Third time's the charm, 1980 camaro build.

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by Ryan A., Feb 9, 2017.

  1. Zspoiler

    Zspoiler Veteran Member

    Just do things as you can afford it.Remember that this it a very expensive "toy". Just take you and enjoy. Its a lot less stress that way.
     

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  2. Ryan A.

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    Yeah, I'm starting to realize how expensive it's going to be, but I'm just gonna take it slow. Like you said do it as I can afford.
     
  3. Ryan A.

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    My summit racing order came in Friday.
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    I've started cleaning the engine, replacing the freeze plugs. I painted one side of the engine just to see it.
    Tonight I'm replacing the cam bearings.

    Monday I'll have to take the crank to the machine shop to get it turned, it has scarring. And I'll get new wrist pins in the pistons at the same time.

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    Por15 cleaner degreaser, highly recommend it.
     
  4. Ryan A.

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    Probably my last update for this weekend. I got the whole engine clean and painted. I knocked out the old cam bearings and will put the new ones in later tonight, hopefully.

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    This week I should hopefully get everything for the rotating assembly. I hope it's not next weekend before I can put it together.
     
  5. Ryan A.

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    Didn't have to wait till next weekend.
    I got the rotating assembly in, also the cam, had to get a new oil pan. The bottom end is assembled.

    I'm going to put it in the car this weekend and assemble the top end in the car.

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    Also update on the floor pans, I don't have pics yet, but they're not really that bad. The worst spot is rear passenger side, about the size of a pizza box. Easily accessible. My dad's friend backed out of doing it.
    I am actually thinking about doing them myself, I've seen a lot of helpful posts about welding on here, my cousin is a professional, and willing to help me. And I brought it up to my mom, and she is willing to pay for me to take welding classes.
     
  6. Ryan A.

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    Can't believe it's been over a month since I worked on it. I've had a crazy month.
    Anyway I was turning the crank, and it locked up, so I took it back apart found a bad spot in the crank. So I decided to just buy a 350 crank.
    Put it in, it worked, but that's how I found out a 327 and a 350 have different pistons. I know I should have done more research first, but live and learn.

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    So now I need new pistons.
    Also my heads arrived, and they're pretty sweet.

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  7. Ryan A.

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    It's been awhile since I've posted. It's been awhile since I could do anything to the camaro.

    I've pulled the interior and started painting it black this weekend. The vinyl dye is temporary until I can afford to replace and reapholster, just so I can see the black interior.

    The floor is worse than I realised I'm going to take it to The body shop asap for some repairing.

    And I've decided to go a different direction with the engine from the one I was building.
    I'm getting a c10 sometime this coming week with a good drive train. Gonna do some modifications to it, and drop it in the camaro until I've got what I really want.


    My new tablet's camera is terrible but here are some of my pics.

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  8. Ryan A.

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    On yeah and the floors.

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  9. Carolina Man

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