: Step-by-step Resto Web Site???
Jul 10th, 04, 05:32 AM
I am about to begin my first complete resto on a '67 RS Z-28 that I just picked up and was wondering if anyone has found a web site that documents a step-by-step resto??? I have a basic idea of how I am going to proceed, but it is always nice to see how others did things. I plan on documenting the resto on my web site so others can learn from my experiences. Thanks!
Jul 10th, 04, 08:11 AM
Go to http://www.67z28.com/ and check that out . There are over 4000 pics on his site I believe. Very informative and well documented from teardown to buildup.
Jul 10th, 04, 09:46 AM
Thanks Cruise! Yes, Denis did a really nice job on his site and has some great pictures. What I am really looking for is one that is organized chronologically that takes someone through the general steps of a resto. Doesn't have to be a Camaro - just looking for info on how others went about the resto process. Thanks again graemlins/beers.gif
Jul 10th, 04, 11:30 AM
If you want general information, go to Barnes and Noble and look in the transportation area.
There are lots of general books. I bought one, and read it, but did not really use it during the resto. If I had it to do over, I'd just scan through it at the Library....err I mean Barnes and Noble. That will give you the basic steps. The assembly manual (resto house or ebay, $20) and maybe the chassis overhaul and chassis repair manuals (ebay, $20-40) are the best bet. This site is a great tool, too. Lots of folks "been there, done that" and willing to share their experience.
Jul 10th, 04, 12:32 PM
If you're talking about a complete disassemble/frame off restoration, I think the best way is to:
1 - Strip the car to a bare shell (Rule #1 is "Don't throw ANYTHING away").
2 - Restore all sub=assemblies (engine, trans., rear end, subframe etc., etc.)
3 - Repair/repaint body
4 - Re-assemble the car more or less in the same order as the factory did it.
The article by JohnZ will give you a general idea of the factory assembly process. There are some things that wouldn't be practical to do the same way as the factory, but most of it will go together in the same order.
Jul 10th, 04, 03:43 PM
Thanks guys graemlins/beers.gif I am pretty well set when it comes to reference books and have done many of the components of a frame-off resto before. Just never did the WHOLE car at once! I feel pretty good about everything except the wiring - that scares the he&& out of me :eek: I am in the process of trying to buy another Z, so at least I'll have an assembled car to check against when I run into a problem.
Would appreciate any advice from those who have done it before, so please chime in :D
Jul 10th, 04, 05:38 PM
The best advice is to label and package everything in groups as you take the car apart, Also keep the hardware with the part. Pictures referenced to the part group also helpa. Buy an assembly manual if you don't already have one. It also is good to have another car around to look at how things go back together.
Has the car you purchased been taken apart to any great extent before? If it has, it probably has been put back together missing stuff, or assembled with incorrect hardware, etc which makes life that much more difficult
Jul 11th, 04, 03:02 AM
A magzine called NPD (800)235-0468 24/7 has a great selection of parts and in the back is a book "How To Restore Your Camaro" it takes you step by step with notes of how to access and not to forget hidden bolts. It also has diagrams of factory spacing specs for hood to fender etc. They start with the car before they buy it and then have it sitting in the driveway with the front clip removed. The NPD book has factory stickers that came on cars i.e. jack instructions, leaf spring stickers and even push start instuction stickers. Also New vehicle worksheet paperwork.
Jul 11th, 04, 06:00 AM
Thanks guys, I'll check that book out. The car I'm doing is a running, driving car that has very little monkeyed with. Actually, I'm shocked at how original it is mechanically! I'll have pics and a write-up on my web site later tonight. Thanks again, Mark
Jul 13th, 04, 12:20 PM
While its not a restoration. I find TC member boodlefoof's website very handy. He has done tons of work to his 68 camaro and goes into great detail on his site. The addy. is http://geocities.com/BOODLEFOOF/
Jul 13th, 04, 03:48 PM
Thanks John...and Boodlefoof! Pretty neat site!!! graemlins/beers.gif