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Just purchased a documented unmolested 48,000 mile '68 RS conv. fully loaded, incl. orig console 8-track and the "Fiber Optics" option. I understand the 'optics' option was RARE and told exceptionally rare on a Conv. However, what IS its purpose...exactly? Esp. the "pod" in the back??? I'm having hard time finding any info on this option. Any info is helpful.

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Its purpose was to inform the driver of any "burned out" bulbs. As the turn signal bulb flashes, the light is carried throught the fiber optic cable and flashes in the vigilate.

The two on the fenders are for the front turn signals while the "pod is for the rear lights.

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Just to add to the info Steve has provided. They also monitor the running lights and headlights. and to give you an idea of value I have seen them on ebay NOS starting at $2,000. My '69 came with them as well but some of the fiber and ends are missing. It's time for me to start looking at the junk yards!

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DjD,

What are the more difficult pieces to find?

I have three (two of a left or right?, one of the other) front fender pieces. I think. I scored them off a late 60's wagon in the boneyard about 15 years ago. If they were correct, and I could find the interior bits at a reasonable price, I'd do the deed.

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You can get the chrome covers through repro dealers. I haven't seen the fiber or the plastic with the lenses anywhere but ebay. There are special metal ferrals on the ends of the fiber used to keep the fiber in place.(these could be fab'd from thin tubing) Also there are special sockets and gromets to attach the fiber to each light. The rear setup is different on the convertible because it doesn't mount on the package tray like the coupe...

GM actually put this monitoring system on a bunch of different models just not many on each! If you find a car at the junk yard with fiber it could be worth the effort to salvage it, just take care in removing so it doesn't get dammaged.

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It might be helpful if you know someone who works with AT&T or some other cabling company that works with fiber optic cable. It is touchy and delicate to work with, so experienced help is very good.
Yes, the vigilite is quite rare. Looking in junkyards for these kinds of parts is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
 

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My Z28 has the light monitoring system and I also own a 69 Vette with fiber optic's, teh Corvette catalog (mid america, ecklers) offer repair kits for these units. You can buy the fiber optics tubes and some ends, check out the catalogs.

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I work for GTE.. oops Verizon Communications and the fiber we place in the field is much finer... I know a guy that actually used super glue to splice 2 pieces and the light passed thru fine!

JC69RSZ28 thanks for the tip! do you have a web site or number for "midamerica, ecklers"?

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M&H Electric or one of the other good wiring harness reproducers might be able to help you out. I know that they do some first rate fiber optic harnesses for 68-71 Corvettes (which came standard with a light monitoring system) and I imagine that they could put together a good system for a Camaro if the two versions are similar.

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You might try contacting [email protected], he knows everything there is to know about Camaros. I own a 69 Rally with Fiber Optics, but the previous owner felt the need to cut the rear lense out of the car completely and I haven't been able to locate another. I do have working lenses on the front fenders, but I also understand there was a lense located in the ashtray.
 

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robertw, how is that 8-track wired up and where are does the wiring go through the console? I bought an original 8-track player for my car and would like to put it in this spring. I have an original AM-FM "blue dot" stereo radio.

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I have probably enough pieces to make a complete coupe set if anyone is interested. As was mentioned earlier, the fiber is a MUCH larger diameter on the car than is used in the telcom industry. I patched a cut in mine with super glue also. It is a little dimmer than the other but not much. I bought a NOS fron half off of ebay so they are out there.

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Is the fiber glass or is it plastic? I think given how thick it is and the fact you can repair it with super glue, not the best con ductor of light, that it may be a form of plastic rather than high quality "glass" like most of the com equipment uses.

Something that has a cross section of 62.5 microns won't cut it connected to the tail lamp housing.
 

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It's plastic. There are about a dozen strands in it so the diameter is fairly large. The most difficult part to find was the lens that goes in the fender insert. They are generally all cracked. I got lucky and found that NOS pair so they are mint.


Beware that the coupe and convertible rear section is different. Namely the pod that mount to the rear seat.
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Chris396:
The 8-track is wired thru the console with a series of harnesses. 2 in the console and one to the radio, if im not mistaken. There is a hole in the side of the center console compartment. This hole has a metal cover plate and the wires go thru it, to an opening in the console cover and into the player. There is also a heat sink mounted behind the dash that is needed in order for the player to work properly.
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CHRIS396 - "Technically" you can't have an AM/FM radio AND 8-track player. It was never offered. The reason is the 8-track is a complete standalone unit with its own speakers. The AM radio used the traditional speaker mount (dash), and the 8-Track used the Kickpanel/rear deck mounted speakers. Sine the FM radio used these same speakers the two were never offered together.
As far as mouting, there is about a 3/4" hole in the console with a rubber grommett all the wires run through. wires are for power and remote "amp" and speakers.
 

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An update to my own topic. I found out Slot machines use tons of fiber - and its very close in size to original Camaro fiber, much better than "Data Grade". Also, to repair a "fiber break", the best way is to NOT superglue. Instead, make sure both ends are very clean, and using some "heat shrink tube", space the two ends with 1/8" gap and shrink the tube. Stop before it shrinks shut, and concetrate on either end, not the middle. By doing this, you create a light sealed area and by leaving a gap the fibers don't have to line up perfectly since light is displayed in the "gap" the new fibers will actually transmit the light better than if glued!! It works. Go figure.
 
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