1972 Z28 Tribute or a clone is a clone

Discussion in 'Camaro Questions' started by diablonut59, Dec 5, 2017 at 12:43 AM.

  1. diablonut59

    diablonut59 New Member

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    I have always wanted a 71-72 Z28 but with the rising prices a real deal is just not in the financial picture for me. Mostly since I have 3 other projects in the works, just can't choose only one, LOL Anyways, I have a rusted hulk of a 1973 Camaro 350 auto coupe that needs a title which I can get without too much hassle here in Michigan. This thing is no more than a body tube with nothing beyond 2 doors and a deck lid. I also have a 1979 Z28 4-speed hardtop with nice clean clear Michigan title and a copy of the factory invoice that's about 80% rust free. My dilemma is to use which to clone my 1971-72 Z28 from. A legit 79 Z28 to make into a 1972 Z28 or a 1973 Camaro made into a 1972 Z28 Either way a clone is a clone, but what is better? I'm sure lots of people will feel many different ways about clones or a nice term "tribute". I forgot to mention, I will be changing everything cosmetically about the 1979 Z28 body. At least anything you can see without dismantling the car, LOL
     
  2. Lou6t4gto

    Lou6t4gto Veteran Member

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    in the end, it is YOUR Car. Do you really "care" if it's a "clone" ? I cloned one 40 years ago, and no one but me knows the difference. a cloned car you can "do" whatever you Want to, you won't be destroying an "Original.
     
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  3. BonzoHansen

    BonzoHansen Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

    Making the 79 a '72' is a lot more work. the tail plan and rear window is wrong, so that's substantial quarter work. and you need 70-73 rad support and 70-77 fenders, plus the right brackets, nose and associated parts.

    A 73 and 72 are basically the same. what's to 'clone' unless you are doing a clone to the Nth degree.
     
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  4. diablonut59

    diablonut59 New Member

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    Quite frankly, the 73 is totally shot rust wise. To use it would require a complete floor rebuild even some lower firewall and cowl work. It's less work for me to do like you said and change out the tail panel and quarter sail panels inside and out. And yeah, I'm crazy anal about doing something exactly as it would have been if she was actually a 1972-73. I want to test people when I'm done as to finding the difference between my clone and the real deal. Of course without using the cowl tag or vin tag. LOL Both of these the 79 and the 73 are completely stripped out body tubs. The 79 Z28 has it's sub frame and a rear axle under her. The 73 tub of rust is sitting on the ground with no frame or rear axle.
     
  5. Smokey15

    Smokey15 Veteran Member

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    Sell them both and look for a solid 70 thru 73 shell. Or make a 79 clone. With either of the shells you have, you'll have way too much time and money into them to justify it.
     
  6. diablonut59

    diablonut59 New Member

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    My 79 is originally a Z28 I have the dealer invoice for it. I have a legit real deal 77 Z28 don't want another mi-late 70's Z Money isn't the issue really, I love cutting and welding.I agree with finding a solid 71-72 but my 71 Vette is original and I find myself completely unable to stray from what she was when new. Clone, tribute, or even restomod. It's pretty much a blank canvass to do whatever you like.
     
  7. diablonut59

    diablonut59 New Member

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    You said it man... What's to clone? Anyone can unbolt some fenders and a hood and bolt different ones back on. I love a challenge. LOL
     
  8. diablonut59

    diablonut59 New Member

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    Exactly! I guess I should have put the question differently. Maybe I should ask simply, what's a better thing to do? Clone a 72 Z28 using a documented 1979 Z28 or a 72 Z28 from a plain old 73 Camaro beater?
     
  9. MotionClone

    MotionClone Veteran Member

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    check out my build thread and siggy pic, thats a 77 and I have less into it than a lot of restorations here. Got to be smart about it.
     

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