I have been lurking on this site for years, Spent a lot of time over on the chevelle site- time to switch gears and look at the other "project" since my chevelle is now drivable and enjoyable -not done but usable..
My dad and I bought a plain jane, No option 67 Camaro in 1986 and started turning it into a Tubbed ¼ mile car. Life happened and the car was back burnered in 1988. It sat outside in the weather since then. We had built a 2x3 frame, boxed and welded to the inside of the original subframe, partially installed a 12pt Cage, 33” ladder link ladder bars and coilovers. We did not support the body properly when removing the floor so over the past 30 years, things moved!
I decided its been Long enough and started working on it a few months ago. As I have gotten older, My working speed has slowed down. I spend a lot of time Looking and planning, Then a few minutes of work, More looking and planning, etc..
I spent the first couple weeks, squaring the body to the frame and building now body mounts, Then removed everything that unbolted. Next step was installing a more street friendly triangulated 4 link and mothballing the ladder bars. This was time consuming as my frame rails are only 26” inside so it’s a tight fit. No room for exhaust over the axle, I have some ideas on that for down the road.
It was then moved into my Tiny Garage for winter work, I have to sweep up piles of rust every day. I cleaned and patched a couple spots in the inner rocker and butt welded in some toe kick patches on the firewall (30 years in the rain takes its toll!). I am trying to decide between patching the cowl (holes cut for roll cage) or replacing it. It has some rust inside that I don’t thing I can access to remove it. The lower//outer cowls will be replaced regardless as well as the entire Dash (more roll cage holes).
I am going to buy a 1 piece stock floor and clearance it to fit around the frame we built, Then attempt to install it through the Windshield hole, This should be an interesting process. I can always section it if needed.
Based on the past, these steps should take no more than 15years. wish me luck!
Heres a pict of the rust bucket in my “minuture garage”