Hello, Long time member but have not posted anything until now. In 1980 I found a 1979 Z28 I wanted so much I could not stand it. I had 2K for a down payment and needed a loan. Interest rates were crazy back then, they wanted 15% because well, I was 16 and worked at a Pizza joint. In the first picture you see me and my Mom and Grandmother. Mom liked her Oldsmobile's with 455 Rockets, and my Grandmother drove a 66 Malibu with a 327 in the 60's and a 72 Dodge Dart with a 318 in the 70's. Add the Smokey and the Bandit movie to that and there you have it... Off subject but funny, one day I was out in her Dart, baby blue Swinger, and a friend who's parents gave him an 80 Vette pulled up next to me... he was THREE car lengths behind a quarter mile later and so pissed) Anyway, I got home from school one day and there was a payment book in my grandmothers name for the remaining 4K. You better believe i never missed a payment. Mom gave up her space in the garage because she though my Z was too pretty to sit out and put me on her insurance. The car used that space from 1980 through 2016. It was stored there and not driven from 1990 to 2016 when I moved it. Mom never said a word about the speeding tickets, not even the 100 in a 55 that was actually a drag race with a mustang, and it turns out she actually stole cars for joy rides as a teenager and was arrested several times. She also had a few 100 mph tickets in her past it turned out. One year I had to go to defensive driving THREE times for tickets. Not a word, unless you consider her laughing her ass off at me. When I was in collage it was stolen off the dealers lot while in for repairs by carnies who sold their blood for gas money and were picked up in Arkansas for speeding. It was in to get the speedo fixed to match the new tires. Dumbasses...they hadn't fixed it yet. The dealership fixed everything that was even remotely in need of attention to make up for it. The picture of it in silver paint is from 1980, the ones with it in candy apple red are from 2016 when I took it out of her garage to move it to my house. I lost Mom right before Christmas and its time to "fix up that damn car" as she would put it. It has 78K miles. The body is almost perfect, two quarter sized rust spots, the interior needs work, and the 3rd engine is history. Here is the plan. 1. Return it to stock appearance, silver paint (2010 Camaro Silver base coat clear coat is close enough), stripes, wheels, the whole deal 2. Replace the 3rd engine with a modern day incarnation of the 1970 LT1 3. Add posi, it came without, one I added went out with a bang, torn on keeping the cooperate 10 bolt. Hog head is welded though 4. Replace the interior, it is really showing its age there, plus cops took the ashtray one bad night and I never found a carmine red one to match. They never got it to match back then. 5. Retain the few mods that I like, functional hood scoop, true dual exhaust with headers and factory resonators. It has T/A tailpipes, not sure about that...they are cool 6. All the little things like emblems, rubber seals, all the little details that will make it seem like new again. As each part of the project happens I will document it here. Thank you all in advance for your help, I know where to go if I need answers.