Blown 79 Z28 Camaro Make it Better Project

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by Bandit723, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. Bandit723

    Bandit723 Veteran Member

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    Hi,

    I am new to NastyZ28. While I have followed many project here I finally decided to post my Camaro project.

    What I have planned is to replace my tweaked sub frame as well as rehanging the front sheet metal, replace the inner fender wells and fixing some oil leaks "Leaks are depressing as the engine only has 1200 miles on it" as well as some general cleanup.

    What I hope to avoid is an OCD tear down of the car :) as I do want to use it this next summer.

    Hopefully I can learn what I do not know here as well as providing some insight for folks as well or at least document the work being done on the car.

    Here is a few pictures of what I am working on.

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    Mis aligned hood. This is driving me up the wall

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    New used sub frame is out of a 79 Firebird is in fairly good shape but I will have to weld in washers to fix the body mounts.

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  2. Bandit723

    Bandit723 Veteran Member

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    Started working on the Arms today. as I plan on using the upper and lowers off of the firebird so that I can more or less rebuild that part of the suspension before I pull the sub frame out of the Camaro. Pretty sure that I can use the spindles off the bird as well. The rest of the steering and related parts I plan on transferring off of the old sub frame.

    Using an air hammers is the way to go when pulling the upper ball joints makes quick work of the job.


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    Bandit723 Veteran Member

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    Much Better

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    Bird supervising the clean up

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    Lower A Arm ball joint removal - Again right tool for the job bought this from harbor freight and does work as expected. only thing that I did was to aplly anti seize to the threads.
     
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  4. Zspoiler

    Zspoiler Veteran Member

    Ah isn`t nice to be blown. My 1979 Z-28 RS Camaro is supercharged as well.I have a Weiand 142 cu. inch mini blower so it will fit under a 6" Glastek cowl induction hood.With many upgrades.
     

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  5. Bandit723

    Bandit723 Veteran Member

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    Still new to this forum but here is the rest of the lower A Arm pictures

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  6. Bandit723

    Bandit723 Veteran Member

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    This car has been a real Joy! it is a 400 SBC that was de-stroked and is running a Wieland 177 blower. Never dyno'd the engine but it performs. I did an unofficial 10.8 in the quarter mile according to the Dakota digital gauges. Still working on the 0 to 60 time since I can not get traction from a dead stop.

    Have been looking at some dot slicks to keep this legal on the road.

    Mike
     
  7. David79Z28

    David79Z28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Damn, that car is bad ass!!!
     
  8. 351maverick

    351maverick Veteran Member

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    OP your car looks great just as it is

    how you like the Maxjax?
     
  9. Bandit723

    Bandit723 Veteran Member

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    Thanks I do have reservations as to making changes to the car - The Maxjax are great. Took a bit to sort thru the do's and don'ts but at the end of the day these are well worth the money. My only suggestion is to have a good hammer drill and run it slowly to drill the holes into the concrete. also use the epoxy anchors you will have better results in holding the needed torque needed.
     
  10. Carinsulation.com

    Carinsulation.com Veteran Member NazstyZ28 Sponsor Gold Member

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    Your car looks great so far and you do nice work. Your garage is awesome too, good luck with your project!
     

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