A little background to the car. Bought it in 2006 when I was 16 years old when I had little to no automotive experience. I saw the car at a classic car dealer and fell in love, with no clue what I was getting myself into.
This is the car after I bought it. Z28 badged, fiberglass front end, 67 doors, 454ci BBC, 4 speed, 12 bolt multi-leaf rear end, Centerline Convo Pros, and a whole lot of problems.
To sum up my ignorant teenage years and not knowing what I wanted with the car, I put a D1SC Procharger on it, never dynoed it and never brought it to the track.
I went to school, decided I wanted to run in the X275 class and run an LS. A couple years later I came back to the car and started tear down.
I pulled the powertrain out and sold it. After tearing everything out of the car, I started to realize just how bad it was.
Seeing all the bad body work on the car and that the floor pan and trunk pan was gone, I had the shell sandblasted and upon return, saw that almost everything needed to be replaced and brought it to a local classic muscle car restoration shop for the body work.
So for whatever reason, I decided I was going to take this car to the end. At least I when I build the car, I'll know where it has been.
The car needed almost every body panel replaced except the roof skin and the firewall. The firewall was beaten in trying to fit in a distributor, but will be bodyworked.
I also had the front subframe, suspension, differential, rear suspension sandblasted and painted.
Here is a picture of the car after replacing the majority of everything.
After some "confusion" the body shop that was doing the work told me the car was done and dropped the car off. After I saw the car, the front toe boards were not installed, just left in the trunk. One quarter panel was welded on top of the roof, not underneath (like it is supposed to be). And most body panels weren't finished getting lined up and welded. Needless to say they have plenty of work still left they owe me. I was told it would be a few months before the Camaro could get dropped off again. So I took advantage of the downtime to do the roll cage, subframe connectors and parachute mount.
Custom subframe connectors
12 point 4130 chrome moly roll cage
Front bars (and the beat up firewall)
So.. its my luck. I got the Camaro back from the chassis shop and the passenger's side seat harness tab wasn't welded on the cage. I was also told the dash bar would "probably" clear the steering column. So, I need to order the seats and install them so the chassis shop has centerline to weld in the tab and steering column installed before it goes back to the chassis shop.
The Camaro is in storage until some room frees up at my shop, we're packed now.
That's the progress on the Camaro to date! I'll be sure to keep this build updated. If anybody has any picture requests or questions I'll be more than happy to do the best I can to post, thanks for looking!