I should have started a progress thread a very long time ago, but I spend more time creeping these forums for info and help than I do posting. But I finally decided to heck with it, time for a build thread. I know the big bumper cars aren't the most popular and I'll be honest were I able to find one, my dream Camaro is a 72' Z, but they are incredibly rare around here. But I also started life out in the back seat of my mom's 77' Type LT so I have a soft spot for the big bumper cars too. I spent a few months looking for the right project car to start, was set on a 77 since I really wanted a Z and I wanted a manual because for me nothing beats the feeling of grabbing gears. So I finally came across this rusty gem in March of last year that I really overpaid for in my desperation to finally find the right car . I drove it home 50 miles and nearly lit it on fire on the way because it leaked so badly there was oil smoke filling the cab. Figured first thing would be to do some top end gaskets and decided a simple set of vortec heads would be an easy upgrade on the 350. But from there it was straight to my work to start the body. (I'm a painter in a body shop ) Separate owners had previously replaced the quarter panels, one side done somewhat properly and and workable while the other side done very very badly. It also had a nasty 70's aftermarket sunroof installed which I hated, but the guy I bought the car off gave me a t-top from a 79 donor car that I planned to install. The car needed fenders, and some love on the rotted doors as well.