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« Reply #150 on: June 01, 2011, 10:56:12 PM »

got my rear firewall figured out. been busy with things and haven't got to play with the car till tonight.



rear firewall mocked up





this is my second time bead rolling so not bad but not great.





then got it tack welded back in.





what it looks like from the trunk side


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« Reply #151 on: July 16, 2011, 12:17:52 AM »

haven't worked on the car in over a month now. had some things going on but they have settled down so i can get back to work on the car. started earlier this week with some parts i picked up at jegs and goodguys. this covers everything i did this week after i got home in the evenings.



since i didn't have a lot of time during the week i knocked out a lot of small projects i wanted to get done. got the drivers body mount access filled.



and cut some rust out and called it a night.


then i bent up some 18g sheet metal and fixed the driver tulip that had some cancer. this was my first time using a shrinker so i'm pretty happy with how well it come out.







then some more parts showed up



got the hard part of running the hard brake line done.

passenger side


driver side
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« Reply #152 on: July 23, 2011, 07:09:21 AM »







passenger side





Great stuff! looking solid and very neat now.

Mike
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« Reply #153 on: April 28, 2012, 11:26:47 PM »

So now that I'm back to work on the Camaro I am updating this thread. I'll start with oldest to latest.

First I got the passenger front inner fender modified to fit the 295's without rubbing.





Then I built bushing ends to a poly bushing and modified the SpeedTech transmission crossmember.
[imghttp://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/380748_10151498015720277_537465276_23599707_49286961_n.jpg[/img]http://After that I filled the corners at the rear window since I deleted the package tray.




And then I shaved the drive and passenger drip rails



And lastly I scavenged at the junk yard and picked up a mirror, home link with map lights and venture van door latches.


Mocked up the new latch mount


Passenger door done


Then mocked up the striker


Filled the stock striker hole and the vent.
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« Reply #154 on: April 29, 2012, 02:35:02 PM »

So now that I'm back to work on the Camaro I am updating this thread. I'll start with oldest to latest.

And lastly I scavenged at the junk yard and picked up a mirror, home link with map lights and venture van door latches.



I just love how all the details are thought out.
This build reminds me of "old school" custom rods where the best parts of various junkyard cars were used to build a unique and updated ride.

Looking good AJ!

Mike
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« Reply #155 on: April 30, 2012, 12:31:37 AM »

...the best parts of various junkyard cars were used...
The Venture engineers would be so proud to see their crowning achievement in door latches recognized.
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« Reply #156 on: May 02, 2012, 12:58:22 AM »

thanks mike, it saved me a few hundred bucks from buying new latches and then a power door lock conversion. it also saved me some weight too  Wink

The Venture engineers would be so proud to see their crowning achievement in door latches recognized.

actually the latches from the venture will bolt into most GM cars and the s10 and s10 blazer bodies.

Got the drivers door latch done yesterday night.



After a lot of measuring and test fitting floor mount pedals it just wasn't worth the time and effort to get the pedals to fit right AND be comfortable in the seat. I said screw it and decided to modify the stock 4th gen camaro pedals. as it turns out it was easier to do than i thought it would be. Still have to mount the clutch master cylinder and gas pedal.

brake and clutch pedal mocked up


Power brake booster mounted


Engine set so far back the brakes are almost next to the alternator


Pedals modified to accommodate the seat moved back.


Hoping to have the gas pedal mounted tomorrow.
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« Reply #157 on: May 02, 2012, 08:14:00 AM »

Hoping to have the gas pedal mounted tomorrow.

Clearly the most important part of any project.   Smiley
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« Reply #158 on: May 08, 2012, 12:09:16 AM »

got the pedal mounts done.


and then built a box to mount the stock GM clutch master cylinder inside the car since i moved everything back.


master box mounted


pedals done. modified a '57 chevy gas pedal. not sure why the clutch pedal looks funny in this picture.


corvette engine stands and mounts showed up so this will be the next project.
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« Reply #159 on: May 28, 2012, 11:10:45 PM »

got the driver striker and vent filled.


then got the new engine cross member built. I'm very happy with the way this one came out. notice the notch for the oil drain plug. also the bolts are recessed on the bottom so they don't hit.


driver side


passenger side


got the roof stripped


and the body work has been started



cut out the factory transmission cross member notches



used the slip roll and bead roller at my buddies shop and bent up the new fill panels. the kick out on the passenger side is for the reverse switch on the transmission.

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« Reply #160 on: June 01, 2012, 02:35:51 PM »

This Camaro will absolutely be better than the sum of it's parts, and man it has a lot of great parts!

Mike
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« Reply #161 on: June 18, 2012, 11:33:02 PM »

Thanks Mike. its coming along very nicely to the point that I think there is a chance I'll get to drive it this year.

got the interior epoxy sealed.



then I got a hold of a rotis to flip the car over.


repaired some more rust on the passenger tulip.


then decided to move the accusump to another location and fabbed up a new filler with a X and a recess for the A/C bulkhead.


using a corvette fuel filter/regulator and put it where the factory spring pockets used to be.


then got the bottom fully ready for epoxy.


and half the inner roof ready too.


and the start of real color on parts of the car. I used the stock valve covers and cleaned them up.


The bottom will be sealed tomorrow night and then depending on weather there might be some body work started on the bottom or it might have to wait until wednesday night.
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« Reply #162 on: June 19, 2012, 10:19:24 AM »

... its coming along very nicely to the point that I think there is a chance I'll get to drive it this year...

AJ,
That's awesome, I hope the drive moves from "a chance" to a reality very soon. I would love to see that beast take some laps in anger!

This is a project that could be an inspiration at the other cool automotive work-in-progress in Columbus "SPARC"


Good luck with even more rapid progress, the car photos are always fun to see, thanks.

Mike
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« Reply #163 on: June 19, 2012, 10:49:27 PM »

the plan is to beat this car like a ginger step son.

its got two coats of epoxy on it now.

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« Reply #164 on: June 28, 2012, 12:32:22 AM »

We started the body work on the firewall, it need a skim coat and sanded then it's ready for primer then work will start on the bottom side of the floor.





Bent up the steam tubes.





Got a lot of the parts back from paint, reassembled the throttle body.





Modified the slot in the bottom of the factory frame rail to put my corvette frame pucks in so I don't chip the paint on a lift.





Tig welded a 1/4" round rod frame then welded it into the trans tunnel to stiffen the hole.





Fabed up a new passenger side fender mount out of 3 pieces of 16g steel. Not bad for a body hammer and a body dolly.
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« Reply #165 on: July 12, 2012, 01:30:21 AM »

while it doesn't appear that there is a lot done (at least to me anyways) i have been doing a lot on the car that i am just not going to show until the car is done as some of it might make it into a production run.

machined some bulkheads for the passenger side brake line and the driver side brake, fuel and return lines.




then finished the fuel lines back to the fuel cooler and trunk bulk heads and the brake lines.





the rear sections of fuel lines are covered in heat tape then cloth heat shrink.




then i started mounting the diff. cooler. there will also be a trans cooler on the other side in the same place.
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« Reply #166 on: July 19, 2012, 11:03:35 PM »

I didn't like how the plumbing would run on the first cooler duct I made so I started over.



both of the ready for sand blasting then paint.



passenger side transmission cooler



then we got both of the wheel well lips cut and welded.




to match the rear frame rail pucks I have I laid out the same pattern in the sub frame so much to the pleasure of my painter I won't chip the paint when I put the car on a lift or jack it up.


rough cut the slits


then finished by grinding the rest and finishing the edges



then to finish this update, the rear suspension links and front steering arms back from paint.
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« Reply #167 on: July 27, 2012, 12:21:52 AM »

Just a quick update today. Before body work got too far on the firewall I decided to remove the factory stamped X in the driver tulip and mount the wiper motor there. Since I don't currently own any dimple dies I had to settle for a wood hole and my handy router.



I dimpled the 3 spots where the wiper motor bolts would hit the firewall with a socket and two hammers.


Wiper motor mounted


Then I decided to update the 43 year old wiper transmission with the left over parts from the donor car. With the piece I cut out to shorten one arm I needed to use to make the other one longer.


I also used the larger socket balls for a low friction squeak free wiper transmission. A quick trip to the sand blaster and they'll be ready for paint.


The bottom of the car is almost ready for paint. One more coat of slick sand and a quick sand and its ready for sealer, primer, seam sealer and paint.
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« Reply #168 on: July 27, 2012, 12:17:16 PM »

This is great reading, cool photographs too!

Mike
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« Reply #169 on: August 12, 2012, 10:56:07 PM »

not bad pictures for an iPhone eh?  Cheesy

Car is 90% seam sealed. I was waiting on doing the rear section until after two last things were finished up in the rear. This is one of the two things needed done. Sadly there is a few projects going on with the car that it has been strongly recommended to me that I not post online at this point. Now that they are both done the bare metal will be epoxied and seam sealed then its ready for paint.

Rear tow hook

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« Reply #170 on: September 03, 2012, 05:16:15 PM »

Got lots of stuff done over the past few weeks with the little bit of time I've had to work on the car. First we got the watts link bracket and fuel cell cage masked off and painted.




Then after about a week we masked off the freshly painted parts to seal the bottom of the car.




My buddy Jon then got the base coat shot.



Then he got it cleared coated




And today I started finial assembly of the small parts that go on the bottom.



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« Reply #171 on: September 03, 2012, 08:35:35 PM »

Wow!  Awesome color.
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« Reply #172 on: October 19, 2012, 09:58:11 AM »

love the updates, makes for a good read
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« Reply #173 on: February 26, 2013, 12:57:16 AM »

Its been a bit since my last update. Didn't get much work on the car done for sometime then I started picking it up again here and there. Got quite a bit done paint wise too.

Engine cleaned and prepped for paint.


Then got it shot in epoxy.


Mixed up some paint I had around the house and ended up with this color. Didn't care for it at first but the more I look at the the more I like it.


Also got the transmission stripped and painted.



And got them both assembled


Most importantly I got my sub frame back!


And installed


Taking advantage of the exhaust notches in the trunk I built a washer jug to clean up the engine bay and move weight to the rear.



Today I started removing the last of the cancer.


I ended for the night with about half the lip repaired.


Hoping to have it on the road in some shape of form this summer.
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« Reply #174 on: February 26, 2013, 08:57:08 AM »

Nice.
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« Reply #175 on: February 26, 2013, 11:24:47 PM »

Nice.



+1

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« Reply #176 on: February 28, 2013, 10:04:07 AM »

So.. what color is this beast gonna be when you decide to paint it?  Decided yet?
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« Reply #177 on: February 28, 2013, 10:52:35 AM »

So.. what color is this beast gonna be when you decide to paint it?  Decided yet?

You probably should be able to figure that out by looking at some of the previous pictures.
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« Reply #178 on: February 28, 2013, 04:34:19 PM »

So.. what color is this beast gonna be when you decide to paint it?  Decided yet?

You probably should be able to figure that out by looking at some of the previous pictures.

he drives a honda, cut the guy some slack  Cheesy

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« Reply #179 on: March 01, 2013, 03:06:31 AM »

Finished up the cowl tonight and got it in epoxy so it shouldn't rust out ever again.
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« Reply #180 on: March 27, 2013, 12:45:13 AM »

I've been working on quite a bit of stuff on the car just mostly stuff I'm not going to post pictures of. I did get the engine and transmission installed.



The stainless collectors showed up today for the Tri-Y headers and I picked up a few boxes of random bends from Stainless Works.


Spent the rest of the afternoon building the passenger header.




I ran out of gas for the TIG so I'll have to start the driver side header when I get some more gas.
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« Reply #181 on: March 30, 2013, 07:54:01 PM »

Finished up the driver header. I can say that chances are I'll never buy another set of headers I enjoyed building them that much.


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« Reply #182 on: April 01, 2013, 12:52:55 PM »

AJ,
It won't be much longer to "track ready" at this pace!

Mike
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