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316  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Identifying Original Console Gauges on: February 08, 2014, 05:34:38 PM

I need to clean my gauges up and get it all back together for going in the car and I have a couple of questions:
1)  My clear plastic lens over the gauges are 'scratched' and dull;  Any recommendations for polishing or replacing them?

Gary -

If your lenses are originals, and you are the detailed restorer that I think you are, look at the part number embossed on your lenses - you should see a "-1" and a "-2" on the two lenses. GM actually used two different part numbers, combined to a single number years later before they went discontinued. Polish them and keep them with the package. If they are tool deeply scratched to look decent, then I guess the solution is to replace.

317  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Seam sealer on: February 08, 2014, 05:22:56 PM
I used 3M, caulking gun application. Sets up perfectly - looks like factory sealer to me. I have always looked to use 3M products when I can - pretty reliable stuff. Plus, it's usually available through many different outlets -

Just my opinion -

318  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How big of a tire will fit on the front of a 69 on: February 06, 2014, 09:49:49 PM
My Pace Car rubbed on the actuator covers with FW series rallys and 235 tires. I am now running 205/50/15 TA's on the same FW's, and they do well. A little narrower than I wanted to run; shorter, too, but when I put NOS actuator covers on it I didn't want a repeat rub. Car sits well, almost like it's running 14 X 7 YJ's in stance.

319  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 4053 DZ carburator on: February 06, 2014, 09:42:23 PM
Hard to say if they would flow all of 800, but the combination of large valves, small chambers, big cam and the 472 intake could handle quite a bit. One problem that I know mine had (until I swapped it out for a 850 DP) was a noticeable hesitation, almost a bog, due to the small accelerator pump shot off idle. Fix turned out to be swapping the squirters, or drilling them: ultimate would be to use a Reo 50cc pump and cam, which would give enough fuel to get through the flat spot.

I ran the 850 for years - never a problem with loading up, or bog - of course, the 12.5:1 Manley's and the Sig Erson stick I installed in '75 may have stilted the results somewhat. The 302 would rev to near 8000 in stock form; I did this numerous times, until I snapped a stock spring on cylinder 4 (changed it in the parking lot of my dorm). Still have the spring, and no, it didn't drop the valve. Dang lucky -

320  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What we did during the Deep Freeze and Great Southern Blizzard of 2014 on: February 04, 2014, 09:24:38 AM
If you look closely at the pic, you'll notice there is not a single F body in the house. Every convertible Chevy made from 1926 on, but no Camaros - one good way to tell this is not me !

The Z will get assembled one day - hopefully by me. Too long a stretch like it is.


321  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: What we did during the Deep Freeze and Great Southern Blizzard of 2014 on: February 03, 2014, 11:06:09 PM
I like to kick back and choose which one I'm gonna start today, only I don't want to mess up the laser alignment of the tire treads on the floor. LOL -
322  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.

323  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 -

324  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 -
325  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.

326  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) ?

327  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 -

328  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 -
329  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 -
330  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 ?

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