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    1. #1
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      1970 Camaro RS - LS3/6l80 Build "Project Glo"

      I purchased this car almost 10 years ago for $250. Car was a full roller minus glass. My dad has wanted this car, so I gave it to him and decided to move forward full speed with this frame off build. I've been working on this car for a little bit and will post progress pics and try to keep this build process up to date. Car is pretty solid but over time rust has spread in a few areas. The car has the following so far.



      Drivetrain: LS3/6L80E out of 2014 Camaro with 19k miles
      Suspension: DSE 3" drop leaf springs, Hotchkis 2" lowering springs
      Brakes: Right Stuff 4 wheel disc
      Differential: 10 Bolt Eaton Posi Unit

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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC


    2. #2
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      Interior stripped, front panels and subframe removed

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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    3. #3
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      Subframe after POR-15
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      Assembling front suspension and brakes
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      Rear suspension completely removed. Time to strip clean and prep for undercoating
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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    4. #4
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      First coat of Raptor Bedliner applied
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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    5. #5
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      LS3 complete with ECU and gas pedal.
      Stock exhaust manifolds, oil pan, and engine mounts removed and replaced with Holley's LSX swap kit
      Removed TCM to send off for computer tuning along with ECU.


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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    6. #6
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      Body placed back on subframe and rear suspension installed.

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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    7. #7
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      looks a lot like my own build...POR15 on the subframe, the Moser diff cover..... your post reminds me of all the work I've done...cool! Keep up the good work :-)
      1st 2nd
      Pro-Touring outside the USA !
      Martin's Camaro Page

    8. #8
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      Thanks!
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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    9. #9
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      Engine mounted and checking clearance before cutting transmission tunnel for the massive 6L80E
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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    10. #10
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      Finally got the masssive 6L80e trans fit and mounted in the transmission tunnel.I purchased Speedtech's T-56 Transmission Tunnel to be welded on for required clearance. The guys at speedtech provided pictures of where to cut, since the 6L80 isn't as small as the t-56. The crossmember I used is by Hooker, provides total clearance for exhaust and the trans pan was change from stock to a G8 pan for more clearance.

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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    11. #11
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      Drivetrain removed after fitment for transmission tunnel. Paint stripped and ready for body work and paint.
      New sheetmetal going on the complete front end.
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      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    12. #12
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      Looking forward to the progress. Cool ride!

      Chris

    13. #13
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      Thanks, I'll try to update as much as possible while in the body shop
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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    14. #14
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      It's been a while with any progress due to the paint shop being overly full. Finally was able to take it down and get a quote on the job. Next month finally off to get this body massaged and sprayed
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      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    15. #15
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      Hopefully I can see some progress real soon. Finally dropped it off at the body shop.

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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    16. #16
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      Nice project - look forward to watching the progress. I am building a 71 with similar suspension set-up and T56 but sticking with an old school motor since I'm starting with a finished car. I will get a project thread going this week - bought the car last week and first update will be started this weekend.

      I am not far from you - down in the South Bay, San Jose.

    17. #17
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      Quote Originally Posted by c4racer2 View Post
      Nice project - look forward to watching the progress. I am building a 71 with similar suspension set-up and T56 but sticking with an old school motor since I'm starting with a finished car. I will get a project thread going this week - bought the car last week and first update will be started this weekend.

      I am not far from you - down in the South Bay, San Jose.
      Thanks - it's currently in the long process of paint and body shop jail. I checked out your thread, nice starting point. Only about 45 minutes away
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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    18. #18
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      No real update, finally starting to see straight lines and all bad metal is being removed and replaced.
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      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

    19. #19
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      Wow. Great project. It is really coming along nice. I am contemplating a similar LS3/6L80E swap into a 79Z28. You say you used a Hooker trans cross member but I don't see a crossmember listed on thier site for the 6L80E. Can you share which one you used and if any modifications or customization was necessary? When you did your test fit did you happen to get a measurement for how far the G8 pan sat below the subframe rails? I know it's hard to judge true ground clearance until it is all together and the weight and ride height on the car but wonder if you looked at it from the perspective of how far the pan was below the frame rails?

      Murph

    20. #20
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      Quote Originally Posted by camaromurph View Post
      Wow. Great project. It is really coming along nice. I am contemplating a similar LS3/6L80E swap into a 79Z28. You say you used a Hooker trans cross member but I don't see a crossmember listed on thier site for the 6L80E. Can you share which one you used and if any modifications or customization was necessary? When you did your test fit did you happen to get a measurement for how far the G8 pan sat below the subframe rails? I know it's hard to judge true ground clearance until it is all together and the weight and ride height on the car but wonder if you looked at it from the perspective of how far the pan was below the frame rails?

      Murph
      Thank you, it's been a process. I spoke with Hooker tech and HOK-12614HKR works perfect. It's listed for a 4L60 transmission. The holes lined up for without any extra drilling, but might be different for a 79. Energy Suspension transmission mount ENS-3-1142G was also used. I didn't get a measurment on how far below it sat, but I can tell you it gave the car a lot more clearance in comparison to the original pan that came with the 6L80E. The car is lowered 2" in the front and 3" in the back, but the G8 pan is the shallowest pan to my knowledge for this trans.

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      69 Camaro LS3/6L80e
      70 Camaro RS LS3/6l80e
      74 Nova 434 SBC

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