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931  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1968 big block engine on: March 08, 2012, 05:15:16 PM
Did all 68 BB's have chrome air cleaner lids?
I know in '67 some were black (my 2 325HP L35's are black) and the 375HP were chrome.

Mike
932  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Hood Hinge Color on: March 08, 2012, 09:54:26 AM
Found this product on the web, has anyone every used the Dri-Touch products from Birchwood Casey, thinking of doing my front end components?

http://www.birchwoodcasey.com/rust/index.htm

Mike

I have been using it since the mid 80's. It goes on wet and dries in a couple of days. I apply it with an artist brush and spend about an hour dabbing bolt heads and other parts including phosphated components. I used to apply it twice a year but have been slacking off due to other interests. So there have been parts not done in years and still look great (no oxidation) so the film must still be there. I highly recommend it.

Mike
933  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: bell housing date codes on: March 07, 2012, 10:15:09 PM
Hi Chick,
  I have seen that article posted all over the web but I suspect it is in error. My 67 cast markings still use the number/dots on all the aluminum casted parts (tranny and bell housing). I haven't looked much beyond 67 and I haven't seen any month code using a letter (vs. the number said to be used until '66) in any picture example. I'm glad to see yours are using numbers too.

Mike
934  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: bell housing date codes on: March 07, 2012, 08:45:19 PM
that's correct.
Generally a month (number) and week (1 week per dot). No year.
Mike
935  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: fuel tank paint on: March 05, 2012, 07:27:17 PM
LOS tanks were painted black. At least in '67.
My 67 LOS 4B was painted after strapped in at the factory. My NOR 5B built 67 was unpainted.

Mike
Mine 67 LOS was not painted. Sure yours was not undercoated or painted before you got it? Tanks were not painted at the factory.

You may want to read this thread. It answered my question about my unrestored 67LOS with a black tank as well as others seeing or having it too.
Even Kurt has seen black tanks.

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=5577.0

Mike
936  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: fuel tank paint on: March 05, 2012, 06:25:54 PM
LOS tanks were painted black. At least in '67.
My 67 LOS 4B was painted after strapped in at the factory. My NOR 5B built 67 was unpainted.

Mike
937  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 armco gas tank stencil on: March 04, 2012, 07:56:42 PM
I remember reading an article a while ago about it. The name was applied to the sheets of steel that were eventually used to make the tanks. So the position can be random.
I can't say I have ever seen one on an original tank yet.

Mike
938  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Hood Hinge Color on: March 03, 2012, 11:11:12 PM
 I forgot to mention the oil I use is called Dri-Touch and is sold by Birchwood Casey. It goes on wet and dries to touch in a couple of days. This is good so it doesn't become a dust magnet by staying wet.

Mike
939  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 1969 Hood Hinge Color on: March 03, 2012, 05:49:11 PM
 On my restored convertable the hinges along with other parts that were originally phosphated were done in 1987 and still look great today. The trick it to use an oil that goes on wet and dries to the touch. I do this once a year using an artist brush on those parts and never had rust problems. If you use paint then any parts of the hinge rub will wear off quickly and that area will stand out visually.
Just something to consider.

Mike
940  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Judges: Question on SS stripe w/base coat clear coat on: March 03, 2012, 01:28:22 PM
 This is an interesting exchange of ideas and comments and I do appreciate it.
The stripe will go on top no matter which system I choose.
I'm leaning towards the PPG DBC BB/CC system though I didn't rule out the acrylic enamel.
 I got over the sticker shock for paint.  Shocked  The last time I bought a gal of butternut yellow by DuPont it costs under $100.
Now the gal of DBC is going to cost $337 locally.
   I finished running larger pipes in the garage and installed a larger compressor with a 60 gal tank to support HVLP.
Now all I need are for the temps to get above 60 here on Long Island.

Mike
941  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: How to assemble oil line to block fitting? on: March 02, 2012, 08:33:59 PM
Do you still have the original reusable brass fitting with the male insert? I'd use that to keep it original.
If you do then you will have to expand it again to allow the new line (plus male insert) to slide into the compression head. I used a tapered nail punch to spread the fitting.

Mike
942  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: ignition timing on: March 02, 2012, 05:39:34 PM
I recommend this...
I used to use the screw driver method but finally tried this last weekend was was surprised how easy and fast the distributor indexed itself.

I found this article that describes a neat method to "walk" the distributor into position. I
http://www.corvette-restoration.com/resources/technical_papers/Distributor_Installation.pdf

This one has links to You Tube examples
http://www.classiccarauto.com/impala/how_to/install_distributor.shtml

Good luck!
Mike
943  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Concerns With Decking The Block Question I Need Your Help on: March 02, 2012, 05:35:12 PM
I wouldn't do it. Too much chance for error & then it's just another unknown Camaro. Are you going racing or doing a restoration? If you're going racing find another block or another car & let someone else have yours...Joe
I agree...get another engine. How much performance would you get by decking? Most racers today are using NO2 so dial in how much HP you want if you need a boost. Unless there is severe warpage or deep surface rust, decking IMHO, would provide little value, if any. Besides, would you want to risk blowing up the engine at the value it's worth now?

Mike
944  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Correct finish for the speedometer cable clips on the firewall on: February 28, 2012, 07:08:05 PM
Here's one from a 1100 mile 10D Norwood car, looks like clear cad/zinc to me.

That is what mine look like though I don't remember it so close to the grommet. If zinc plating goes flat over the years then that is likely what was used.

Mike
945  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Why do 68 z28s bring less than 69s even though 68s are much more rare? on: February 28, 2012, 06:44:18 PM
I don't like the the money aspect of this hobby... it's killing all the REAL Camaro lovers ability to have fun, however buy them now while they are cheaper. The market will correct it's self in time. As stated earlier in this thread the 68 built the market for the 69.
  VT

I hear ya VT!
  I remember when I bought my 67 L35 hardtop back when people were getting rid of big motor cars after the 2nd gas crunch, I spent $4000 for it because I loved the 67 body. My L35 ragtop, I paid $500 for it because the motor was locked up (spun rod bearing caused that) and the front end was hit. The car sat for years in a yard rotting until I rescued it. It was a gamble but as it turned out the block was good otherwise so I continued to restore it.
  All the years I have had them (+30 years) I never thought of selling them even during times when I needed money when raising a young family.
Now, those days are behind me and I am glad I kept the cars. I am so attached to them that the money they are worth now means nothing to me and I have both in a will to my children when I leave this life.
Sorry to deviate from the topic but being we are talking about Camaro altruism, I figured what the heck.

Mike
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