My new 1971 Camaro

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by jkhall, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. jkhall

    jkhall New Member

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    I just acquired a 1971 Camaro. its going to be almost a bare bones build.


    purchased from a body shop. The owner said no time for it, medical issues, bla bla bla.. anyways.


    · It needs some body work. It's a rust free car, they already cut out the quarters and replaced a door skin. Gaps are horrible in the car, the interior is out 1/2 of it came with the car, the other half I need to acquire.

    · Has running 327 (I am told 327 I have not popped ahead off to verify the bore yet). Tranny is shot (so I am told).

    · Its setup for a manual transmission.

    · NoBuild sheet for the car so no clue what it is, there is no sway bar on rear axle.

    · Has welded in subframe connectors and traction bars on it.




    My thought.


    · Swap to LSx 5.3 or 6.0l ( sell the 327)

    · Prefer 4L80 over a manual. I don’t like shifting that much. I am disabled vet. with surgically repaired ankle with a few cadaver parts, so shifting sometimes causes pain.

    · Vintage Air AC system.

    · I have already purchased an RS front end from classic industries.

    · Restore interior

    · An amazing paint job. Scared of the cost.

    · Swap the brakes to an updated version. No power brake booster on it and that’s not appealing. No matter what, I have to go to power. I would like the 4-wheel disc.


    I am open to advise on which directions for it all and will update my steps I am taking.

    Here are some pics, enjoy.
     

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    jkhall New Member

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    the rest of the pics.
     

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  3. CorkyE

    CorkyE Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Welcome to NastyZ, looks like you have a full time restoration project there. While you're into it this far, and if funds are available, it would be a good time for a LS & 4L80E swap. Lot of resources available here, so good luck and ask whenever you need.
     
  4. Da-bigguy

    Da-bigguy Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Welcome from another 71 Camaro owner! Yours is in much better shape than mine. I'm going with an LS7/4L80e setup in mine but it is a long ways down the road before that will happen. Lots of great people here to help out with advice/comments/parts.
     
  5. brooksman9

    brooksman9 Veteran Member

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    Cool. Looks like fun. Welcome.
     
  6. sprink

    sprink Veteran Member

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    Welcome.
    That'll clean up nicely!
     
  7. jkhall

    jkhall New Member

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    I want an LS in the car but assuming the bodywork and paint job will eat a better part of 10k. I have not priced it yet but assuming its going to cost me. I am not going to do any of the bodywork myself as that's not my forte and I want it done right. So I am looking for shop\resource in the East of Tampa Fl area that does good work at a reasonable price. I need the interior as most of it including wireing harnesses are not there. No front seats either. And living in Florida, Vintage air will be happening asap.

    So, I was thinking a very happy start to the LS car I want is a LQ4 6.0L Carburated with 4L80E. I did see a 2001 Camaro Sfor salele for $3800 on craigslist and was thinking about an Engine/tranny seat swap and whatever else I can get off of it. still in the planning phases. Keep the comments and suggestions coming.
     
  8. jkhall

    jkhall New Member

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    Thanks.. wow LS7 thats a beast. I want LS.. we will see how long it will take to get there ..
     
  9. Da-bigguy

    Da-bigguy Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    You are welcome! I'm planning on it being a daily driver but I want it to be able to get up and go as needed! My project has been at a bit of a standstill but will hopefully start getting back on track in 2018.
     
  10. carr911

    carr911 Veteran Member

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    Welcome and Good Luck starting on your project.

    one of the things people don't tell you about LS swaps is the Cost of all the New parts you will need - Motor Mounts, Tranny Mounts, Wiring, Gauges & New Interior Wiring, Headers/Exhaust, Serpentine System. I bet I have at least $4500 in that stuff alone. Then you have the Vintage Air (I haven't bought mine yet) & Interior.

    I am at BMR just East of Tampa - I can help you with Suspension. I wish I had a Body Shop / Painter I could recommend, but I 've been burned by every Paint Huffer around!

    T.C.

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