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961  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: single point distributor cap on: February 24, 2012, 11:03:20 PM
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At 170 per hour on Line #1 and 130 per hour on Line #2, I expect that they just set the engine at #1 TDC on the compression stroke, stabbed the distributor in the position in the photo above, and "bumped" the engine with an air-powered starter tool until the distributor dropped.

Hi John,

   Bumping the engine to align the oil key would change the relative piston/valve timing position to the cap, no?
I have a feeling that there must have been a timing jig to set the initial oil gear position before dropping in the distributor to facilitate engine assembly.
  I found this article that describes a neat method to "walk" the distributor into position. I used the screw driver method but I'm going to give this method a try tomorrow.
Being a Corvette judge I'm sure you are aware of it.
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

  I wonder if they used something like this if there wasn't a tool otherwise.

Mike
962  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: single point distributor cap on: February 24, 2012, 12:52:04 AM
 Did the engine factory use a jig to pre-position the oil pump shaft in relation to the dist drive gear on the cam so when the distributor was installed it was positioned at the correct distributor cap post?
I can't see them fiddling with locating the correct position otherwise.

Mike
963  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Judges: Question on SS stripe w/base coat clear coat on: February 23, 2012, 10:26:37 AM
Hi Phillip,

  I'll do my best to get close to the original look in texture, if it can be done. Fortunately the base color is butternut yellow so I have a lot more leaway than a darker color for texture.
I did the car show scene a lot back in the late 80's early 90's. I sort of 'peaked' with that scene so now it's time to enjoy the car more for what it was built for, driving ( gas prices permitting  Wink ). So it will be less of a garage queen but I do want to show it a few times.

Thanks,
Mike
964  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Judges: Question on SS stripe w/base coat clear coat on: February 22, 2012, 06:10:12 PM
 Stripe on top.....that answers that!
I did a search before asking the question but I didn't see this informative thread you posted.


Thank you,
Mike
965  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 L-89 Convertible on ebay. on: February 22, 2012, 05:54:11 PM
 And there was that "numbers matching" line again. I found the word 'original' only 3 times (miles, tranny and rear) in this add and nowhere did it list engine with that word.
This reminds me of the 'ML' engine thread last week and the word "numbers matching".
 My 2 67's are in my will to my children so not that I ever would be looking again, but if I did look for another car, the word original and/or driveline had better appear in the same sentence before I would entertain investigating further before buying.

Mike
966  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Judges: Question on SS stripe w/base coat clear coat on: February 22, 2012, 05:07:38 PM
Judges: I'm going to repaint my 67 convertable that was restored in '88. Back then I sprayed it with DuPont Lucite acrylic lacquer.
The nose bumblebee stripe was sprayed over the base coat color as done at the factory so there was a very definite edge seen and felt.
Being that type of paint is obsolete now, I'm going with a base coat/clear coat finish this time.
 My question is would there be a point hit if the stripe was under the clear coat instead of over it? There will likely be an edge still but not as defined.

Thank you,
Mike
967  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: single point distributor cap on: February 21, 2012, 10:43:20 PM
Generally it can be any post the rotor points to when the #1 cylinder is at TDC.
For the correct position it is usually the center of the terminal left of the window but you should check the indexing of the distributor in case it was removed to make sure it lines up with #1 at true TDC.

Mike
968  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Z/28 open element air cleaner lid on: February 21, 2012, 09:16:32 AM
 The only other 2 possibilities is the original lid was rusting and the owners replaced them with what was the current lid or the factory started to phase in the second type earlier than1970 as suggested in this group. I suspect the latter is more possible.

Mike
969  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Removing frozen hoses from necks on: February 20, 2012, 08:32:59 PM
Is it a good idea to grease up the fitting before you install a hose? Thats what Ive always done.Havent had any problems.

 I've used that method too with good results using a very thin film of white lithium grease before sliding the hose on. What gets captured under the clamped area does help facilitate the removal later.

Mike
970  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Z/28 open element air cleaner lid on: February 20, 2012, 08:26:50 PM
 Looking at the 2 black lids on my 67 L35's they both have the curved white lettering and format as shown in the example posted by USER-3965175.
Just a guess but is this a late run Z that has changes for the soon to be 70 model year lid?

Mike
971  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Removing frozen hoses from necks on: February 20, 2012, 03:07:45 PM
 Several times I have helped friends remove their radiator hoses only to find they either cracked the neck or gouged it using screw drivers between the hose and neck/nipples.
I showed them this tool and they said they have never seen before it despite working on cars for a while.
I figured maybe showing it here for those who have never seen it would save time and unnecessary repairs as a result of removing frozen hoses especially if you have a Harrison radiator (very $$$$ to replace).
  To use, carefully wiggle the point to slip it between the hose and neck. When it's under then push it around the neck and presto, it's freed!
You can get this at places like Pep Boys for under $10.

Hope it helps,
Mike
972  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 67 dg ralley wheel w space saver spare on: February 19, 2012, 10:37:55 AM
DAMN!

  Those dress and hair styles are back in style again! The wheel makes a revolution   Cheesy
973  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: "ML" Engine Stamp.. on: February 19, 2012, 10:29:45 AM
Matching numbers means THE engine the car came with from the factory.
I tend to agree but I think this "numbers matching" word is a paradox in the car collecting arena.

  This reminds me of former president Clinton's famous quotes:
"I didn't inhale"
When asked about a sexual relation with Monica "It depends upon of what the meaning of the word... is..is"

  I do remember reading somewhere a case where a buyer bought a "numbers matching car" and later found it was a restamp and took the seller to court. The seller was not found guilty because numbers matching didn't mean original. So "numbers matching" is a play of words, IMO.   Undecided

  After getting back into this hobby late last year I have done a lot of reading catch ups and the topic of restamps caught my attention and the seemingly wide spread use of it because of that human addiction called greed. But I can't help ponder, what is accepted and what is not, has come down to a pick and choose acceptance in his hobby. I mean, you can now get date coded glass and tell a potential buyer it's original glass. Nobody gets uptight when someone says I got dated glass, hose clamps, wires, etc...  but a VIN or other date codes (alternators and distributors), then the conversations gets explosive. What is the real case here...the act of restamps or the potential value that can be obtained from a restamp that causes a pick and choose practice?  Huh
  In the case of this so called Yenko, it's out right fraud. But this hobby needs to get a clear legal definition of what a 'numbers matching' car is so the word game semantics can stop and potential buyers and sellers know what is legally correct in definition and what is not.

Just my 2 cents
Mike
974  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Bucket Seat Back teather cable on: February 18, 2012, 05:14:16 PM
In post #76 I said my NOR was gray with gray ends, but looking at the picture Boston14 posted, that is more of what I have. It looks more like an off white (towards gray) to me.
So it looks like we are back to either "white" or black cables with either gray or black heat shrink ends.

Mike
975  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: REAL nice Gold Z/28 on eBay, Cowl Tag Correct? on: February 18, 2012, 10:05:10 AM
 Seems like a lot of work went into this restoration. I like the attention to paint marks and other finer details.
But I'm curious why the oil pan bolts aren't painted if they went that far in details and why the grade 8 rear differential cover are needed.
For a Jan 69 born date, the bell housing looks to have a casting date the 4th week of April. Likely 1968? Seems way too soon for a Jan 69.
 I'm just nit picking. Anyhow it looks like this was shredded in previous posts here a while back.
Pretty car though.

Mike
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