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271  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.
272  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?
273  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.
274  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.
275  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.
276  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Dana Chevrolet on: June 05, 2014, 11:03:13 AM
Wow! Jon Mello posting big block tech?...I love it! Thanks, Jon...and anything from BITD is OK with me. Maybe I'll try those pipe cleaners in the P. rods?!
277  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: XT wheels Usage on: June 04, 2014, 10:08:53 PM
Thanks, Kurt for clearing this up. I thought that was the answer.
278  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / XT wheels Usage on: June 04, 2014, 09:44:25 PM
I was reading the Ask CRG questions and a question about XT rims usage had the following answer: "COPO (Central Office Production Order) 427-engined cars, unless ordered with the ZJ7 rally wheel option or the COPO 9737 sport car option, came with the same wheels used on other non-rally 1969 SS cars, the 14x7 XT steel wheel. This same wheel was also used on Chevy II SS in 1969. We haven't looked beyond 1969 to determine later use"
Am I to understand that a SS/RS could not have XT rims by this answer? or is this rally statement directed to mean the rally wheel?
279  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: carb linkage to carb hookup on: June 02, 2014, 09:44:11 PM
goes in the small hole in front of large hole. Uses a cir-clip or C-clip to hold rod onto carb.
280  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Well My Camaro online Compadres, Time for a fight of my Life! on: May 31, 2014, 06:54:17 AM
Hang in there buddy!
281  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Z28 rear tailpipe hangers on: May 30, 2014, 03:23:47 PM
Both sides? Which type exhaust, chambered or transverse?
282  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Warning-Caveat Emptor-Scammers Abound on: May 30, 2014, 06:24:52 AM
There was quite a lenghthy post about this car back a few months ago: . Now being scammed on eBay so watch out,
FYI here is original add:
283  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Zeroing in on X code start up on: May 28, 2014, 11:05:25 PM
My Vin 562xxx has the x code.
12A N553XXX no "X" code.

No dealer info either, darn it -


interesting,but I think you are missing the point. If it is before my example 559498, it will NOT have an X code (like yours) and if it is after 560573, it WILL,(like yours). It is the period in between I am focusing on 559498-560573
284  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Zeroing in on X code start up on: May 28, 2014, 10:47:21 PM
KurtS tells me he has seen a vin before 560000 with X code, so, back to the drawing board. You bring up a great point Gary. And that is when would this be implemented. Beggining of week? Shift? or by Vin? Shift and/or week would make more sense, I agree. I thought JohnZ said 920 cars per day. Will have to check these facts.
285  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Zeroing in on X code start up on: May 28, 2014, 09:49:02 PM
A couple of weeks ago, a topic regarding rear end dates was posted. This resulted in a few PM's by JKZ27 & myself discussing when the changeover to X codes occurred. We both have 12B Nor. cars. After observing several 12B tags with vins and doing my own research over some time now, I'll add, I will or can almost with certainty determine that the X codes started with the Vin # 560000 or very close. Certainly more data will narrow this down and confirm or at least conclude and then be held as fact, which is what WE are all about. My following examples to bear this out are:  This car is 532 Vins before the 560000 and has no X code and a post about an X55 which is 1026 after this 560000 vin. Now, I know that is over 1500 cars between these examples and as more is found I will keep records. I have never seen an example of any X code with a vin starting with 55xxxx to date. This is another, 573 after 56xxxx with X code...Now within a 1000 vins 500 on each side of 56xxxx.
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