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  1. #41
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    Late update, but I was able to get into the garage for a few hours Friday night. Made more progress on getting the trunk installed. After all of the welding that I have done on this car, I am really starting to get a hang for getting the butt welds just the way that I want them with minimal grinding. Here are a few pictures.

    I was able to get the replacement panel plug welded to the fuel tank supports.



    Starting on one side and working my way to the other.



    I couldn't help it, I had go break out the flap disk and see what it looked like. I was very happy with how smooth and almost invisible the repair appears! Very happy with my progress.





    Here are some picture of the 90MM LS2 throttlebody. It is in really good condition and I got a great deal. Thanks Pro-Touring.com!!







    I keep plugging away at the welding, and slowly keep purchasing parts that I am going to need in the future. Hopefully, I will intersect at a point in the not too distant future where I am finished with the rust repairs, and all of the parts I need to get the drivetrain installed.

    Cheers,
    Ryan


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD


  2. #42
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    Not much to show, other than lots of welding. I was able to get another good section of the welding done, and am finally nearing the end of this fun.



    I cut the rear section of the trunk pan a little too short, so I have to add a small section across the back side to fill it in.

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    I am going to get all of the welding done, then go through and grind it all flush. I was able to get a few more items crossed off the list of things To-Do. I am waiting to get all of the welding done before I make a new list.

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    Ryan


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

  3. #43
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    BRAVO on the rust repair! That would scare a lot of people off (myself included). Keep it up!
    Ben C. - Sometimes Complete > Perfection - I just want to drive my car...
    1969 Nova 408/T56 | 2003 XJ8 Sport LS2/T56

  4. #44
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    Thank you, comments like that keep me motivated!

    Also, just picked up a TBSS intake manifold to match my 90MM LS2 Throttlebody. After a little research, and looking at a real world test that Hot Rod Magazine put out, they were showing that the TBSS intake made all around more power than even the LS6 intake! Which makes it the best performing factory cathedral port intake! Not too bad for $40 shipped!


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

  5. #45
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    My wife and baby went to sleep a little early last night, so I was able to sneak out and get 4 solid hours of welding time. I was able to burn everything in and the trunk is now finally welded up! I'm very relieved to have that hurdle behind me. I am also seeing a lot of grinding in my future, as I need to knock down all those welds. I will also need to flip it on it's side and make the panels look good from the bottom as well.







    And all finished. Well kinda, still need to do lots of grinding.



    After the trunk is finished, the next big panel is going to be the passenger side rocker panel. After that all of the other panels that I need to touch will be smaller patches. I'm definitely on the downhill side of the rust repairs and I am very glad about that.

    Cheers,
    Ryan


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

  6. #46
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    Finally after a few weeks of working on this trunk it is finished! I was pretty happy with the results. It isn't perfect, but I'm pretty pleased overall. It's nice to close the trunk and now be done with that project! I will seam seal the repair from the underside, so that it keeps the trunk looking clean. Once the car has been primed/painted, I will go back and finish it with the splatter paint.

    Here are some pictures finishing it up.





    And all painted up.







    Another thing that I didn't mention before, was prior to any welding and in the fitment phase I made sure that my filler neck fit correctly. While the paint was still drying I threw that on there to make sure it was still fitting correctly. Couldn't fit any better.



    It has been great hitting these milestones by finishing small sections of the car rather than viewing it as one big project. My next section I will be working on is the passenger side rocker panel. That is the last large section of panel replacement that I need to do. Once that is complete, I will only have small sections to repair which should hopefully not take as much time. That's all for now.

    Ryan


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

  7. #47
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    I got my TBSS intake today. I hit it with the power washer really quick and it cleaned up really nicely!



    90mm opening



    And here it is with the LS2 TB, I may not be keeping this due to the complexities of tuning and hunting down the right parts.



    It also came with the stainless steel returnless fuel rail.



    The rail fits my stock truck injectors perfectly!



    Overall not too bad considering I paid $40 bucks shipped to my front door, and it will give me overall better performance than the LS6 intake!


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

  8. #48
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    Nice work, the trunk looks nice. Keep at it.
    Wayne
    Car FINALLY home !!!!!! lol
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  9. #49
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    Good work man! Keep up with the progress and pictures.


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  10. #50
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    Im doing everything myself in my garage also. So i can truly appreciate the work that you did on your trunk. It feels good to do stuff yourself instead of paying someone. Now paint and body will go to the pro's. Awesome job!

  11. #51
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    Thanks for all of the compliments guy. It has taken a lot of work to get the car this far and I am looking forward to getting the car back on all fours.

    On a side note, I just picked up a 5.3 w/ Z06 cam that a buddy had for $500 bucks that only has about 10k miles on it. It's a reman engine, and comes with the harness, ECU, and everything seen in the picture. The catch is that it has a little block damage from when the TKO let go and the harness has some cut wires. Both dowel pins are intact, and would only be missing one bell housing bolt. The motor doesn't leak, and runs perfect, so I am going to take a chance. Since the 6.0 that I have is going to need some work, I am going to use this motor instead. I am still building the engine run stand so I will know the motor runs prior to putting it in my car anyway.

    Worst case scenario, at the price that I got it for I can make my money back if I part it out.



    Thanks,
    Ryan


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

  12. #52
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    I follow this build...because it's on TAC as well ;)

  13. #53
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    I picked up my new engine yesterday and got it home to do a little more inspection on the motor and all that it came with. It already had a lot of good parts on it, and it is definitely a newer motor. It is hard to say because you cannot always believe what people tell you about used parts. Upon further inspection, I feel good that what they said was true. Once I got the intake off the cylinder heads look almost new! They will need some clean up, but otherwise I am going to run it as is. The only things that will be upgraded will be the Holley 302-2 pan, Z06 valve springs and adjusting/checking the tune.

    Here's the motor on the stand.



    Here's the ECU and Harness. I knew that the harness was damaged when the bellhousing let loose. Here's the harness and the damage. Once I break out my soldering iron and pinouts, it will make quick work of this.







    Check out how clean the engine is without the intake!



    And I threw on the TBSS intake for fun.



    After I got done playing with my new toy, I realized that I need to get the shell finished before I can worry about an engine. I have been putting off stripping under carriage for a while, but now is time. I stripped off about 10lbs of undercoating and it looks much better! I ground down the welding marks from the trunk repair as well.




    I looked down at my hand while I was grinding with the wire wheel. Lots of rubber there.



    And that's where I left for the day. I flipped the car around 180* and then spun the car 180* to get the back side. Once I was satisfied, I sprayed on a little primer and flat paint. Turned out really nice. I am very pleased so far.





    Overall, very pleased with the progress yesterday. Still not done with the bottom, as I will be finishing if off with some form of rubberized undercoating. It was a lot of work and I did contemplate leaving the undercoating that was on there, but wasn't sure if there was more rust hiding. I am happy to report that I didn't run into any surprises.

    One last thing, is the LS1 intake that I got didn't come with the MAP sensor housing. If anyone has one I need one, and apparently they don't sell those separate from the intakes.



    Thanks for looking and Happy 4th of July.

    Ryan


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

  14. #54
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    Love this build!

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    Thanks man. I was able to pull the rear cover off of the engine and it looks like I have a stock truck cam. Not a big deal as I didn't fully expect that the engine to be what I was told. Now, all I need is to repair the harness and swap oil pans. Oh yeah...and get the car back into a roller.


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

  16. #56
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    Now, the very curious thing that I was reading is that some people are using the stock truck cams and re-grinding them using a smaller base circle, but using the stock Z06 or larger cam specs. So, my first thought was to check the tune that is on the ECU that came with the engine to see what the VE tables looked like. Before I could read the tune from the 5.3, I had to get my wiring harness hooked up so that I could read the tune. I bought a few parts a while ago to build myself a bench top wiring harness so that I could flash and read Gen III computers without being hooked to a car and a full wiring harness.

    This was the perfect motivation to finally build this. You can also see in the pictures, I am slowly repairing the damaged harness.

    What I started with.





    And the final product. I think I am going to add some gator clamps to the ground and 12+ as well as an "ignition switch" to make the harness more functional.



    And here it is reading the ECU! Works like a charm.



    Upon checking that and used the comparison charts on my HP Tuners program, I noticed that the VE tables showed a nearly identical table to the stock 02 Z06. My last step is going to check to see what pushrods are in the motor. If it is a re-ground cam, then the pushrods would have to be longer since the base circle of the lobes have changed. Or at least that should be the case.

    So to change gears, here is some more of the rust repairs that I did on the Camaro. I decided the next part I wanted to tackle was the rear window channel. It was much worse than I originally thought at first glance. Someone had filled in the holes with bondo... After 3 minutes with the wire wheel that became very clear. I knew that I was going to have to make a few patches, but didn't expect that.





    I made a call to my wife's grandpa "Pa" who I bought the car from to see if I could borrow his metal shrinker/stretcher. And after using it once I am so glad I did. That is exactly the right tool for the job.





    You can see in this picture, I took several measurements to make sure that the window channel was the same width as the original piece.



    And all finished.



    Here is the rest of the window channel that is even worse...





    I was hoping originally to do the whole thing in one piece, but I was afraid that the panel would warp if it was that loose. I am going to try and get it done with either 3 or 4 pieces.

    Cheers,
    Ryan


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

  17. #57
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    love the progress man! joined this site just so i could comment on it, im definitely taking notes, great work so far cant wait to see how you finish it all off. Keep it up!

    -Jeff
    '78 280z
    5.3 Turbo LS (E85, 600ish to the wheels @13 lbs)
    Borg Warner S366
    2 spd Glide, 3500 stall, 10 bolt rear

  18. #58
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    Thanks for the compliment! I'm working to get the shell back into primer and rust free. Then shortly after back to a roller.

    Quick mid-week update. I was feeling ambitious and decided to go out to the garage last night. Another 5 hour stretch and hitting the bed at 2AM for me... I am nearing the end of all the rust repairs and that has been keeping me motivated. The lower window channel is now fully welded and ground. I do have one small 3" patch on the driver's side C Pillar. I should be able to knock that out on Friday night, and move to other things. I will probably do the front window channel next. I was busy working and only got two pictures.





    Not much to show. Just weld it on and grind it off...

    Ryan


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

  19. #59
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    Another update from the weekend. I am now finished with the rear window channel. It turned out pretty good and ended up leaving some of the spots that were solid. I need to purchase some of those repair studs for the window trim, then it will be totally finished.



    Moving on I started to assess what was the next challenge I wanted to take on. I never put on the fender when the car when I first got it, so I wanted to see how it fit. Also, wanted to get a little more motivation. I know it will be done eventually, but I really wanted to see what that fender looked like on the car!





    The main reason that I wanted to throw on the fender is to see how the rocker will line up with the fender. Unfortunately, this is what it looks like. I'm not sure exactly how to fix this as the rocker panel is 80% welded at this point. I'm having a buddy stop by this week, but feel free to chime in if you have any suggestions.



    And the curious creature that I am, I decided to wire wheel the dash board as I think that is the next item I plan to attack. I shouldn't be surprised at this point, but some of those little pin holes turned into this!



    Overall the panel isn't that bad, but I am at a tipping point between fixing the original panel, or getting a replacement panel and replacing the whole upper dash. I have heard mixed reviews on replacing the upper board. Some say is works great, others say they turn out terrible.



    Another productive weekend, and I am that much closer to making some sanding dust! Although, then I am going to be in paint jail...

    Cheers,
    Ryan


    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

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    Thanks F-body Int'l. He hooked me up with a set of PTFB solid body mounts for my Camaro for a great price! That is the last piece that I "need" to actually get the frame bolted back under the Camaro.



    New Project: 1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt

    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

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