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136  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: vin removal on: June 19, 2014, 03:20:00 PM
About those VIN rivets, it has been on my mind too. My dash is rusted out at the windshield clear up to the lh defrost duct hole (&@#& Ohio rust!)  Angry ,how and what will happen to the tag if dash is replaced? I apologize if this a little off topic, not wanting to hi-jack post. Embarrassed
137  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: A.I.R Smog Diverter valve on: June 17, 2014, 09:09:15 PM
I've seen several low horse 69 Big Blocks without clutch fan, hence the 4 blade standard fan. Just to affirm the fact.
138  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Fake or real DZ stamp and partial Vin ? on: June 17, 2014, 11:39:58 AM
Are there shops using surfacing machines that leave this pattern or was it done by hand?

A friend of mine who does the swap meet thing weekly has many contacts and introduced a few to me while at a swap last year. In our conversation, restamping came up. These guys were telling me they can get anything done for a Camaro. They told me of a place in Ky. that will stamp block and has the exact broaching machine to resurface block. While I was surprised to learn this, at the same time, I was not surprised. I guess I have heard it all. Although I have no interest in this type service, I am aware now, that even the broaching can be replicated.
139  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's it worth, untouched Cortez silver 69 RS Z on: June 13, 2014, 10:44:46 PM
It looks like this new seller knows what he is doing. The way he has gotten the car out in the open, more showable, pictures and a much better description, He might make a little money.
If you note his feedback . Angry Angry Angry
140  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's it worth, untouched Cortez silver 69 RS Z on: June 13, 2014, 09:29:24 AM
The Z/28 emblem would override the R/S emblem. Chevy wouldn't put two emblems on the car. What would they do on the rear body panel?
We CRGers know how it is supposed to be, but what about the guys building them back then. This may have been the first Z or, at least, Z/RS built in 69! Maybe there was some confusion or no clarity at the start of production and it got both emblems. Is that possible? Who knows if that is even the original grille. I am just throwing out an idea that perhaps early in production, some anomalies may have occured until assemblies were clarified by supervision. I could see how it could be possible to leave the plant with both emblems myself. Others have a thought? JohnZ? Ed?
141  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: valve adj on: June 10, 2014, 06:59:40 PM
You may want more gear or an M20, IMO.
142  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Need help/picture to correct my 69 Z28 write up from Jerry MacNeish. on: June 10, 2014, 07:49:37 AM
3) As I understand, facing the side of the car, the black was sprayed perpendicular to the body side. This would mean the part of the rocker that turns under (faces the ground) did not get directly painted, just overspray. Will point out that Norwood blackout done by Fisher, so fenders were not on the car and posted and known examples show a masked line on lower cowl usually tappering upward toward front of cowl. Not imperative in resto, but exact.
My car as an example of masked front cowl (ignore the rust and flaws).
143  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Original dealer info for 1st gens is available on: June 10, 2014, 07:22:16 AM
DW, I was thinking the same thought. We do have "all the pieces"". Yet, After reading many of the comments on the Corvette site, I can see how dissention can occur.

What I am reffering to is that someone(group) decides on a standard to judge the cars by and everyone scrambles to make their car conform.

Yet, here on CRG, we kind of celebrate the diversity and realize and document the variances we find. It is a learning process. To say all the cars(insert your year and model) are "cookie cutter" exact would erase what all the years of site research have netted. An example: My 396 car has (had) only one screw holding the RH tailpipe hanger on and only 2 clips holding the muncie speedo cable in place. Although the AIM shows and I know both these details are not in conformance with what is known as correct, I am leaving the car "as found" even if it would cause "points" loss, which has no interest to me. On the other hand, with the flame paint job it had, I am glad there are documented examples of stripes, and other details I can reference, here, on the site.
To summarize: it is good to know how it should be when restoring and also good to keep it unique knowing things were not exact on the assembly line. NCRS, while probably the best organization promoting the Vette, has, or can have, inherent flaws in establishing conformity regarding judging standards.
144  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's it worth, untouched Cortez silver 69 RS Z on: June 08, 2014, 07:48:08 PM
and to ZLP955,  yeah it would bother me to sink more $$ than it'd be worth.

Maybe you should get a car that is completed already as it is next to impossible not to get "upside down" when doing a resto...especially the more you learn about a model, the more you will not be satisfied with the status quo, meaning what your average car guy calls a restoration will not be adequate to you, an enthusiast (I hope), as you learn more and demand more.
145  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What's it worth, untouched Cortez silver 69 RS Z on: June 08, 2014, 05:59:17 PM
VINCE Z28 Has an inspiring story of chasing down a drivetrain that you should read, here, on the site. With the car staying in the same area its whole life and only two owners, it may not be as hard to locate, at least as many searches go (difficult and deadends). Finding the drivetrain(born with) would be a game changer. Good luck and proceed with caution.
146  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Fan shroud on: June 07, 2014, 09:50:59 PM
Came out real well, looks dang good to me. You could probably get those scratches out with some 320 or 400  paper. anything finer will probably give it a shiny appearance and stand out worse. Might want to try an area in a spot not seen easily to get the desired look. A small file my be of use too.
147  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Are There Any Big Block Headers that clear Backdrive Linkage? on: June 07, 2014, 08:19:49 PM
This is also called the reverse lockout linkage. Anyone?
148  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: intake on: June 07, 2014, 08:11:27 PM
I like the cork, but have not had a problem with the rubber. The secret is to put a real thin amount of sealer. Any more will cause the seals to push out or get distorted. A real thin amount on each side with a gob on the 4 corners or dab, I should say, like Jano says too.
149  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Issues reviving 69 396 from long term storage on: June 07, 2014, 08:04:47 PM
Couple of other thoughts from the King of letting things sit a long time and then resurecting (me). Cracked dizzy cap, especially since you changed out that component, you say, I'd really give it a look over. Mouse nest in exhaust and mud dobber nest in intake have been some issues I have seen. If air cleaner on whole time, hard to imagine dobber nest (will cause lean running)and mouse nest probably would not cause backfire. I had some valves get rust (I suspect rusty on seat) and caused some backfire, just drive it on a long drive 20 miles or so. Sticking valves, you mention can cause your problem. Hook a vacuum gage up with a long hose into driver compartment as you drive and monitor when it acts up, needle will bounce around(could be another valvetrain issue too like spring). All these steps are non-invasive in keeping with the KISS theme. Then, dig into carb when all these check out.
150  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: valve adj on: June 07, 2014, 07:33:20 PM
I am sure there will be someone who does not approve of how I do valves, but here goes: First, a four stroke engine makes 2 complete revolutions of the crank or 2 x 360 degrees = 720. Divide by the # of cylinders (8 in this case)  = 90 and that tells you every 90 degrees is top center on a compression stroke (both valves closed) for a cylinder. Mark your balancer every 90 degeres (4 marks counting TDC). Start with TDC on #1 cylinder, adjust clearance for both valves. Crank engine clockwise (looking from front of car) with socket to next mark (90 deg)(easier if plugs are out) do next cyl. in firing order  (8 in this case). and so forth till all 8 are done. 18436572 is firing order with odd #s on LH, drivers side bank, even on RH. This ain't brain surgery and exact TDC for each cylinder is not critical (I just like to be exact when I do it), but you can use a remote starter and bump it around if you have a good R. Starter that can let you do small bumps. If you miss one, just do the next one in order and come back to the one you missed on the next revolution x 2. When you are at TDC for ea. cyl. after setting lash each rocker will have a little, but not excessive play which will be the lash setting of course. But just grab each rocker and double check and by feel , you'll know it is pretty much right.
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