My First Camaro - 78' Z28

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by FermentedSpirit, Aug 27, 2017.

  1. FermentedSpirit

    FermentedSpirit New Member

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    I know it's been awhile, but I picked up a second job for some extra money for Z, but I've been working so much I haven't had much time to really work on her. (I'm sure a lot of you know how that works).
    So the progress I have to share right now is that I got the carpet out and a much better look at the floor pans.

    This is the driver side front:
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    Back seats:

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    The passenger side is actually worse than I had originally thought and it looks like at some point someone tried to weld/fix it:

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  2. jester0618

    jester0618 Veteran Member

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    Welcome to the site. Mine was in similar condition. Rot hidden by new panels. It can be done!
     
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  3. HawkX66

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    IMO, you're going to want a full floor pan to fix that. Some guys go the patch route, but a new full pan actually winds up easier if you do it right. Depending on how bad it is, you could need inner rockers too. Don't worry. You're not alone. A lot of us have been there. It's repairable.
     
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  4. FermentedSpirit

    FermentedSpirit New Member

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    I've been wanting to get back out to Z and finally see if she runs, however this winter weather here in PA just isn't cooperating. So, we decided to move her into the garage. I used my Jeep to tow/push her (she has no brakes lol) and success! I removed the carb cover and cleaned up the connections. Set the timing and gave it a whirl. As my next door neighbor said "either it's gonna go or it's gonna blow".

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  5. ISRcamaro

    ISRcamaro Veteran Member

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    Good luck buddy
    Good luck...
     
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  6. db468

    db468 New Member

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    Have you checked rear frame rails yet? Drivers side is notorious for rot....
    Good luck
     
  7. FermentedSpirit

    FermentedSpirit New Member

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    Okay, so, first attempt was a complete bust:


    We then tried pouring gas directly into the carburetor, but that didn't do much of anything either so we tried a spark test:



    Still no luck so we adjusted the timing again, but found the carb secondaries were frozen shut. We poured more fuel in hoping we could do it with just the primaries. After about 6 tries we gave up for the night and decided we needed to tear apart the carb in the morning.
     
  8. Scott51

    Scott51 Veteran Member

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    yes not trying to put you off but I'd strongly recommend carefully checking these, the bottom of your doors, lower from fenders, cowl/dash area by the A pillars, trunk drop offs and inner/outer rockers.

    Really easy to get in too deep on a car that's complete and looks ok from the outside (talking from personal experience here).

    Not sure if you've priced up repro sheetmetal yet but full floorpan, rear frame rails and inner rockers works out to about $1400-$1500. Add outer rockers, trunk drop offs, rear quarter patches, cowl panel, front fender patches and you've spent more buying new sheetmetal than the car cost, not to mention being in for a full teardown and rebuild.
     
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  9. FermentedSpirit

    FermentedSpirit New Member

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    I jacked the back end up and got underneath tonight to check these out (thank you!) They really don't look too bad (in my opinion anyway). Here is a pic of both sides. Regardless, I know there's going to be work involved and I'm ready for it. This is my dream car and I'm not giving up on her :)

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  10. FermentedSpirit

    FermentedSpirit New Member

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