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16  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: August 21, 2014, 02:54:51 PM
Lefty "loosey"

Not going to write a lot about it because it may only confuse you.

How are you checking TDC ? Both valves (I/E) closed? While you are into it.....pick up some Miister Gasket timing tape for your balancer...trust me on this. Also ,I believe John Z has an article on finding if your "pointer" (on timing cover) is off in relation to the line on your balancer. You may find it to be a few degrees off.

May be as simple as when they,at one time,pulled the distributor they just set it back in the easiest way it would drop in.And rerouted the plug wires to compensate on the cap.

Also when you put it back in,give the gear up a good coating of assembly lube.

17  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Decoding/Numbers / Re: Newbie looking for advice on: August 21, 2014, 08:00:04 AM
Gary helped me through it.
18  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 68 Transmission Tunnel cut out identification on: August 20, 2014, 09:35:21 AM
As usual ,I agree with you Cook. Never had to cut mine and over the years I had a Hurst Comp shifter and a B & M Ratchet when it had the auto . No bells and whistles were on it however. Something like a Cheetah (superior Smiley has a lot of beef under it.
19  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Z/28 X77 garage/barn find on: August 20, 2014, 07:08:28 AM
They are in great shape, just keep up with the elbow grease. Underside actually looks normal, don't worry about it. Try Murphy's Oil soap with a soft scrub brush (tooth) on them. Should cut through the remaining dirt. Don't worry if they appear dull at first, interior protectant will bring the shine back.
20  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Harmonic Balancer for 302, need the circumference? on: August 18, 2014, 08:44:26 PM
   email Cook, great thread on setting valves cold. Nice guy. Have not done it in years ,but he's right on the money. I switched to Harland Sharp's rockers ,beat the car and never had them out of spec again......when I ran a solid lifter  cam.
21  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Camaro Performers magazine discontinued. GONE I TELL YOU....GONE GONE GONE!!! on: August 18, 2014, 08:37:22 PM
Video killed the radio star ,internet killed mags and newspapers. I agree with Kurt ,keep it to cars.
22  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: front coil springs for L-89 with alum heads on: August 18, 2014, 08:32:36 PM
yea well, Qa-1 have carried me 138 under 10.3 in a 89" wb car ,but different website Wink Company out of PA. winds a good spring too ,but the ones I've listed seems to be status quo for this site. Not even getting into dynamics between different rates rears vs. front and disturbances in deceleration..eg.. rear wheel hop. Basically stock BB aluminum headed Camaro should be no big deal.
23  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: front coil springs for L-89 with alum heads on: August 18, 2014, 06:09:46 AM
Eaton Detroit Spring Co.

Camaro Specialties

24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: My New '68 Camaro Z/28 Butternut Yellow on: August 17, 2014, 08:06:37 AM
You probably already know ,just a reminder. When you pull your distributor make sure #1 cylinder on TDC: I/E rockers should be "loose" as both valves are closed, pull your dist cap, rotor should be pointing to, or real close to #1 cylinder. Dis connect your battery Cheesy This way everything will already be set for you when you are ready to reinstall.


If you do roll the engine over, or already pulled it...the above is what you want to check  before installation.

"putting it in the way it came out" works....if no crank rotation and you know rotor alignment. I've always taken the few minutes to align as above ,and never installed one 180 out.--steve
25  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: front coil springs for L-89 with alum heads on: August 15, 2014, 10:36:05 PM
Want exact ? Four point scale the car with normal load (passengers ,full fuel tank, etc ) compare the results to Eaton spring recommendations. Rule of thumb an aluminum headed big block=cast iron headed small block ,all things being equal with accessories for street. Don't have access to a 4 wheel scale? Give them a call and see what they say.


Spring rate is very important (front, rear) based on what you are doing with the car. Finding  load and demand is a must in determining rate for your particular application.

QA-1 tech is another great source in determining the proper spring for your build.
26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: where can I buy a manuel steering gear box rebuild kit on: August 15, 2014, 07:32:41 PM
Pro Steering Systems

Know nothing of them, but they are one of the links on this site.
27  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Camaro Performers magazine discontinued. GONE I TELL YOU....GONE GONE GONE!!! on: August 15, 2014, 10:09:43 AM
Sounds like a week I had a few months ago.  And "online" is killing print on paper. I still like books, not a Kindle fan.

 Remember the catch phrase "disposable income " ? Guess it's been disposed of.

If you have a child in college....costs are truly through the roof, say from just 10 years ago. Believe me brother ,if your out earning a living, we're all in the same boat.

28  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: The Vince Piggins Camaro on: August 13, 2014, 07:51:53 PM
DITTO
29  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / technical articles by JohnZ on: August 09, 2014, 02:02:55 PM
Reminder, for those that do not know , JohnZ has posted a series of wonderful articles pertaining to timing , cooling system ,valve adjustment etc.  Written in easy to understand format pertaining to principal/ troubleshooting. I've posted before : great as a refresher or a must read if you are just getting in to theses old cars. Just click on Technical Articles on the home page.

Would help many a poster from running in circles when they are having some issues and are looking for help. Take the time to read over these first , everybody here likes to lend a hand so to speak, and some of the replies just might seem a little clearer. Unfortunately, you just can't stop by with a 12 pack Wink
30  Model Specific Discussions / Trans-Am Camaros / Re: Trans Am racing pace car pics...are there any? on: August 08, 2014, 10:27:33 AM
Agreed, just picking on Darrell a little Grin
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