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316  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Replace sagging leaf springs on: October 21, 2013, 10:27:35 PM
there are shops that can supposedly 're-arch' leaf springs, but since I haven't had it performed I cannot recommend it, as I am not certain everyone who does it knows what they are doing.. Smiley

There are commercial shops that do this locally (Nashville,TN); we have a shop that does this for trucks and automotive applications, Nashville Spring Service, that specializes in rebuilding springs. Never heard any complaints about them, but I have not personally had the chance to use them (yet). Key component to the re-arching process involves shot peening/shot blasting after re-arching - supposedly extends the life of the springs many fold. Considering the cost of show quality springs, I'm going to try this as a first option before shelling out bigger bucks -

Regards,
Steve
317  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 1968 Camaro <wagon> - Oh the Indignity. on: October 13, 2013, 10:37:18 AM
Now you know where the concept vehicle for the Pontiac Aztek ended up.

Maybe the forerunner of the AMC Gremlin -

Regards,
Steve
318  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: December 68 Pacer on Ebay again. on: October 10, 2013, 08:40:56 AM
Steve,

The logical answer to this would point to the fact you must have a 12A '68 Pace Car - then I could believe that, too -

Obviously kidding. My disclaimer to the '10 bolt' statement would be that all SS/RS Pace Cars had 10 bolts; fortunately mine does have a 12, 3.07 open, 350/350. Friend of mine owned a '68 SS 350/295 w/ 4400 miles a few years back, PG car with a 10 bolt - he thought the rear had been changed, but I guess that might fall under the same scenario.

You are correct on the legal issue - we had a local dealer sell a car (Mopar) a couple of years back, got sued from the out-of-state buyer, and lost his shirt because of it. It makes a lot more sense to do the right thing and walk the straight path than knowingly misrepresent a vehicle.

Regards,
Steve
319  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: December 68 Pacer on Ebay again. on: October 09, 2013, 11:38:34 PM
Steve,

Over and above the call of duty here - what kind of doofus would stick to this line of reasoning after evidence and an offer like yours ?

By the way, the thing depresses me. My bubble has burst - I have always believed that Santa Claus was real, all RS/SS Pace Cars were equipped with 10 bolts like this one, and Anna Nicole married for love.

Regards (and my own opinions),
Steve
320  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: First attempt at Zinc Plating on: October 07, 2013, 09:33:39 PM
Not bad - in fact, not bad at all. Did you bead the chromate version ? I bet if you top coated with clear it would be dynamite. Probably last forever, too. Great job -

Regards,
Steve
321  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rotisserie on: October 06, 2013, 09:59:08 PM
Accessible systems ? Buy new or used ? Just curious - I've been thinking of springing for one for a few years. My old bones would sure appreciate the purchase (last session of dropping in a Muncie nearly put me in the hospital. Or at least, that was the "sympathy generating reasoning"). I just can't crawl around on the concrete like I used to -

Regards,
Steve
322  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Bumper Jack ratchet color on: October 04, 2013, 11:31:08 PM
My original Endura jack is gray. All of mine are the same, but the X77 Z is the only one that I am sure is original to the car. Original VE3 hook is with it (an awful Ford blue color). Should have painted them Federal Safety Yellow for Warning Not-to-Use purposes -

Regards,
Steve
323  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What Would You Do? on: October 04, 2013, 11:19:56 PM
Could be wear or broken "dogs" in the syncro sleeve area - there are three of the little alignment dogs riding in each sleeve, a break or advanced wear could cause them to misalign enough to hang it in gear. Does sound more like an internal problem rather than a shifter problem. Did the shop tell you they managed to free it up by removing the shift rods and manually shifting the gear from the selector back to neutral ? If they did, it might be a shifter problem. In any case, try rebuilding the shifter first, as it's cheaper to do, or you're doomed to pull the thing and go through it to isolate the worn/broken parts.

I had my M21 lose the ability to go into reverse one day long ago - I limped into the station I worked at, pulled the trans and found the problem when I pulled the tailshaft housing off - turned out the spring steel shim (keeper) holding the speedometer gear in place on the mainshaft had snapped, and lodged under the selector preventing the reverse gear from moving - I replaced it, stuck it back together, and 38 years later it's still in one piece. Muncie's finest, still one of the best ever four speed transmissions in my opinion.

Regards,
Steve
324  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 67 camaro vin location on: October 03, 2013, 09:27:45 PM
Can you look on top of the cowl for the VIN stamped under the cowl grille ? That might clear the air a bit, but it could be difficult to get the owner to let you remove it. It doesn't look like a State plate, which would be affixed on the car if it was stolen/recovered/resold (usually has the State Of ______ stamped or headed on it). I've seen that done before, but look for the hidden VIN numbers if you can. Does look extremely bogus -

Regards,
Steve
325  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: Radiator upgrade on: September 29, 2013, 09:18:01 PM
The wire I indicate being in- plugged from switch is bc fan would not turn on and I unplugged and connected to battery to turn on fans and cool down.

Is that switch suppose to turn fans on once certain temp is reached?

Is the wire you show as "ground" actually attached as a ground, or does it terminate at a thermostatic switch ? Got to be a signal from a thermo source there somewhere to tell the relay to complete the circuit -

Regards,
Steve
326  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Just checking... on: September 28, 2013, 11:16:34 PM
I've seen several auctions over the years from this seller - his prices are always way up there. I'd keep looking.

He wants more for this alternator than I have an original L78 block advertised for. Some people think gold is made from cast aluminum - I guess a few years ago, it could have been, when money flowed a little quicker. I have the same general problem trying to find a decent 814 alternator now - 

Regards,
Steve
327  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: Gas type on: September 28, 2013, 11:05:15 PM
You might also stay away from ethanol, too. Stuff loves to eat rubber, nylon, gaskets and gas lines, needle tips, your pets, and has an affinity for water. Find yourself a station in the area that sells real gasoline. Buy a good performance additive, or tetraethyl lead from that guy in Georgia (if he still advertises it). Hard to find hi-performance high octane unleaded fuel at the pump any more - there used to be a couple of stations locally that sold Turbo Blue, but they are long since gone. I miss the smell of Holley aspirated 102 octane leaded gas - my eyes still water from the odor. Probably lost a few brain cells because of it, or maybe that was the other alcohol (non-ethanol).

Regards,
Steve
328  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Z28 Vin 124379N640319 on: September 21, 2013, 10:51:34 PM
At least it shows a certificate by Jerry - must be authentic and a matcher.
Never assume that.
You have to read the whole appraisal. I actually dislike that Jerry makes those certificates. They really don't tell anything, but it's what people show.

Kurt,

   I don't like to assume anything - I do have to bow to Jerry's knowledge and experience, plus the fact he hangs his reputation on the line every time he prints one of those. Maybe I should have stated "the car has to be pretty close to earn a certificate" ?

Regards,
Steve
329  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 Z28 Vin 124379N640319 on: September 18, 2013, 08:49:57 PM
It's been on ebay a few times.
I've never seen pic, but they said #'s match.
Next time on ebay, the car had a POP. No mention of it the first time - depending on the seller they may not have known what it was.....or it's new.



At least it shows a certificate by Jerry - must be authentic and a matcher.
330  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Did all 69Z28 cowl induction breathers have a flat bottom ? on: September 15, 2013, 10:37:52 PM
They look very similar. Pretty obvious that they modeled the repros from the second design - the details are there, the metal thickness is close, but the paint on most is just a little too glossy. I haven't been able to get close enough to one of the repro flat bottom cleaners to judge them, but the pics look spot on. At least someone finally put the notches on the air snorkels to really get the details more correct.

I will use my NOS 6485891 cleaner when I restore my X77 - I've had it too long to think about sending it down the pike or replacing it with a repro - 

Regards,
Steve
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