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781  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating on: November 21, 2013, 07:00:16 PM
Product came in yesterday from Palmetto , included was a page each of detailed instruction ,adding what has been tried and proven by you guys, I'm really looking forward to start this weekend with some bolts first.

What also arrived yesterday were my parts from "Red Gorilla Restorations" even mailed some change back ! They look great , better than the pics. Even more important to me is another guy out there who not only can be trusted with your irreplaceable parts ,but treats them with the same detail as his own---speaks volumes. I've followed this site many years( almost since it's inception" before becoming active . I've noticed a pattern of the same people--always positive and quick to offer help. Sending my parts out to Darrell was sort of like "paying it forward" good luck in your endeavors ,use me as a reference.

I truly enjoy helping others with their restorations.  It gives me pride to say that I was responsible for something on a beautiful car.  I guess it was something my father implanted in me.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do work on your Z. 
782  Orphans - documentation or VIN-stamped drivetrains - in search of the original cars / 1969 - Orphans / Re: 1969 Los Angles 302 block on ebay on: November 21, 2013, 01:40:37 PM
I would have thought the vin would NOT have been on the pad..  Hmmmmm  Was that just a NOR thing?  Pics to are crappy to tell if it good or bad for me..  Dates line up though..
783  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 69Z hard start, backfires on acceleration, stalls when breaking, related issues? on: November 20, 2013, 06:30:48 PM
First things first.  Make sure the float level is good.  Backfiring through the carb is a lean condition.  It could jetting, timing or both.  More than likely it is just carb tuning that needs to be done.  I would make sure the timing is in line with what it should be..  Also carb jets should be in the range of 68-72's on the primary and 72-76's on the secondaries..  But those are just stock settings and a lot of the time need to be dialed in to the elevation, etc. 

But all in all I would bet you either have trash in the carb, too low of a float level or jets too small.. 
784  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: More pics of an old Z on: November 20, 2013, 06:03:18 PM
Very cool..
785  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 B.U. Rear End on: November 20, 2013, 07:56:31 AM
Is there a way to do a mass search for the rear end on craigslist?
786  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Trunk and header emblem. on: November 14, 2013, 05:13:33 PM
1968 AIM ---> page 137 UPC 11-13 A5


Not sure about the other..  Just guessing but maybe its for the rear (IF there is a difference); I did not see the trunk emblem in the AIM..  Probably due to Fisher Body installed it??  IDK  again just a guess.

There is definitely a visual difference..
787  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Movie / TV Camaros on: November 14, 2013, 11:21:21 AM
I came across a '69 Z/28 for sale on line a few years ago that claimed to be the one that Chris Walken drove in "At Close Range". It was Dusk Blue though with a long story about how it was painted silver for the movie and then put back to blue. Did not ring true to me. I always remember that movie because I had a twin to that Z/28 when I was in high school!

That story is false.  I know the person that owns it and has owned it since 1970 or 71..  The car is actually Glacier Blue and not silver.   Wink  It is an early build Z.
788  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: carpet installation on a 68 camaro on: November 13, 2013, 03:47:01 PM
 Grin Grin Grin;all
789  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Great work by a fellow member on: November 12, 2013, 09:46:13 PM
I thought they were dipped in black originally. But, it sure can't hurt to have it as an undercoat if it's decided to blacken them later.
How may seconds did you leave it in the dichromate bath?


It varies depending on the part. 
790  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Great work by a fellow member on: November 12, 2013, 06:05:15 PM
Yes because I was asked to plate them..  Grin

No Steve will have to post why he wanted them that way.  If I had to guess it was for the corrosion factor..   Huh
791  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Great work by a fellow member on: November 12, 2013, 05:01:32 PM
Thanks for the kind words Steve..   Grin

Here is before pics.


Horn Relay Before

After:  Reason for the gold was when I removed the cap there were signs of gold cad along the edge.  So I put it back the way I thought it was originally. May not be "correct" but I did what I thought was originally there..

I will be shipping everything out this coming Saturday (16th) due to my work schedule..  Sorry for the inconvenience...   Embarrassed  
792  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: ring and pinion mesh on: November 11, 2013, 03:26:55 PM
I have stuck with the GM spec of 0.005 - 0.009" for every rearend I have had my hands in...   Shocked

In all seriousness though I would play with the BL to see if you can get it closer to a better gear mesh..  Worst case call Richmond and see what they suggest..  They are the experts.  I am only a backyard engineering mechanic..   Grin  lol  I kidd..

Seriously call them and see what the cause and effect of running a tighter BL..  As I see it is if the mesh is good and nothing is binding then how can that be bad..
793  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: ring and pinion mesh on: November 11, 2013, 08:03:59 AM
Richmond gears are the worst to setup from my experiences..  Ive always had better luck out of GM and Yukon gears..  Is this a stock housing or aftermarket?  Do you have the ability to get 0.36 on the pinion and drop your BL down to 0.006"?  IDK what you plan on doing with the car but Im not a big fan of the larger BL..  Main reason is that if you are replacing all the bearings over a few hundred miles things will settle and the BL will move slightly..  may not be but a thou or 2 but if you are on the high side and add the couple thou and compound it with a 4-speed then that could spell failure..  If auto it will be ok but still I do not like running them that loose.  Just my $0.02
794  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 68 Z28 on the CRG Home Page on: November 08, 2013, 08:51:05 AM
Love this pic...

795  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 68 Z28 on the CRG Home Page on: November 07, 2013, 09:05:03 AM
The url tag says Larry Smith..  Not sure if thats who owns it or what; but I agree beautiful car!!
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