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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old Dec 16th, 17, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Old Pueblo: My 1969 Z10 (SS/RS) Camaro

Hello, Team Camaro!

What follows is a build project for a 1969 Z10 (SS/RS) Camaro at my home in Tucson, Arizona. You may recognize this car from a previous build thread, but it ended up getting a little too ďwordyĒ for my liking. My intent with this new thread is to keep it streamlined and easy-to-read with lots of pictures.

This is my first-ever project, so everything you see in my garage will be done at the hands of a true newbie, right down to the work bench I built. I hope my successes and failures can inspire other enthusiasts to resurrect their own icons of American automotive history. Enjoy!

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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old Dec 16th, 17, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Old Pueblo: My 1969 Z10 (SS/RS) Camaro

Here is the car as itís been sitting in a barn in Illinois since the late 90s. Iím very lucky to have found a project car in such great condition compared to some. Itís a 1969 Z10, a true SS/RS. The front end lacks the RS trim options, maybe the result of an accident at some point in its life.

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More barn photos.

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post #4 of 50 (permalink) Old Dec 16th, 17, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Cowl tag.

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Here is the car beginning its journey from rural Illinois to my home in Tucson, AZ. Itís the first time the car has seen daylight in 15 years.

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Lots of work to do in the garage. As you can see, itís quite a mess, and nowhere near ready for a restoration project. Itís also a 2-car garage, so space will be at a premium. First order of business is to clean out my junk and sell some things on Craigslist to raise a little capital for the many tools Iíll need along the way.

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Delivery day was over the 4th of July weekend. Canít think of a better way to celebrate than to fill up my garage with 3,600 pounds of iconic Detroit steel.
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The first part of my project will be dedicated to getting the car roadworthy. Once itís safe to take on the road, the plan is to build some upgrades to the garage, including a compressed air system, a blasting cabinet, and a powder coating booth and oven for re-finishing parts, and some overhead shelves for storing parts.

Getting the car safe to drive took about four months, and involved the following work:

- Flushed and replaced all fluids
- Rebuilt the carburetor
- Installed a power brake booster; replaced rear drums with a disc kit
- Plugged some leaks in the TH350
- Replaced starter
- Adjusted timing

What an amazing day it was to hear that 396 fire up for the first time. Took a few adjustments to get the timing down, but now it fires right up on the first stroke and lopes along at a nice, bumpy idle.
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Taking the car out for an inaugural test drive after putting in four months of work making it safe and reliable. Itís amazing what resources this forum provided me on topics I knew nothing about. At the start of the project, my knowledge base literally had me googling terms like, ďwhat does a distributor doĒ, and the like. Between this forum and YouTube, there is nothing you canít figure out with a little bit of study.
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First stop, the car wash!

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On to the garage upgrades. Scored an 80-gallon, two-stage, oil-type air compressor from a guy on Craigslist after hawking that website for months. Sketched together an air system after learning how to flux/sweat copper tubing on YouTube and getting some design ideas around the web. When itís finished, the air system will have two main lines: the first goes through a desiccant dryer and goes to the blasting cabinet and my powder coating gun. The second line goes through a FRL (filter/regulator/lubricator) to a wall-mounted hose on a reel for all my future air tools.

Iím really proud of how itís turned out so far, and thatís thanks to lots of help from this forum and many helpful instructional YouTube videos.

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More upgrades to the garage. I added some ďaftermarketĒ upgrades to the standard Harbor Freight blasting cabinet after reading some reviews and consulting YouTube for ideas. I replaced the lousy fluorescent bulb inside with two 50w halogen bulbs, and wired them all on a switch together so that the attached shop vac also comes on at the flip of a switch. Modified the viewing window and ordered some replacement glass sheets for easy change-out. I also sealed up the joints with silicon during the assembly process to keep the dust down.

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Finished upgrading the garage! Iíll attach a few photos showing the improvements. Finished up the compressed air system, built some overhead shelves, and built a powder coating booth with an oven below it. Iím really happy with the powder coating results. Iíll post a couple photos of the finished product in a bit.

For the overhead shelves, there are some good step-by-step instructions that Stanley publishes on the web. Iíve never built overhead shelves before, but they came out great and theyíre nice and sturdy, capable of holding about 1,000 lbs or so.

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Another garage photo. Getting anxious to begin disassembly.

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Re: Old Pueblo: My 1969 Z10 (SS/RS) Camaro

Looks like a great start and its a Z10 which is a great car. I think the best investments I ever made was a blasting cabinet and compressor. Good Luck with the resto.

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