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    1. #1
      Join Date
      Aug 2007
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      442

      New 1980 Camaro project.

      So it begins.

      Saw the car on CL about 2 weeks ago and I contacted the owner (It was his fathers car) and we talked at length about the car. It was Friday and I said if it's as nice as you say I will come on Monday with cash and we can go to the DMV to transfer the title. He said there was a local guy that was coming Saturday morning and he had first shot. I said that's cool and just let me know. Saturday evening he texted me and said the car was sold.
      Last Tuesday the owner called me and said the deal had fallen thru and am I still interested? I said yes and we spent some time talking about the car. He is not a car guy and his dad would want it to go to real car guy not to someone that is going to resell. I have no plan to resell.
      I met him this morning and the car was amazing.
      The good. 28,000 original miles. Original no hit paint. A few dings here and there from 40 years of driving and the black hood insert has some crazing. Original "Oyster" interior. Prefect no crack dash. Rally Sport stripe package. Stainless drip rail molding. Rear window defrost. AM/FM cassette. I have the original window sticker, owners manual and invoice. He paid $7400 in April of 1980. Totally rust free. Glass all around is prefect. Front nose has some waves but they all did. Tail lights are very nice. Trim around the front and back glass are very nice. Console is perfect with no burns.
      The bad is that it's a V6/three speed car. That V6 was junk in 1980. Can't do a V6.
      So here's the plan. I have a LS3/4L60E in my shop. Totally rebuild the underside of the car and leave the car interior and outside "patina" with a totally upgraded underside and engine/trans.
      I will update with progress. Tonight I just sitting here looking at it.

    2. #2
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    3. #3
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      Looks cool and a good starting point!

      Minnesota plates... how's the rust situation?
      See me in Camaro Performers

      DIY Projector Headlights, LED Tail Lights, and more. See my website.

      ULTM8Z Website

    4. #4
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      Aug 2007
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      Car was Ziebarted when it was brand new. So with that and the low miles it's totally rust free. Pretty crazy for a MN car. The down side of the Ziebart treatment is it's on all the bolt threads and makes them bind up as I remove them.
      Tonight I'm working on getting the front bumper off. Then the complete front clip.
      Earlier today I redid the head liner. Typical glue released on the 40 year old head liner. Easy fix. New marine vinyl from the local Johann's fabric shop. Total cost about $40.
      When you do the math for a 1980 Camaro with 28000 miles that's about 700 miles per year.
      Sorry about the double pic post. Just getting the hang of it.

    5. #5
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      Aug 2005
      Location
      Hamilton, NJ
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      I love the late mid-late 70s RS paint schemes
      Scott from NJ.

      Vent Windows Forever! ... My junk, featuring the Red Dragon ... NastyZ28 ... NJ Camaros & Firebirds

      Feather-light suspension, Konis just couldn't hold
      I'm so glad I took a look inside your showroom doors

    6. #6
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      Head liner is in. Back plastic is in. It's so weird for me to not to clean and repaint everything as needed but it's my first "barn find" hot rod.
      Under the hood will be totally upgraded.

    7. #7
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      So just an update.
      So the Zeibart prevented rust but when I took a bunch of parts (subframe, core support and even inner fenders) to my local powder coat shop they pre-heat the parts to remove oil before applying powder. When they pre-heated the parts the Zeibart rust proofing turned back to liquid and ran out of the parts where ever it could. So no powder coat. I will clean it up and spray paint it.

    8. #8
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      Project update. Subframe back on. Test fit for the L92. See attached pics.Name:  IMG_0512.jpg
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    9. #9
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      Just a couple of pics of the gauges. Custom Works gauge panel. Autometer gauges.

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    10. #10
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      Very nice, should be a great cruiser

    11. #11
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      A bit more progress. Engine in for good? Engine wiring harness plugged in. Exhaust back on for good. Starting on the wiring on the inside of the car with the ecm and dash wiring. Bumper support back on. Hope to fire it after deer hunting.Name:  IMG_0574.jpg
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    12. #12
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      That's totally awesome cannot wait to see it progress.and a great foundation.
      Jason
      Tankmasterj
      Jason's 67 Pro touring Camaro build
      TANKMASTERJ

    13. #13
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      More progress. Starting to look like a car again.Name:  IMG_0587.jpg
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