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31  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Exhaust manifold bolts. on: July 11, 2013, 10:57:25 AM
No french locks on center bolts with flat washers, just torque them to 35 ft/lbs.
Outside pairs have flat washers and french locks and torqued to 15 ft/lbs allowing for heat/cold cycles of cast iron manifold(s).
32  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Best Method to Put in Rear Seat? on: June 26, 2013, 08:32:29 PM
Rear seat top hangs on two hooks and is even with the rear deck.
The bottom of the tseat rear is held by two lag bolts.
The rear seat bottom is rolled into place.
Hook the frame under the top and push back the bottom of the seat just over the floor hook and lower into place.
There will be tension pushing the seat bottom forward.
Do the other side the same way.
33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Problem with tranny deepstick on: June 25, 2013, 08:27:00 AM
O-ring size = 7/8 inch diameter, wire diameter is 0.138".
Dipstick tube slides into the case and held in place by a bellhousing bolt.
Should be a straight shot, may have to rotate the dipstick to 'bend' ciorrectly.
34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Vacuum Advance - Converting to Full Manifold Vacuum on: June 10, 2013, 07:40:35 PM
Reads like a good plan.
I would start out where you are at now and record the running condition of all driving methods, plus MPG.
Then make a change and record the results and compare with previous.
You can always go back to where you where or where the Camaro ran the best.
35  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Headlights causing GEN light? on: June 02, 2013, 07:42:41 PM
Check the brown wire circuitry.
From the ign sw, there is a brown/white wire to firewall connector, approx. 30 ohms resistance for the length.
You will have to remove the GEN bulb to measure as the GEN bulb is a parallel path, with bulb in place, you will measure bulb resistance, a lower value than the single wire.
Next measure the brown wire from the VR to the firewall, or better yet, the light socket on one side as it should be less than one ohm.

When ign on, engine off, one side of GEN bulb has ign power, the other side/contact is lower value, hence a glowing GEN bulb.
Engine running, VR brown supplies power from VR relay of equal amount of power and GEN bulb goes out.
If there is a difference of voltage in the two powers provided, GEN bulb dimly glows.
With a warm battery, VR cover temp of approx. 130°F, battery voltage should approximately be 13.8 volts, no accessories on, VR may be adjusted alittle high.
36  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 4053 holley fast idle cam on: May 16, 2013, 05:40:24 AM
Holley P/N 45-376
37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1969 Z/28 questions on: May 05, 2013, 12:13:53 PM
If you use a stainless steel tubing line and cannot get the joint to seal, I suggest try the following methods,
1. a drop of oil behind the tubing flare and before the nut, if it still leaks,
2. visit a hydraulic/pneumatic hose shop and purchase some copper crush flare washers and fit them between the fitting/adapter and tube flare.
38  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Oil Pan Removal on: April 24, 2013, 11:31:31 AM
All you have to do is loosen the nut on the bracket bolted to the frame, unhook the return spring, and pull out the ball stud from the frame bracket.
39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Oil Pan Removal on: April 21, 2013, 07:27:41 PM
I have R&R the pan with the engine in the car. As said, loosen fan shroud and let hang about the fan, lower rad hose is fine, dist cap is loose, and install 2X4 in engine mounts 4 inch side . Crank timing mark to around 5 o:clock position to get the counterweights into the block. If auto, remove dust cover for additional clearnace in removing pan. Man trans is limited by bellhousing, but can be done, Remove oil filter.

Replace crank seal and clean bearing cap and block with lacquer thinner or BraKleenŽ, then apply a small bead of RTV, 1/16 inch diameter or smaller from the backside of seal to pan gasket. One-eighth inch diameter bead about block to hold pan gasket to block. Rubber pan end gaskets get the same 1/8 inch diameter bead both sides. Install pan and torque bolts to manual specs, Let set overnight for RTV to cure, then pour in oil.

Pans do leak either from rust pin hole or a kink in the pan. Weld or braze pan after cleaning pan of oil, lacquer thinner again.
40  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 10 classic American muscle cars article on: April 15, 2013, 05:01:52 AM
I didn't know the ZL-1 engine was hand assembled. Was it?
Yes, they were.
41  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: rocker panel rubber flaps on: April 04, 2013, 07:24:38 PM
Yep, my '68's and '67's Wife owned had them. Hindsight here, I should have kept them to sell later as I could have almost retired. I pulled them out to let the debris drain out and not collect.
42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Just bought a 68 SS and need help on: March 12, 2013, 12:05:37 PM
Not from the VIN, just whether the Camaro had a L6 or a V8.
Fastest visual check determining SBC or BBC is the heater core nipples location.
If on the firewall next to the trans tunnel = SBC
If on the heater cover plate above the frame rail = BBC
Next would be the frame mounts for the engine, SBC = equal helght in both sides; BBC has pass side shorter in height from drvr side.
I think

But most of all, correct year.
43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: PCV question on: March 11, 2013, 05:30:42 AM
There are at least two different P/N', one for Z/28's & L88's, and the rest of the engine codes.
This is due to the lower spring pressure of the valve due to lower intake vacuum at idle, est 9 inches of vacuum.
44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Window Crank Questions on: March 05, 2013, 01:12:26 PM
1. No, same handle
2. Knobs should be the interior color, but service counter replacements were clear, and black, I think, until supply ran out.
3. Springs go between the panel and the door to keep the panel against the handle and with the plastiic shim behind the handle, keep out the drafts.
45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: I need advise, bought a complete 68 z drive train, radiator to rearend and ... on: March 04, 2013, 11:23:49 AM
If it were me, I'd find a good Plain Jane body, paint it to my liking, and stuff the drivetrain into it and have myself a sleeper.

The Camaro this drivetrain came from is long gone, only value would be for date correct build if one were going to build a clone,
and then the devalue of a cloned Z/28. Might be more honest presenting it as a PJ with Z/28 internals and enjoy the cruise with the car.
JMT's
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