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    Default 1969 Camaro SS - Project "Overt"

    Social media websites to follow progress:

    www.facebook.com/365driven (will have to look back to 2016)
    www.instagram.com/365driven click on hashtag #overt69

    Good day everyone,

    I've owned this '69 Camaro since 2005, but have been mostly playing with late model performance cars since then. The '69 just remained on the back burner in my shop, aka parked on top of the 4 post storage lift. I've decided to go ahead and break the seal, and get this car built so that it can be enjoyed more. The convertible will be built to drive around in, and be taken on Hot Rod Power Tour when it is completed.

    I purchased the car from a gentleman in TN, it is a running/driving car. The car is an actual SS (X55 SS-350 code) and it is an original code 72 Hugger Orange car. The DX1 stripes were also the original stripe style, according to the previous owner. The paint job on the car is what I'd consider a 6/10, just a low buck single stage respray that was done sometime in the '90s. My main gripe is that the body isn't smooth enough for my standards, and there are a lot of sanding marks showing under the paint. The hood stripes were also done without a stencil, and aren't straight or consistent. So, in order for this to be up to my own standards, it will be soda blasted down to bare metal, and reworked. Keeping the same paint theme, color, stripes, of course.

    So, here are my plans for this convertible SS. I'll be doing 95% of the work myself, might even try painting it myself. With my parts hording disease, I already have most of the parts required to finish the car.

    -Gut car completely down to shell. Load onto my new rotisserie.
    -Soda blast the shell inside/out
    -Evaluate/inspect any panels that need to be replaced or repaired.
    -Body work / paint
    -Use OEM front subframe, with modern components.
    -Decide on which rear suspension setup to go with.
    -Mini-tub rear for clearing 345 wide rear tires.
    -American Autowire update wiring harness
    -LS7 427ci engine
    -Built T56 6-spd transmission (already have)
    -LS7 clutch (already have)
    -Vintage Air system
    -Magnaflow dual 3" exhaust system (already have)
    -Hooker longtube headers (already have)
    -New standard door panels
    -New Arizen houndstooth seats (already have)
    -Spectra OEM style fuel tank w/ electric pump (already have)
    -New canvas convertible top
    -Install DSE subframe connectors

    Anyways, here are the pics. Most people think the car looks done already. I'm pickier than most, however. Enjoy the build....

    Tony

















    More pics...
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    Pre-build pics...















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    We put the girls to work, they did pretty well with some screwdrivers. haha





    Gotta love the WTH moments. I found a neon tube tied up under the dash with a set of zip-ties holding it in place.



    This is how the previous owner installed speakers in the dashboard. Twist-ties and zip ties.





    After a few hours, we got the entire interior out, and the roof removed.



    Floor pans were repaired at some point, and were still solid. They weren't installed with super attention to cosmetic details, but I'll try my best to fix it - or replace it. The roof skeleton needs to be soda blasted and painted. I'll continue gutting the car out this week...
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    Looks like a good car to start off with - can only get better from here!
    I hope to one day add a 69 camaro to my stable. Yum.
    Eric
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    yep..great start!
    Tim Tracy
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    Heck yeah, I'll be following this. Nine Ball has done some great stuff that I've followed on other boards. Can't wait for this.

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    We removed the front clip and most of the trim/emblems yesterday. Also cleared out the lights and rear body wiring harness. There were some stubborn bolts that gave us hell, but no surprises. The body and sheetmetal appear very solid.















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    Awesome! can't wait to see the finished product. Your cars are always tastefully done.
    I am obsessed with cars.



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    Much better starting point than I had. At least you have a nice shop behind the house to do it right. Good luck with the build, Tony.

    Sam
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    It looks pretty good to start with. Should be sweet when your done.
    Wayne
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    I plan to use the same stripe but just having it meet in the middle instead of carrying up the hood. Beautiful color combo.

    As far as parts I "already have", I wouldn't put them back on my worst enemy's car. That's why I still "already have" them. All of those parts must have been burning a hole in your pocket. Have fun with it!
    Robert's 1969 Camaro - 2002 LS1/T56, 10pt cage, Global West Stage III front suspension, HTH truck arm rear suspension, Sprint Cup 9" full-floating rear end, Fikse Mach V 17" up front 18" in the back and still working on it...

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    Some more progress made yesterday. We moved the car over to the 2-post lift, then removed:

    Exhaust system
    Driveshaft
    Fuel/Brake lines
    Front subframe w/ engine/transmission
    Rear 12-bolt axle and leafs

    Then started assembling the new rotisserie, got the front firewall side attached. Need to weld some adapter plates on the rear rotisserie to mount to the frame rails.





    Two different rear shocks. One on the driver's side is an air shock.







    There was a coat hanger wire serving as the throttle linkage, and this nail used to secure the clutch Z-bar rod. Only in Tennessee...



    Engine is a GM Performance Parts "350 HO" crate engine, rated at 330 hp. It actually ran pretty well. Manufactured in year 2000.













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    sounds like its gonna be a fun little car to cruise in.... good luck and i will be watching this come along
    keep the wheels a spinning and the Beavers a grinning(burt reynolds-smokey and the bandit)

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    My new rotisserie arrived a couple weeks ago, Will and I got the body mounted to it yesterday. This thing works sweet!
    I hope to get the car media blasted in the next week or so.





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    Tony,
    Looks like that is a really nice body to start with, also who make that rotisserie??
    Rick

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    Rick,

    The rotisserie is made by Direct Lift. I got it here: http://www.gregsmithequipment.com/Au...NDS-Rotisserie
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    Make sure to add some supports and bracing in the door openings while on the rotisserie.

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    I have a set of door bars that I could install. Are they required if the doors are not removed? Chassis seems pretty solid, doors still open/close easily.

    I'll be dropping the body off at a local plastic media blaster on Friday. He does most of the cars in the Houston area, gets good feedback. Billy at Enviro Clean, north side of Houston.
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    Nice project, and a nice collection of cars too.
    Tu Ho
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    Looking good Tony - you probably don't remember me, but i spent a good part of the Power Tour a couple years ago drooling over your C6Z - love that car and the blower kit you have on it.

    The Camaro is looking good - will this car be long hauling?
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