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331  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: new restoration endevour on: November 01, 2013, 11:14:01 PM
If you're speaking of the rear package shelf, it is a card board type material; depending on your level of desired restoration, either replace it with NOS (they show up regularly on eBay - where I sold mine a couple of years' back), or purchase a quality repop, of which there are several manufacturers to choose from. Those things usually get pretty warped, stained and come apart - I don't know of anyone who could restore one. Be sure to get the one with the front padding attached, as originals were.

Great looking Z, by the way - gotta love those hidden gems and the resurrection from Garage Purgatory. Keep us all informed on your progress -

Regards,
Steve
332  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: welding on cast iron on: November 01, 2013, 11:03:04 PM
Depending on what part of the country you're in, try:

Automotive Restorations, Steve Babinsky, autorestnj@aol.com, 908-236-6400 (NJ)

A&C Casting Rebuilders, Rick Geertsma, www.accastingrebuilders.com, 866-935-3227 (CA)

Casting Salvage Technologies, www.therestorationshoponline.com, 800-833-8814 (VA)

I had my damaged Z passenger side exhaust repaired years ago using the pre-heat/post weld stress relief fusion method espoused by several of these guys, with perfect results - other than a "fresh" appearance, the repair was perfect (and still is, over 20 years later). Worked for me -

Regards,
Steve
333  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 124379N561026 in database?? on: October 29, 2013, 09:14:16 PM
Here are some pictures. Kind of a mess with the flashes placed just right, and the SO light depth of the stampings. I don't know about this one. Pretty scary.......Danny

Sanding scratches to cover feed lines from surfacing ? Too little of the deck surface in the shot to tell. Bulkhead reads "X5" or "X7" - can't tell. Deck stamp looks decent, but the whole thing gets worse all the time. Trans stamp looks decent. I'd bet the X55 stamp was original, then changed to an X77 at some point - you think ?

Like any other car - if all the documentation you have is a cowl tag, you'd best look real close - at everything.

Regards,
Steve
334  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 124379N561026 in database?? on: October 28, 2013, 06:06:39 PM
Tag from the 2008 post and the X77 tag. Subtle differences in font, but the obvious Mongolian is the change from X77 to X55 or vice versa somewhere along the line. What state did it end up in ? The car belongs in a Transformers movie.

Regards,
Steve
335  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 124379N561026 in database?? on: October 27, 2013, 09:52:42 PM
That is not the same tag from the old thread to the new one. The numbers stamped are but the tag isn't.

Mike

I agree it's not the same tag - that's the point. If this is the same owner as the car in the 2008 thread (that's why I asked if it was), it's obvious he had a new X77 tag made using the X55 tag info - maybe because he had a 386 block to go with the car originally, which would work with a 12B X77. Shame on him for a flagrant foul here - 
336  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: 124379N561026 in database?? on: October 27, 2013, 11:12:49 AM
Biggest brass cujones I have read about lately - man oh man, that's brazen. People apparently don't think about e-files and memories.
Same guy, or different owner ?

Regards,
Steve
337  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: goodyear polyglas tires on: October 25, 2013, 11:12:38 PM
No - this is not a right hand drive export Z28. The local photo shop was kind enough to reverse the field when they copied the slide - it's backwards.

Don't worry about the vintage '70's outside rear view mirrors - they are long gone, as are the traction bars. Pic was taken circa '76. Glad I didn't include the vintage mods I was gonna make - aftermarket T tops, lowered, black and gold paint scheme ala The Bandit. CB radio is long gone, too -

Regards,
Steve
338  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: goodyear polyglas tires on: October 25, 2013, 11:00:14 PM
My favorite tire on my Z was always the Goodyear Polyglas. The pic attached may be hard to see, but the tires are H60-15 and F70-15 Goodboots on the factory YH rims - these tires were on the car from '76 until a couple of years ago, when I finally sold them at the local auto flea market. Yes, they were a handful to drive, but a cooler tire never lived. Trips to the local 25 cent car wash always included a Brillo pad to clean the letters with -

Bias ply tires generally follow the ruts that are really on any road, interstates included. Ever notice how you can hydroplane easier in the right lane at speed on an interstate ? It's because of the slight depressions from trucks and heavy traffic in that lane, constantly, that funnel water in the lane, causing it to puddle and wedge under the tires. Radials resist it better, but bias ply builds are more sensitive to changes in the road surface. Couple that with manual steering, quick ratio, and these things were a challenge to drive - but I still love them (for the look !).

Driving my Pace Car home after purchase, some 125 miles in several July thunderstorms, was downright horrendous after so many years of radial tire equipped company vehicles (at high speeds). Car was all over the road, darting everywhere, hydroplaning, and drifting from side to side. First purchase after I got it home was a set of B.F. Goodrich Radial T/A's, which dramatically cured the ills noted on the ride home. I resolved never to run bias plies on the street, but as a show tire Goodyears still have the charisma.

Shame that Goodyear can't build a radial that looks like a Polyglas GT or Wide Tread GT of old -
 
Regards,
Steve
339  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Z on: October 23, 2013, 11:23:53 PM
Just because it is a 12B car doesn't mean it was finished that same week..   Wink


I feel like the rear is definitely possible for that car.  Of course without papers it will be a useless discussion..

I'll second the motion. Fisher Body assigned/attached the tag, but the car could have finished in the 3rd week, easily. MSO's were usually cut the day they were finished (I don't believe later than one day afterwards); an example is my 01C X77, which was assigned it's MSO to the dealer on 1/28. My car could have had it's trim tag assigned as late as 1/23 or 1/24 and still been in the third week.

Your 12B Z could have been finished as late as 12/18 - 12/20, which could give you nearly a full week after tag assignment before assembly. An MSO or POP would tell you for sure, obviously, but there is a precedent for close deliveries on some drivetrains as many threads have noted in the forum. I vote for "it's possible".

As always, my own opinion -

Regards,
Steve
340  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: CRG t-shirts - How to order on: October 23, 2013, 10:05:38 PM
Steve,

Received today - fit is perfect, excellent quality shirts. Thanks again for the effort and your patience -

Regards,
Steve
341  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Right Stuff Detailing spindle quality ??? on: October 22, 2013, 11:42:30 PM
Out of curiosity, where is your spindle wear evident ? Seal or bearing areas ? Seal surfaces can be repaired by using spindle savers, which can stretch your life out quite a bit, but if you've mangled the bearing mount areas you might as well replace them. If heat damage is evident, replace 'em. If you're unsure about them with slight wear, have them Magnafluxed to give you some piece of mind.

I posted this statement earlier tonight - don't buy imports that you can't be sure of the quality of the part. All of them are "CNC machined", material types are important (1045 is tough, 1144 is good, 1040V vanadium steel is used a lot in suspension parts nowadays), as is traceability to the manufacturer. Don't trust your life and the lives of people on the road to an unknown source, not to mention your prized possesion; don't sacrifice safety and quality in trying to save a buck. Just my opinion.

I have purchased fuel and brake lines from Right Stuff, well pleased with the quality, but I have not sourced spindles from them. As with everything today, if it doesn't say "Made in the USA", it ain't.

Regards,
Steve
342  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Oil Pan Drain Plug on: October 22, 2013, 11:04:42 PM
Check this one out, from an NOS '69 dated pan I have salted away. I'll check out my 01C pan this weekend when I can get to it - bet it's an "A" as well ("A" seems to be popular - I've seen several of them).

Regards,
Steve
343  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: disc brake conversion on: October 22, 2013, 08:11:46 PM
The difference between the drum spindle and disc spindle is one bolt - the top pivot/shoe stop (drum) bolt size and boss, which becomes the new caliper bracket bolt hole, plus the part number. If you can get a machine shop to mill the boss down, and retap the bolt thread, the spindle will bolt right back up and will work with factory components. I've known several people that have done it. Another option would be to use an alternative GM body spindle (there are actually a number of exchange vehicles that use the same spindles) - check a Hollander manual. Several of these might use a different steering geometry, and might require either steering arm reversals, or the use of Camaro steering arms as a worst case (still cheaper than buying new). Boneyards are cheap sources.

The only thing I wouldn't trust is an import knock-off - if you buy new, try to make sure it's USA made, rather than trust your ride and your life to an unknown -
344  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
345  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
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