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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #760 on: June 18, 2019, 08:57:06 PM »
I didn't reat the article but that is what I have read in the past spray both, let sit then a light coat to activate it and stick em together.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #761 on: June 20, 2019, 10:01:12 AM »
I have used the Super 77 and it works pretty good but i would call it a mid level in grabbing power. The Super 90 is really good and works extremely well on vinyls and foams.  The stuff i am using for my headliner is actually from autozone. its 3M headliner adhesive at about $20 a can. It will glue your door to the wall its so sticky..  that would be my recommendation if you were looking for a spray glue.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #762 on: June 21, 2019, 08:52:17 AM »
I was checking out the Camaros.net site and they all seem to unanimously agree on an product called IPS Weld On 1829. It comes in a can with a brush applicator. I think this will work much better so I am not spraying adhesive that can potentially get all over my car.

Time for the driver's side to get some door glass. Same as the other side, I installed some FatMat to help with heat and noise. I also put some behind where the quarter glass goes. I didn't do that on the passenger side, but I need to pull that window anyway to make some adjustments and I'll do it then.





Next up was to install the door latch and rod assembly.



Original Quarter window installed with new chrome and weather seals. I also put on the new door locks.



Next up was the door glass which is kinda tricky until you know how to do it. The best way that I found to do it was to install the crank mechanism first, then install the window glass. You have to shift the glass towards the front of the door, then slide it down and rearward for it to slide into place. After that's done you can install the front and rear tracks and start making adjustments from there.

I was pretty impress with overall how good of condition the tracks were. I scuffed off some light surface rust in spots and dusted it with some flat black spray paint and they look great. Lubed them up and finished installing.





I was super impressed the door guide felts were still in really good condition. I'm going to get new ones just because, but they probably could still be used.



All installed and roughly aligned. I still need to tweak the glass fitment once the seals are installed, but good for now. It's crazy how much more weight the door has with the glass installed. That clunk the door makes when it closes though is very satisfying.





A few weeks ago I made a little more progress on my A/C compressor mount, but forgot to post the pictures. I ended up having to make it in three pieces due to the thickness of the material and the difficulty to get the bend right. It fits beautiful, but I'm going to try and install it to see how the belt alignment is before I final weld it. It's rugged enough now for a test fit to confirm the belt fits right. I left enough room in between the mounts so that I could shim it if necessary for better belt alignment.







Before I can attempt to install the A/C compressor and bracket, I need to make some sway bar spacers from a piece of 1/2" aluminum stock to allow the bar to clear the compressor.



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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #763 on: June 22, 2019, 08:50:55 PM »
That mount looks sweet.  It's cool that you're able to whip that up yourself.   I'm confused though, do you have the motor out? Or do you have a spare one your're test fitting on?
What do you think of the Dynomat of the doors?  I was planning on doing the interior of my doors too (once the body work is done).   I'm curious if you noticed much of a difference?

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #764 on: June 22, 2019, 10:32:14 PM »
He's a baller and has a spare motor just for mocking up parts.

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« Reply #765 on: June 24, 2019, 06:24:01 AM »
Thanks Tom. That motor is the 5.3 that I originally had in my car until I picked up the LS1 shortblock and built the LS6 motor out of it. So, yeah I'm a baller and have a spare motor haha.

I'm using FatMat which is basically the same thing as Dynomat, but my first impressions are great. It really did quiet down the cabin. More than I thought it would with just one layer in the door. I'm sure that having both windows in the side doors also has helped to reduce the sound too, but I definitely think that the FatMat helped.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #766 on: June 24, 2019, 05:30:42 PM »
You wanna redo my '69 next?  It's nowhere near the level of your '68!
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #767 on: June 24, 2019, 06:28:55 PM »
I can drop my 67 Camaro off for you to finish too...
You might want to reconsider your career path. Just saying.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #768 on: June 25, 2019, 07:38:12 AM »
I can drop my 67 Camaro off for you to finish too...
You might want to reconsider your career path. Just saying.

Yeti/Form just drop them off and I'll have them done in a few weeks. I'll probably have a ton of spare time with when my son is born here in a few weeks. haha

I would love to be able to work on cars for a living, but in the area that I live in it's not a viable option. My 5ish year plan is to build up a little cash and start buying unfinished projects, finish and sell them. Once I have a detached garage to work in. Something where I could do a full build on a car and even spray it in my own shop. Then I could do something like 1-2 cars per year just constantly flipping them.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #769 on: June 25, 2019, 06:58:07 PM »
Ha, just ask my brother what it's like working on cars for a living.  Even working on new cars that aren't rusty or have been screwed with is a pain, much less old ones that are rusty and have been screwed with by everyone.

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« Reply #770 on: June 25, 2019, 08:06:59 PM »
...My 5ish year plan is to build up a little cash and start buying unfinished projects, finish and sell them.

I have known very few people who can do that and make a profit.  Much fiscally sounder idea to have people bring the cars to you.

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« Reply #771 on: June 27, 2019, 12:49:31 PM »
...My 5ish year plan is to build up a little cash and start buying unfinished projects, finish and sell them.

I have known very few people who can do that and make a profit.  Much fiscally sounder idea to have people bring the cars to you.

Haha, Challenge accepted. :lol:

On a side note, I think it's a little funny. I was reviewing my data logs after I've got the car running good and noticed that a few spots where I had nailed the throttle to the floor, that my TPS is only showing 62% max. Upon further investigation my home made throttle cable is too long, which doesn't allow it to get me more than the 62% throttle. So, I've ordered a new cable to fix that. I'll be interested to see how much more power I get considering I've only been cruising around with a little over half throttle!

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« Reply #772 on: June 27, 2019, 01:44:21 PM »
Interesting, I guess you weren't banging it off redline then? :lol:

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« Reply #773 on: July 01, 2019, 08:37:50 AM »
Casey, interesting enough I was! It would bounce off the limiter I set at 6200! Which now that the car is really running the way I want, I'm going to bump it up to 6800.

After I found out that my throttle cable was too long, I decided to order a new one. I looked at the Lokar cables, but after searching around for some universal cables I found one on ebay that was meant for a 80's motorcycle that had an adjustable end to fit the cable bracket on the intake and the right ball end to fit the LS1 throttlebody. Best news was it was $9.00 and shipped to me in 2 days.

This is the cable I made when I was first getting the car up and running. It was a cable that came off of a motor I bought a while ago and I merged it with the end of my stock I6 cable that came on my car. It worked, but clearly not good enough.



Pulled the old cable off and installed the new OEM cable bracket that I never had on my intake.



Old vs. New



Much better looking.





After a little adjustment it now has full throttle movement.





After I confirmed the throttle cable is working as it should, I took it out for a spin. Not surprising but it has way more top end. I was very happy with my newfound power too. Before it would spin in 2nd, but now it blows the tires off in second and will keep doing so until I let off the throttle. Much more fun!

I grabbed some pictures on my ride home as it was getting dark.









The car is running great and really the only complaint that I have at this point is a faulty knock sensor. I ordered one last week and it should be here at today or tomorrow. It's a PITA to swap them out, but it will get rid of that annoying code.

Once the interior is back together, the only other thing I want to do is put as many miles on it as I can this year!

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #774 on: July 01, 2019, 08:50:06 AM »
That's great Ryan. Now, what's the next project car?  You know, your wife needs something cool too.
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« Reply #775 on: July 01, 2019, 02:32:29 PM »
Woohoo 100% throttle!

Hmmm.... good point Form...  Hmmm....  I know if it were me... and we're going for something classic...  A Toyota 2000GT!  No wait... those are multi million dollar cars....  Oooh, what about a nice C3 Corvette with a LS7 and TR-6060?

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« Reply #776 on: July 02, 2019, 08:19:59 AM »
So sad, but I've already given thought to a next project... Tri 5's have been catching my eye recently...

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #777 on: July 02, 2019, 09:11:05 AM »
Oh, I'm in. Maybe a chassis swap with modern abs brakes and safety stuff for the fam?
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #778 on: July 02, 2019, 09:22:48 AM »
Switchback LEDs in the park/turn signal?
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« Reply #779 on: July 02, 2019, 12:14:28 PM »
Oh, I'm in. Maybe a chassis swap with modern abs brakes and safety stuff for the fam?
$$$... I'd need to sell this one to do all that. I don't want to think about today, lol.

B Hill, yes those are the LED switchbacks and they work/look great. I've been using them at dusk and they illuminate the road pretty decent. I have manual headlight doors at the moment, so I have to hop out and open them to use the headlights. And the signals are very bright.


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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #780 on: July 02, 2019, 01:46:39 PM »
Maybe an s10 or blazer. Pull the body and rework the rear frame. Keep the electronics and swap in a 5.3 ls?
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« Reply #781 on: July 02, 2019, 04:09:29 PM »
Oh, I'm in. Maybe a chassis swap with modern abs brakes and safety stuff for the fam?
$$$... I'd need to sell this one to do all that. I don't want to think about today, lol.

B Hill, yes those are the LED switchbacks and they work/look great. I've been using them at dusk and they illuminate the road pretty decent. I have manual headlight doors at the moment, so I have to hop out and open them to use the headlights. And the signals are very bright.

They look good in there. Post up a video of you have  time. Been thinking about them in my 77. Might look out of place on it though. Not on yours. They look real good on there.
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« Reply #782 on: July 02, 2019, 06:22:54 PM »
Nah, just go full baller with an Art Morrison frame.

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« Reply #783 on: July 02, 2019, 09:25:44 PM »
So sad, but I've already given thought to a next project... Tri 5's have been catching my eye recently...

You like the punishment lol... I don't know how you do it with the house and young kids.
BTW - the car looks great, you just need to swap the nose and it'll be perfect.




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« Reply #784 on: July 03, 2019, 06:21:09 AM »
You like the punishment lol... I don't know how you do it with the house and young kids.
BTW - the car looks great, you just need to swap the nose and it'll be perfect.
If I'm honest, I enjoy the build just as much as I enjoy driving the car. What nose do you want me to swap? Bandit swap haha.

I'll try and get a video of the switchbacks when I can.

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« Reply #785 on: July 05, 2019, 08:36:38 AM »
Small parts update. I've got 550 miles on the car now and I decided to buy some parts to correct some small items/issues that have been bugging me. First is a new belt for the AC compressor, which ended up being too short. I need a belt to test fit everything and confirm proper alignment. New upper ball joint as my passenger side is bad. New AC Delco knock sensor to get rid of the P0327 code, LS6 PCV plug for the valve cover, Weldon 1829 for the headliner, Door guide parts and a new 39/64 drill bit.

A few things are happening with the rear diff. First is the 500 mile rear diff break-in period means that I need to replace the rear diff fluid. But since I'm going to have the diff cover off, I wanted to pull the rear axles to drill for 1/2" studs so that I can use a smaller wheel spacer. The 1" spacer that is on there now is too much and it causes the rear tire to rub ever so slightly on the inner wheel house/outer quarter panel. I would just run a 1/2" or 3/8" spacer, but the current studs that are installed are too short. So if I'm going to replace the studs anyway, I might as well go with the 1/2" studs that have been on my shelf since 2012.





Got rid of an eye sore in my engine bay. Before:



New LS6 PCV delete plug



Yesterday my Dad, cousin and myself met up for the parade in our hometown. We got some perfect parking spots and had an opportunity to get some great photos. My dad's 1971 Chevelle, 1969 Superbee, and my 1968 Camaro. I snapped a few, but my cousin brought a real camera and got some fantastic photos. Hope to have those soon. Here's a few.





I love this picture. "NO IDLING"



Happy 4th of July!

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #786 on: July 05, 2019, 01:55:26 PM »
Oooh, I see a really old yellow car off in the distance of the first picture.

Also even though your car is red I think it looks the best, totally the hide-away headlights.

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« Reply #787 on: July 05, 2019, 05:51:13 PM »
I agree with Casey!!

Love those hideaways!!!
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« Reply #788 on: July 06, 2019, 01:04:57 PM »
those are some really nice cars!
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« Reply #789 on: July 07, 2019, 09:05:17 AM »
Looks like a fun day, nice group of cars. That red one needs a stripe around its nose.
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« Reply #790 on: July 08, 2019, 08:48:36 AM »
Thanks everyone. I'm just stoked that I'm finally able to just hop in and drive whenever I want.

Casey, I'm not sure what that Yellow one is in the background. He drives the thing everywhere though in my town.

Nose stripe is one on my list of future details.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #791 on: July 08, 2019, 09:13:37 AM »
When I was about 17 there was a '67 rs/ss convertible a friend of mine had for sale. It was a pale yellow with a black nose stripe. VERY nice original car. At the time it was probably less than 15 yrs old. Guy wanted $3500, which was kinda high but it was in great shape and a 'vert. I had about half the money and tried to get pop to loan me the balance. DENIED! Said that old of a car wasn't worth that much.
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« Reply #792 on: July 08, 2019, 12:12:13 PM »
When I was about 17 there was a '67 rs/ss convertible a friend of mine had for sale. It was a pale yellow with a black nose stripe. VERY nice original car. At the time it was probably less than 15 yrs old. Guy wanted $3500, which was kinda high but it was in great shape and a 'vert. I had about half the money and tried to get pop to loan me the balance. DENIED! Said that old of a car wasn't worth that much.
Ha, see what do old people know anyway right? :lol:

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #793 on: August 08, 2019, 09:57:14 PM »
Hey Ryan, hope you are doing well.  The Camaro looks great. I'm glad to see you are getting some enjoyment out of it this summer.
 I was hoping to pick your brain a bit...
 I'm looking ahead to some small finishing touch projects for after I get my car back. I had a question about the switchback LED's...  Did you have to install some sort of resistor inline in the turn signal lead to keep them flashing normally? Or, it looks like there are some that come with built in resistors? I was just curious what you used for yours.
   
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #794 on: August 12, 2019, 08:34:38 AM »
Ryan, just been looking at the last updates....man, car is looking darned sweet!
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Former Firebirds -
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe


jegs or summit

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #795 on: August 12, 2019, 09:38:56 AM »
Talk about putting in some work. Looks great!! CONGRATS.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #796 on: August 13, 2019, 04:51:59 PM »
Thanks for all of the compliments. Been busy with our newborn, who will be 4 weeks this Thursday. Crazy how time flies.

Tom, I didn't do anything with the switchbacks. Right now they just blink fast, bit when I get a chance I'm going to swap in an led flasher which should take care of that issue.

I've made some progress just haven't had time to post up pictures.

1976 Trans Am LS1, 6 speed, C5 12.8" Brakes, LS1 rear 12" brakes, 17" Aluminum Rims, and much more...SOLD
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New project: 1968 Camaro with 6?.?0?  5.3 w/ Z06 cam/T56
http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=74591.0

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #797 on: August 13, 2019, 06:24:07 PM »
Haven't been here in a while and just seeing the pics, very nice job and looks like you are actually driving it, but I don't get the no idling sign? How are you suppose to drive lol.




Regards, Jack

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #798 on: August 28, 2019, 02:18:22 PM »
Thanks Clint, I'm so glad to be enjoying the car now.

Now that I've been driving the car around, I've finally hit the 500 mile mark which meant that I needed to swap out the rear differential fluid per the break-in instructions. So I brought the car over to my dad's house to test out his new lift.





I wished I could say that it was smooth sailing, but while I had the axles removed, I figured it would be a great time to update to 1/2" rear wheel studs. I did this for two reasons, one is they are stronger and will match the front and two is that I needed to run a smaller wheel spacer since the rear tire was kissing the outer wheel house lip. I bought a brand new 39/64" drill bit and thought I would be good, but neglected to remember that the rear axles are hardened... This took the edge off of the bit after about 4 studs. After I made a few phone calls for someone that may have a good one to car buddies, one guy had a sharpening tool for large drill bits. That ended up being the ticket and I was able to finish. But what I thought was going to be a 3-4 hour job, ended up being almost 8 hours... Here it is all buttoned up with new studs.



Then after a bunch of trial and error I finally found a set of wheel spacers that will not rub. I shopped around and the best deal that I could find was a set meant for a BMW, in 20mm thickness which is just a hair over 3/4". They came in 2 days and anodized. Not bad for $19 shipped in my opinion.





Right after this maintenance/upgrade my wife and I welcomed our second child and boy number 2. Everyone is happy and healthy. We are just now settling into our new normal routines. Even though I haven't been working on the car, I've had my eyes out for deals. I recently came across a great deal here on PT for a complete set of Speedtech upper and lower control arms. I've been itching ever since to get them installed. Last weekend I finally got the go ahead from the boss to pull the trigger on the install.



First thing I had to do was pull off the passenger side exhaust header so that I could remove and replace the passenger side.







Upper swap was pretty straight forward.





The lowers on the other hand were much more difficult. When I bought the car the odometer said it had 112k and I'm pretty sure that the lower control arms were never replaced. The bolts were really stuck in there.





At the same time I swapped in the 1 1/8" sway bar I picked up from a buddy earlier this year. Crazy how much larger it is than stock.



And everything is finished with the install and torqued to spec.





They look great from the engine bay.



Can't really see it from here, but they do look cool peaking from the bottom.



While I was working on the install over the few days, I snapped this picture while I was leaving to pick up my son.



That bring me up to now. After roughly putting a front end alignment I took it for a quick test drive. All I can say is wow what a difference. The steering is very responsive now and I'm stoked to drive it with a real alignment! Going to schedule that soon. With the engine running at 100% and the steering top notch, it really is a super fun car to drive. I'm excited to take it down a windy road and see how it performs.

Cheers,
Ryan

1976 Trans Am LS1, 6 speed, C5 12.8" Brakes, LS1 rear 12" brakes, 17" Aluminum Rims, and much more...SOLD
My Build: http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=24465.0

New project: 1968 Camaro with 6?.?0?  5.3 w/ Z06 cam/T56
http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=74591.0

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #799 on: September 02, 2019, 10:01:43 PM »
Nice work...attending to all the little stuff and eventually, it'll be done.  :cool:
Regards,
Leigh

Sydney, Australia
1968 Pontiac Firebird 428 5 speed coupe

Former Firebirds -
1969 Pontiac Firebird 400
1971 Pontiac Firebird 455
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1976 Pontiac Trans Am
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 coupe


Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #799 on: September 02, 2019, 10:01:43 PM »
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