1980 Z28 Convertible

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

  1. hot72rod

    hot72rod Veteran Member Gold Member

    I know the feeling, the fuel pump went out on my bird, well I picked up a new one and it road around in the truck with me for about a week. I was finally about to stick it in the shop on the work bench in front of my car and it set there for about 3 year because of all the hours I was putting in at my last job. When I changed jobs I decided to go a different route with the car so I have been working on it just about every week for the last year and half up until 3 weeks ago.
     
  2. indyzmike

    indyzmike Veteran Member

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    Haha, best one was in 2009, I was installing lights outside my garage door. The receipt taped to the box was dated 4/1/1999. I knew they were on the shelf for a while but 10 years??? Add to that I had bought them on April fools day.

    Today I crawled under my car for the first time in a long time. I was happy to find out that the sub frame connectors that are welded to the rear framework look to be in good condition. They are made of a 2 inch by 3 inch straight piece of tubing. I was planning on 1 1/2 inch by 3 inches if I was going to build them myself. I can live with the extra half inch. I plan on adding the offset to them like the Hotchkis connectors. That will eliminate the step between the sub frame and the connectors. Now I have to make the repair washers for the rusted out sub frame mounting holes. I have the solid mounting spacers ready to go in.
     
  3. Bandit723

    Bandit723 Veteran Member

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    LOL - I think we are most of us are guilty of putting one thing or another off
     
  4. indyzmike

    indyzmike Veteran Member

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    Since Bandit723 showed pictures of how it's done, I made the frame repair washers and welded them on.

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    This is an aluminum solid mounting donut from the 6 piece set that I bought.

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  5. Bandit723

    Bandit723 Veteran Member

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    Good work! - welds look really nice
     
  6. indyzmike

    indyzmike Veteran Member

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    Thanks! I had to dust off some high spots so the spacers sit flat on the washers. Next I have to bolt the frame onto the body so I figure out where the front of the frame connectors have to sit. Then I can get over that hurdle.
     
  7. indyzmike

    indyzmike Veteran Member

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    I moved the sub-frame to the front of the car and slid it under. The engine hoist to the rescue to lift the frame into place.

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    The sub-frame connectors did not line up to the frame and they are too long. The frame I removed from the car had been cut to fit. Add to that all of the welded remains from the original connection.

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    I decided to cut off the front ends of the connectors and fabricate new ends. I would have cut farther back but I need to get to the top side to weld them back together.

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    I went to the local steel supply house and they were closed. If I am going to progress I will have to clean up the parts I cut off to reuse them.

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    With the sub-frame connectors out of the way, I lined up the frame to the alignment holes and installed the bolts. One rear mounting hole was a bit off center so I used a jack to spread the frame half an inch, then tightened the mounting bolt. With the frame in place I can work on the connectors.
     
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  8. Bandit723

    Bandit723 Veteran Member

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    Glad you were able to get the frame in ok - underside of the car looks to be in good condition as well. was this thing manufactured at the California GM plant?
     
  9. iraqivet

    iraqivet Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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  10. indyzmike

    indyzmike Veteran Member

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    This was a Norwwod car assembled 4th week of April. Thanks to a leaky engine, the underside is nicely preserved.
     

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