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  1. #1
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    Another 69 Camaro RestoMod....with a twist. Project "Midnight Phoenix"

    Thought I would share my latest build. A very badly wrecked 2013 ZL1 camaro is reborn in a 69 body.
    2013 ZL1 components include, Engine, Transmission, Main Harness, all Electronics, Dash, HVAC, console, Seats, ABS, TPMS, Brakes, Onstar, XM, Mirrors, Door Handles, Latches, etc.
    1969 Camaro Body, Art Morrison Front and rear IRS assemblies.



    My build plan is to integrate everything possible from the 2013 into the 69 body, Utilize Art Morrison front clip and IRS
    in the rear allowing me to retain wheel sensor hub assemblies for the ABS, traction control etc. I have the pedals, Dash, HVAC unit & main
    harness installed and so far it is turning out better than I could have hoped. I am currently trying to sort out how i'm going to feed this
    baby with fuel...I got myself a RestoMod tank from Rick's that utilizes the ZL1 fuel pump, but my dilemma is how to best deal with the evap
    system...delete it or retrofit it. I haven't been able to find any info on how to delete it and keep the ECM from throwing codes. I have always
    hated where the stock fuel fill is on a 69 so I decided to add the 5th gen fuel door as well ;)
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  2. #2
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    Some pics of the dash install...


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  3. #3
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    Installing the pedals....
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    Installing the HVAC unit...I was very surprised it actually fits in there.
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    Much better way to feed the beast...


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  5. #5
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    Final fitting the dash, Installing the main harness and powering this baby up....


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    Nice, looks like it will be a fun project!
    Chris
    1968 Chevy Camaro SS
    LS3/T56 Ridetech suspension


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    Is there anyone else other than me that hopes the person that was driving that car ended up ok? :-\

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    Quote Originally Posted by Senek67RS View Post
    Is there anyone else other than me that hopes the person that was driving that car ended up ok? :-\
    You are definitely not the only one...I had been trying to secure the donor car at auction for over a year and they always sell for ridiculously high numbers. I was able to grab this one within my budget because it was so badly damaged. It had bio hazard stickers all over it and I was very concerned with what I was going to find inside. When the shipper dropped it off I dragged it into the garage to size it up and one of the first things I found was a drawing that had been done by a kid and I immediately started fearing the worst and knew I had to learn the fate of the driver. As I was digging around in the car there was no evidence of blood anywhere and was able to find a few clues to the identity of the owner. My wife was able to find him on Facebook and learned that he had indeed survived the crash with only a broken leg and a chipped tooth. He swears that car saved his life and him and I have remained in contact throughout this build. He's active duty air Force and is super excited to see his baby live on in a new body.

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    Oh and for the curious ones, he hit a mesquite tree doing approximately 50MPH sideways off a curved wet freeway onramp. The dude had an angel looking out for him that day.....

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  10. #10
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    Great project,keep updates coming.Also really glad to hear great news of driver ok now.

  11. #11
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    Cool project, looking forward to following along since I have a similar but less ambitious car.

    Don
    1969 Camaro - LSA 6L90E AME sub/IRS
    1957 Buick Caballero - huge project
    1959 El Camino - Ironworks frame
    1969 Mustang Sportsroof
    1956 Cameo - full C5 suspension/drivetrain

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    Just did the same swap. Except for the fuel lid. Amazing how similar the dash sizes are. Looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zen8125 View Post
    Just did the same swap. Except for the fuel lid. Amazing how similar the dash sizes are. Looks great.
    Thanks! How did you deal with the fuel system on yours? did you delete the EVAP? Do you have a build thread posted anywhere? I still have a long ways to go on mine with many questions on how to deal with things like that...deleting the Mag Ride and electric power steering are others that need addressed. I don't want those annoying error messages and MIL light on everytime I fire it up.

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    By the looks of that Camaro, I’m very surprised the person lived! That almost looks like a scenario where the seat belt would have caused more harm than good.
    1970 Camaro/DSE build


    Are you driver enough? Maybe....come on blue!
    https://www.pro-touring.com/threads/...71#post1147371

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    AME front subframe has finally arrived along with new doors and front sheet metal from Real Deal Steel...time to get back to work on this baby.Attachment 167037Name:  IMG_20190719_154515904.jpeg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcatter View Post
    You are definitely not the only one...I had been trying to secure the donor car at auction for over a year and they always sell for ridiculously high numbers. I was able to grab this one within my budget because it was so badly damaged. It had bio hazard stickers all over it and I was very concerned with what I was going to find inside. When the shipper dropped it off I dragged it into the garage to size it up and one of the first things I found was a drawing that had been done by a kid and I immediately started fearing the worst and knew I had to learn the fate of the driver. As I was digging around in the car there was no evidence of blood anywhere and was able to find a few clues to the identity of the owner. My wife was able to find him on Facebook and learned that he had indeed survived the crash with only a broken leg and a chipped tooth. He swears that car saved his life and him and I have remained in contact throughout this build. He's active duty air Force and is super excited to see his baby live on in a new body.
    That is a miraculous story. I was certain there was a fatality when I saw the 2013 Camaro.

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    sweet project, I'm doing one similar, eager to see how you tackle it.

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    Making progress again... driver's seat installed, console fitted, oil pan swapped, engine installed, transmission mount fabbed, shifter lengthened and installed. Discovered that the electric steering rack isn't going to fit :( have to go with the hydraulic rack instead. Going to start hanging front sheet metal Name:  IMG_20191109_150057565.jpeg
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    Wow, you are a mad man!!
    This thing is awesome.

    It funny though, of all the fab magic-ery, the thing I like the most is the fuel door.
    It seems no one ever does that.

    Two thumbs up!!

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    Wow love your project, and seeing the picture of you behind the wheel makes it even more amazing!!! lol Subscribed!
    Wayne
    Car FINALLY home !!!!!! lol
    Project FNQUIK https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ghlight=FNQUIK

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