Welcome, Derek! Plenty of help and info available here. Is it a real Z? Be warned that most of them aren't. Not a big deal if he just wants to drive it, but will help determine how much money it's worth putting into it.
I was told since I was just a little kid that it's the original engine that came with the original car. He took the 302 apart, it is in pieces, it's tired and needs a rebuild. Last time I saw the block and crank they looked great, so I'm not sure if his "it's tired" story is the case or if it's another one of his reasons for me to not spend money on his car.
I did some research and only recently found out how to check and see that they are legit, I'll be checking that the next time I go to visit. But as far as I know it's a real z-28 with the original 302. I'll find out next time I go over there since the car is in pieces it'll be easy to look at the vin and numbers. He claims he already checked years ago. I asked a few of his friends and they told me it is. But I don't plan on buying anything for the originality factor until I've matched them up with my own 2 eyes in case something /is/ different.
Either way the engine is a 302, i'm assuming since it needs a rebuild and he told me it has been bored that I'm going to need to measure the cylinder walls and dive into things to see where exactly the engine is on a rebuild and what kind of rings I'll need, etc.
I know the seats need reupholstered, and I know some of the interior parts aren't in the best of shape. The car was disassembled before I was born. The car has sat under a cover in his garage for about 26 years now. Money is the issue and he never could afford to put his baby back together.
A few years back he bought the paint he wanted, which I believe is daytona yellow and gloss black for the stripes. I know he has also bought /some/ stuff.
I don't know a lot about these cars, he's always been the Chevy guy in the family and told me he had a "special car" and couldn't let go of it since he wouldn't find another like it.
I'm wanting to buy the stuff he needs to rebuild the engine, get it back together. He always talked about getting the frame powdercoated as well, so I'd like to sneak that in too, although I don't know how I would do such a thing without him noticing so I may just pay a local shop time and materials and setup a trailer ride for his baby and surprise him for his birthday.
I'm basically looking for original parts and to get it back to original condition. Thus far he has complained about money to rebuild the engine and reupholster the seats. He has stored most of the parts like the hood and interior pieces in his garage or in the barn in plastic bags to keep them safe. I recently started bugging him about it, but money is an issue for him and I'd like to give back to my dad and do something special for him. He got me into cars, it's only fair that I give back after all he has done for me and my sister.
I'd like to get a list going of things to replace on the car, hoping to seek out the help of some members who know about these cars since I know nothing about Chevy cars. I'd basically like to surprise the hell out of him and give him no excuses not to get it done so he can have his baby on the road and enjoy it again
Is there anyone in chat this time of night? i definitely have lots of questions lol.