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Old 06-21-2005, 10:44 PM
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78 Camaro rear spoiler?

I don't have any spoiler on my car at this point and am considering buying one because I realy like the way the look on the car. I am just woried that sence the car never had one I might have problems figuring out how to mount one on there.

If any one knows how they mount or how hard it would be to mount on a car that never had one please let me know and thanks in advance.

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Spoilers usually bolt on. You have to drill holes in the trunklid and bolt them on. They usually come with a template for drilling the holes. If not, then you place it on the car where it should go, and measure to get it even on each side. And to find where to drill the holes you take some paint or something else to leave a mark where the bolt holes are and set it on the car, and drill holes where the marks were left, or you can use the gasket to find where the holes should be drilled. The gaskets I've seen have fit underneath the whole spoiler and have holes for where the bolts pass through. I haven't put one on a 78 camaro, so I don't know exactly what that one is. If it wraps over the edge of the trunklid, It probably will be easier to know where it should sit.
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I never thought about the gasket I was thinking of picking one up on ebay but of corse I wouldn't have the gasket for it. Maby a camaro guru will chime in and let me know whats what.

Has any one ever had any experiance making there own spoiler? I just wondered because I have an idea for one but would have no idea about how to construct it.
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There are a lot of "new" aftermarket spoilers out there for sale
pretty reasonably priced, any of them should come with a template.
The ones I've installed used a plastic template that fastens to the spoiler,
You position the spoiler with the template then tape the template down by
its protruding fingers, remove the template and get perfect hole locations.
Be sure to check the underside of the trunk for access and clearance,
you may have to drill a bigger hole for access.
Also consider adjusting the trunk spring system because the added weight
is a problem keeping the trunk open.
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Thanks I'v looked at the restoration spoilers and they want way to much for them. I can pick up a good used one on ebay for 20-50 $
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Another thing that works pretty good if you don't have a template.
If the spoiler has threaded holes, and most do I think.
Get yourself four extra bolts for them and cut off the heads,
grind the cut end to a poind and thread them into the holes.
Position the spoiler where you want carefully then tap it enough
to leave a mark. Some people even use the bolt heads and cover
them with lipstick to leave a mark. You can use masking tape in the
area first.
Good luck.
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The best way to mount the end pieces on the 2nd gen spoilers is to carefully measure the bolt spacing on the spoiler itself using a tape measure or flexible scale that will conform to the curve of the mounting surface. Measure from the "trunk edge" and the back edge. Lay out your hole pattern and drill the holes an 1/8th of an inch over size for adjustment.
These spoilers don't have "gaskets"... You will need some ribbon caulk to seal the holes though. That's what the factory used. Put it on both sides of the hole and it will seal fine with a large washer under the nut.
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Are the factory spoilers urethane possibly? I don' think urethane would really need a gasket like a fiberglass spoiler does. And yes dont forget to put some silicone or something where around the edge of the holes you drilled. Another way I have found where to drill holes in the past is to make a ball out of tape so the sticky side is out, and either mark it with paint, or just barely stick it on the spoiler and hopefully when you set down the spoiler the tape will stay on the deck where the holes are suppose to be. Or put tape over the holes so you dont get stuff in the threads and build up a spot of sealer that will mark the spot. Lots of ways to try and see what works.
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Thanks for the input. Finding where to drill the holes should be no problem. I was just making sure they did not use some crazy mounting solution that I would have to tare the trunk lid all apart to mount it. I think I can reach inside the rear pannels of the car to fasten the edge peices on too so it should not be a bad install if I can pick one up cheap.
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