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    Would a 7500 watt heater be enough?

    Wasn’t sure where to post this. I’ve seen a bunch of different rule of thumbs for sizing heaters for a garage and want to make sure I use the right one. my space is an attached garage that is about 25 feet wide and 23 feet deep with 12 foot ceilings. The walls and ceiling are finished with...
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    Timing cover seal leak

    I’ve got a bbc in my car and have an annoying oil leak around the harmonic balancer seal. i run a pcv valve. The engine was rebuilt before I installed it in the car and originally used the damper that came with the engine. After the leak developed, I pulled the damper and installed a new...
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    Where did you mount your remote oil filter?

    Where have you guys mounted your remote oil filter mount? I’ve got a bbc with headers in a 70 camaro with a manual trans and the stock z bar. I used to be able to just barely sneak the pf454 oil filter between the header tubes while spilling oil all over. Now they changed the crimp of the...
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    Where can I get the “playdo” used behind the kick panels?

    Where can I get the “playdo “ like material that seals the kick panels to the car body on a 1970 camaro? when I took my car apart all those years ago, I didn’t understand why there was gray modeling clay like material behind them. Now I understand as I drive the car and the draft from the cowl...
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    Any ideas for useful reverse lights?

    Does anyone have good ideas for bright reverse lights on a 1970 camaro? I took the light buckets apart and painted the inside silver hoping for better reflection (They were dirty and while I had them apart to clean I painted them). I’ve tried superbrightled and also luyed brand led bulbs...
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    Homemade obstruction wrench to adjust door

    I got tired of my flex head ratchet falling off the door hinge bolts and couldn’t find the proper tool for the job, which is J-22810, so I decided to make my own. It’s not exactly the same, but close enough. I bought a cheap 36” quick clamp from harbor freight for $8 figuring after I cut the...
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    Adjust door hinges on an assembled car?

    Does anyone have tips/info on adjusting door hinges on an assembled car? I know there is a special wrench to loosen the bolts on the body to hinge bolts, but I need the door fully open to fit something and then I don’t have leverage to move the door. appreciate any advice, besides taking the...
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    Vacuum leak on ac controls

    I have a 1970 camaro with factory ac. While installing the ac system in the car, I decided to test for leaks by connecting a vacuum pump to the ac vacuum line that goes to the engine. When I did this, I have a small vacuum leak. So I took the control switch assembly out of the dash and pulled...
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    Using Vacuum to determine when to shift?

    I was talking with my dad the other day and he said when he raced back in the 60s, his cars had vacuum operated windshield wipers and they would turn them on at the starting line. As they got going, the wipers would stop because there was almost no vacuum at wide open throttle. He said as soon...
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    3 core aluminum radiators?

    I’ve got a copper radiator in my 70 with a mild 454. It doesn’t overheat, but when it’s hot out it does get hot. Since I put the fan shroud on (mechanical clutch fan - I don’t want electric fans), it now is cooler at idle, but when driving on the highway it runs about 10 deg hotter (about...
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    Fuel popping out of primaries

    I was messing around with my car today and wanted to check the timing curve as I’m still trying to tune it in since I finally got my fan shroud installed last night. It’s a low compression (about 9:1) bbc with a mild 228/238 @ 50 cam with .570 lift and 114 lobe separation. Hydraulic Flat...
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    What are you doing for a spare tire?

    As the title says, I’m curious what everyone is doing for spare tires. I have a 1970. It’s not stock and so I’m not concerned about numbers correct. The reason I ask is, I want to run a space saver spare instead of a full size spare, but if I’m going to spend a bunch of money, I’d like to get...
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    Questions on using a mig to remove a broken bolt

    I’ve used a mig to remove broken bolts from a couple different engines in the past and had good luck with it. however this time it’s kicking my butt and I’m not having much luck. I don’t remember what welder settings I used last time and was wondering if you guys have advice? I’ve got a...
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    Repair torn weatherstripping?

    I’ve got new weatherstripping on my driver door that tore because it wasn’t glued onto the door, only held by the screws. I’d like to repair it for now and eventually replace it. The instructions mention using “crazy glue” to repair tears. In searching online, I’ve seen some people say crazy...
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    Fan shroud options

    I’ve put a big block in my 1970 with a mechanically fan and fan clutch. When I put the car together, it was originally a 350 car with ac, but I bought it without an engine and most other things. I bought a radiator years ago that was in stock at the local auto parts place when I first put it...
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    To rain gutter or not to....

    I’ve been putting my 1970 back together after paint and I’m debating on if I should put the rain gutters back on when I install the window weatherstripping. The chrome on the original ones I have are scratched up when you look at them close. From a distant they aren’t too bad. So I wasn’t...
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    Question on optimizing base timing

    are there any good indications of how to find optimum base (initial timing)? Most people say set it at 10-14 deg and forget it. Others say, set the max total advance you want and don’t worry about the base timing. I plan to recurve my distributor so this isn’t an issue (I.e. limit my mech...
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    washer on metal valve stem

    what is the proper orientation of the washer on a metal valve stem (aka clamp on valve stem)? I know the one rubber washer goes on the stem and then is inserted through the wheel. Then the washer goes on and then the nut. The washer has a cup to it (not really concave, as it’s flat where...
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    How to chrome script after painting plastic

    After following the excellent advice on here about painting the plastic dash pieces, my dash looked awesome! However, the “camaro” script on my glove box door was also now all black. I picked up a “paint pen” online from Germany that makes it look like brand new chrome! It’s from “Molotow”...
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    Fix for aftermarket interior door handles

    I bought new interior door handles for my car. After reading reviews on multiple websites, it seems all of them have the same problem: the handle wobbles on the pivot. Since I didn’t have door handles for these doors, I needed something and had to buy them anyway. After getting them, I...




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