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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 14, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hello Team Camaro...

My name is Andrew and I just joined today, I'll be looking around on here for some insights and advice. We've got a 1977 Z28 that is being uncovered after spending 22 years on blocks. It was the wife's first car, she and her Ex put it on blocks years ago because of CA SMOG issues.

Needless to say, I'm sure it is going to need a complete overall, and not one I'm sure we have the resources to tackle. Anyone with any experience in similar situations? Advice, pointers...questions?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 14, 03:58 AM
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Welcome, Andrew
Good project. Remove gas cao and smell.
If pungent, figure on dropping the tank and have it cooked out for cleaning or replacement of same tank - I'd look for cleaning.
Existing fuel lines, disconnect at carb and fuel pump and siphon with air gun, about a gallon of alcohol to clean hard lines. Then blow dry.
Carb will need removed and pulled apart for cleaning.

Figure on replacing any soft fuel hoses AND vacuum hoses, fuel filter, air filter, engine oil & filter, fresh battery, clean battery cable clamps, check brake fluid, and think about flushing brake fluid, trans fluid, and rear axle fluid after getting them hot from driving.

Remove spark plugs and squirt oil into cylinders and with plugs out, crank over engine spreading the oil about the rings for less friction on the starter during real engine cranking.

Once fuel tank is clean and installed, prime fuel line(s) by disconnecting fuel pump inlet and applying shop air into filler tube after adding fresh fuel. When fuel comes out, connect fuel inlet. You might pour 1/3 cup of fuel into carb bowl vent, the 1/4 inch diameter tube sticking out, to prime the carb.

You might also change belts as they will take a set after being motionless for 22 years, reccommended, not a requirement.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 14, 05:55 AM
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^ great advice there! Do the basics to get the car running and braking safely, then work out what else needs doing and break each job up methodically working through the whole car. Once it runs and drives, you will have more motivation to do further jobs on weekends and evenings. Best advice I can offer would be to invest in a set of factory workshop service and assembly manuals for your specific model and year. AIM shown below is a great start if you only get one source of reference, shows how everything goes together.
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I always like to see more Cali members on the board.

Good to see another big bumper Camaro back on the road.
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Welcome Andrew!
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 15, 12:06 PM
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Im looking for a brown 77 z28
Does anyone know of one available
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Re: Hello Team Camaro...

Check out www.camarogenerations.com to meet locals, in fact next Sunday they host a car show you should go to and meet some of the club members. Flyer for the show... http://camarogenerations.yolasite.co.../MCITPVII..pdf

Have fun with the '77 just keep in mind smog exemption ends with the '75 model year, you will still have to play with the smog laws but it shouldn't be too hard to build something that passes if you do your homework up front...


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