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Camaro Zach
12-20-2004, 04:25 PM
Im in the process of restoring my 68 Camaro and am thinking about dropping in an LS1 now. I hope to keep this thread updated on a regular basis so check in often. I have attatched pics of some of todays progress, More pics here: http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/619530
Let me know what you think,
Zach

Matt
12-20-2004, 05:43 PM
in a very similar boat.

Best of luck, and great choice on cars man. Keep us posted.

Ralph LoGrasso
12-20-2004, 05:49 PM
Looks like you've got a good start, Zach. Good luck!

colt zantop
12-20-2004, 05:52 PM
good choice in year and car! :)

TA219
12-21-2004, 09:17 AM
lookin good, i am sitting in the same spot currently , I have almost everything off of the car , now i just need to start putting stuff back on

Camaro Zach
12-23-2004, 04:29 PM
Another mock up update its starting to look like a car again

Andrew McBride
12-23-2004, 05:21 PM
looking good there Zach.

Andrew

Camaro Zach
12-27-2004, 05:33 PM
only got to work on it for about an hour today but i did get 1 frame rail notched to acomidate the 335 rear tire :icon_razz

Camaro Zach
01-22-2005, 08:28 PM
Another update, got inner fenders, quarters, snail panel, filler panel, and deck lid all mocked up almost ready to be welded down
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boodlefoof
01-23-2005, 09:49 AM
Nice progress. NOW it looks like a car again! At this pace you'll have the thing driving by summer!

Camaro Zach
01-30-2005, 08:06 PM
jumped ahead and repaird some rust on the passenger door today did some other stuff but dont have pics to show for that...
Im going to be replacing the dash panel whenever i figure out what i want to do with the vin tag. i dont know wether to cut that section out, drilll out the rivots, or try and save/re-use the origional rivots, any input is greatly appreciated
Thanks,
Zach

smittys69
01-30-2005, 09:50 PM
Zach - we just drilled out the rivets and re-riveted into the new dash panel on mine. It still looks good and once painted - you'll never know. As long as it matches your cowl tag, that's all that matters. Lookin good dude

TRILOGYZ28
01-30-2005, 10:33 PM
did you go with all reproduction panels?
btw, lookin good!

Camaro Zach
01-31-2005, 04:17 PM
Thanks guys, yes they are repops. Goodmark I bought them back in November, but anything you buy from them after 05 is thicker gauge metal. Kind of makes me wish I had waited but oh well!

FSTFBDY
01-31-2005, 05:55 PM
looking great..

Camaro Zach
05-15-2005, 09:25 PM
Sorry i havent updated in a long time guys but another project rolled in the garage that needed attention (daily driver) so i had to get that done. Ill get back on the Camaro soon. The quarter panels are almost completely welded in as well as the wheel tubs. after i finish those up ill start working on the doors/front end.

Camaro Zach
08-18-2005, 06:39 PM
Well my DD is almost done just have to pass emissions now so the Camaro is coming home NEXT WEEK! i cant wait to start working on it again. going to finish the little bit of welding/grinding on the tubs and quarters and then start on the dash which shouldnt take more than a day. Then i guess ill start working on the front sheetmetal and when thats done ill start on the 4 link/cage which i still need to design. anyone have any input for the 4 link? should probably order some rulebooks for the cage. hrmm

68camaro396
08-19-2005, 06:41 AM
Hey what is that gauge for on the right in the video? It is going crazy.

Camaro Zach
08-19-2005, 04:02 PM
Hey what is that gauge for on the right in the video? It is going crazy.
wrong thread?

TheRoadVirus
08-19-2005, 09:07 PM
wrong thread?

That's what I was thinking..

Bill Howell
08-19-2005, 09:13 PM
Well my DD is almost done just have to pass emissions now so the Camaro is coming home NEXT WEEK! i cant wait to start working on it again. going to finish the little bit of welding/grinding on the tubs and quarters and then start on the dash which shouldnt take more than a day. Then i guess ill start working on the front sheetmetal and when thats done ill start on the 4 link/cage which i still need to design. anyone have any input for the 4 link? should probably order some rulebooks for the cage. hrmm

It's about time you get back on the camaro-LOL
How did the roadster turn out?

Camaro Zach
08-19-2005, 10:07 PM
LOL i know right. its been gone WAY too long

Roadster turned out decent still need to make a hood, flush mount headlights, grille/frontend, doors and some other stuff but atleast its driveable right now

Camaro Zach
10-28-2005, 03:38 PM
ok well today i snuck it home without my parents knowing (they wouldnt let me bring it back for some reason) so now its here and ill start working on it tomorrow FINALLY!!!

F70t/a
10-28-2005, 04:19 PM
You do some very nice work Zach!!!! What kind of welder have you been using to do all the metal work? :poke:

Camaro Zach
10-28-2005, 05:21 PM
Thank you very much

I have been using a Millermatic 251
but did a few things with my Lincoln pro-core 100 (before i got the miller)

Camaro Zach
10-29-2005, 01:23 PM
Took the springs and shocks out, welded the shocks up and bolted them back in so it would sit low again :headbang:
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Camaro Zach
11-05-2005, 01:13 PM
kind of running out of things to do untill my bead roller gets here so i decided to start on the flush mount battery boxes.

Camaro Zach
11-06-2005, 05:34 PM
hrmm maybe i should get some DSE stickers to put on the car, then ill get some replies

DJW32
11-15-2005, 12:50 PM
The car is looking good.:icon996:

ViperBlue68
11-15-2005, 01:18 PM
hrmm maybe i should get some DSE stickers to put on the car, then ill get some replies

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Camaro Zach
06-06-2006, 12:46 PM
Well as some of you know the direction this car is going has completely changed again. Building a tube chassis, new floor, cage, 3 link, and a modified stock subframe geometry (unless i get really ambitios and take my time designing a complete front suspension from scratch) but if i stick with modifying the stock for now im sure it will get ripped out in a few years in favor of something a bit more geared to my need.

Anyways i went and picked up the 2x4x.120" rec. tubing today for the main rails, 1" sq. to brace the body, and another sheet of 18 ga. for everything else.

Expect more pictures in the near future

Ralph LoGrasso
06-06-2006, 12:55 PM
Woot. :) What's steel going for these days?

Camaro Zach
06-06-2006, 01:04 PM
TOO much! guy knocked 15 bucks off the price of the sheet and i walked over to the register only to find myself $20 too short LOL so i ended up getting $35 off but it was still about $275

rockdogz
06-06-2006, 01:09 PM
Cool, keep us updated on the progress!
:cool:

Camaro Zach
06-07-2006, 06:45 PM
didn't get as much done as i would have liked today because my welding hood was in my sister's car for some reason

Camaro Zach
06-09-2006, 11:47 AM
This is the inside rocker and door sill, its where the tubing is going to sit for the main 2x4" rails. *the bottom of the rocker sits at an angle stock so im going to bend it down and the the top of the tubing should be even with the pinch weld*

zbugger
06-09-2006, 12:28 PM
Now that's what I call progress. I can't wait to see what else you come up with, Zach.

Camaro Zach
06-22-2006, 07:11 PM
Hell yea.. Much more to come Allen

Steve1968LS2
06-22-2006, 07:51 PM
hrmm maybe i should get some DSE stickers to put on the car, then ill get some replies

Ouch.. was that really necessary??? (but, it was funny)

So, you decidedt to go the LS1 route huh? Good choice.. Man, that's a LOT of bodywork. You have my undying respect since I hate bodywork :)

Coming along!

Madspeed
06-23-2006, 09:26 AM
Zach its looking good keep the momentum.

When you get done Ill bet you will be bored out of your mind.

So if you get to bored come to my project =) I have parts but no time =(
Heh :cheers:

Camaro Zach
06-24-2006, 05:23 PM
Ouch.. was that really necessary??? (but, it was funny)

So, you decidedt to go the LS1 route huh? Good choice.. Man, that's a LOT of bodywork. You have my undying respect since I hate bodywork :)

Coming along!hah.. i must have been p*ssed off.
Yea going with an ls1/2 just mild for now though since it will be daily driven. And bodywork - yea i hate it too... Car was really straight when I bought it (was prepped for paint) but after I tore into it the meyhem began.

Madspeed - Thanks. And yea I do get bored when the projects are done. Bring yours over! lol


Today I got everything cut out, squared up the car, did about 3 hours of measuring, tweaking, hammering, but finally got the rails in and welded up. Also got the door sill/rocker area repaired.
Hopefully tomorrow ill trim the extra off the rockers, finish welding the rails to the front door posts, and build the rear crossmember. Been doing alot of research on wheels lately since i need to order some rears soon. If anyone has some suggestions im open. I need 18x12 and 18x10's and they have to be light and under 3k (been looking at ccw 505A's and SP18's)

Camaro Zach
06-26-2006, 05:48 PM
Well today I finally got it sitting on the ground. all the welds were vertical uphill, roofline is 42" layed out, and i need to order some wheels soon.

zbugger
06-26-2006, 06:03 PM
Looks great, Zach. But in that last picture, there's some monster standing next to the car. You might want to move it. It's gonna scare the women away.

camaro608
06-27-2006, 11:34 AM
mmmmmmmmm...jumbo shrimp

keep us posted

Camaro Zach
07-05-2006, 05:34 PM
Pretty much at a standstill untill my rear tires come in, then ill build some crossmembers and weld r all up
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zero g
07-06-2006, 09:29 AM
Nice rails. I did the same on my Duster

rockdogz
07-06-2006, 09:54 AM
Zach you are a madman, keep it up

:git:

Camaro Zach
07-07-2006, 12:39 PM
Thanks guys

Camaro Zach
07-21-2006, 04:19 PM
Well there I suppose once again there won't be any progress for a while. I got a new job at a local fabrication shop and i'm working 5am to 5pm 7days/week + more if i need to stay late. I'm doing work for the Golden Nugget casino in Vegas, a bunch of restaurants around here, and just yesterday i got back from a 34 hour shift at the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio tx. But my rear tires on order and i might just get a pair of ccw 505a's next paycheck.

restomodbird69
07-21-2006, 04:48 PM
well if you keep working those hours you will have the money you need to finish that monster project.keep it up man.

Whistler
07-21-2006, 08:18 PM
That's an impressive project. Keep it up!

Camaro Zach
08-23-2006, 03:32 PM
Thanks guys
I guess i forgot to post these pics way back when.
I'm getting real close to ordering my rear ccw 505a's if i can find out who to order from.
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muthstryker
08-23-2006, 03:56 PM
damn dude that is low.. like ive said befor come help me with my car :) haha

formula
08-23-2006, 03:57 PM
f*ckin tuckin! I can dig it! You're not planning that as ride height, are you? If you are...you're a madman and I love it!

Camaro Zach
08-23-2006, 04:14 PM
f*ckin tuckin! I can dig it! You're not planning that as ride height, are you? If you are...you're a madman and I love it!no way those pics are the car sitting on the ground = layed out = sparks lol. ride height will be around 4-6" it is a daily driver afterall
I've got the urge to work on the car now so maybe a few more things will get done

BA.
08-23-2006, 05:22 PM
with that job you should be rolling in dough my friend! have fun buying stuff!

jeffandre
08-25-2006, 10:05 AM
Thanks guys
I guess i forgot to post these pics way back when.
I'm getting real close to ordering my rear ccw 505a's if i can find out who to order from.
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Call John Purner at CCW to order the wheels. Search the web for their sute. I have SP16's, but now they make SP16A's, which is cool because John only made 2 sets of my wheels, so I have unique wheels! He can make more anytime as it's just code in his machine.

Camaro Zach
08-25-2006, 01:10 PM
Thank you ill be calling them the first part of next week

Jims78elky
08-25-2006, 01:13 PM
Wow..

Keep up the great work..:cool:

Camaro Zach
10-31-2006, 03:42 PM
Well I went on a bit of a shopping spree a few weeks ago and this is what I ended up with. Hopefully Ill make some progress on the rear framerails, rearend, and sheetmetal now that I have the wheels/tires to mock up with.
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ViperBlue68
10-31-2006, 03:48 PM
:twothumbs wow those look bitchin! whats the specs on em?

zbugger
10-31-2006, 05:15 PM
Zach, you're scaring me....

BuddyP
10-31-2006, 06:53 PM
Zach, that's sick! I'd hate the ask what the wheels and tires cost!

Camaro Zach
10-31-2006, 07:18 PM
Thanks guys

Their 18x12 CCW Classics w/ 335/30/18 Michelin Pilot Sports ( i really wanted the BFG G-Force TA's but couldn't find them anywhere)

tri5-73dart
11-02-2006, 03:40 PM
As I kept looking through the progress I kept saying O WOW at every update. It looks awersome, keep up the good work and I can't wait to see it done!

Camaro Zach
01-01-2007, 09:14 PM
Finally got some time off work and some parts and some will to work on this thing. All pictures are with it mocked up at 4" ride height
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rockdogz
01-01-2007, 10:03 PM
Cool Zach!!

:twothumbs

Mr.VENGEANCE
01-02-2007, 04:20 AM
damn that is serious

boodlefoof
01-02-2007, 06:58 AM
Lookin' mighty fine Zach. I've been waiting for an update! :D

malihoochie
01-02-2007, 07:16 AM
Keep it up! I need "real guy" inspiration like this to keep me motivated. Looks great.

Steve1968LS2
01-02-2007, 07:17 AM
Nice.. looks killer with those super wide back rollers..

Restomod
01-02-2007, 01:26 PM
Thats what Im talkin about!!! Those last pics at ride height are the [email protected]*t!!!

Camaro Zach
01-02-2007, 06:17 PM
Thanks guys

4" ride height is about the look im going for but i think 5-6" minimum is going to be more realistic since it will get driven almost daily when it's done. Hopefully this weekend I can get the rear suspension mocked up and possibly pull the car outside for some better pictures of its stance.

restomodbird69
01-02-2007, 06:56 PM
you are one sick man ,and i mean taht in the good way.keep it going

nbecker
01-02-2007, 07:28 PM
:eek: thats going to be super nice cant wait to see more.Did u find a website for the wheels? i wouldnt mind checking them out

aussiebj
01-04-2007, 03:43 PM
I was almost at the point of selling my 68 camaro as there was alot of sheetmetal to replace,but after seeing your car i am more than ready to dig into the project,are all your sheetmetal pieces goodmark and if so how do you like the fit and quality....Thank you Barry

Camaro Zach
01-04-2007, 06:46 PM
:eek: thats going to be super nice cant wait to see more.Did u find a website for the wheels? i wouldnt mind checking them out
The website for the wheels is www.ccwheel.com (http://www.ccwheel.com) Looks like they are just getting around to updating it too.

I was almost at the point of selling my 68 camaro as there was alot of sheetmetal to replace,but after seeing your car i am more than ready to dig into the project,are all your sheetmetal pieces goodmark and if so how do you like the fit and quality....Thank you Barry YES KEEP IT nothing like the satisfaction of replacing everything yourself. As for my sheetmetal fitup... I cant vouch for how their current stuff fits because I bought all that sheetmetal a few years ago. But the quarters fit pretty good except for the taillight area where the tail panel meets the quarters. The shapes don't match and the drivers side quarter is taller than the passenger, but it's not a problem for me because ill be shaving the body seams.

Camaro Zach
01-08-2007, 03:34 PM
Got some more poser pics over the weekend. Wheel/tire on the front is from the passenger side rear. (havent ordered the fronts yet) and it's set at 5" ride height. I think im gonna stick with that height when it has coilovers.
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Kal
01-08-2007, 04:20 PM
Wow, that is going to look HOT! Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see it when its finished.

Camaro Zach
01-17-2007, 08:01 PM
Thanks Kal
Must have gotten some weird kind of modivation because yesterday I cut all the brackets and today I welded them onto the rearend lol. Hopefully tomorrow I will weld the lower brackets onto the frame and start making some temporary link bars.
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Joey_H
01-18-2007, 07:15 PM
Those are purty welds, Zach. :headbang:

protour_chevelle
01-18-2007, 07:22 PM
Lookin great Zach, but always, always wrap your welds on your tabs!

-Matt

Camaro Zach
01-18-2007, 07:43 PM
Thanks guys.

I didn't finish welding the tabs because the lowers still need to be modified for the coilovers to possibly mount to and the uppers are most likely getting removed completely because i'm not happy with where the holes are and the look of it.

Zach

BritishGreen68
10-15-2007, 11:18 AM
still waiting for finished pics! I am building the 4 link for mine now, I really dont want to cut my wheels tubs out but it sure is tempting... Im thinking 19's....

trapin
10-17-2007, 01:36 PM
Zach...how 'bout some updates?

Camaro Zach
03-19-2008, 09:45 PM
Zach...how 'bout some updates?
Sorry fellas I don't have much in the form of updates as another year passes. I am going to school in Oklahoma so the car was moved out of the garage and into a barn to give my father some room while I am away. I should be back home by the end of summer and back to work on the car though!
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Steve68
03-20-2008, 06:12 PM
I'll be first, BARN FIND, BARN FIND!!!!! Don't forget about it Zach!!!!

BritishGreen68
10-20-2008, 07:39 PM
anddd????????/:drool:

KnightMare
10-20-2008, 09:01 PM
this thread was pretty interesting

BuddyP
04-08-2009, 06:45 PM
Zach, any news on the car? Your work is fanominal! Good luck with school and such. Keep on it, your progress is still ahead of me!

Code Red
04-09-2009, 03:40 AM
yes give us some updates and we will go find the barn its in lol

craigs73
04-09-2009, 07:30 PM
man this is a sweet project

1971CHEVELLE
04-09-2009, 10:41 PM
Awesome project keep us posted

rlplive
04-10-2009, 05:42 AM
We need some updates on this. Man you have some badass fab/welding skills

Camaro Zach
11-08-2009, 09:37 PM
Zach, any news on the car? Your work is fanominal! Good luck with school and such. Keep on it, your progress is still ahead of me!
Thanks for the kind words guys. Things have been really busy for me for the last year. Recently bought a house with a shop and finished up a few customers vehicles that were occupying my time. Hopefully if all goes well I will pick the car back up this week sometime and start digging into it again after 2 years of sitting lol.

creekwood08
09-24-2011, 03:04 PM
been a while still workin on the car?

Mr.VENGEANCE
09-24-2011, 03:51 PM
this is such a surreal picture...

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creekwood08
09-24-2011, 04:30 PM
Id really like to have them wheels :)