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  1. #21
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    Finally sized and cleaned up the two floor sections and the rear floor
    will be a modified original replacement. Had to make a few filler pieces
    after having cut too much out of GTO in beginning. In order to use the
    GTO rear seating I'll have to modify the GTO back rest as is too tall later on.
    Then onto cutting out the shoulder strap supports with the continuous roof
    support to create a flat rollbar incorporating the overhead light. Then drop
    in the motor and tranny with trans mount in position with 2 to 3 angle down
    in position where I'll measure out and see where the engine mount cradle will
    attach to the sub frame. I can see that will be some butchering of the K-member
    and looks like I can use the GTO rack just have to change out and shorten the arms
    4" total. A rear sump definitely will be required.

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    Default Original floor to wider GTO

    Adapting replacement floor to GTO floor in the 68. The GTO seat bottom floor is nearly flat unlike the camaro so things will work out as
    the GTO seat bottom middle section easily separates so can use both seat cushions, 18-19" wide then later cut and tuck the back rest.
    Although there is minimal floor space shall put all in anyway.
    The 04-06 GTO's dual exhaust travels nearly tucked up in the wide floor tunnel.
    I think there should be a manufacturer stamping a wider floor tunnel for conversions allowing more leg room too.
    Will be installing the seat retractors just behind the supports on both sides in the rear side qtr



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  3. #23
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    I've laid out the wiring harness and will utilize most all in time except the ABS which I believe leaving unplugged the Electronic brake control module which has the brake lines into/out
    should not interfere with accelerator servo unit(cruise) and only concerns are the traction and ABS light indicator's which shall see if just unplugging the ABS fuse and related relay.
    Without the ABS unit i'm thinking I'll have to install a proportioning valve for the brakes but then again maybe not if I go all discs.

    Shall have air bags, the SRS will be intact.

    Since the GTO has separate amber turn light bulbs shall install into the dual split 68 rear inside lens and for outside lens the combo brake/taillight.

    The headlights lo/hi are one filament but are ground controlled from switching instead of power so the single ground lug of 68 halogen's will be power and the 'live' lugs will be switched to gound side switches and relays.
    Polarity doesn't matter but LED 's would of course.

    Searching for decent reverse lights into the lower panel-may just use the stock RS type but an Australian company called Stedi has cool LED lights.
    https://www.stedi.com.au/10w-mini-le...light-836.html

    Find fog lights and have seen them installed in the large slots and look good.
    If anyone can tell me from experience of using the GTO wiring harness any heads up would be appreciated. Most of this project I roughly planned out-thx

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    Default Gutting small pieces out of the GTO

    Cut up a replacement rear under seat side to side metal with hump to join the GTO more upright hump and have the front edge braces that strengthen the leaf supports . Removed the GTO motor cradle and will see about adapting to 68 frame as surprisingly the width of frame is about equal but since the motor will sit further back on the downName:  GTO motor cradle.JPG
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    slope this will be my biggest hurdle and did cut out the four(right of frame in photo
    internal frame bolt reinforcements out of GTO to go into 68 frame. Plan to use the fluid mounts which sit upright vertical.

  5. #25
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    Default Bill of sale donor GTO

    Almost ready for recycling crusher just have the seat belt mount structure all the way up across roof and down both sides to create a 'flat' roll bar whic will have the roof LED lights too-where do you see a convertible with that idea? When I start a project I see it to the end, taking time as I get to it a couple hours a day and more on weekends. Tore down the 68 in Oct 2017, got both full quarters on and internal rear quarter repairs by June 2018, getting 04 GTO in summer and replacing all trunk and top reinforcement's by fall 2018. Rear panel saved, small cowl holes and modest amount of inner rocker mod's and subframe chopped down 3/4" under the front floor as the GTO floor had to sit a little lower than stock to accommodate the massive heat/AC unit. Should really handle well with the motor trans set back 10 inches.
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    Default Floor is almost fully in. Subframe floor mounts.

    Have the entire floor in place welded to firewall and rockers and replacement camaro rear seat floor metal blended to GTO floor and had to make boxed pad supports
    for subframe as the GTO floor is irregular in that area but luckily extra steal support runs along the same width of GTO floor as the subframe. Kept the body level front to rear
    and side to side all this time to ensure floor and supports and all are spot on. Wanted to bolt in my home made subframe connectors and all setup to begin the engine/trans mount.
    The aluminum GTO trans crossmember mounts to bottom of floor and so that will be a reference to where the engine cradle will go with about 2-3 degrees decline.
    Frame and hardware will be pulled out later for fully weld and detail for sealants and coatings

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    Default Floor 90% in. Caged nut subframe done and filling in the cowl ends.

    The floor is just about done as had to blend a replacement floor to GTO floor and worked out well with the top braces in place.

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    Default Engine in position to check clearances. Headers, compressor and alternator.

    Long tube exhaust headers are the used ones off of GTO and they clear the subframe and so far plenty of space. Want to keep the compressor down in the lower right so will need hacking the thick rear crossmember but the alternator is right where the unisteer rack pinion will come up. I don't have rack yet but I may want to modify the mount for the rack rotating rearward and might allow column hookup but I can easily relocate to top right, just throws off the belt length and redo the wiring(have to do some rewiring anyway).
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    Default Trans shot

    So far the engine sitting rearward about 8" from original camaro setup is working out fairly well. My biggest push was for a comfortable cruiser adding a lot of time to a restoration but I didn't want to settle for a number of issues: a small aftermarket air with flimsy hoses jammed under the dash(not to mention you lose outside air blend); fighting the floor tunnel for the bigger transmissions; adapting cruise control or spending lots on columns and such; a large display radio/info panel with a possible back up camera;adapting seat mounts and seat costs relocating further back; modern seat belts with shoulder straps and not to mention yea keeping air bags-why not.

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