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    Default 1968 Camaro Project Plain Jane (1sickT8)

    I have been watching many builds and I guess its my turn to chronicle my car, Plain Jane (a.k.a. 1sickT8) well It started out as a lucky find in Foster city California, An older lady wanted to sell a camaro for $100, so i thought I would go look at the car, HECK for 100 dollars I thought even if it was a crapper there's got to be more than 100 dollars worth of parts on it for resale? right?



    after she opened the garage I thought,,, I could work with this







    nothing inside the car but a few parts! hey a FREE Turbo charger!



    and a few more parts in the trunk



    Time to get it on the trailer



    a little rain, whats an adventure without rain



    one last look around the ladies garage and I found a power glide trans, a drive shaft and a back seat!! that's a start!!


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    Got the car home with the help of a friend (thanks Ante) he's only 19 and a great kid- at this point I start taking the car apart just to see what I have to start with



    with the frame out, I started clean up, my girlfriends son (Kyle)was a great help turning some wrench and lifting the body parts




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    Good Luck with your build!

    I love these kinds of builds, the starting from a rusted shell and building from there. You have all the options in the world and you can turn the car into anything you want!

    The threads where people start with a tired car with a little rust and tear them down just aren't as romantic.

    Oh, and I am sure you know that it costs like twice as much to build them as apposed to buy them, so get ready!

    I can see the LS9 in your future right now (wink)
    David
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    Thanks MARO Having the blank slate is tough!
    here's the front sub frame Stripped down



    First I weld all the seams on the frame for reinforcement and then I sent it to Peen Rite for a shot peen to help reduce Resistance Fatigue (torsional resistance) and here's the frame after peening and some charcoal grey paint



    while the frame was away relaxing(pun intended) in sunny southern california,
    We built a Wooden body trolly to roll the car around the garage and roll it outside



    and Here my girl friends son Kyle is sand blasting the body outside and working on those lower quarters rusty areas(he's a quick learner)



    as the day worn on and it became dark Kyle moved on to firewall clean up inside the garage, Radio going in the back ground and a portable heater

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    time to replace some sheet metal first the rear floor sections, and the the tail panel



    that was easy!!! but this tail panel!! Wow!!


    drill out all the spot welds

    and more welds










    gotta fit and fix it all now



    Tail panel almost fitted!!

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    Great build so far! Man I really need to think of a good project name lol

    What are the plans for the car?

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    Work looks good, nice to see the young guns involved. Not many teenagers around here seem to know anything about old steel. Good job.
    The Blurr!

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    Could you tell me more about what you did to the front frame?
    David
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    Looking great Awesome that you are involving the kid. Make sure you teach him about safety gear. Sandblast silica can be hazardous to your health. But awesome work.
    Sam
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    The young Guys have been a great help from day one just spending hours picking up the car, collect the parts, eating the lunch I bought them !! and the Ideas they have! whew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1968Maro View Post
    Could you tell me more about what you did to the front frame?
    the factory frames are just stitched welded every few inchs, I simply welded all the seems on the frame completely, this helps stiffen the frame, then the frame was SHOT PEENED, its almost like Abrasive Blasting but with Abrasive Blasting their intent is to clean the material using different cleaning medias, when you Shot peen it is a cold working process (using a specific material, spray pattern and pressure) in which the surface of a part is bombarded with small spherical media called shot. Each piece of shot striking the material acts as a tiny peening hammer, imparting to the surface a small indentation or dimple. In order for the dimple to be created, the surface fibers of the material must be yielded in tension. Below the surface, the fibers try to restore the surface to its original shape, thereby producing below the dimple, a hemisphere of cold-worked material highly stressed in compression. Overlapping dimples develop an even layer of metal in residual compressive stress
    I worked in a aluminum manufacturing plant and we also peened Scuba tanks that were used for deep dive projects (to increase there strength) It makes the frame material harder and relieves any torsional stress (twisting)
    peen rite describes it better and more complete on there sight
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    the tail-panel is on firewall is getting smoother time to set some fenders on the car



    shot some rust proofing paint under the dash on the headliner area and on the roof






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    the firewall is almost smooth and I just need a block off plate to weld in the AC hole and then shoot some color here so I can start reassembly



    here's the color under the dash



    and the subframe looks awesome now going back into the car


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    now the wiring I picked up the American Autowire Classic update kit, it came pretty complete and for my empty car the more complete the better!! and while I'm in the car a little sound deader needs to get put down also


    super nice fuse block and it fit like factory!!



    for sound deadner I used Thermo Techs, cool it series stuff nice

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    Very nice progress, and great to have the family involved.
    Mike

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    So I'm doing the ultimate multi-tasking, I work on the wiring during the day light hours and when it gets dark later in the evening I work on assembling the engine



    here's the motor (actual this is version 1.0) I changed the layout later



    and here's the Trans it a Borg Warner Super T-10 out of a 70's vette with a wide ratio, I bought it used and then had to rebuild it



    here I am learning as I go! that was the key to this build every thing had to be done, or at least attempted by me! I didn't want to farm out a lot of work







    and now the engine goes in







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    Quote Originally Posted by mdprovee View Post
    Very nice progress, and great to have the family involved.
    Thanks mike!! even the girl friend is into it

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    What he said! ^ Awesome find!
    Life is Better Spent in the Garage
    Laine O

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    awesome find and awesome build good sir.

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