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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 04, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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I have been meaning to ask this for awhile. The guy who restored my car now has a 68' Z-28 in his shop for a customer. This was a strip car but was never cut up and amazingly retained the original power plant along with just about everything else. Although decked at one time the numbers matching the VIN are readable.

Anyway, upon taking the motor apart a crack was noticed on a lifter hole going about an inch up on the cylinder side. Is something like this in any way repairable? It would be a shame not to be able to use the original as this car is undergoing a rotisserie restoration. Thanks!

1968 SS 350 Camaro, 4-speed, California car, restoration complete. Brought back to life after almost 27 years of silence!

Built: 3rd week of July, 1968
Silenced: 12/12/1978
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 04, 02:38 PM
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Call Gary at Lock & Stitch http://www.locknstitch.com/ and ask him if there is anyone in your area using his method to fix cracks. It works very well when done properly.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 04, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, that is something. The website was very informative. I may just see about having this guy send the block direct IF there is no one around here that does the repairs. While I have no stake in this I do think it would be cool to complete this car back to its original factory trim. I think he is under the impression that it is not repairable. I think almost anything is possible nowadays.

Thanks for the info!!!!

1968 SS 350 Camaro, 4-speed, California car, restoration complete. Brought back to life after almost 27 years of silence!

Built: 3rd week of July, 1968
Silenced: 12/12/1978
Resurrected: 05/01/2005
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 04, 10:08 AM
 
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OR, he can hunt up a big over the road rig diesel truck welding repair head/block shop that should be able to furnace weld it back to new!!

There is a place called "Chapin Head Shop" or some such name in a little-bitty place, "Chapin, IL", out in the middle of nowhere along the N&S RR tracks west of Jacksonville, IL, that does this professionally if you want to look into it??

BUT, cast-iron has to be furnace welded PROFESSIONALLY!!!!!!!

I got to watch onna the guy's gas weld a part hot while set up in an open topped forge type furnace... Hot job to say the least b/c the part was a dull cherry red if I remember right??

This was years ago when I was young and still a Tamper Operator on the N&S-RR Tie Gang..

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