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04-16-2006, 12:27:49 AM
Pretty new to the forums, been lurking for a while and have made a few posts. I'm in Colorado Springs, and I am putting together a 75 for my wife. Just thought I'd post and say hello!
My 75 (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/darklight2000a/album?.dir=3e9f&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/darklight2000a/my_photos)
04-16-2006, 02:34:22 PM
Welcome to the group,people post here off and on. Good luck with your project.
04-17-2006, 09:54:42 AM
Yo! darklight2000! Welcome to the forum! Have fun with the '75,...let us know if we can help you! This IS the spot for information on just the project that you're working on!! Tell us about your car, and how the build is going. Todd.
04-17-2006, 04:08:07 PM
While we've had the car for about a year now, I have only in the last month or so actually done anything with it. This is going to be the wifes daily driver, so it just needs to run reliably. Anyway, if you look at the pics you can tell there is some cosmetic work to be done and a LOT of electrical work. Every wire under the dash is red at some point or another. Any way I'm sure you'll be hearing more from me in the future. And thanks for the site...Great source of info!
04-17-2006, 11:07:10 PM
Yo! darklight2000! Can't find pics of your car,...anyway, my '76 is a daily driver now, brought back from the literal dead after teenagers got the car and destroyed it mechanically. They broke it before they could wreck it! And I've been through ALL the wiring,...converted it from A/C myself. Also just finished hard wiring my instrument conversion for my dash, eliminating the floppy circuit. I have a '74 shop manual with all the wiring diagrams, and the '76 supplement! Let me know if I can help! Todd.
04-17-2006, 11:09:34 PM
Yo! How stupid of me!! Just went back and saw your origonal post with the link! Todd.
P.S. Wow! Nice vehicle!! Like that blue 'vette alot, too! VERY nice shop! Click my link below, and you'll see my Stealth's cardomain.com website. Sure like those Outlaw II's,...can you tell? Todd.
04-18-2006, 11:57:53 AM
VERY nice shop!
Yeah the shop is awesome...But I'm afraid its not mine. It belongs to some friends who, in fact, we bought the car from. The 'Vettes are nice. They have 6 or 7 of them.
Let me know if I can help!
I will. And thanks much for the offer!
04-19-2006, 01:11:45 AM
Yo! DL2000! Sure must be nice people to associate with!! Oxy-acetylene, huge tool chests, "cherry picker",...and lots of 'Vettes!!! Wow!
I was an electronics tech in the Navy (sonar), and throw wiring together at will. These old cars are easy,...it's the new ones that are a nightmare!! Having been through most of the '74-'76 Camaro/Z28/Berlinetta type wiring, I'd be happy to entertain any questions you might have,...I can provide you with the proper colors and routing for your wires,...underdash, or external. Shop manual and supplement make it easy!
Daily driver Camaro/Z28/Berlinetta is pretty easy too,...I run about 350HP/410ftlbs torque and get about 14.5 mpg on two lane highway, 40 miles a day. Guess my biggest concern was enough torque to move 3500 lbs fast with good gas mileage using the 2.79:1 rear gears that I've not replaced yet. Worked out suprisingly well for now. I'd still benefit from 3.23:1 gears and wouldn't lose mileage excessively,...but that project is aways off,...due to present performance!! 0-60 in about five,...qmile in about 16. I pass cars in about four seconds at highway speeds!
Should have the digital copies of my dash project pics tomorrow, and will post them ASAP! In the years that I've been here, I finally learned to keep a photographic record to share, and this will be my first "start to finish" with pics. I'm kinda the out spoken one here in CO, so please let me help in any way I can,...if I can't help, then we've got hundreds of members who can!! And throughout the WORLD! My buddy Punisher is in Johannesburg, Africa! Etc,...so don't struggle! Todd.
04-19-2006, 10:38:50 AM
Yeah it's nice to have friends as good as them. They are always there to help.
I'm sure I'll be posting SOS messages when I get to the wiring. As it is now I have some wiring to do under the hood. I'm really surprised this car never caught fire. Some of this wiring is really bad. BTW you wouldnt have an alternator pigtail and plug you want to sell would ya? He had cut the plug off and used regular crimp on spade connectors.
Looking forward to seeing pics of your dash project. I'm not sure I'd change the gears. Sounds like you have it dialed in pretty well. With gas headed to $4 per gallon, I'd leave it!
04-19-2006, 03:16:32 PM
Yo! darklight2000! I don't have a pigtail, but post in the Swap Meet section and I'd BET someone will have one available for you!! If I head to the junkyard again soon, I'll check with you first because I'd bet there's an F body or GM product of near the same year with the identical pigtail (got my vacuum canister from a Monte Carlo)! I've been going to Martin's, east of Greeley for a couple of years. The Camaro's are pretty picked over by now, but wiring is not one of the items most people want, or know how to deal with. Glad to hear your opinon about my gears!! Very expensive project, and I've always thought that it'd be nice, but gas $ probably would make it a showpiece and not the daily driver I love so much!! Again, let me, or any of us, know if we can help,...that's why we're here, and we love doing just that!! Gotta see if I can go pick up my roll of film with my dash project. Later, Todd.
04-19-2006, 04:52:38 PM
Dont sweat the pigtail...I thought if you had one I'd buy it from ya. I'll check the yards down here. It should be the same pigtail from just about anything of a comparable year. I would guess even the trucks. So Im sure I can find one. Be sure and post pics of your dash when you get them.
04-19-2006, 11:57:21 PM
Yo! Manyana! Here's what it used to look like: http://img308.imageshack.us/img308/9756/camarointeriorrestorationedite.jpg Todd.
04-20-2006, 01:32:15 PM
The suspense is killin me! Whats it look like now?
04-20-2006, 06:40:08 PM
Where at in the springs? I'm up at USAFA, but I'm always looking for things to do out in the springs when I can leave. Let me know if you ever need a hand on something!
04-20-2006, 07:56:51 PM
Welcome darklight2000, I'm also in the Springs.
We have a shop and you're welcome to stop by. I'm sure I can find a pigtail too.
Shoot me a PM or something.
04-21-2006, 12:43:18 AM
Calreeves: I'm in Village Seven and work on the South end. Between the 2 of us we have the whole town covered! LOL Thanks for the offer! Let me know if you want to just go get a beer too (or two).
ZZ Top: You have a PM.:)
04-21-2006, 06:31:57 PM
YO! darklight, et al! I had the weirdest inability to post last night!! Back again, though, and here's some results pics from my '76 idiot light dash conversion! Cost me about $125 total for a tach (used), small fuel gauge (used), and the three Autometer gauges (they're new). Also eliminated the floppy circuit. I have pics of the project while in progress, but I've only loaded them onto cardomain.com and will build the new page ASAP. I'll post more applicable pics in the electrical and interior restoration sections. Here's what my dash looks like now: http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/3945/3915002r104822a8vz.jpg
04-21-2006, 10:51:00 PM
Looks great Todd! Keep posting pics. I have a feeling I'll be taking on this same project before too long.
04-22-2006, 12:00:22 AM
Yo! Finally finished the webpage at cardomain.com,...This would be the conversion of an idiot light dash bezel and instrument carrier to a full complement of gauges, nearing the appearance of stock, for about $125. The conversion that I've come up with also eliminates the floppy circuit and it's plug. The entire project is hard wired with and main and secondary pigtail. http://www.cardomain.com/ride/639261/3
Sure is nice for my daily driver! Todd.
04-22-2006, 12:07:41 AM
Looks great Todd!! I have the idiot lights too, and I'd like to get rid of them. It's kinda far down on the list though!!
04-22-2006, 04:29:10 PM
Yo! This link will get you to my new page on my Camaro's cardomain.com website that goes through the project with pictures:
The conversion is by no means a look-alike instrument conversion, but the speedo, tach and fuel gauge appear as if factory. It is better than GM's instrument design because it supplies you with an oil pressure gauge at the upper left positon, and the arrangement of water temp, upper right, voltmeter, lower left, and fuel, lower right. No clock and no oil pressure idiot light. The Autometer gauges also have a red/yellow/green band behind the needle to give you good information in a glance. Their biggest drawback is the difference in their apearance from the GM gauges,...they appear flatter in depth and closer to you than the others. But I'm just being very critical. Can you argue with $125 cost?! Instrument lights WORK because their sockets are hard wired? [B]Instruments[B] work because they're hard wired?!! And if an idiot light lights, usually a disaster has already occured and it's just letting you know! The built in tach is so nice,...and it's GREAT to have the look of gauges! I even splurged and bought a $40 dash bezel to replace my ol' almond colored, chipped one. I'm always available to answer questions at email@example.com, or by PM here! Now that I've figured out how to do this, this is an easy project! Todd.
04-22-2006, 11:14:08 PM
Looks great Todd! Thanks for putting up the pics!