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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 02, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone. Great site. Have been reading for a week or two and registered yesterday.
Al, thanx for the quick response regarding my username problem. Sounds like a lot of
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Where there any 69 base camaro coupes produced having a coolant recovery/reservoir
system, or did they just have overflow tubes. On the same car, when looking at the fuel gauge, what is in the lower half of that gauge? There are lines of divisions or increments, as if for an option.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 02, 03:09 PM
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No coolant recovery system on a 69. The extra marks on the fuel gauge are decoration only. There is no option that would be added to the gauge.
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 02, 05:18 AM
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ditto. And welcome aboard by the way!
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 02, 05:34 AM
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Welcome ! Unless you're concerned with originality, I'd put a recovery bottle on it. They're cheap and it's easy to do. That way your radiator can stay full at all times.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 02, 07:25 AM
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I put in the RS washer bottle and use it as a recovery system. Sano look to it.

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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 02, 10:16 AM
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yes, i agree with the washer bottle as recovery tank. I recently did this on my '68 as I don't use the washer anyway.
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 02, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thanx for the input guys. The 69 that I bought had a recovery system in it but looked a little make-shift and was missing the lid, which led to my question. When I tried D&R and Ricks, the resevoir was not available. I was initially concerned with originality but since it doesn't apply, the washer bottle is a good idea, and I agree it
is a good idea to have one. Also, I'm a little perplexed about the lower half of the fuel gauge and why GM would do that, but if you say its decoration, I'll buy that. I'll have a few questions in the tag team area in a day or so if your interested.

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 02, 03:46 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RickD:
I put in the RS washer bottle and use it as a recovery system. Sano look to it.

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My dad suggested wiring an antifreeze bottle under the hood. I think he was joking.

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 02, 03:54 PM
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The anti-freeze bottle thing has been done and I bet by more here then people would like to say, esp in years gone past

But go with the RS bottle. nice and neat/clean looking

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 02, 05:12 PM
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The washer bottle setup works great and it looks like a factory setup!
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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 02, 01:52 AM
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Welcome to the Club.

And yes, washer bottle works fine.

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Ok, I don't have any idea what you guys are talking about. Where do you mount the washer bottle and how do you hook it up?
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 02, 04:41 AM
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since I don't use my window washers, I used the stock bottle in the stock location on the driver's side of the radiator core support. There are a few different bottle locations from the factory, but this is where mine was. Then, run the washer tube under the fan shroud upper bracket over to the passenger's side of the radiator, and thread the tube into the rubber overflow tube. Then, put a hose clamp on it. I first measured and trimmed down both tubes so as not to have too much excess hanging down.
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It's been my experience that a properly working system doesn't spit-up. My current '69 hasn't in 3+ years. I know it's required for at the track and with antifreeze being toxic to pets I agree a recovery tank is a good idea. What cap are you guys using? How is the washer jug being used? Just as a catch can or are you doing something to make it be a true 2 way system? And last question, don't you plan on using your wipers and having a fluid system to go with them? I may be a lone soldier here but it bugs me when the little things don't work!! No I'm not a numbers guy!!!

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Dennis,

You are correct in saying the system doesn't overflow. However, one who removes the cap and finds the level lower, one will most by natural instinct add water. Crank up engine, and if a 16 lb cap is not installed, it punks out.

The washer fluid container is ideal as boodlefoof suggests. The washer bottle top has a hose going from the nipple on the bottom of the cap to the bottom of the tank. I use mine for the same purpose. Only I have a 22 lb cap, so, I don't have to worry too much about overflowing, just bursting a hose. If you're gonna do it, do it right!!

All I can say is "Real race cars don't have wipers." Hence, no need for washers.

However, all is not lost. There are aftermarket overflow tanks out there for the use. Kindda cheesy, but, doable.

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