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376  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Wiper transmission reburbish and paint prep ??? on: February 28, 2014, 11:57:18 AM
The finished piece looks nice, almost to nice? I assume the brass will darken up and then be fine. Did you have any loose linkage on yours?

Darrell, don't take this as a negative response, or a criticism, but I feel the need to represent an alternative view ...  Smiley

Is there such a thing?  Especially if someone is trying to restore their car to the best of their ability..??..   Wink
Linkage looks great.  Makes me want to redo mine before I install the cowl panel..

Well, Yes, there IS such a thing as 'too nice'.. IF .. the goal is to restore to factory original condition (which is what the word 'restore' means to most of us (ie. restore to a condition it was in at a previous point in time..  typically when it rolled off the production floor, or into the dealer showroom).   

When it looks "TOO NICE", the appropriate description is 'OVER-RESTORED', which is FINE if you want your car to look as good as possible, but it's not 'restored' to factory condition in that situation.   Most shop 'restored cars' are over restored in today's environment, and probably it's driven by the customers, and judges at shows who believe 'prettier must be better'...  Smiley    There are some auto organizations which take off points for 'overrestored'.. as that approach drives owners and restorers back towards where they should be, and strives to preserve the closest possible representation of the manufacture for that period of time.


Gary it was a joke..  Put the caffeine enriched coffee down..   Grin


Back on topic: 


Have you tried to form the socket with a hammer and punch (or socket (as in ratchet and socket socket) may work better) to tighten it around the ball?  Just a thought.
377  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Wiper transmission reburbish and paint prep ??? on: February 27, 2014, 12:43:40 PM
All I am saying is if you were trying to reproduce the look of the car when it was new, I would be surprised if it shined that brightly is all. It does look like you could eat off of it though.. Grin

Just giving you a hard time.. Wink Grin
378  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Wiper transmission reburbish and paint prep ??? on: February 27, 2014, 11:28:06 AM
The finished piece looks nice, almost to nice? I assume the brass will darken up and then be fine. Did you have any loose linkage on yours?

Is there such a thing?  Especially if someone is trying to restore their car to the best of their ability..??..   Wink

Linkage looks great.  Makes me want to redo mine before I install the cowl panel..
379  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Track-Blasting An LS7-Powered 1968 Camaro! on: February 25, 2014, 09:14:57 PM
That is a very well engineered machine...
380  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 68 Fuel Gauge on: February 25, 2014, 12:42:38 PM
I just assumed that he put the rubber between the straps. 
381  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Galvanizing a Fuel Tank on: February 25, 2014, 09:35:04 AM
I have talked to 2 different galvanizing companies in TN and no one will touch a gas tank.  I am working on a painting procedure that might make it look like galvanized.  Once I get all the bugs worked out I will post my results.
382  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 68 Fuel Gauge on: February 24, 2014, 06:45:24 PM
You should have insulators on the straps. & cushions on top of the tank to the floor so I would still check it to make sure..
383  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 68 Fuel Gauge on: February 24, 2014, 03:58:10 PM
You are just grounding the unit itself.  So yes that should work as long as the tube is still in good tight contact with the unit.  Obviously I wouldnt leave it that why but to test yes it should work.  In reality you should be able to ground the tank as a whole and it do the same thing.  (Im sure you know this but) I just wouldnt do it with gas vapors floating around.  Make sure you have a fan blowing the flumes away from you.
384  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 68 Fuel Gauge on: February 24, 2014, 02:24:24 PM
I bet the ground wire that is on the sending unit is broken.  They are just soldiered onto the lead.
385  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Galvanizing a Fuel Tank on: February 24, 2014, 09:04:14 AM
Spectra tanks are Ni Terne coated.
What's the process for that Scott? I take it that it involves at least a Nickel coating.

Stolen from Team Camaro: - http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=207355

The annealed cold-rolled steel sheet is first processed to apply a thin flash coating of electrodeposited nickel, and then it's given a hot-dip lead-tin alloy coating. The nickel base coat gives Ni-Terne steel an extra measure of corrosion resistance compared to U.S. Steel's regular "Terne" steel sheet and also compared to traditional galvanizing, which isn't readily available anymore. It should also be pointed out that the Ni-Terne coating protects both interior and exterior surfaces of the fuel tank from surface corrosion.




You have 2 different types of "galvanizing".  Just by doing a little google searching I found a couple of videos to give a better understanding of the processes.


Cold - which can be done electrically or in other cases as paint which is enriched with zinc to give it that added protection.

 Cold Dip Galvanization


Pros - cost, and application
Cons - looks like paint (paint version - I am still working on trying to perfect this process along with the electro process)


Hot - which is where the zinc (or lead/tin as mentioned previously) is heated until molten and then the part or steel is submerged slowly and stays there for several minutes and slowly raised out and a layer of zinc is bonded to the metal.

 Hot Dip Galvanization


Pros - it will look factory
Cons - cost


I am currently experimenting with the two cold processes mentioned above and trying to locate a company locally for pricing on "Hot Dipping".



Where is the big red Gorilla on this one Huh?  COOK where are ya buddy, aren't you the plating guru around these parts?? Grin

I am certainly NO expert.  I enjoy learning processes and how to accomplish them myself and for others if the opportunity arises.  My apologies for not seeing this sooner.  I was working on my car all weekend getting the headliner installed along with the diff ready to go back under the car and removing the tank for this same process as mentioned by the OP.   Grin

If I have missed something on the processes or explaination please correct me so everyone can be educated.  Thanks, Darrell
386  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Educate Me on: February 23, 2014, 07:31:35 AM
Thanks Gary!!  I same as bullit didn't go past 72-73 Nova..
387  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Educate Me on: February 22, 2014, 11:10:31 PM
Yes I expanded to other discussion boards to help find the answer.
388  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Educate Me on: February 22, 2014, 05:14:38 PM
No clue. Cowl & vin tags were already gone and no title so the car was destined to scrap unfortunately before we were given the chance to take whatever was left before it was crushed. From the C pillar back there was nothing salvageable. What was left were the fenders, cowl panel & the roof was cut off. Floors were completely rotted, doors were already missing, subframe gone along with the firewall. There wasnt much left that could be called a shell. This all happened 10-15yrs ago. I have looked for any stampings with no luck.
389  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Educate Me on: February 22, 2014, 07:19:18 AM
That Chevelle panel is nothing like the one pictured at the beginning of this thread (see comparison below). To me, it genuinely looks like a 67-69 Camaro panel that has been modified - but who'd go to all that trouble, unless it was some car show special, or a GM prototype......

I dont think it been modified.  The Camaro panel is recessed where the louvers are and the panel I have is flat.  If you look on either side of the louver ends it has a step in the panel (hard to see in the pic).  Ive tried to find pics of Omega & Ventura panels but they all seem to be the same as a Nova.   Huh
390  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Educate Me on: February 22, 2014, 07:13:16 AM
Corrected pic of a Nova cowl panel

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