1970, once in my lifetime build

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by Scottyd, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. Scottyd

    Scottyd Member

    Nov 28, 2016
    This will be my last project car. My first car was a 1980 Camaro and since the day I bought it at 16 yrs old I wanted a split bumper 2nd gen. I turn 40 this month and earlier this year I finally could afford and found what I wanted. I've been through countless projects trucks, cars, hot rods ect. This is the last one (I promise) Not saying it wont have several versions and rebuilds and or altercations, this is just the last car I want to build or spend any significant amount of money on. It's 1970 RS numbers matching 350/th350. The engine/trans is coming out and put into storage. I've had the car for about a year now, so some work is started but there's so much still needing done. I actually had a thread started on it but I believe I deleted it.

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    Plans as of so far, its getting this:
    With these:
    I don't have picture of everything, but basically the plan is a gen3 5.3 with gen4 rods & flat top hyper pistons. 228/230 cam, 585 lift, 108/116 lsa cam, LS7 lifters, LS9 head gaskets. 862 Heads opened up for 2.02 intake valves, port polish all that jazz. Approx 10.5:1 static compression. With a LSA blower on top shoving air in its feed holes...All the assorted odds and ends to help keep it alive. Lots of info left out here obviously but feel free to ask. I have a 97 Silverado with a turbo'd 5.3 putting out low 600- mid 700hp depending on where I put the boost controller so this isn't my first rodeo making a boosted engine perform and stay alive, tuning ect. I'm not trying to break records or parts, just hoping to get a good 550-600 rear wheel hp out of it. Trans is a 4l80e that I will rebuild 2500 rpm stall. I'm undecided on the rear end at the moment, most likely a 12 bolt or 9" maybe even a 8.8 as they seem to be all the rage these days. Most def will have rear disk. But regardless with the stock leafs and cal tracs and decent shocks. Some day when I'm maybe in my 60s or 80's I will want it all back stock. :)

    It should go without saying that I am doing this with a tight budget so hopefully whatever I do helps others do the same, and I will continue my quest to gain info to from others to pinch every dime.

    Interior is going back to the beautiful sandalwood from this:
    To this:
    It will have working AC, heat ect
    My exterior color I am 100% undecided on! I keep going from some kinda red, its factory color is Mist Green which I do not like so I've kicked around the idea of Synergy Green, which is frankly the only production green I care for.. IDK.

    I'm looking forward to you Guys and Gals input and It's great to be part of a community that truly loves a car that has been my love since I got a license to drive.
  2. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Rockledge, Florida
    Good luck and prepare a jar full of cuss words to draw out when you need it!

    Are you planning to keep this car? If so, I would say go rotisserie. A sand blasting cabinet is mandatory, and restoring original sheet metal is a must. Re-chroming original parts is expensive, but necessary.

    To do it right will cost a whole lot of precious dimes! Just take some time to look at my build thread to see the nearly extreme side of restoration!
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  3. Scottyd

    Scottyd Member

    Nov 28, 2016
    I am definitely planning on keeping it. When the motor and trans come out so will the front sub-frame. Funny you mention it I was looking at rotisseries and plans for them yesterday. It's a pretty solid old car, minimal rust in my opinion or vs what I have dove into in the past..I know how it is, once you get going those little pesky spots show up. The front floor pans are already done. I'll check out your thread!
  4. Da-bigguy

    Da-bigguy Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    Cypress, TX
    Looks like a great project! I will be looking forward to seeing lots of pictures as you make progress.
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  5. RS1979

    RS1979 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    I've always loved the early second gens too. My next car will be a '70-'73 Z28.
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  6. wnmech

    wnmech Veteran Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    grand prairie tx.
    Very straight looking RS. I see Texas plates I'm assuming it's pretty rust free. Also looks like a 78 or 79 El Camino project car.
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  7. Scottyd

    Scottyd Member

    Nov 28, 2016
    Yes Texas car, the only rust that stands out is on the lower passenger quarter and a little in floor pans. The Elco was my sons. It belongs to a friend of mine now. Under the crap coat of primer is the original green. It hasn't been messed with much.
  8. motown 454

    motown 454 Veteran Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Great project, it should be a fun ride with the LSA blower.
  9. dutch73camaro

    dutch73camaro Veteran Member

    Jan 7, 2016
    Beverwijk, Netherlands
    lovely project i'm following it
  10. Billy 30548

    Billy 30548 Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Check my post have a lot of parts from my 71 that I have replaced
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