1980 Z28 Convertible

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by indyzmike, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. indyzmike

    indyzmike Veteran Member

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    I worked on the garage ceiling this weekend to get it sealed up for winter. I put 7 sheets of drywall and insulation up and have about 10 more to go.

    I also placed an order for some engine parts. I ordered some Edelbrock aluminum heads #5073, an Edelbrock cam #2102, gaskets, timing set, rockers, head bolts, and pushrods. I am going for idle to 5,500 low end power and tourque so the car can be a good cruiser. I do not need a street/strip car, I just like to cruise.
     
  2. indyzmike

    indyzmike Veteran Member

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    Merry Christmas to all NastyZ28 members and visitors. I got all the stuff I ordered from Summit. The aluminum heads look great. I put another 5 sheets of drywall up in the garage. I should be close to done with the ceiling in a week. Then I can heat the garage without heating the neigborhood. It's getting down to 17 degrees F tonight.

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  3. Blu-By-U 79Z

    Blu-By-U 79Z Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Merry Christmas! This is gonna be a awesome car when finished!
     
  4. Denm

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    did these cars have subframe connectors or something similar put on them when they were built?
     
  5. 2ndGen4Me

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    Yes

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  6. The81CamaroZ28

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    Did they actually make convertibles from the factory? .... I've always thought that they were custom jobs.
     
  7. Blu-By-U 79Z

    Blu-By-U 79Z Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    They are aftermarket done. From companies like Choo Choo Customs.
     
  8. indyzmike

    indyzmike Veteran Member

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    All of the Camaro convertibles, 1979 to 1981 were aftermarket. One conversion by NCE or National Coach Engineering was availiable through the GM dealer. There were many different conversion companies at the time because of the shortage of factory convertibles. For more history, see the WIKI on coach convertibles.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coach_convertible
     
  9. indyzmike

    indyzmike Veteran Member

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    Hi DENM, all of the conversions that I know of had weld in subframe connectors. The roof is a major support structure of the car. Something has to replace that support when you saw the roof off.
     
  10. The81CamaroZ28

    The81CamaroZ28 Veteran Member

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    Interesting. I would never do it to my car, but it's a neat idea. I'd be interested in seeing someone build a convertible pro-touring car.
     

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