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886  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Ending "Number Matching Crap" has to start at the top! on: June 19, 2012, 07:33:04 PM
Hi Marty,

  Burnt out...been there, done that in the late 80's early 90's. After I lost interest in the shows eventually I just began to drive it and not worry about every piece of dirt. I don't know how wide spread the fakes were back then, at least with Camaros, but I enjoyed myself anyhow and didn't worry at all. Luckily for me I knew the history of both my cars when I bought them and at that time people couldn't wait to get rid of gas guzzlers.
  No matter what your interests are, paintings, vintage gun collecting, coins...or anything of value, fakes will always exist as a small percentage of any venue so I am sure cars are the same. So enjoy life as we live it now and frig the fakes and let the new purchasers worry about that. Like anything else we buy we have to research before laying down $$$$$.

 Now, I'm back in the 'hobby' and re-restoring one of my L35's to show again but on a smaller scale and also to just enjoy life while I am healthy, sane and have some $$$ in my pocket. Life takes on new meanings the older one gets. Sure I'm taken back by the reported fakes out there but I step back often and try to view it as a whole and don't see it as rampant as it seems because nobody has yet provided any empirical data one way or the other about how widespread fakes are. To me fakes are here, everywhere, as they were in the past and as they will be in the future so I don't lose sleep over it.

Live and drive for today  Wink

Mike
887  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: video of the camaro 67 presentation in France on: June 14, 2012, 05:34:57 PM
I'm sure GM had their reasons for switching from electric to vacuum but for whatever reason, they certainly sacrificed efficiency. Given efficiency stands for quick open and close. Me thinks they missed the boat on this one. I recall my fathers old Willys jeep. If you wanted the windshield whippers to work more efficiently you had to punch the gas. Guess I'll just punch the '69.  Wink

When they froze up with ice the motors would eventually burn out.

Mike
888  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: What is the assembly line correct 68 Rochester 4-bbl carburetor choke pull-off? on: June 13, 2012, 08:03:41 PM
Bernie,

 What did the judges say at the show you lost points about the inlet nut...it was too soon or too late in use compared to your car date?
I checked both my 67 BB's and they have the same one you have.

Mike
889  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Anyone use InLine Tube fuel line on: June 11, 2012, 09:26:52 PM
 Thanks guys...that's good to know. I'll be placing my order with them.

Mike
890  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 67 bench seat parts on: June 11, 2012, 09:25:42 PM
 I had never seen a bench seat before. Do the L&R seats fold on an inward angle?

Mike
891  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Anyone use InLine Tube fuel line on: June 11, 2012, 07:46:21 PM
 I found the cause of the small gas drops on the floor and isolated it to a pinhole in the gas line within the armor and at the 90 degree bend.
I guess it's expected after 45 years. I am looking at the InLine tube replacement and want to first ask if anyone here has used their lines before and your opinion.

Thank you,
Mike
892  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Firewall Pad on: June 04, 2012, 09:52:20 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
I started a separate thread (Tamraz firewall pad).
893  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Tamraz firewall pad on: June 04, 2012, 09:03:27 PM
 I bought the firewall pad from Tamraz because the texture looked rough like the factory pad and not smooth like so many of the rubber coated replacement pads on the market. When I received it I found the material was not rubber coated like the factory but it did have the rough textured look. The thickness of the backing was approximate to the original. I felt the search for the exact reproduction still continues.
 The other day I was in Home Depot and had seen a can of rubber spray. So I figured being the Tamraz pad had the texture but lacked the rubber coat, what the heck it was worth a try.
After tacking the pad with a lint roller to remove the loose fibers and giving it 4 wet layers with a 30 minute flash between each layer to prevent solvent popping, I was surprised how it looked and felt  just like the original pad though a slight heavier weight. But, being most will be concealed under the dash hardware the weight didn't matter to me. It had the texture and rubber feel that I was looking for. I will be using this pad as my replacement because it looks that close to an original until I can find the true exact reproduction pad.

Mike
894  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Heat Riser - Purpose of Spring? on: June 04, 2012, 08:31:48 PM
Now mine is a BB if that matters compared to your application. That spring prevents the weight from chattering against the shaft.
The small coil spring (not copper) prevents the shaft from chattering in the housing. If you put your hand on the weight when you first start the engine you will feel the weight oscillates quite a bit with the exhaust pressure pulses so you can see the potential for mechanical chatter.

Mike
895  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Heat Riser - Purpose of Spring? on: June 04, 2012, 06:48:41 PM
Hi Steve,

  See the image from my restored L35 for the location. I checked my survivor L35 and it has the same spring too.

Mike
896  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Heat Riser - Purpose of Spring? on: June 04, 2012, 06:04:20 PM
 It is supposed to keep pressure on the shaft so it doesn't chatter from the exhaust pulses. It doesn't hook into the shaft, it just presses against it.
I see yours doesn't have the small barrel spring on the shaft the weight pushes up against when fully open.


Mike
897  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
898  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
899  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
900  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
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