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BlondeStrat
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Oct 9th, 2017 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The inside is pretty well stripped out.

With the old AC system gone and the glove box pulled it's really just a slab of steel in there all the way over to the gas pedal. ;)

Peel the carpet back and toss a cover on it ... not too bad.

Had to re-rout my oil line for the pressure gauge. It was coming through the firewall directly behind where the factory defrost duct would cover it.

Next up is get some paint on there so I can get the engine running again.

I am putting in a stop plate for the vacuum advance on the distributor, so there is that little project (taking my distributor apart and putting it back together again) coming up before I can install it in the car.

I have the remainder of today off, so I'll get out there and get after it. :)

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Oct 9th, 2017 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I always liked distributor work. I was one of the few guys in Cleveland that could get a dual point in a 351 Pantera to work. I was also one of the only who would crawl in against the firewall to do it.

I painted the '57 black. I must have had 400 hours in that thing just shadowing and block sanding to get it straight. I finally got to a point where I just heck with it and shot the thing with acrylic lacquer and was done. Never a black resto again!

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Oct 10th, 2017 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a restored '69 in '05. For the last 12 years I've re-restored it to what I wanted.

Z/28 Dover White w/Black stripes. ZZ383 425hp, Autogear 4 spd., Moser diff. All the good stuff. Multiple show winner.

Pix on my Facebook page: Dave Boles

BlondeStrat
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Oct 22nd, 2017 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Firewall all painted and ready for inner box install.

Some black paint

BlondeStrat
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Oct 22nd, 2017 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Heater parts all cleaned up (welded in some holes where someone had put screws in the case previously), sand blasted, epoxied and painted.

I need to get the seal kit installed so the diverter flaps all seal up like new, but it's getting close to ready.

Tested the fan motor and it appears to be good to go.

heater parts

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Oct 22nd, 2017 02:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I built my '56 I wanted to put in HEI, but it meant hacking up the firewall, so I used a standard distributor but I removed the points & condenser and installed a Fireball electronic ignition conversion module. It dropped right in & saved the future hassle associated with replacing points in a GM distributor

BlondeStrat
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Nov 10th, 2017 01:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Camaro just made it's first trip some place for some reason.

Took it to the gas station to fill up the tank.

The PIC below might not look like much to most folks, but I have got a lot accomplished on this thing over the past few months.

The entire unibody and doors are painted Capri Cream (except the rocker panels which will be black). That work included the basic body work of course and welding in quite a bit of new steel to solve problems of age and water.

New carburetor and New ignition system (points) with reworked advance curves for better street performance.

Even had it's first oil/filter change in over ten years this morning.

Eliminated the old non functional Vintage Air AC system and replaced it with a factor heater (which I completely restored). All of the heater system inside the car is complete and functional ... Still need to remove the P/S fender to install the outer case with the fan assembly. Sadly, the way these cars are designed the fan portion extends up inside that fender and can't be installed with the fender on.

That process will be my opportunity to sand blast and paint the P/S fender, hood, cowl and maybe the front chin and nose panels. Just depends on how ambitious I decide to get when I start into it. ;)

I'll pull the D/S fender for blasting and paint at some point after that.

Anyway, as the car sits today it is 100% drivable. The interior is still quite sparse due to the continuing work, but it finally qualifies as a car again for the first time in ten or twelve years!

It will still need new tires though before I get too carried away with any high speed extended driving.

As of today

(This message was last edited by BlondeStrat at 05:18 PM, Nov 10th, 2017)

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Nov 10th, 2017 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's coming along nicely. Have done a few cars over the year I can appreciate the work that goes into it. Nice work. I've always liked that color.

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Nov 11th, 2017 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great progress Blondestrat. Definately my favorite year for Camaros . The process is the joy of doing it IMO. This year I am redoing the seats of my 72 Cutlass . The front buckets feel like they have a few broken springs , so I am going to strip them down and investigate. Then replace the broken springs and reupholster them with the correct seat covers . They used 70 GTO covers instead of Oldsmobile. Then on to the door panels.

The 67 will look awesome when shes done.

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Nov 11th, 2017 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Kudos to you BlondeStrat!


Just got it running last weekend, here's my own ...

...classic car labor

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Nov 11th, 2017 05:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice Ron! :)

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Nov 11th, 2017 08:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Too bad the 5.0 Coyote engine won't fit in the old iron.

It might fit in the camaro, that would be cool, a Ford powered chivvy.

(This message was last edited by K4 at 10:33 PM, Nov 11th, 2017)

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Nov 11th, 2017 09:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

K4, actually a 5.0 Coyote swap into early Mustangs is fairly popular. You do have to shave or eliminate the shock towers though.

Blondestrat, you are getting real close to being "done" (which, as you know, is a highly relative term). But that 69 is gonna really glow running down the strip past Caesar's Palace! Yowzah!

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Nov 11th, 2017 10:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a Mopar guy, never thought the Coyote would catch the Road Runner.

I do like this engine, I have one in a truck. Not really suited for truck duty, no real power below 3000 RPM but it is FUN.
Hell I may be a Ford convert.

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Nov 12th, 2017 05:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

RonC, that is spectacular! Well done!


Love those wheels.

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Nov 12th, 2017 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Too bad the 5.0 Coyote engine won't fit in the old iron."

I'm perfectly happy with this car the way it is. ;)

As for "won't fit" ... that would simply be a matter of engineering and fabrication.

Heck, our 54 Ford F100 has the front clip of a 78 Pontiac Trans AM and a Ford 460 with a C6 mounted in it. All of it done right here in my garage, about 15 feet from where I now sit ;)

If there is one thing I've learned in playing with cars it's that you can do just about anything.

Crate engines in general certainly have some advantages for some people.

As for me, most of the fun in this hobby is actually building/restoring the cars and that includes planning and building the engines with my own mind and two hands.

(This message was last edited by BlondeStrat at 09:12 AM, Nov 12th, 2017)

RonC_Picker
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Nov 12th, 2017 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Heck, our 54 Ford F100 has the front clip of a 78 Pontiac Trans AM and a Ford 460 with a C6 mounted in it."

Very impressive. That "engineering and fabrication" requires a good deal of skill!

"As for me, most of the fun in this hobby is actually building/restoring the cars and that includes planning and building the engines with my own mind and two hands."

I'm with ya BlondeStrat on the engine build.

And I should mention there's also satisfaction of putting a painted shell of a car back together bracket by bolt by wire by whatever. However, it has its frustration time too, especially when aftermarket parts don't quite fit.

But that's what makes classic cars a great hobby; you can do it. No way I'm attempting anything on current metal, and it would probably run afoul of the EPA anyhow.

And thanks, Ragtop.

(This message was last edited by RonC_Picker at 12:24 PM, Nov 12th, 2017)

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I'm a racer at heart. All the car building I have done was to make them faster, never got the restoration bug.

I've built over 1000 engines, not a thrill anymore.

Nice work, enjoy the journey.

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Dec 3rd, 2017 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's time.

Pulled the fender so I can get that *outer* heater box installed.

Got the fender off and didn't even mess up the paint on the door.

Fender off

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Dec 3rd, 2017 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Critical area 9for the heater install) all stripped, cleaned and in primer.

It will get another coat. I'm just brushing the epoxy on. This is an unexposed area once the fender is on and brushing is a lot easier to control than spraying. ;)

Tomorrow (or later tonight) I'll do some seam sealing, then hit it with the black paint.

At that point I can install the heater box and do the remainder of the clean-up and even a little rust repair welding in a place or two.

Fender and inner well will go to the sand blaster for stripping to bare metal. I'm taking the easy way out of those pieces.

In epoxy

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