My buddy came out again Labor day weekend and brought along a friend with a restored '66 Chevy Chevelle with a built Dart 402 500hp motor, awesome. My buddy drives a '64 Chevy El Camino with a built 327, Termac 5spd and handling suspension setup. I'm kicking my self for not getting a pic of all 3 cars outside my shop.
Anyways we ended up trying to precisely find TDC and remarked the dampner with some bright yellow paint, got timing set about 10deg BTDC. He then adjusted the idle mixture screws with a vacuum gauge hooked to the carb. Made several test drives and I now have some low-end power that I have never had. He wants me to drive the car out to his place in a few weeks and he will recurve the distributor. He also wants to put on some better valve covers and thinks he has a stock GM clutch fan to replace my crappy old flex fan.
So the next day, Monday Labor day I decided in the morning that if Im going to be driving it I'm going to repair the drivers seat. I had bought a re-upholstery seat kit back in 1987 and did the passenger seat but didn't do the drivers because didn't want to mess it up working on the car. Also bought a spring repair kit a few years ago, tired of sinking half way to the floor every time I sat in it. Figured a few hours to do it............ it took all day and had some assistance from my wife a few times when needed.
The front seats upholstery that was in the car when I bought it, faded black crushed velour. Just think 70's cool. :shock:
Spring repair. Besides the back one the two side main support ones were broken and that was what the repair kit was for.
Half way done.
Finished and installed, now just time in the sun and me sitting in it everything will smooth out.
Little more information on the car; The cars original paint #69 Cortez Silver, someone along the way painted the car LeMans blue complete color change, glass removed and all jammed in blue, blue paint fogged on that bare package tray. But they did a crap job protecting the engine bay, as can be seen in those pics there is blue paint overspray on all the hoses and factor ties upfront, wire harness and generally everywhere. Then at some point before me someone shot a really quick crappy Cortez silver paint job on the surface but left back of spoiler blue, rockers blue and the cowl blue, why?
Everywhere I go on the car it seems like someone else has been there and or had it apart. The more info I find out on Camaro's I look at mine trying to find things factory original, and I have found a few things.
The other thing about the car is what is original build and what has been added, my fear had been someone pieced this all together. I think I've determined that it is an original RS, V8, 4spd, center counsel, center dash clock, tilt wheel, Deluxe interior car. The spoilers and cow induction hood, although they are GM parts were added later.
I'm trying to keep as much of the original 46 year old car intact, yes I could go and buy all new shiny parts and they would look better but they didn't come on the car. There are a lot of little bits and pieces that were removed and lost years ago when it was taken apart before me that I have to buy.
The big elephant in the room is the body work, not going to happen anytime soon, I'll chip away at small stuff I can do on it and drive it primered till I can afford to do it.
Thanks guys for all the inspiration and awesome "Real" builds. More updates as I go.