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01-04-2004, 05:59 PM
I had Jimbo (pro resto man) over again to look at all the progress I made on the camaro. He was very impressed to say the least, but anyway...
I asked him all about the huge hole in the rear of the right rocker and I got real nervous that he was gonna say to ditch the car cuz it was crap (he had looked at the car before and said "its ok" but now it was all taken apart) turns out it really isnt anything bad and, the car isn't sagging. (phew) So moving onto the floors he told me that the wire wheeling wasnt really doing anything and i had to blast, (so i got air just today) he said that the floors would be an easy replacment and then we moved on to the cowl (another rust spot)
I have to take a picture of this because its all rusted. this is whats gotta be done (by me) cut off the top of the cowl to get at all the rust, blast and use sheetmetal to patch it up.
He siad that when all that gets done we'll be just about to the home stretch and the toughest part would be done.
Im gonna start this weekend and i hopw to be done by late spring
Here goes guys, ill get some pictures, wish me luck.
01-04-2004, 06:02 PM
Good luck buddy.. you will be very happy with your restored ride.
01-04-2004, 09:25 PM
Good luck Joe...It sounds like you are doing a hell of a job with that car. When you are done can I borrow it for a weekend?
01-05-2004, 12:50 AM
Any person this day would be a fool to say that a rusted 1st gen is junk, as you can buy all sorts of resto parts for them. You got a gen Joe. It's gonna look sweet.
01-05-2004, 10:55 AM
nice work for a great car...don't give up
01-13-2004, 05:48 PM
in my opinion, 1st gens are the nicer camaros out there, but i love them all! good luck on teh resto joe.....it's gonna take a lot of time and money...one reason why i gave up on trying to find a project car.....
01-13-2004, 08:04 PM
Good luck buddy....
01-14-2004, 02:07 PM
01-14-2004, 05:03 PM
This weekend I'll take some of the areas. Basicly the whole seam on the underdash to cowl is rusted from all the snow and water built up 22 years. the seat support and convertable supports will be impact hammered out because they are just spot welded on in a few places.
I just got a new camera too so ill see how it dose!
01-14-2004, 07:36 PM
cool, good luck man......
01-14-2004, 10:00 PM
I'm making arrangments to get replacement quarter panels for my car along with a new rear header panel. Then I have to contact VFN Fiberglass about a custom hood for my monster. I was going to go with the 700 R4 but I think I'm going to go with the TH-350. There is really no reason to use the other trans, especially since i'm hardly going to drive it. Also I'm keeping the 10 bolt and converting to Posi.
01-15-2004, 02:35 PM
yeah the TH-350 is a very easy to hook up and use tranny. Th 400' shad there problems with kick shift rod. cheak out Lokar in the summit magazine ryatt, they have great parts for kickdown linkage cables and other good stuff if you havent already. the new quartars your getting will be a snap (as you know) but the back header is gonna be a tough weld up. im keeping my rear end 10 bolt and putting a Eaton posi unit in it. the rear ends in great shape. I heard that if you throw 300+ hp at a rear end both tires will spin even with out posi, is that true?
Eve looks real good, so does that big mouse 3-5-0 :)
Good luck to you too!
01-15-2004, 09:19 PM
Thanks Joe. No both tires don't spin with dog leg. The Eaton is exactly what I'm using. I think it will be fine for the Hp ratio. I am farming out the re-skin job to my friend to do for me. I am a finisher, welding was never my strong point. If those panels unbolted it would be a different story, but welding, forget about it.
01-16-2004, 10:05 AM
yeah I dont think ill be doing much welding on the body at least, because if i mess up, everyone will see it. A few extra chunks of Mig on the floor pans wont worry me ;) Eaton has a nice unit for the money, you cant go wrong with it. By the way, how much horse power and foot pounds do you estimate the 350 will be putting out?
01-16-2004, 09:47 PM
Mine? 501HP and 493 lb/ft of torque.
01-17-2004, 08:26 PM
I worked on the maro today, sorry forgot to take pics, to dirty to touch the camera :D
tommorow i will :)
01-18-2004, 10:11 PM
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