more and more of is 'Made in the USA from imported parts'
Interesting reading of how a product can be labeled "Made in USA" can be found at:

http://money.cnn.com/2012/09/18/smallbusiness/made-in-usa-label/index.html

Sorry for being off topic slightly.

Mike
754  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: N66 wheel paint colors on: November 04, 2012, 10:18:22 AM
Those look exactly like the ones that came on a 69 Pontiac Grand Prix Model J I once owned.

Mike
755  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: shackle bushings on: November 04, 2012, 08:48:50 AM
Hi Bill,

 Is the rubber frozen in the chassis hole preventing the bolt from being extracted?
If so then the chassis hole probably rusted and has expanded and locked the rubber in place. I had that happen and I used a torch on the bolt to soften the rubbers grip and extract the bolt then I was able to use a round ceramic tile cutting blade and cut through the rubbers to eventually free that up through a series of thin blade screw driver wedges.

Mike
756  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 67 and 68 Grill rivets on: November 03, 2012, 03:19:25 PM
I recently bought a MUCH cheaper hand rivet tool (53-82 Aero-Rivet Tool, P/N TL-165) from Zip-Corvette for $79.95.  Instead of being a squeeze tool, it has a nut that must be turned with a wrench or socket...a little extra work, but the price was right.  I haven't tried it out yet.  Here is the link:

http://www.zip-corvette.com/ProductDetails/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=%7B86BFFD2F-0D95-4337-A3A0-C839FEE65AB3%7D&gid=%7BC0DE519C-C18D-436D-B9FC-CC0064A2708A%7D&pname=53-82+Aero-Rivet+Tool&Referer=&Alias=&ptct=GL2-SR&CTitle=&

Bowtie68iho,

  I know this is an old thread but I am going to install a new grill soon and will need a tool to set the correct rivets. Before I bought one I wanted to ask how did this tool worked for you?
If it worked fine and you have no need for it anymore would you be willing to sell it?

Thanks,
Mike
757  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 9204 brake booster on ebay on: November 03, 2012, 07:54:54 AM
 I have a 9204 that was restored in the 80's in my shed collecting dust and the fonts on that one are much larger (1/8" height characters)  than the ones in the picture latecode posted and the date is 334 (late 68), plus no Delco stamp. Interesting the one on eBay has a Julian date of 2 (early 69) and has such a small font. As for the Delco stamp, Steve at Brakeboosters said the '69's should have the Delco stamp on the front shell so the one I have may have had the front shell replaced when it was replated back then -or- two styles do exist. Mine looks like the eBay pic which has no Delco stamp either except larger fonts. The ad states 1/8" fonts but they look like 1/16" fonts. When I bought it in the 80's I didn't know or care about stampings and I traded an 8515 for it! If I had only known back then.....

Below are close up of the rear shell I have from a 9204.

Mike
758  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Are the any differances in sub frames? on: November 02, 2012, 08:44:39 PM
Can anyone suggest what tool to get to remove BB springs??? I found several coil spring compressors at sears website but they all seem a bit weak for BB springs...

Hi Joe,

  I highly recommend the OTC 7045B spring compressor. By design, it is impossible for the mechanics to unwind by itself when compressed (something an internal hook compressor does very easily and suddenly) and it uses a ball bearing thrust plate to make compressing very easy and smooth. I got mine on Amazon for $125. Yep, it costs more but after almost being killed by an internal hook compressor in the late 80's and then a few months back in 2012 having the internal hook type suddenly and violently uncompress with BB springs twice in the same day when removing them from the chassis, I figured my life was worth the extra $$$ and bought this to install them. It's in my tool box now and I will never use the other types again.

Mike
759  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Metal Backs on 67 Bucket Seats on: November 02, 2012, 08:30:03 PM
Mike S >>>>>>,
  Mine had some minor dings in them too.  Luckily, I have a nephew who is the manager of a Body Shop, and a lot of patience.  He used, like a plastic punch, and a 6 in. long X 1 in. dia. Wood Dowel to "tap" them out.  Did a great job.


Hmmm...that is a good idea. I will ty the dowel method and see how it works.

Thanks for that idea!
Mike
760  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Ebay 68 z on: October 30, 2012, 05:11:02 PM
Do you have the link?

Mike
761  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Official CRG Cap? on: October 30, 2012, 10:02:08 AM
 Count me in!

Mike
762  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Matching a 68 motor on: October 28, 2012, 01:13:22 PM
 The partial VIN contains the serial number of the car it came in so unless you find that original block you will not have a number matching car (part of matching anyways). The best you can do is get a "period correct" motor (and tranny) whereby having correct cast numbers and casting dates of the engine components prior to the range of the cars build date range as stamped on the trim tag. That would, IMO, add minimal value to a cars resale value if you decide to sell it later. But for your own piece of mind you can go that route as many have done here.
  Don't get hung up on numbers matching anyhow. Most cars have been raced and blocks and other drive line components damaged and swapped out for other motors and parts available at that time. I routinely look at resale of old cars through various venues and even though many that have real numbers matching do sell for more money, many that are not matching still sell for good money too depending on the quality of the car. Even some with openly disclosed re-stamped motors are selling for good money. Maybe not as much as a real original matching numbers car, but still good bucks. It all comes down to what people are willing to pay.
  Life is short so just enjoy the car while you can!  Wink
 
Mike
763  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Metal Backs on 67 Bucket Seats on: October 25, 2012, 03:33:11 PM
Kurts #9 reply....Metal vs. plastic seat backs: Transition appears to occur during mid-April or possibly first week of May

My 4B LOS and 5B NOR have the metal backs (these can knock you out if they slam back!   Tongue ) so maybe the transition was late May.
They are in great shape but one in the NOR car has a minor ding in that I wish I could get out.

Mike
764  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: What paint is used to best replicate the correct finish on 1967 leaf springs? on: October 24, 2012, 05:02:40 PM
 Daniel sent me a pic. I see what he means about blue hues.
I understand your reasons for not posting. No worries though because I know most people don't know how to adjust their camera's white balance, if possible at all these days with the small ones, so the hues may be off. Plus there's also the flash reflections changing surface brightness. Also most people don't adjust their monitors gamma and color balances either which will surely skew colors.
 I use a web picture for reference only and realize most web colors have limited color accuracy compared to the source.

  Thanks again, Daniel,

Mike
765  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: What paint is used to best replicate the correct finish on 1967 leaf springs? on: October 23, 2012, 09:32:00 PM
Hey...why keep it a secret in a research group? Please share what your thoughts are  Wink

Mike
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