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    1. #1
      Join Date
      Sep 2021
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      2

      advise on 67 camaro build

      Hey guys, i am new to the site and would really appreciate some input. i am new to car building but have the desire to learn and build cars. Since i am new, i thought i would ask for some advice from guys that know.

      i have a 67 camaro that i have been working on for a while. i have decided i want to go more pro touring with it vs original. i have stripped the car down to bare metal and epoxy primed it, (few years ago), i fixed all metal that needed work, and skim coated all welds with evercoat fiberglass, sanded to blend, and coated over that with thin layer of rage extreme. i did all of this while it sat on my rotissiery, gaps are decent but need some tweaking here and there. i decided on LS3 with T56 magnum 6 speed, so i ordered that and installed it into my subframe. The subframe was stripped and powder coated and reassembled using new cpp pro touring kit. i swapped it over to disc brakes also while working on the subframe. So i installed engine and tranny into subframe using the kit from Holley and everything worked as designed. I also installed headers from holley and have fuel tank/pump, fueline, exhaust, radiator, fans, all sitting there ready to install. i have vintage air kit sitting also waiting to install. I then installed the subframe with engine/tranny into the car and installed my rebuilt 12 bolt rear end to get the car rolling. I thought i should do this before going any farther with body work, letting the car sit on its wheels, and let it flex or relax so to speak.

      First question is how far do i go with it before stripping it back down to paint, painter does not want engine/tranny in it while he paints it. Do i install everything and get it running and driving. i like this idea but seems like a lot of work to strip it later for paint. i don't mind the work as much as the time it takes, as i only work on it few nights here and there, as i am pretty busy usually. As i mentioned, i am new so i thought i would ask.

      i was also told probably not to fire that new engine until i am ready for break in. its better to wait to fire it rather than fire it now and let it sit a year or so until the car is done.

      the things i know i need to order yet are steering column/wheel, full interior, bumpers (or rechrome originals), i am sure i am missing some things but this gives you an idea where i am with the build.



      i greatly appreciate any input or advice you guys can give me.
      Matt


    2. #2
      Join Date
      Feb 2012
      Location
      Huntington Beach CA
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      7
      Country Flag: Brazil
      Matt,

      I would install and mock up as much as you have, at a minimum engine trans suspension a/c.... make sure everything clears and mounts easy and how you like. Its a lot easier to modify anything now while its still in primer and you don't have to worry about scratching, drilling, or welding a painted surface. You'll get a better idea of what it all looks like together so if you want to change any parts, or figure out where you want to run all the wiring and tubing.I wouldn't worry to much about getting the car running and driving until its back from paint.

    3. #3
      Join Date
      Sep 2021
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      Thanks for the reply. i have it rolling now and love the stance/look so am not going to change much. Engine/tranny installed with good clearance, so feel i am good there also. I will mount vintage air unit and figure out where i am running lines next. i will probably not mount ecm until it is back from paint. i don't see any issues there unless someone else says otherwise. Headers cleared nicely and i feel exhaust will be ok since holley supplied that also. I don't see the fuel system being much of an issue either.

      Please advise if i'm not thinking of something. Thanks
      Matt

    4. #4
      Join Date
      Sep 2017
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      I second Big O. Mock everything you can now. After paint drilling and grinding sucks. Even when replacing original fitted parts after painting sometimes you have to buff the holes with a die grinder to get bolts in and such. Much more so if it hasn't already been fitted. This is more so true with aftermarket parts and sheet metals such as your vintage Air or anything else you would add that was not originally on the car. Definitely re-chrome your original bumpers rather than getting repops. Fitment of repop sheet metal bumpers brackets etc all suck. Ask me how I know.
      Great to have you here on the site good luck with your build.
      The guys and people in general on this forum are an invaluable set of experience tools to help.
      What a wonderful community the car building guys are. I just got back from LS Fest East.
      Mine is Jason's 67 Pro touring Camaro build thread
      Tankmasterj
      Jason.
      TANKMASTERJ

    5. #5
      Join Date
      Apr 2001
      Location
      Rockford Illinois
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      4,265
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      Do it all

      Put it together and drive it or at least get all the stuff on it where it goes and start it up , then take it apart and paint it .
      You will then get to have the perfect car after paint that you won't have to take the new stuff off and fix it . You can leave window trim off and interior pieces off and still drive.
      I remember so many things I thought would be perfect only to have to take it off for some other reason that was not expected. new parts have problems and you never know which ones until you try to get them to work. It sucks to have to remount something or rework something for clearance or adjustments.

      It seems like a lot of extra work , but stripping a car down for paint goes real quick with the right intentions.

      If the painter can't paint the car with the engine in it you should ask why? paint the firewall now and then it wont matter except for masking.

      Good luck
      May The Horsepower Be With You !!!