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271  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New auto factory in Germany.. Amazing video .. :) on: February 03, 2014, 10:36:49 PM
I have spent a lot of my career calling on and selling to prime automotive plants, including GM Bowling Green, Saturn/GM Spring Hill, Hyundai, Nissan (since before Day1, Smryna, TN when it was a trailer park of offices), Nissan/Decherd Engine, Opel/KS Germany, and visited the MB/Daimler V8 engine facility in Stuttgart, Germany (guided tour of the entire plant, 2000/2001-ish).

I'm glad VW built a plant in Tennessee - they will eventually learn, as Nissan did, that Americans can and will build a better vehicle than what is built overseas.

Regards,
Steve
272  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Z on ebay - twin on: February 02, 2014, 09:48:02 PM
Good to meet you today, Gary - hope you enjoyed the Nashville hospitality. We enjoyed having you up here -

I don't want to start an uproar, but the tag R&R on this car has me a little concerned, as does the crisp lettering. Obviously new rivets, too.

On the upside, a very good looking vehicle. Price is on up there as well. Give us an update after you check this out -

Regards,
Steve
273  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: So you think you have a Dana, Nickey,Berger Baldwin, etc...? on: January 29, 2014, 11:01:43 PM
Are you suggesting that Chevrolet continued to build passenger cars AFTER 1972?HuhHuh

 Grin      Wink

Gary - do you not consider a 180 hp 1985 Z/28 to be a passenger car ? Or are you suggesting the 1980 Citation was a sports car (drove both) ? I'm confused -

Just kidding, of course. I did think a lot of my 1976 Malibu Land Barge.

Back on the thread - I do think even the dealer ship to and completion date for two of my vehicles is worthwhile - especially when I don't have that bit of info. One more piece to the puzzle.

Regards -
274  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: nice ZL1 clone in france on: January 28, 2014, 10:44:01 PM
An excellent job - Surely compounded by the fact that parts sourcing in Europe has got to be an expensive event.

Congratulations to the owner/builder - beautiful car.

Regards,
Steve
275  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 AM antenna on: January 27, 2014, 12:00:07 AM
It does appear to be a round mast; difficult to see if it's eliptical as the Camaro mast should be. That would be a drawback if it was one I was looking at buying for a '69. If it's eliptical, why not (if you can get it for a good price) ?

Regards,
Steve
276  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: I need information on my 68 camaro please on: January 26, 2014, 11:42:14 PM
Check the routing of the speedo cable as well. Also look for the back up light switch bulkhead in the lower firewall area.

It does appear to have factory air, plus the presence (or lack of) a cutout for a factory four-speed shifter does appear to rule out a Z. Nice car to start with, in any event.

Welcome to the Forum -

Regards,
Steve
277  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: New 67 ragtop on: January 26, 2014, 11:59:41 AM
Kee makes an awfully good top - 32 and 38 oz. fabrics if I remember correctly. Not cheap -

I replaced my Pace top quite a few years ago - the top still looks every bit as good as when it was installed. It does help to use an installer that works with early cars and classics - our local guy came recommended from all sides of the hobby (Corvettes, Mustangs, big cars); top is tight and centered correctly.

Things do change - I bought mine from a well known supplier before they changed ownership - a couple of years ago, I recommended them to a good friend doing a Firebird, with disastrous results (top manufacturer changed, supplier would not credit back as they said there was no problem they could determine). He used my installer, who has done literally hundreds of tops - he said it was the worst top he had seen. Cut wrong and sewn off center.

Be careful in your selection and don't scrimp - worth it in the long run -
278  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Ignition Coils on: January 25, 2014, 08:00:41 PM
Here's the Delco Remy catalog pages from Oct. '68. Note the distributor listings are correct, as are the point sets and other parts, but is only lists 2 coils to cover the entire engine offering. Interesting -

Hope these are readable - I had to convert from pdf to jpg and then downsize.

Regards -
279  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: trim ring fit to rim on: January 24, 2014, 11:18:06 AM
I found my 01C X77 in '72, bought it in '73. Trim rings were original to the car as far as I could tell - fingers on all, not 4 clip.

When I parked it on the street at school, I used to pull the rings and derbys, and store in the trunk to keep 'em from getting gone. I got pretty good at pulling them off without a screwdriver/lug wrench, but boy, did they ever scratch up the YH's. 4 clips would have probably been better ?

Regards
280  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: photos of my 69 build, on: January 24, 2014, 11:03:45 AM
You're 100% correct.

I have always believed that south of the Mason-Dixon line was safer from a road salt point of view, but you should see my Malibu after being continually stuck behind brine trucks and salt spreaders here in Tennessee over the last month. It went from silver to a half inch of dirty grey/brown road salt deposit. Thank goodness I don't have to drive a Camaro to work -

Regards -
281  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: photos of my 69 build, on: January 24, 2014, 12:52:56 AM
Just realized that's what it was.

I've seen some in a local junkyard that have sat in the weather for 30 years that aren't rusted that badly. Amazing what neglect can do to even a driven car -

Regards -
282  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: photos of my 69 build, on: January 24, 2014, 12:17:18 AM
By the way, in pic 1164, is that a spring that was used as a spacer between the inner and outer panel ? Rusted pretty bad, but I think that's what I see. What a disaster -

Regards,
Steve
283  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: photos of my 69 build, on: January 24, 2014, 12:02:46 AM
I showed the pics to a very good friend of mine that completely rebodied a '67 vert over the last couple of years, mostly because he couldn't bring himself to crush it. It was an original 6 cylinder car, if I remember, and he ended up replacing nearly every piece of metal on the car with the exception of the cowl panel and firewall (trim tag, hidden VIN area, door plate area) that represented the originality of the car. What an absolute hell he put himself through, for the sake of saving a Camaro.

His first advice to you - junk it. He corrected himself a little, mainly because of the project status you mentioned with your son; he also said having done this once, he would never do it again under any circumstances.

The upside - the '67 is really shaping up into a killer modified car, I can't wait to see the painted car. Small block, runs fabulous, shows what dedication does in the face of finding your car in worse shape than you imagined. Good luck in your future build - keep us updated on your progress (or your decision).

Regards,
Steve
284  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 1969 2-piece Rotor to Hub Bolt Torque on: January 21, 2014, 09:27:25 PM
Thanks 1968RSZ28 for the link- From that information, it looks like unless these mated hubs/rotors were index marked prior to disassembly, they could be out of balance when assembled again.  Starting to look like more time and trouble than these things are worth. LOL

You know, it's really not that much different than late-model rotors - only they aren't bolted together, they float on the hubs in most cases. True, they are balanced individually, but when you install a new set of rotors, aren't you really seeing the same chance for imbalance with them changing the balance point of the original set ?

Steve
285  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: If Anyone is Interested in a 67 Pace Car on: January 21, 2014, 07:03:44 PM
Be careful what you wish for - this might be the work of the 17 year old Russian hacker that ebombed Target - I heard he really likes '67 and '68 Camaros.
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