78 Camaro Type PT

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by 70rsss, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. 70rsss

    70rsss Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Mar 29, 2000
    Houston, TX.
    Had a buddy come by and help me move the sub-frame from my rear porch to the garage. Well with all the time I had off work during the holidays I was able get a project back on track. There is a since of accomplishment when you get your sub-frame assembled for the last time. A lot of work and some engineering has got me to this point……As I stated before I didn’t want to go with the non-adjustable sway bar that came with the SpeedTech front suspension so with their help sway bar rates I converted to an adjustable torsion bar set up. This is common on aftermarket sub-frame with rack & pinion but is a PITA setting up with a factory sub-frame and steering box. Because the tube, the bar rides in,has to be welded to the front of the steering box the steering arms operate between the lower control are and the sway bar linkage.

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    Before I installed the JRI shocks I did a quick bump steer adjustment just to get into the pall bark. I will lock in the bump steer after car is built and has a real alignment.

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  2. 70rsss

    70rsss Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Mar 29, 2000
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    The last part of my holiday progress was to get my car back on 4 wheels, even if the front wheels are the same diameter as the rotors I will be running….lol With the help of my bike lift and a floor jack I maneuvered the sub-frame till I got the middle solid bushings aligned and bolts almost fully tightened, I was then able to lift the car and do the rears. Back down and the sub-frame back on the bike lift I was able to push the car back putting all wheel back on the lift.
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    To top off New Year’s day I installed the motor/trans fully completing the goals I set for myself for my X-Mas & N.Y vacation.

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    70rsss Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Mar 29, 2000
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    Well from the last update I’ve done a bunch of work with little progress. Lost a week thanks to Jegs sending me the wrong flexplate kit to go between my LQ9 & 700r4. Once I got the tranny bolted up I found I had a clearance problem between the left rear coil pack and one of the humps over the tranny tunnel on the firewall. All I needed to do is slide the motor forward ½” but the tranny mount was already at the end of the slot on the tranny X-member. So I had to pull out the X-member and have the mounting plate stretched forward 1”.

    After I got X-member back and reinstalled and the motor bolted into the final location I dropped the intake on the motor to have a look how the air cleaner fitment. Looks like it’s going to work like a champ…..yea! Won’t bolt it on for good till I get all the wiring done.

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    Next I bolted up the master cylinder but to my dismay the mounting brackets have it pointing up at a steep angle and will need to be modified……always something! Lol

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    70rsss Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Mar 29, 2000
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    Over the last couple of weekends I have cut down my booster bracket to reduce the angle of the master cylinder and played with the brake pedal. Waiting on a new Clayton Machine brake pad and throttle to install everything. Had a bung welded on my new aluminum tranny pan for a temp sensor for my digital dash. But the real progress came when I removed the axle and rear suspension. Now I can clean the bottom back half this weekend and weld in the upper shock mounting bar for the SpeedTech torque arm setup. Once that is done I can mock up my 9” and locate and weld the final brackets for the sway bar before powder coating. After Detroit Speed inner fenders and sub-frame connectors I can bed-coat to match the front.


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    70rsss Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Mar 29, 2000
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    Well it was a productive three day weekend for me. Spent a Friday scrubbing the back side of the undercarriage with multiple cleaners and brushes (nasty Job!) so it is nice and clean now. Saturday morning I hit the bottom again but with a bucket of soapy water and a scotch bright pad.

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    Since my cool looking Clayton Machine Works brake pad and throttle came in I was able to reinstall the brake pedal assembly. This in turn allowed me to bolt up the booster and master cylinder with the modified brackets I had cut down to reduce the angle of the MC.

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    Sunday morning I had my buddy Randy Porter come over and burn in my SpeedTech shock mount crossmember. While I have my own welded and do weld I leave the critical welding to a professional especially since he makes house calls! LOL After Randy made short work on the X member I was able to mock up the rear end and get the sway bar mounts in place where I can weld them in this week.

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