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Mike S

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Body shim thickness
« on: July 27, 2016, 02:37:34 PM »
 In the '67 AIM I see only one shim referenced (P/N 3711834) for fender shims and they measure to approximately 1/8" thickness. All of the shims I have are original (square outside edges with some stamped 'P') but one in a stack I have has a square outside edge (no stamp) and is only 1/16" thick. I suspect I may have added that back in the 80's when I first restored the convertible but I can't say for sure.
  Has anyone seen an original Camaro shim thickness other than 1/8"?

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Mike
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Re: Body shim thickness
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2016, 03:21:23 PM »
I have personally removed 1/16 however I do not know if any have been from 67's.
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Re: Body shim thickness
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2016, 03:00:36 AM »
Mike, I posted a few years back about 5 or 6 different shims that were in the shop in our parts bin.  I just grabbed some.  Let me see if I can find the pic.  I don't remember what year they were.  We parted out dozens of cars (mid 50s to early 70s cars) in the time period of the mid 70s to early 90s.

OK, I found the pic.  Can't remember the thickness, but I think there were two sizes.

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Re: Body shim thickness
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2016, 11:49:35 PM »
   Thanks, Bryon. The square shim with the quarter above it looks like the one though all of the ones I have a slight cut on the inner leg edge. But, you do see how square that is compared to the reproductions which have slightly rounded corners. I wonder if these shapes varied between years and manufactures. Aside from the top middle shim used for front end alignments, I've not seen the others before.

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Re: Body shim thickness
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2016, 02:09:48 AM »
We probably had more than a gallon bucket full of shims in the parts bin 30-35 years ago. I will try to look again when I can in about 10 days.
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Re: Body shim thickness
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2016, 11:58:13 AM »
I removed 1/16" shims from a '67 I'm doing. 

That upper middle shim in Bryon's photo is not an alignment shim, it is too large and the wrong shape. I have removed that style shown and it was used as a body shim.
Shims removed have 90 corners except the inside which have 45 cuts.

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Re: Body shim thickness
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2016, 04:04:52 PM »
Hi Scott,
   I thought that middle was an alignment shim, but I'm doing this from memory. The handle is what made me think that.
So the 1/16th may well be original then. It has the sharp 90 degree edges but just no 45 degree cut on the inside legs as the 1/8" shim which is why I though maybe I added it. Then again, I'm sure there were different suppliers back then too which may account for slight variances in shape.

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Mike
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