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I'm never sure what to call this project because it's an unusual (read: unnecessarily challenging) approach to building a first gen. In the words of a shop owner I know, "That's...ambitious."



I'm about 14 months into the project now and I'm a little late to be starting the build thread...I'll do the quick version to catch up. You may have noticed that there's two Camaros in the picture. I bought a rolling 67 last week to use for some measurements, then blast/prime/repair and replace sheet metal and sell.

I've always been jealous of the internal jigs that I see reproduction builders using so I'm going to get the 67 onto a jig cart and 3D scan the interior then CAD a modular jig that uses laser-cut brackets with bolts and alignment pins instead of welding. My project, to date, would've been 100x easier with this.

About the 68:

- 100% reproduction parts (AMD if available, Dynacorn for quarter-door subassemblies)
- DSE four-point roll cage with removable back bar
- DSE Quadralink
- DSE trunk closeouts and fuel pump access panel
- DSE subframe connectors
- Bowler T-56 transmission tunnel
- DSE lower link pocket reinforcements
- DSE mini tubs
- Smoothed firewall - just some sheet metal I bought and cut out

About the 67:

- Rust
- More rust
- Square body
- Also rust

But it's got good bones and that's all I need right now. Besides, maybe my wife will forget I'm supposed to sell it.
 

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re: 67 Ground-up Build - "Repro-Mod?"

Thanks! I'm not much for narrating but I thought it'd be cool to do a series of accelerated / time-lapse videos then string them all together at the end. If I had video of the 68 build to-date it would mostly consist of me staring at something scratching my head.

It's come a long way though.





Lately I've been doing a lot of cleanup stuff...welding drain holes, fixing fitment issues I've been avoiding, etc.









And the other side of course...

















But I'm having some issues with the driver's side quarter that has me at a standstill, that's where the 67 comes in. I think I have it figured out but I really don't want to do it three times, twice is enough.
 

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re: 67 Ground-up Build - "Repro-Mod?"

Started cleaning up the deck lid today, I knew it was going to be rough. Still considering my options here. I think it's worth saving.







I think I may swing for the fences and try to weld in a patch and also get the skin off for better access.
 

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re: 67 Ground-up Build - "Repro-Mod?"

Cut the deck lid apart to get after the damage and rust. Looks about as expected.



A little hammer and dolly work and it's looking a lot better but I'll probably end up patching it anyway.





The damage looks like someone backed into a tree but I couldn't find any corresponding damage to the rear end - and it would've been absolutely trashed for the deck lid to have been dented like that.
 

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re: 67 Ground-up Build - "Repro-Mod?"

Removed the LH outer cowl tonight to get after the hard-to-reach areas. Ended up deciding to cut off the lower 4" or so for easy access to the inside to bust through the spot welds - I couldn't get a good angle from the outside. Afterwards, I clamped the two pieces back in place, tack welded them together, then removed them to finish the butt weld and clean it up. It's probably going to get some minor patch work since the spot weld removal bit was a little more aggressive than I'd have preferred, but overall it's in pretty good shape.

Bonus points if you can spot me hitting myself in the forehead with my seam splitter @ 100x speed.



 

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re: 67 Ground-up Build - "Repro-Mod?"

you make it look so easy..lol

if i could do that repair in 2:28 minutes my car wouldv'e been 100% complete a long long time ago
 

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wish i could view the linked pictures of the 68. would love to see that process
 

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re: 67 Ground-up Build - "Repro-Mod?"

The best part about making a video 100x is you can't see all the frustration and dropped tools and tripping over myself...I also cut out about fifteen minutes of me trying to find my spot weld cutter.

I'm going to make a montage of the pictures I've taken of the 68 build to date. I have hundreds to sort through. I'll post a link in here when I'm done.
 

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WOW that is F...ing awesome. A lot of work but not rust repair. Looking forward to more.

Ryan.
 

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Thanks Ryan. It's a different beast. Working on the 67 is a lot easier in many ways but rust is such a pain.
 

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Great work. Especially with all that repop sheet metal.

Don
 

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Thanks Don. The hardest part with using all repop is not knowing which part is wrong when two (or five) things don't come together.
 

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Thanks Matt! I admit I really like working on the 67 but maybe that's just because it's shiny and new. Or rusty and old. Either way. Just finished cleaning up and priming the outer cowl I removed the other day...1 part down, 153 to go.

Lesson for the day: Wire wheels remove skin even better than rust.






 

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re: 67 Ground-up Build - "Repro-Mod?"

Got the rear end dropped off the 67 and the body set onto a First Gen Jig. Time to get to work!

 

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Great start/cool videos... Thanks for sharing.
 
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