Re: December 2017 Team Camaro RIDE of the MONTH
I couldnít find anything saying the nomination entry has to be a finished product, so Iím entering my WIP í69 Z/28 that Iíve had since 1971. If WIP is not allowed to enter, you can delete my post. And hopefully the description of my project doesn't exceed any size limitÖ
Up for consideration is my í69 Z that Iíve been working on the past several years. All of the work has been done in my garage and driveway, including the bodywork and paint. It is a 06A Norwood X33-coded Z that came in Fathom Green with Dover White stripes, and the dark green interior. Iím keeping it as close to stock as possible. This is my first attempt at doing something like this, so go easy on me. Itís my first 1:1 model car attemptÖ.
Here goes, this is what Iíve got Ė
Original 302 is unfortunately long gone, so in its place is a 383, with all components keeping with the stock appearance as much as possible. The alternator is the one that came with the car, along with all of the pulleys and the alternator bracket. The water pump was replaced back in the early Ď70s so itís kinda close to being original.
Pretty much everything on the car is original to the car. The exceptions being the engine, front suspension, radiator, front seats, dash pad, carpet, headliner, and windshield glass. I put in a smaller diameter steering wheel and short Hurst shift lever back in the Ď70s to give me more leg room clearance.
The bumpers, bumper guards, and door handles are also replacements as the originals need to be rechromed so theyíre in storage until I save a bunch more pennies..
All of the brake lines and fuel line are new stainless steel units, along with a new gas tank.
I re-wired all of the car with a Painless wiring harness kit.
I am putting a flat hood back on it as in 1974 I had the Chevy dealer in Norfolk, VA install a cowl hood while I was stationed in the Navy. It was somewhat rare back then but now seems like everyone has the cowl hood so Iím going back to a flat hood.
It has the original Muncie 4 speed and 3.73 geared rear that have both been restored by a local Camaro guru.
Iíve put Hotchkis drop springs in the front and rear. I have L&H Kustom spindles on the front along with SPC upper and lower control arms. The front brakes are Baer. The exhaust system is the Magnaflow 2 1/2 ď stainless steel system. The headers are Blackjack AlumaKote headers I bought back in the 1980 timeframe, but never installed until now.
All 5 wheels are 15x7 American 200S that I bought back around 1977 with the 2 piece center caps, which I cleaned up and had 225/60-15 BFG T/A radials mounted.
The front seats I came across, so the original front seats are in storage and I had the rear seat and Ďnewí front seats redone to match with a pattern similar to the original design.
Other than the engine build, the trans and rear restoration, the front and rear glass installation, and the exterior paint job, Iíve done just about everything else myself. I stripped every inch of paint (body and undercarriage) by hand (lots and lots of DA sanding) including use of my dremel to get into the real tight spaces, including the trunk.
The undercarriage I painted epoxy single stage gray, with the engine compartment, subframe and various undercarriage components painted various shades of black.
We built a homemade paint booth in my garage where I had the exterior painted PPG bc/cc in the original colors. The stripes were painted using the Phoenix Graphics stripe kit.
Iíve been doing the cut and buff work, using 1200, 1500, and 2000 grit.
All of the emblems are the originals that I cleaned up and restored using One Shot sign paint. The rear taillights are the Digitails LED unit in the original taillight housings and lenses.
If youíre still reading, Iím closing now as I probably exceeded what the size of the entryís post is supposed to be.
Thanks for reading, and for your consideration in this monthís ROTM contest.
Have a safe and Merry Christmas (am I allowed to say that???).
P.S. Ė I know they said no nudity, so I apologize for the picture of the naked undercarriage. Thatís just an example of how far down I took everythingÖ
1969 Z/28 - owned since 1971 - garaged since 1985 - in process of restoring it
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Last edited by Vega$69; Dec 16th, 17 at 06:42 PM.