I have been a long time reader of the site and recently got the fire to get my car back on the road, in part from reading the forums here. I have a 69 Z/28 that that I bought back in ’91. In the time since then car has been parked, driven, dented, parked, fixed, gone to England, wrecked, restoration started and abandon, shipped back to the US, sat, and is now currently undergoing a complete frame off rebuild. I started the rebuild in England with a friend and quickly got overwhelmed by the amount of work the car needed.
Intimidation and loss of interest put the car in limbo for 8 years. Last summer I got tired of looking at the car rotting in the garage so I looked for a place to have it restored. I found a little local shop that only does restorations. I looked at their current customer projects and the ones in their own collection, (which was a very nice mix of cars), and decided I could trust my car with them. I have many photos of the work they have done so far and I will work on getting them posted on the site, once I figure out what forum to put them in.
Build date = 09A
Exterior = X77 D80, paint code 71 71
Interior = 713
Drive train = # matching M21 and 12 bolt
Engine = Currently working with the 3rd owner (I’m #9) to get the proper build dated 302. I can’t say # matching as he can’t see a VIN on the block. But, the block code/build date is clear and looks correct, V0827DZ. He is 99% sure it is the original since he knows owner 1 & 2 and they didn’t replace the engine. (he also knows owners 4-6, and I know owners 7-8) The motor has been in his rail since the ‘80s. He is very cool and willing to part with the motor for the price of a 383 GM crate motor. Even if I can’t say # matching, a DZ for $4.2K still looks to be a good deal.
The car is being built to be driven and enjoyed, and to be safer. It will be painted the stock color of Lemans Blue, the interior will be the stock hounds tooth with a smaller wood steering wheel and bolt-in one piece shoulder/lap belt, (the thought of hitting that steering wheel in an accident scares me). The 302 and M21 trans are going to be stored, along with all the suspension and steering components. New 5 speed, A-arms w/coil overs, 1 1/2” drop leafs, sway bars, 4 wheel disk brakes, and power rack are direct bolt in replacements, NO cutting. All mods will be reversible to stock. The engine is currently in the idea phase. A 302ci with a Procharger is my current plan. Why so small if not going with the original? Small cubes equals less gas consumption. Then forced induction to make up for low compression (pump gas) lack of cubes. Also, there’s that first question asked of a Z/28 owner, “Does it have a 302 in it?”
Last edited by FarFromSane; Apr 18th, 10 at 03:33 PM.