Z28 field find.

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by djkaplan, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. djkaplan

    djkaplan Veteran Member

    Mar 27, 2016
    Victoria, bc
    Thought it was about time to make a build thread.
    This is my first car project ever but jumping in the deep end is how I do things.
    I picked up my car about 7 months ago and towed it home on a trailer.
    First thing I replaced was the battery since the old one went bang when I tried jumping the car.
    I bought a parts car (78) a few months later.
    so far I dried the car out, gathered some parts and took things apart.
    The cons:
    tons of rust
    holes in the trunk, floor, rear wheel wells, fenders, rockers and door sill.
    tail panel is about 8 pieces held together with rivets.
    50% of the carb parts just arn't there.
    Near impossible to start.
    nasty stuff in the upper water neck.
    missing interior parts.
    mustang seats.
    wrong year parts car.
    sat in a field for 18 years.
    1 past accident. (80s)
    1 core rad.
    fuse box has a ball of tin foil in place of fuse.

    The pros:
    2x build sheets
    minimal rust parts car.
    Not stolen.
    traction bars.

    I have a build website think a build plan and some pictures.
    This tread well mainly be filled with bad ideas, confusion and rust.
  2. jimrr

    jimrr Veteran Member

    Jun 12, 2016
    I like it, I'd make it a mechanical marvel and drive it the way it looks now. Too cool!
  3. 351maverick

    351maverick Veteran Member

    Aug 11, 2010
    erie, PA
    not to rain on your parade.....but the one in the pic is the parts car

    the project needs to begin with whatever body has the least rust
  4. djkaplan

    djkaplan Veteran Member

    Mar 27, 2016
    Victoria, bc
    Parts car is a wright off and missing a front clip.
  5. ctchap70

    ctchap70 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Good luck! I've seen lots worse on here that turned out awesome!
  6. CasperCasper

    CasperCasper Veteran Member

    Aug 11, 2015
    Happy to see another member from BC. The rain is sure hard on stuff here! Spend your time getting the metal work right and the body and paint process will be easier.
  7. djkaplan

    djkaplan Veteran Member

    Mar 27, 2016
    Victoria, bc
    Just got a pair of vette brakes composite springs I bought from a member here today. Now its time to finalize my rear leaf plan details.
    They still have there original poly eye bushings. This seems to be a terrible place for poly especially when the manufacture says
    hypercoils The manufacture dose not mention poly bushings only rubber and steel. This leads me to belive Poly bushings are something added by vette brakes or their supplier (Flex-A-Form).
    Delrin, steel or rubber seem to be a good idea with this product.
    The spring eyes might be smaller then stock which could be a problem.
    Custom works has been willing to modified there Delrin Comp rear shackle kit to fit the hypercoil leaf springs. so that seems to be the best option.
    not sure what to do for the front. suggestions would be welcome.
    The delrin bushings should help with this but they might not be enough.
    Im wondering if the traction bars I have would work.
    Since metal to spring contact is a no no with composite springs id have to make a isolator pad out of rubber or something (poly?) but I don't think that would be too hard.

    So ya Im ganna wrap them in duct tape and do a spica (below) wrap so it looks kinda fancy and not as trashy.

    Last but definitely not least.
    I have to decide to use rubber isolator pads to protect the springs.
    poly dosn't like to stay in place and metal to spring means death.
  8. slayer021175666

    slayer021175666 Veteran Member

    Feb 29, 2016
    Are ya sure it's a z28?
    Mustang seats should go immediately! Mustang ANYTHING on a camaro is sacrilege! :)
  9. Da-bigguy

    Da-bigguy Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    Cypress, TX
    Glad to see another 2nd gen being recovered from near death! What part of Victoria are you in? I spent more than a few summers out in Esquimalt when I was in the Naval Reserve.
  10. BonzoHansen

    BonzoHansen Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

    Fun project, lots of work.

    Does the build sheet and cowl tag indicate z28? That car in the pic does not appear to be a z unless it was repainted and fender badges were added.

    Edit 1: Whoa, i just looked at the pics on your site. Holy tetanus batman, thats a lot of rust!

    Edit 2: If you really want to save that car i'd do the metal work before i buy too many other parts.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2016

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