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871  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Introduce myself an my car on: August 24, 2012, 03:40:58 PM
 Welcome Andre'

  Does the partial engine VIN match the hidden VIN? Look below the windshield area under the cowl vent panel closely for the stamped hidden VIN.
What is the block casting date? Can you post pictues of the engine pad?

Mike
872  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Modified trim tag on: August 21, 2012, 01:34:42 PM
 There must be a new breed of buyers who may find re-stamped (and possibly re-tagged) acceptable. Thatís cool if that makes them happy and I personally have no gripes with that if it was disclosed up front in earnest. Reading this link below makes it sound more like reality.

http://www.barrett-jackson.com/application/onlinesubmission/lotdetails.aspx?ln=1013&aid=443

Mike

873  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 crossmember to subframe mounting hardware on: August 16, 2012, 08:36:09 PM
 Just to be clear, when you guys say 3/8-16 I assume you mean the shaft is 3/8" thick? I checked mine and verified I did need a 9/16th socket to remove my original bolt as show above.
I posted mine as 9/16-16. I'm not up on the correct syntax for bolt identifications.

Mike
874  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 crossmember to subframe mounting hardware on: August 12, 2012, 04:48:27 PM
Hi Bob,
   I removed one from my 67 LOS 4B survivor TH400 cross member which should use the same hardware (it was burried in thick grime)
It's a 9/16x16x1 RSC bolt. I attached a photo.
Bolt - phosphate
Washers and nut clearly zinc plated

Mike
875  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Engine painting poll on: August 12, 2012, 02:29:18 PM
 It's hard to argue a point that is very subjective with someone who may not be entirely educated in the process back then. Looking back at that time it was dependant on the person applying the paint to how far they wanted to go with coverage. Besides the bypass hose that was on the block when painted, the exhaust manifolds and bell housings (manual cars) and distributor clamp coverage were entirely up to the painter.
  I have my entire bypass hose painted and never got docked points when I showed my car many years ago. I had a discussion with a person just last week about the Camaro build process and I told him the early Camaros' front end sheet metal was painted by Chevy and the main body by Fisher. He still doesn't believe me that was how it was done  Sad

Seeing the archice picture I may print that out just in case I encounter that situation like yours.

Mike
876  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Scars - what would you do? on: August 09, 2012, 06:58:10 PM
 You guys were right....it was a thorn in my side. Gesh...I even laid in bed at night pondering what to do  Roll Eyes
I sanded down the arms and the one benefit was the primer and paint inside the scars acted like a filler so while sanding the scars eventually blended into the surface.
I re-primed it and it looks excellent! Tomorrow I'll apply the semigloss and move on.

Thanks for all the replies, I do appreciate them

Mike
877  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Scars - what would you do? on: August 08, 2012, 07:19:59 PM
 I should have posted a picture.....
I borrowed my camera from my daughter and took one up close.  Cheesy
As you can see the pits are in a small area and not deep. The taped ball joints are original so I glass beaded them and coated with RPM.

What I am trying to do is:
Based on a post where it was stated that various chassis parts were made by different suppliers, and each supplier could have had a different gloss, I attempted to emulate that.
So, the main chassis is approximately 30% gloss and I used a semigloss for the control arms for a slightly glossier look.
Maybe using a 30% gloss would minimize the eye catching effect of the scars.

My wife brought up an interesting point....if the scars were in a body panel, would you paint over it or smooth it first.
Hmmm...never thought of it that way. It's amazing how one can get neck deep into restore details.

Mike
878  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Voltage Regulator Date vs Car Build Date on: August 08, 2012, 12:10:14 PM
My 67's have the original VR's still and the dates are very close to the tag's build date.....

LOS 4B - VR=7C
NOR 5B - VR=7E

Mike
879  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Scars - what would you do? on: August 07, 2012, 03:17:21 PM
  As some know I am re-restoring my 67 convertible that was restored previously in the mid-80's.
I'm at the stage where I sprayed the upper and lower control arms a semi-gloss black I noticed a few areas near the spring pocket and sway bar linkage area are that have minor rust scars that catch my eye (parts have been sand and bead blasted free of rust).
I'm undecided if I should just leave them there being it's the natural patina of  a 45 year old chassis or smooth them over with glaze putty.
The main H chassis is in very good shape with very minor small scars scattered here and there due to the benefits of a leaky motor from its former life.
 Being out of the show circuit for 20+ years I'm undecided which way to go. Are areas like these subject to point hits? Again, it's minor scars and not deep craters.

What would you do?

Thank you in advance.
Mike
880  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Premier "Supertanium" bolts (a.k.a. fasteners) on: August 06, 2012, 12:35:23 PM
 Thanks for the info...now I know who made these bolts on my car.
Those are on my 67 LOS survivor's TH400 tranny housing to mount.

Mike
881  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Another 67 L35 on eBay on: August 03, 2012, 09:45:30 AM
 Stumbled across this 67 396 ad today on e-bay. Looks like a cowl tag from trimtags.com because they have one flaw I have noticed in their tags as posted on their web site.
This isn't to say the car is a clone or fake but does raise an eye.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Chevrolet-Camaro-SS396-1967-Chevrolet-Camaro-SS-396-Convertible-68-69-/130731346731?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item1e70320b2b#v4-37

Mike

882  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Congrats to Richard on his 67 L78 4k MUSCLECAR REVIEW article on: August 03, 2012, 07:41:10 AM
 That's a lovely car!
I assume the SS horn cap is an add-on.
Didn't '67s come with lower rear bumperetts?
Mike
883  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 Z28 For Sale, Beware! on: July 25, 2012, 01:19:23 PM
The market bottom for old cars should just fall out and drive prices down to realistic values.
This will eliminate the fakes and/or efforts to produce them anymore.
This should hopefully restore some character instead of greed back into car collecting.

Just my 2 cents,

Mike
884  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Ashtray bracket mounting screws on: July 24, 2012, 06:22:41 PM
 I can measure my survivor 67 (4B) mounting screw if you're interested.


Mike
885  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Brake & Gas Liine Clip 3881339 on: July 20, 2012, 08:34:08 PM
 I'm in the same situation too with my current 67 NOR conv restoration and the clips I got from In-Line. I have the original ones I took off in the 80's and those that are in fair shape to display a finish show no red color. But that's not to say it hasn't faded but I would think the rear parts that are against the chassis would retain something.
My 67 LOS survivor that has original fuel and brake clips preserver in a layer of grime are clearly phosphated. I may take the repo ones and glass bead then phosphate
unless there are others here who can say they have seen colored ones.

Mike
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