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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.

  2. #22
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    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

  4. #24
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    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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    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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  6. #26
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    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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  7. #27
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    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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  8. #28
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    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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    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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  10. #30
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    Mid floor supports and toeboard supports

    Shows the boxed and irregular floor contour supports for the sub-frame and so fortunate the extra strength GTO floor lined up
    with subframe about perfect and next pic extra toe board area floor to body bracing since losing much of the original firewall to cowl. The GTO used the bolt
    in braces you see so modified to bolt into camaro.
    Preparing to build in the 'B' pillar posts for the seat/shoulder straps in the inside quarters, have cut out one side of GTO
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  11. #31
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    Metal reinforced around the old firewall

    You can see the 'squashed upper right area to allow the master cylinder lid removal. Didn't want to remove any more along the vertical than had to. Yellow piece is from GTO supports the fuel/emission lines. Placed a similar 40 degree ramp support in bottom left to somewhat match both side's.

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  12. #32
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    Fabbed up the inside floor to side supports. Had to run the main wiring harness through the firewall first, covered with foil to protect it. The left made an access hole for door switch and door wiring but on right didn't have to since the blower hole is an access to that area. I have the front seats in and bolted testing the clearance's along the inner rocker and quarters in prepping the overhead flat rollbar/spoiler.
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  13. #33
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    C5 type hubs and brakes

    Went with these C5 type sealed hubs and taller spindle setup from CPP and I think the best way to go without bearing maintenance and the taller spindles at 8 1/4" are about 1 1/4" taller than stock giving more lean back or caster of 5' they advertise. Spindles and hubs will need coatings and the rotors are almost 13 inches. I'm a ways from rolling but Jim/CPP is nice to offer free ship and at less than $900 with the braided caliper lines to frame too.

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  14. #34
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    Windshield to hood fanaglin

    Going to fab some kind of deflector or pieces between the hood and the front and possibly over those cowl covers. Just make a smooth transition filler between bottom of glass to the grill pieces.

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  15. #35
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    Done with the cowl, firewall and dash front in satin black

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  16. #36
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    Rack loosely in position

    Looks like by switching the stock aluminum motor mounts gave me plenty of space for the pinion and fitting the stock GTO headers still clears both mounts with just a little banging needed on pass side. The RT right mount is now on left/drive side. Have to 'chop' into the Flame River rack bracket on both lower sides where the compressor and alternator are. So far things are working out without a lot of sweating
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  17. #37
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    On to making the motor crossmember out of the GTO K-member and looks like I can easily use the Holley 302-1 pan.

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