Pro street or not
About 2 years ago I bought a prostreet x-77 z/28 Camaro in Michigan off of ebay. I paid roughly 22k for it. It was prostreeted in the late 80's when doing things like we do now was not done. It is ok for a runner but not for me. It had a 454, turbo 400, with a 9in. And came with alot of extra parts. I bought it with the intention of just making it alittle more streetable. I always wanted a pro street car. And I always wanted a real Z, be it a number matching car or not, didnt matter to me just as long as its a Z. I have owned a plain jane 69, and a 71 RS Camaro before, but I sold them both during my marriage( I know bad idea), and Im not married to her anymore,(good idea). I was in the process of fixing the things wrong with it when in May 08 I got hit by a 88 yr old man on my Harley. It nearly took of my right leg. So I was laid up for some time.
My idea was to now completely redo the car. I have sold about 15,000 worth of stuff of the car. So the decent real Z shell cost me about 7 grand, not bad for what I see them going for now. I have completely stripped the car. All the paint is off. The front end is perfect, nearly no bondo. The quarters were done but with the half ones. The rockers have several patch panels and wave more than a model at a show. The tail panel on the passenger side has alot of bondo in it. And the driver side cowl tulip is smashed pretty good. The floors well they cut them up to right behind the seat platforms. I have taken all the paint off so its down to bare metal.
I have taken the car to several places for estimates on getting the rear frame redone. I wanted a 2x4 frame put in so I can get rid of the rollbar. My legs have actually both been broken, one on my motorcycle in May 08(right leg) and my left leg in Nov 04 racing my four wheeler. So climbing in and out of car with a rollbar is a real pain. So I wanted the floor redone, new firewall, new frame rails, tubs just the underside. I have all the parts and the estimates were 15-20k. I about had a heart attack. So I have decided to try this myself. I read alot of the build threads on here and I am amazed of the skill of my fellow team Camaro people. I have some skills,I have built several cars, trucks and bikes just nothing to this level.
Now my question is should I keep the prostreet look or go pro touring? I cold get a full floor pan and do away with all that, or go back to the prostreet look. My car had stock wheel well openings and I like it that way. And I wanna drive this car alot. I was only planning on running 29x18x15 tires on the rear. And I think the biggest pro touring tires are close to that? My motor is a LS7 and a T56 6 spd. I have all of the stuff for the motor and trans.
I plan on building the jig and go from there. So I will be asking alot of questions. I will post some pics of my car. So what would be better and easier,I know it wont be easy, but you know what I mean. Thanks for reading my thread. Brian