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16  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Booster check valves on: November 20, 2014, 07:55:34 AM
Inside of the check valve is a spring and rubber diaphragm. The ribbed cap is glued (epoxied) to the body capturing both the spring and diaphragm. There is no way to remove the ribbed cap without totally destroying it.

You might might, however, get lucky like what happened to me. The ribbed cap on my original valve was not epoxied very well and literally just fell apart. This happened about 25 years ago. I was silly enough to put the body and cap (the spring and diaphragm were long gone) in a zip lock bag and threw it in my parts stash. Fast forward 25 years. When I discovered that all of the reproductions are not manufactured to appear as the original, I purchased a reproduction valve. Using a Drexel tool I carefully cut off the cap on the reproduction valve, removed the spring and rubber diaphragm and then reassembled them into my original valve using super glue to adhere the cap to the body. It now looks correct and functions perfectly.

If you're looking for correctness in your restoration, your best best is to scour the junkyards and swap meets and take the route that I did.

Good luck,

17  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Who makes most accurate Spark Plug Wire sets? Also heartbeats transveres Muffler on: November 19, 2014, 10:30:51 PM
I purchased a Gardner system last year and unfortunately the muffler problem reported by PaceCar Jeff still exists. You're right Chick, they do offer the best of what's out there and all of the rest of the exhaust system components are spot on in terms of quality and correctness. It's too bad the muffler problem hasn't been corrected.

18  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Booster check valves on: November 17, 2014, 10:14:42 PM
This is what I have on my 68 SS L35 which I believe to be original to the car.

19  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Shipping Data Report vs Trim Tag on: November 03, 2014, 06:06:14 PM
Thanks Kurt. I wondered when the trim tag was applied. It now makes perfect sense to me why certain components are dated after the trim tag date but before the production date.

Thanks as well Paul. Looks like your car has an even bigger spread than mine between the trim tag date and the production date.

20  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Shipping Data Report vs Trim Tag on: November 01, 2014, 04:34:31 PM
I just received the shipping data report for my '68. The production date in the report is listed as February 15, 1968. The trim tag on my car is 01D (4th week of January). Is it unusual for the production date to be later than the date on the trim tag?

I've confirmed that there was a GM strike in January '68 so maybe my car got held up because of the strike??? There are a few assemblies and parts on my car which sort of points to this theory; (rear axle assembly is dated February 7, 1968, steering box is dated February 7, 1968, rear brake e-brake brackets dated February 5 and 6, 1968 and power brake booster is dated February 2, 1968).

Anyone else have a Camaro built around this time frame that has seen the same thing?


21  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Radio Delete Block-off Plug on: October 27, 2014, 10:13:51 PM
Here is a pic of the plug on my 01D '68 rear mounted antenna. VERY  difficult read. The numbers appear to be 805843. Opposite the numbers are some additional numbers which look like ?91.

Hope this helps,

22  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: Where to find a divorced choke kit for a Rochester 2 barrel dualjet on: June 19, 2014, 09:34:44 PM
Check out this site: I purchased my BB choke rod from them and it fit like a glove.

23  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: TH400 Kickdown Harness Clip on: June 19, 2014, 08:50:28 PM

Thanks for the reply. Much appreciated!

I was over a friends house last night who happened to have a TH400 lying around. We checked it for the clip and lo and behold there was one on it! Now, I'm not 100% certain it's correct but I've searched the web high and low and have come up completely empty on what this darn clip is suppose to look like.  He was kind enough to give me both the clip and screw, which BTW is another tough one to find! It happens to be the same screw that secures the fuel tank sending unit ground wire to frame rail but it's a real odd size that neither AMK or no else for that matter, offers.

So until I can confirm what the clip actually looks like I'm going to run with what I now have. It'll be a while before the engine and tranny are in the car so my hunt continues.  Smiley

BTW...My car does not have AC.

Once again, thanks for the reply.

24  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: A.I.R Smog Diverter valve on: June 17, 2014, 08:28:26 PM
Here is the CRG report:

It does seem odd that a BB would have the 4 blade fan but if you didn't spring for the K02 option that's what came as standard.

It actually cools quite good. Always runs between 180-200 degrees.

25  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: A.I.R Smog Diverter valve on: June 17, 2014, 02:24:41 PM

Yes. The clutch fan (RPO K02) was included on cars with AC, 396/375 engines or Z28.

26  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: A.I.R Smog Diverter valve on: June 17, 2014, 11:56:44 AM
Bill is a great guy and does top notch work. I bought my complete smog set-up from him a few months ago. Highly recommend!
27  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Who's coming to Frederick and/or Carlisle this week on: June 15, 2014, 08:08:41 PM

I probably won't make it down to Frederick until Saturday due to some other commitments on Friday. If time permits, I'll be swinging by Carlisle on the way back home in my hunt for the last of the ever elusive parts I need for my build.

One of these we'll get to meet face to face!  Smiley

28  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / TH400 Kickdown Harness Clip on: June 15, 2014, 08:58:27 AM
Does anyone know who might sell the clip that secures the kickdown harness to the transmission on a TH400? I'm not having much luck in locating one. The GM part number is 1368774. Item 2 in the attached picture. Item 3, screw, (p/n 3837950) is also pretty tough to find. This is for a '68 L35.

A picture from a members car might also help.


29  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 12 Bolt Vent Tube on: May 27, 2014, 07:57:49 PM

Yes. It was the all white version and looks exactly like the one that Chick posted earlier. Perhaps their on-line catalog isn't up to date. I too, searched high and low for a long time to find the correct all white version and after stumbling across Bair's at Carlisle (and reading Chick's post) it was a no brainer to buy one. My rear still has the faded yellow vent tube but for a dollar I just couldn't pass it up.  Grin

You may want to give them a call. Ask for Brian...he's a real nice guy and I'm sure would be happy to help. Bair's riveted my upper ball joints about a year ago and do top notch quality work.

Let me know how you make out.

30  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: 1969 12 Bolt Vent Tube on: May 27, 2014, 05:56:55 PM

Bair's Corvettes ( sells them. I got mine at Carlisle from them a few weeks ago.....a bank busting $1.00! 😄

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