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61  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 tilt column research looking for original info on: March 20, 2014, 09:38:04 PM
As I stated earlier,a little stupidity will go a long way. I am now afraid to go look at the supposedly "original" tilt wheel I bought and installed in the early 80s. I will blame this on Al Gore for not " inventing "the Internet earlier. Yes that's it,that's why I screwed up an original 1969 Lemans Blue X-55 SS 350 by turning it into a White Z 28/RS. There was no Internet ! Now you guys make me feel like a real idiot. Thanks to this site and all you guys for putting me on the right path to a correct restoration of my Camaro! Good luck to all on your projects!
I don't care what you say, I still like you and your car...just don't mention that A*****e, Al Gore on the site again.lol.

Ya'll stop dissing my neighbor (he grew up in the county next to mine). The only thing he's guilty of (lately) is causing global warming. Hot this winter, wasn't it ?
62  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 69 x77 originality on: March 19, 2014, 10:42:33 PM
Gas line ? Should be 3/8 single. Speedo clip on firewall ? Muncie location. Bulkhead crayon marks behind rear seat ? X3 might be there. Disc brake backing plate tags ? Long shot, but not always messed with.

Brake line under drivers door - one piece or residual valve (not always an indicator, but my X77 is a one piece, 01C January car).

4 leafs helps, but with no paperwork it still a guess. Intact TT is good. Post pics !

63  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: widow felts nos vs. A.Mrkt. on: March 19, 2014, 10:25:06 PM
I've got a set of NOS outers if you need some detailed pics. Outer fuzzies for '68 upper door molds if you need a look at those, too.

Steve

Send them to me and i'll lay them side by side with the PUI's and take some good photos..       Smiley

I may wear overalls occasionally, and go barefoot, but I didn't fall off the turnip wagon yesterday - I do have some Mushrat parts I could send instead -

HuhHuh ..  Smiley     Would that be an FMC product?Huh 

FoMoCo, originators of the Rustang. Actually, I don't mind the early ones, I just grew up not being able to pronounce car companies that started with "F", even with four letters -
64  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: widow felts nos vs. A.Mrkt. on: March 19, 2014, 07:59:08 PM
I've got a set of NOS outers if you need some detailed pics. Outer fuzzies for '68 upper door molds if you need a look at those, too.

Steve

Send them to me and i'll lay them side by side with the PUI's and take some good photos..       Smiley

I may wear overalls occasionally, and go barefoot, but I didn't fall off the turnip wagon yesterday - I do have some Mushrat parts I could send instead -
65  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 67 L78 for sale on: March 18, 2014, 10:22:22 PM
Somebody's going to get a decent project car - not too bad. Shame it's not a numbers car - there's a lot there to work with.

Steve
66  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Yanko on: March 18, 2014, 10:17:27 PM
Love that Trim Type: "Yanko". Truly describes what the seller is attempting to do with your wallet -
67  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Finally! A Camaro that makes mine look good! on: March 18, 2014, 10:14:51 PM
Not only is the seller firm on $20K, but what you see is all that goes with the car - nothing. I'd like to meet this guy, just to see if he is an off-world alien.
68  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: widow felts nos vs. A.Mrkt. on: March 18, 2014, 10:05:59 PM
I've got a set of NOS outers if you need some detailed pics. Outer fuzzies for '68 upper door molds if you need a look at those, too.

Steve
69  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Muncie cleaning on: March 18, 2014, 10:02:02 PM
I'd stick with chemical cleaning. Carb cleaner and brake cleaner both work acceptably: I used a combination of brake cleaner (dip bucket) and Comet Cleanser on my valve covers/intake during a rebuild in '75 - came out pretty close to the original appearance IMO. Glass beading always leaves a tell tale look to it -

Steve
70  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Trim Vinyl top ? on: March 18, 2014, 09:54:54 PM
Your speaker holes are gigantic.

 lol.. I know thats what happens when 16 year old kid puts new speakers in. There are to many things to count that I've done to this poor car over the years I wish I could take back. Sad

I sure know where your coming from. I got my car in 76 and was 19 at the time. I'm still kicking myself in the butt for some of the things I did. At one point I was going to install a T-Top. Boy I'm glad that never happened.

Precisely what I envisoned in '78. I was selling Porta Band Saws to the custom shops around here that were installing Hurst T-Tops, and it got pretty close to happening. Nearly to the custom stage, I thought about it long enough to recognize originality was probably better. Reading Super Chevy and attending Super Chevy shows starting in the mid-80's cinched the deal. Started spending on NOS parts in 1980 instead of aftermarket -

Steve
71  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Finally! A Camaro that makes mine look good! on: March 18, 2014, 09:42:42 PM
Marry it with this one in the local CL for $20K firm, and you might have the start of a recognizeable car - hilarious.
72  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Finally! A Camaro that makes mine look good! on: March 18, 2014, 09:35:57 PM
Tach looks good - wonder if the 12 bolt is still under it ?

Makes my barn car look show worthy -

73  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: The CRG in Hemmings Motor News on: March 16, 2014, 10:36:16 PM
According to some, the "G" is one of two in Hugger Orange -

My bad -
74  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: 68 Z engine parts on: March 16, 2014, 12:35:23 PM
"He said he uses a new tap on every job and said if it gets too hot while tapping, it can crack the bosses".

Admirable, but before I would start the tap, I would make sure the starting hole size is correct for the thread limits. Too small of a starting hole size can put too much pressure on a thin walled part or feature, which could cause cracking (or usually tap breakage). Force it, and somethings got to give. Should be using a bottoming style/blind hole tap as well - a plug will tend to torque into the part, another accident waiting to happen.

Tap speed is actually pretty low in surface feet/minute - if the hole size is right, and you use Tap Eze or a tapping lubricant of any type, cutting zone temperature are cool to the touch. Heat should come out with the chip -   

75  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: when we can no longer wrench... :) on: March 15, 2014, 09:30:30 AM
There's a point here - I may be 60, but I feel a lot younger when I'm working on my cars - therapy - always have. But it's a fact of life in two directions; Aging is inevitable, and the average age of First Gen car owners is moving along with our age bracket. A lot of us acquired our Camaros years ago, when they were affordable, and working on your vehicle was a lot easier in terms of actually being able to with common hand tools and a piece of cardboard to lay on. I wouldn't envy an enthusiast trying to get into a Camaro restoration nowadays - it's ferociously expensive compared to what it was. My X77 was $1600.00 when I bought it in '73, the Pace Car was not too bad in '94, the L78 was downright cheap in '96 compared to what it's worth today. I sold my LS5 to afford my '68, so all in all it was not bad either. To replicate what I own in this day and time would be out of reach for me, and probably for a lot of people (otherwise everybody would have one in the garage).

Just my opinion -

Regards,
Steve
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