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After buying a former Z/28 Super Stock drag racer just a year ago, the restoration of the body & paint is nearing completion. I tore the car down last year, removed the 10 point cage and since then the floors have been completely replaced, the stretched wheels wells have been closed in with new sections, and the body has been stripped and restored back to it's former Day 1 glory with all of it's original body panels intact.

A new sub frame has been installed, the 12 bolt was completely restored, interior is now being redone and the car will be ready for new paint and correct stripes in the coming days. Once it's back home, I'll start the dubious task of putting this Lil Green Z all back together. Here's a link to my website where you can check recent news, see the parts list, and a picture by picture restoration page detailing the way it was found and the restoration it has undergone.

The car should be finished up over the course of the next 10-12 months.

x77z28 (Click here to visit website)


As purchased after 45 years on the race track!


Tear down of the car and removal of the racing equipment Sept 2015


The shell being restored in early 2016


Back on its wheels and nearly ready for paint. (Monday)
 

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Car is now blocked out with 400 grit and we've been playing with the body gaps to get the doors and the front clip aligned nicely. Car should be ready for paint in a couple more days.





 

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looking great, always loved that color.
 

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Thanks for the comments guys. Work continues along on the Z28 while I've been busy acquiring some more great parts for the restoration. Today I managed to secure a mint original Rosewood from a local friend who's been restoring these cars for many years and has a great stash of rare Camaro parts. Along with the steering wheel he also hooked me up with a nice pair of original non drip covers, dated and restored horns, a restored master cylinder and a host of other goodies date matched for the car. Also picked up the seats last week after having them recovered in deluxe comfort weave.


Mint original Rosewood w/ NOS Horn Cap


Nice clean pair of original 3932418 covers for the 302


Restored 309 master dated 127 c/w stainless sleeve.


Front seats recovered in Legendary's deluxe comfort weave material.


Rears nicely done with new burlap and new padding undersides.


These will look great when they are installed in the car this summer.
 

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While the parts hunt has continued for a few missing ingredients, we've been busy final fitting the gaps on the doors, fenders, hood and the front Endura bumper. After getting the bumper to fit nicely after 25 years in storage, Ron set out to completely mask the car off today and is now ready to spray the green paint on the exterior. I'll be masking off the stripes with him in the next couple of days and the car will be cut and polished early in the week when everything has cured.


Drivers door gap - rear


Passenger side door gap - rear


Hood gaps along front header panel


Fitting the original rubber bumper


With some tweaking we got this side fitting tighter after taking this picture.


Getting the original VE3 bumper for this car was a bonus. Fits nice!


Pictures from the booth taken an hour ago


Last picture before the car sports 79/79 color throughout
 

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Looks great, can't wait to see color on that bad boy
 

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Coming along nicely Earl! Are you sure that's the original front bumper? Just curious because in the as-raced photos on your website, it fits nicely as the originals did, but as pictured in silver, the fit is nowhere near as good. Either way, it looks much better now :thumbsup:
 

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The Endura bumper lived on the car from new and the car was raced with the original bumper being on it until the mid 90's (see pictures here). When the third owner bought the car for bracket racing in the mid 90's he painted silver and it still had the bumper. In 2000 he repainted the car silver again and then removed the heavy cowl hood and the rubber bumper in favor of a much lighter fiberglass hood and bumper which were on the car when I bought it.

As soon as I got the car home I started phoning the previous owners to find the original bumper and the steel cowl hood to see if anyone had them. As it turned out they had always stayed with the car and I was told that I should contact the 4th owner who got those parts when he bought it 10 years ago. Luckily, he still had the bumper and the hood when I called him and he was happy to share those with me for a very favorable price provided they were going back on the car.

I have since removed the fiberglass parts and have reunited the car with the old dealer installed cowl hood and the original rubber bumper that came with the car. It was in mint condition to start with but the original inner brackets were lost. It took a bit of fitting to align it nicely and we had to tweak the HBC brackets a touch which now has the bumper fitting perfectly. Here's a shot of the car in its former race trim showing the old rubber on the car, one of it when painted silver in 1996 and the third showing the glass bumper installed. The original was removed around 15 years ago and switched to a glass bumper to reduce weight by 7/8 pounds. I'm just glad it hung around after it was removed. :)


Original bumper in the late 70's


Original bumper still on the car in 1996


Fiberglass bumper on the car in 2012
 

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Car has color on it now. Pics aren't the greatest but I'll get some better ones after we've masked it up and sprayed the stripes. Side shots are bright because of the camera flash and the paint still needs to dry.







 

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Looks great
 

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Looks great back in original color! Are you adding all the style trim brightwork, or just the quarter louvers?
 

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Adding all the style trim group with moldings and bright work. Personal preference of mine as I think it really makes the car regardless of the X77 trim tag. :)
 

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Color sanded the entire car this week and added another 2 coats of 79 Rally Green. Painting of the base coat is now finished and the car will dry for a day or two before we mask off the Z/28 stripe and lay down the Dover White. It will then be clear coated and then we'll wet sand and polish the final clear to bring this green and it's metallic to life.


Entire car with 4 coats of Dupont Rally Green base.


Shot of the fender extension to show the color before the clear.
 
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