69 Z/28 labor of love restoration - Team Camaro Tech
Build Projects follow along start to finish

 2Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
Gold Lifetime Member
Len
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Ks
Posts: 393
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!!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20191222_160211291.jpg
Views:	80
Size:	341.2 KB
ID:	232067   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20191226_171924153.jpg
Views:	79
Size:	287.3 KB
ID:	232069   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20191226_171900550.jpg
Views:	76
Size:	280.4 KB
ID:	232071  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20191222_160148539.jpg
Views:	74
Size:	341.4 KB
ID:	232073   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20191226_171844760.jpg
Views:	74
Size:	277.4 KB
ID:	232075   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20191222_160127958.jpg
Views:	77
Size:	287.7 KB
ID:	232077  

6667ss138 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
Gold Lifetime Member
Len
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Ks
Posts: 393
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

Here are more photos as to where I am to date with the tear down.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200118_191837976.jpg
Views:	64
Size:	380.5 KB
ID:	232079   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_135121444.jpg
Views:	60
Size:	348.8 KB
ID:	232081   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_154745084.jpg
Views:	61
Size:	340.5 KB
ID:	232083  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_154640388.jpg
Views:	56
Size:	292.0 KB
ID:	232085   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_154624656.jpg
Views:	56
Size:	454.7 KB
ID:	232087   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_154602988.jpg
Views:	62
Size:	423.6 KB
ID:	232089  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_154551562.jpg
Views:	53
Size:	390.5 KB
ID:	232091  
6667ss138 is offline  
post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
Gold Lifetime Member
Len
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Ks
Posts: 393
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

Still appears to have the original disc brake system in place. 309 US master cylinder dated the 297th day of 1968, original rivet ball joints, 9204 power booster dated the 304th day of 1968 and delco moraine disc brake calipers. It also still retains the original Manual Steering gear box. I might upgrade that to Power Steering.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_175152730.jpg
Views:	41
Size:	557.4 KB
ID:	232093   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_175140982.jpg
Views:	37
Size:	447.4 KB
ID:	232095   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_174633892.jpg
Views:	40
Size:	277.5 KB
ID:	232097  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_175021357.jpg
Views:	36
Size:	291.5 KB
ID:	232099   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_174701704.jpg
Views:	35
Size:	441.5 KB
ID:	232101   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_174607426.jpg
Views:	50
Size:	417.9 KB
ID:	232103  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_175203327.jpg
Views:	38
Size:	401.8 KB
ID:	232105   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_175303645.jpg
Views:	35
Size:	487.8 KB
ID:	232107   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_175213802.jpg
Views:	36
Size:	546.8 KB
ID:	232109  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_175237551.jpg
Views:	38
Size:	546.1 KB
ID:	232111  

Last edited by 6667ss138; Jan 22nd, 20 at 08:50 AM.
6667ss138 is offline  
 
post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
Gold Lifetime Member
Len
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Ks
Posts: 393
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

So far the firewall and pillars seem to be solid. I am sure I will run into some rust areas on top of the dash once the windshield is removed but I will repair and patch and not remove the VIN plate. Looks like some damage on the drivers side pillar from a collision many years ago. The hidden VIN area looks to be very solid. Still has the original correct engine frame mounts. I am bagging and marking every nut, bolt and screw and taking tons of pictures documenting everything since it could be years before It goes back together.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_142331661.jpg
Views:	46
Size:	344.3 KB
ID:	232113   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_142337721.jpg
Views:	45
Size:	392.1 KB
ID:	232115   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_142353192.jpg
Views:	47
Size:	387.4 KB
ID:	232117  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_174853327.jpg
Views:	47
Size:	354.1 KB
ID:	232119   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_154959294.jpg
Views:	50
Size:	380.5 KB
ID:	232123   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_175400908.jpg
Views:	47
Size:	339.3 KB
ID:	232125  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_154951336.jpg
Views:	49
Size:	373.0 KB
ID:	232127   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200118_191958234.jpg
Views:	58
Size:	390.0 KB
ID:	232129   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_20200119_175316806.jpg
Views:	51
Size:	384.4 KB
ID:	232131  

Skates_236 likes this.
6667ss138 is offline  
post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 08:37 PM
Senior Tech
Garth
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: I 5
Posts: 7,325
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

Len, I'm very sorry for your loss. It's hard for me to imagine what you've been through, but I can see you're on the road to recovery ! I think this project will be the perfect medicine.

Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to following your progress....

Nice shop by the way, I'm so envious !

  • '68 RS, AA, 749, L30, M(uncie)20 (originally a 3spd), 15yr backburner resto........
Garfields Maro is offline  
post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
Gold Lifetime Member
Len
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Ks
Posts: 393
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

Quote:
Originally Posted by Garfields Maro View Post
Len, I'm very sorry for your loss. It's hard for me to imagine what you've been through, but I can see you're on the road to recovery ! I think this project will be the perfect medicine.

Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to following your progress....

Nice shop by the way, I'm so envious !
Garth, thank you very much. You are always one of the very knowledgeable and helpful guys here on TC. I appreciate your kind words!
6667ss138 is offline  
post #7 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 09:13 PM
Senior Tech
Garth
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: I 5
Posts: 7,325
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

Thanks Len, I'm probably a bit (a lot) overrated there, but appreciate the kind words back at ya !

The car looks like a pretty good score to start with, especially by present day standards. How long have you had it ?

  • '68 RS, AA, 749, L30, M(uncie)20 (originally a 3spd), 15yr backburner resto........
Garfields Maro is offline  
post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
Gold Lifetime Member
Len
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Ks
Posts: 393
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

Quote:
Originally Posted by Garfields Maro View Post
Thanks Len, I'm probably a bit (a lot) overrated there, but appreciate the kind words back at ya !

The car looks like a pretty good score to start with, especially by present day standards. How long have you had it ?
I've had it sitting in storage for about three years. My daughter and I traded a 67 Camaro she had for it and I think the guy that we traded with had it for about five years. I'm not sure of its history prior to that. Unfortunately the VIN is in the batch that the NCRS does not have the original selling dealer info on.
6667ss138 is offline  
post #9 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 09:35 PM
Senior Tech
Garth
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: I 5
Posts: 7,325
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

Well, you're off to a good start anyway. Getting JM's blessings was a wise decision on your part, imo.

  • '68 RS, AA, 749, L30, M(uncie)20 (originally a 3spd), 15yr backburner resto........
Garfields Maro is offline  
post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 20, 03:49 AM
Gold Lifetime Member
keith
 
X-77 keith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: America
Posts: 3,371
Very sorry for your loss. It would deviate me to loose a child. My daughter is out in the shop with me all the time, and my Z rarely goes down the road without her in the passenger seat.

In the pictures it looks like white paint in the cowl area. Is that just the camera playing tricks? My Z had white in the wiper area and on the top too. Mine is a 05A Norwood car . Orange with white stripes and white interior. I too found the X7 behind the passenger rear seat back. Was very hard to see. I wish you luck with your build and with dealing with the loss of your daughter. Keep taking pictures and post them here as often as you can. Thanks for sharing.

X-77 keith
1969 x-77 Z/28 orange/ white stripes, named by my daughter "Clementine ", M-22 close ratio, 4:10 12 bolt, CE 302. Hugger orange with white stripes. White standard interior. Restoration complete May 2018
X-77 keith is online now  
post #11 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 20, 04:36 AM
Moderator
Kevin
 
KevinW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Millstone, NJ
Posts: 11,220
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

Len, my condolences. But your plan for a father, grandson project is a great plan. With patina like that I would be doing the minimum to preserve the body and concentrate on the mechanicals first. Drive it with the patina, you can always go back and paint the body

Kevin


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
KevinW is online now  
post #12 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 20, 04:49 AM
Tech Team
Steve
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: St Petersburg, FL, USA
Posts: 63
Garage
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

Having solid A-pillars is a big positive. Also your car doesn't appear to have been worked over by previous owners. It's nice to work on a car that hasn't had dozens of people with their hands on it.
It's nice to see another Camaro fall into good hands. Looking forward to seeing this build.

69 Z28 RS
1969DZ302 is offline  
post #13 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 20, 04:52 AM
Senior Tech
Tim
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 3,658
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

My thoughts are with you and your family Len. This will be a very special build and I'll be following.

1969 04A Van Nuys-built Z/28. Cortez Silver with dark blue interior and VE3. Sold Clippinger Chevrolet. Raced at Lions in LA.
ZLP955 is offline  
post #14 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 20, 08:16 AM
Gold Lifetime Member
Mike
 
Jonesy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1998
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 6,526
Garage
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

What a great way to honor her by doing this.

Jerry documented it and found the X7 on the rear seat bulkhead. I would take a pic of that for sure. Looks like a great project!

Team Camaro Gold Member #14

1967 Camaro RS/z28 - one of 602 made - SOLD
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

1969 Camaro RS/SS L48 4 speed
1974 Camaro LT-Z/28 4 speed 33K orig miles
1979 Camaro Z/28 36K orig miles
1987 Monte Carlo SS 25K orig mi bought new by me.
Jonesy is offline  
post #15 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 20, 01:25 PM
Senior Tech
Brian
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: NE Ga
Posts: 917
Garage
Re: 69 Z/28 labor of love restoration

My heart goes out to you and your family. Get the little guy involved with the easy stuff. He will always remember working on it with you. Take lots of pictures for a personal photo album as well as sharing them with us all. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to following your build.
md z likes this.

69 Hugger Orange 396 M20 3:31
BRICO69 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Team Camaro Tech forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address.
NOTE we receive a lot of registrations with bad email addresses. IF you do not receive your confirmation email you will not be able to post. contact support and we will try and help.
Be sure you enter a valid email address and check your spam folder as well.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome