69 Z/28 labor of love restoration
I lost my sweet daughter about a year and a half ago. She was not only my little girl, she was also my best friend in life. Lisa had many surgeries and had to endure to much pain the last few years of her life. It was a shock to lose her and it has devastated my life forever. She was my biggest supporter in so many ways including my love for muscle cars. The 69 Z/28 in this build thread was her car that I had promised to restore for her some day. I will restore it in her memory. I have struggled with whether I would have it in me to restore this car or even work on one ever again since losing her, but she left me a beautiful grandson and he is all boy. He was her only child and he loves cars, planes and trains. He is almost 4 years old so maybe Papa will have it done for him by the time he is able to drive. Hopefully he will even be able to help me work on it as he gets older. I am not starting with a lot of money in this car and will be doing every possible thing myself and as the title says its a labor of love so I am not concerned with how much I will have in it when complete. I have been watching several other build threads here on TC that have motivated me. The Brooklyn project and Chick's 68 Z are amazing. This car will not be restored to those levels but will be done to the best of my ability.
It is a factory Cortez Silver X77 Z/28. It does not have its born with drive train but came with a correct dated and coded block, heads, M22 and BU rear axle. The car is Jerry MacNeish certified. It is a early pre X coded car but Jerry found the X7 behind the rear seat bulk head along with all the other factory Z criteria. It was from the factory a flat hood, rear antenna, black stripe, non spoiler car. It still retains some of its original paint. It is a factory tach and gauge, console car with standard black interior. I'll be doing many things for the first time during this restoration and will be open to all positive suggestions, help and ideas. It has rust in all the usual places so it will be a challenge but so far seems to be good therapy for me and keeps my mind busy. I will be restoring the car back to mostly factory specs with a few upgrades such as headers etc. I appreciate all the different types of restorations but I am an old school purist type of guy so not many changes from original. Here are a few pictures of what I am starting with. I have begun the tear down. Hopefully there will not be to many surprises as I go forward. Thanks for reading and again I welcome any help. I'll need it!!