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76  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 tilt column research looking for original info on: March 20, 2014, 06:23:06 PM
As I stated earlier,a little stupidity will go a long way. I am now afraid to go look at the supposedly "original" tilt wheel I bought and installed in the early 80s. I will blame this on Al Gore for not " inventing "the Internet earlier. Yes that's it,that's why I screwed up an original 1969 Lemans Blue X-55 SS 350 by turning it into a White Z 28/RS. There was no Internet ! Now you guys make me feel like a real idiot. Thanks to this site and all you guys for putting me on the right path to a correct restoration of my Camaro! Good luck to all on your projects!
I don't care what you say, I still like you and your car...just don't mention that A*****e, Al Gore on the site again.lol.
77  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Trim Vinyl top ? on: March 20, 2014, 05:59:07 PM
Gosh Darn ! That thing looks sweeet! I'm stunned. Great job!
78  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: widow felts nos vs. A.Mrkt. on: March 20, 2014, 06:58:49 AM
I'll just make sure my tail panel is not Gloss! lol.

I don't understand your comment about the tail panel, could you explain. George

George, That was my attempt to rely on my memory (not reliable) and add some humor (just confused many) and I apologize. I was referencing some long debated topic of whether the SS tailpanel is gloss or semi-gloss and I thought you were adamant in the "gloss" camp. I am in the "semi gloss" group. Anyway back to the serious part, the felts. I would appreciate much if you could find out more information regarding manufacturer and if you have more pics comparing detail with GM, that would be great too. Your attention to detail and fact finding make your opinions very valued and thank you for the research and leg work you already performed to make my decisions easier in my resto.
79  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Reverse lockout linkage (Backdrive linkage) on: March 19, 2014, 10:44:14 PM
Reviving an old thread as I found some real good information that I know it is in the AIM, but this is a bit more concise and shows some good information, so I thought I should share:        Hope this helps. Sorry, this is borrowed from another site and not intending to not give credit to original researcher, Ian Johnson. http://www.worldwidecamaroclub.com/pdf/tech/reverselockouts.pdf
80  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 tilt column research looking for original info on: March 19, 2014, 10:26:18 PM
I found this to be most helpful. Hope it helps. Thanks to Ian Johnson for his research:    http://www.worldwidecamaroclub.com/pdf/tech/tiltsteering1.pdf
81  Orphans - documentation or VIN-stamped drivetrains - in search of the original cars / 1968 - Orphans / Re: MO302 partial vin of 18L335817 on: March 18, 2014, 10:25:11 PM
Do those heads have a machined pocket on the intake side or I'll re-phrase, should they? Do 462 and 291 heads (2.02) have machined area around intake valve? My only experience with 2.02s are 186 and 492(over the counter) heads I have had and they are machined. Usually a good way to tell if that is the valve that came in head opposed to being modified.
82  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Finally! A Camaro that makes mine look good! on: March 18, 2014, 09:48:49 PM
 ;DThat's tempting now! NOT Grin
83  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: Original 67-69 Camaro driveshafts - information requested about your car on: March 18, 2014, 09:45:55 PM
Thanks, Bryon/Gary I may try this. Shaft has surface rust and I thought it was too far gone as far as ever finding paint, but worth a try, I guess. I do believe the original U joints are still in the shaft though. They have a dimple aprox.1/2 in, diam on each side with a letter in the bottom...kinda hard to see at this point. There are clips on the ends like snap rings.
84  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: widow felts nos vs. A.Mrkt. on: March 18, 2014, 09:25:43 PM
Thanks, George. I read where there are some felts available, that are "show" quality and even have the rubber flap on the rear. I am very concerned about getting something I will not be happy with. Sounds like yours would be acceptable without giving a fortune, which I don't have right now. That is kind of what I was hoping to get as far as feedback. I remember reading your refrenced post now. If you feel they are ok, then that is good enough for me. I'll just make sure my tail panel is not Gloss! lol.
85  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Research Topics & Reports / Re: Original 67-69 Camaro driveshafts - information requested about your car on: March 18, 2014, 09:04:11 PM
Year of car 1969
Norwood  car
Month and week of vehicle assembly 12B
Engine 396
Transmission M20
Driveshaft length (measured center of u joint to center of u joint)49.56 in.
Driveshaft casting number ?
Type of attachment to pinion yoke. strap and bolts method.
Code stamped on front of passenger side axle tube. BS
Paint stripes –none left
Position of the u-joint flanges= "clocked" about 30 degrees off from each other
I have an extra driveshaft from a friends 69 396. He parted it out back around 1990 and gave me some parts. It is the same as my original. No stripes visible on either. MAy show up evidence if I clean them (sand) Will get to other 2 cars as time permits.
86  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Finally! A Camaro that makes mine look good! on: March 18, 2014, 08:35:47 PM
 Lips Sealed I do some goodies-rear end, springs, disc subframe,2 piece rotors,ralley wheel, booster...hmmm Roll Eyes
87  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Muncie cleaning on: March 18, 2014, 08:31:53 PM
Bill, I had a gnarly looking smog pump that was stained and had that white chalky corroded appearance. I used a solution that is made to clean a/c A coils. It is an alkali, I believe. Will have to look at it tomorrow and see what the ingredient is. It foams up and has to be rinsed thoroughly, but it did the pump justice IMO. I don't have any before pics. I get a chance, I will take a pic. Just an idea.
88  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Finally! A Camaro that makes mine look good! on: March 18, 2014, 08:17:52 PM
 Shocked http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevrolet-Camaro-Z28-1969-Camaro-Z28-X33-/141228047458?forcerrptr=true&hash=item20e1d8fc62&item=141228047458&pt=US_Cars_Trucks  Shocked I look at my car and think to myself,man, I should have not let it go for so long. How am I going to ever get it fixed back up? But, this eBay car gives me hope!
89  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 Camaro Left Side Ajax Mirror on: March 17, 2014, 08:12:25 AM
GM must have had a good handle on dated mirror supplies and knew how many to order for what...a production week, or month maybe? And if there was an issue at DMI, Ajax's were ordered with the dates for production up to when DMI fixed whatever issue they were having. Is this how it went?
My thought would be that GM just had two suppliers so they didn’t stop production due to being out of required part like a mirror. I am sure the parts were dated coded to track any manufacturing defects like the glass falling out because of bad glue, not that the dated part had to go on a vehicle assembled within a certain time frame. My C AX 9 mirror is on a 5A car.

Mike

This supplier issue got me thinking. First, I am sure when GM has a contract with a supplier it is because GM felt the supplier could meet their demand, so something must have happened that prevented the supplier from fulfilling its contract. Could have been a labor issue, fire, or some equipment failure or downstream supplier (supplier to DMI). Ajax may have been another manufacturer supplier, like for Ford or Chrysler and GM may have had contracts that provided a backup plan, IE, different supplier in case of a mentioned unforeseen delay. Or, DMI may have sub-contracted Ajax (more likely), if they could not fulfill their contract.  Makes sense to me. I am sure Ajax was not just sitting around with their collective feet on a desk waiting to get back up orders from DMI or GM.
Second, and this is just my experience in manufacturing, is that GM had a standing quantity contract based on engineering calculations of productions in many product lines. I don't think someone got on the phone at, say, Norwood and called DMI to order more mirrors. I am sure it is more a case that once a contract was made, a supplier made X amount of an item per month whether needed or not and more of an automatic shipment schedule that sent out the item on a weekly or monthly schedule.
So, the Ajax mirror, may have been subcontracted through DMI when DMI realized it could not meet its contract demand because of mentioned unforeseen circumstances.
90  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: widow felts nos vs. A.Mrkt. on: March 16, 2014, 01:31:12 PM
I just want all of you who have replied to know that I appreciate this advice and information. Thanks, Bentley.
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