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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #480 on: May 07, 2018, 07:06:17 AM »
I have been trying to make steady progress on the car, but the yard work is starting to pile up as well as that feeling of being burnt out from the project. I'm trying to stay focused on the light at the end of the tunnel and seeing the car in final color! My friend Randy (who's letting me paint the car at his body shop) said that the car is looking pretty good and we should have the car painted in about 2 weeks if we keep up this pace. So that's what I'm trying to target.

I started by putting a skim coat on the passenger fender on Friday night. After watching Randy do it a few times, I decided to give it a try. Surprisingly enough, it turned out pretty good and only needed one more small coat where the wheel lip was. I then added an icing coat to fill in some of the pinholes.





Then I started to look over the other body panels to see what needed to be addressed. I knew that the cowl pieced needed some cleanup as there were some rusty areas on it so I started with that. I broke out the bead blaster and cleaned up some of the areas behind the grill openings where I really couldn't get with sandpaper easily. It turned out really great, although I noticed afterwards that I may have warped 2-3 of them just slightly. I think I will just need to tap them down slightly with a body hammer though. Should be a simple fix.









Should be all ready for some epoxy primer now. Then I put some of the extra icing I had on the stamping marks left on the lower valance panel. Otherwise, the upper and lower panels are good to go. Just need to scuff and prime.



All the body panels are now prepped and ready to shoot epoxy and 2k next time I work on the car. Then we should be able to focus on block sanding and getting all the panels ready for round two of 2k priming.

I bought a few parts to get that LS1 shortblock I bought a few weeks ago back together. I picked up an LS2 cam and 1x cam sprocket a long time ago, but still needed a Gen4 timing cover with front cam sensor to complete the swap. Since I needed a timing cover for the motor anyway, I figured it was a good opportunity to convert it over so I could use that cam. The guy I bought the cover from also gave me all of the bolts, covers, truck balancer, re-usable gaskets, and extras for me to put together a complete engine. At this point, I only need a new valley cover gasket, new front and rear crank seals and an ARP crank bolt to have a complete long block. If I decide to swap my 5.3, I will re-use the loaded intake and accessories, then sell the 5.3.









And lastly, I took a break this Saturday and went on a self-guided wine tour. We we went with my sister-in-laws and their boyfriends and had a great time. We couldn't have asked for a better day as it was sunny and 70's. It was great to spend time with her and get out and enjoy the weather. We live in the Finger Lakes region of NY and sometimes take it for granted that we have roughly 40 winery's in about an hours drive from our house, and they all have amazing views just like this.



Cheers,
Ryan

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #481 on: May 07, 2018, 07:33:54 AM »
I forgot to add a few pictures of the car on the lift and getting ready to block sand and do some finishing touches on the rockers and lower body. All sprayed with the guide coat, and just waiting for someone to sand it.




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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #482 on: May 07, 2018, 03:20:45 PM »
All sprayed with the guide coat, and just waiting for someone to sand it.

Where is your son? you need to start him early :lol:




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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #483 on: May 07, 2018, 05:56:08 PM »
Is that Seneca Lake ??

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #484 on: May 08, 2018, 05:29:33 AM »
Where is your son? you need to start him early :lol:
That may just work. I'll report back haha.

Bobby, very close. That picture was taken at Buttonwood Grove Winery on Cayuga Lake.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #484 on: May 08, 2018, 05:29:33 AM »

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #485 on: May 08, 2018, 06:06:18 AM »
I took a day trip and rode my bike up into the finger lakes, beautiful area. Now get back to work and get some paint on that car!
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #486 on: May 10, 2018, 06:29:29 AM »
Yes Sir. Here are some more updates, haha.  8)

I was very happy with the progress from last night. I finally got the cowl panel and fenders to a point that I could spray on the epoxy primer. I also scuffed up the upper and lower valance panels, and I used the same process of 2 coats epoxy and 3 coats of 2K primer. Initially I could see some small imperfections when spraying the fenders, but they slowly went away and some even disappeared.











And all the panels that are ready for some guide coat and block sand. I still need to pull the door hinges, bead blast the driver's side, install the rollers/springs and epoxy/2k. The only other panels left are the hood and the lower fender extensions. Getting close now.



Then while that was drying I turned my attention to the shell. I started on the trunk and driver's quarter. Not much to show other than a lot of sanding. Wow, are my arms sore today!





Then a little more sanding and the deeper scratches are starting to disappear. I started to hit some of the epoxy coat so I decided to stop.



Rinse and repeat for the passenger's side.





Then after both quarters were sanded as far as I dared. All of the little black spots will need to have a little skim coat of filler. Once that cures we can go back and blend it in and re-shoot everything with another round of 2k.





I'm super happy with the way that the roof came out. There was minimal filler on it when we first sprayed down the epoxy and 98% of the blemished sanded out.  :D



And one more of the trunk after a little more sanding. Same story, little skim coat, then sand, then more 2k.



Very stoked to be this far along. If I can keep up this amount of progress, I think I'll be on track to have the color and clear coats in about 2 weeks.  8-)

Cheers,
Ryan

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #487 on: May 10, 2018, 10:26:03 AM »
Your work is looking great!  That is a lot of work and a lot of progress.  I think most don't realize how much work it is to prep and paint a whole car, unless they have been through it.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #488 on: May 10, 2018, 11:24:26 AM »
Your work is looking great!  That is a lot of work and a lot of progress.  I think most don't realize how much work it is to prep and paint a whole car, unless they have been through it.
Yes, myself included! I severely underestimated the amount of time and effort it takes to paint a car.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #489 on: May 10, 2018, 11:40:00 AM »
Wow! You are cruising man. Those panels look awesome! I don't think mine will come out that good. Keep it up. That is amazing progress.
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« Reply #490 on: May 10, 2018, 03:45:46 PM »
Looking good!  Definitely can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

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« Reply #491 on: May 10, 2018, 05:47:39 PM »
Fine job youre doing. I guess we all should change the name of this process from painting a car, to sanding a car. The actual paint part is a minimal part of the whole process.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #492 on: May 15, 2018, 07:57:01 AM »
Looking great.  All that rubbing on your car takes the relationship to a more intimate level. lol.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #493 on: May 16, 2018, 06:09:16 AM »
Thanks for all of the compliments guys. And yes, at this point I have had my hands on every square inch of this body.  :shock:

Before I started any filler work yesterday, I decided to pull the LS6 valley cover off the 5.3 since I will be selling the long block and putting together the LS1 I picked up. The problem is I made a huge rookie mistake. When I loosened the intake, and rather than disconnecting the throttle cable and fuel line I thought it would be faster to just tip it upside down onto the cowl. Big mistake as all the intake bolts fell out. While I was checking to see if all the bolts and washers were there, I found one of the tiny washers was missing! I looked all around and took a magnet to the intake ports with no luck finding it. After probably 45 mins of looking and checking with a magnet, I flipped the intake back over and I was extremely lucky that the missing washer was stuck to the intake. Moral of the story, take the bolts out first before you flip the intake! Hopefully that will help someone else from doing what I did...

I am progressing slow but steady. Doesn't look like much, but I had to walk around the car and literally fill any small imperfection with some skim coat/icing filler. What the car looked like after several hours.





Since the car is on the lift, I took advantage of it and put it up in the air to get to the lower sections of the body. Rockers, lower quarters and etc.







Luckily the roof only had two small sections that needed some filler. Really happy about that as the roof is such a large area and will be a main section that people will be looking at once painted.



It was very humid here and the filler didn't want to cure fully so it was loading up the sandpaper. I decided to call it a night rather than risk making it worse. I moved on to other tasks and sprayed some guide coat and blocked out the fenders. Both turned out pretty good. The driver's side will need more skimming than the passenger side, but there weren't any significant imperfections that need to be filled, just maybe 2 dozen small spots. The lower fender extensions were also stripped and I will shoot them in epoxy once the hood is sanded and ready to prime.

Cheers,
Ryan

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #494 on: May 16, 2018, 08:15:47 AM »
Great progress. Quick tip. Take some some old sandpaper and scuff the filler once it skins over. That helps it cure a bit quicker.
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« Reply #495 on: May 17, 2018, 02:00:35 PM »
That's smart, I will try that next time I'm there. There is certainly much more left to do so this will come in handy.   8)

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #496 on: May 17, 2018, 06:52:20 PM »
Also, before I sand on filler I gab some old sand paper and just run it over it real quick. That seems to pull the gun out of it so it does gum up your good/new paper on your sanding block.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #497 on: May 18, 2018, 06:54:08 AM »
Awesome to see your progress Ryan!  Wish I could do the same myself.  Hopefully soon.  Trying to finish graduate school by next summer.

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« Reply #498 on: May 21, 2018, 06:55:25 AM »
Thanks Form, I used those tricks and it worked great!

Made some solid progress Friday night into early Saturday morning. I learned the hard way that when body filler is fully cured, it becomes much harder to sand. It took me a good part of the night to sand all of the spots flush, but I was very pleased to find that I fixed 95% of the tiny imperfections. There were just a few spots that I found as I was sanding that needed a little attention, but I will be able to get them all taken care of on this last round of sanding before the final prime. Here's the body all prepped with wax and grease remover right before I primed.







After a little trial and error with the gun settings I figured out how to get the product down smooth again. We have a gun cleaning station in his booth and must be when the priming gun was dissembled last (sorry don't know the correct name) the needle seat that controls the flow of product was too far out. It was almost spraying it out like bedliner. By that time, Randy had gone to bed so I was on my own. Stressful at the time because my gun was full of primer, but luckily I know just enough about how they work to get by. So after messing with the flow and air pressure settings for a minute, I figured out how to get it to flow out nicely.







On Saturday afternoon, while my wife was away with her sister's and my son was napping I had a few spare minutes to finally look over the LS1 I picked up a while ago. I wanted to see how it would clean up and see if it was something I wanted to use. After a little elbow grease, I was pleasantly surprised that everything appeared to be great. No funny sounds and I got all of the gaskets off of the deck surface. I figured while I was there I would also clean off the carbon deposits on top of the pistons.





I took my time and used a brand new razor blade and a light scuffing with a scotch brite pad. I've heard of people using one of the air tools and a scuff pad, but with the aluminum I've heard people taking to much off and the gaskets wouldn't seal properly. I also found that when I soaked the graphite in WD-40 and it helped to scrape it off a little easier. Then I cleaned up the stock LS2 Cam I have had for a while and put it into the block along with the 1x cam wheel and LS2 chain.





I picked up some LS7 lifters, trays and an oil pump from the guy I bought the motor from. They were the parts that came out of this engine and supposed to have about 5k miles on them. I should be getting them today and then I can work on getting this motor together again. Before I sell the 5.3 I want to make sure that this will be a solid motor. I'm hoping to get this together and time it right so that when the shell is painted and back at my house that I can pull the 5.3, notch the frame, and then reinstall the LS1 to make sure it runs properly. My list keeps growing, but I do it to myself...

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #499 on: May 21, 2018, 07:08:03 AM »
Car is looking good. Now, get some colour on it. LOL
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« Reply #500 on: May 21, 2018, 08:32:08 AM »
Body looks really good. Are you sure you're not a professional?
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #501 on: May 21, 2018, 08:45:20 AM »
Nice progress, Ryan!
My dad used to say: Block and primer, block and primer...and when you think you're there, do it 1 more time.
Just curious: are you blocking across the gaps? (trunk lid/doors/fenders)
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #502 on: May 21, 2018, 09:42:13 AM »
Kerry, you have no idea how badly I want to just spray the base/clear...

Thanks Form I appreciate the compliment.

Duff, no I'm not blocking across the gaps. I'm sure that the doors, fenders, etc won't line up 100% but they were really close before, so I'm not too worried about perfection. But I'm sure it will be better than it was 50 years ago.  :-D

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #503 on: May 21, 2018, 03:13:32 PM »
At least you have hands on contact in getting things done and can work at your schedule. It must be extremely frustrating to be reliant upon a shop to get that step finished. I actually enjoy'd doing the body work and paint on my car, and am looking forward to getting the next project started. But it was nerve wracking the 6 months or so the shop had my car to install the motor. I wish I had more control over that step. With this next build I am going to try and be more proactive with the motor part.
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« Reply #504 on: May 21, 2018, 05:41:12 PM »
Excellent progress Ryan. I was somehow 5 pages behind on your build. When I got caught up I see you are mastering the body work skillset. I am always amazed at how fast you are able to move your projects along. I am about 1/3 of the way through a project half the size of yours and I am a solid year from being where you are...

I would like to know more about the fuel lines you are using. Nylon hose. I am planning to go that way when I LS my 79. Is it 3/8? Are you running the vette style filter / regulator? Is all of the fuel line the same size? You don't happen to have a list of the fittings you used do you?

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« Reply #505 on: May 21, 2018, 07:54:21 PM »
5.7>5.3, so it's like you have to. :P

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« Reply #506 on: May 22, 2018, 05:52:16 AM »
Excellent progress Ryan. I was somehow 5 pages behind on your build. When I got caught up I see you are mastering the body work skillset. I am always amazed at how fast you are able to move your projects along. I am about 1/3 of the way through a project half the size of yours and I am a solid year from being where you are...

I would like to know more about the fuel lines you are using. Nylon hose. I am planning to go that way when I LS my 79. Is it 3/8? Are you running the vette style filter / regulator? Is all of the fuel line the same size? You don't happen to have a list of the fittings you used do you?

Thanks Merlin. It takes a lot of dedication and coordination on my part. I really enjoy working on my cars, so if/when I do have free time 9/10 times I'm working on it. Or in this case I make my own free time between the hours of 9-12pm, and in many cases even later. Who needs sleep anyway... :shock:

As for the fuel lines, I am using the Dorman 3/8 Nylon fuel lines that you can get just about anywhere. For this swap I am using a Vaporworx modified 5th gen fuel pump which is internally regulated and fuel is returned internally back into the fuel pump assembly. Because of this, I only have one line running from the fuel pump assembly to the fuel rail. I ended up using two of the Dorman Straight GM quick connect fittings and pressed them on using the caulk gun method. I think I have pictures somewhere. I think I have about $40 bucks into the fuel lines on this car.

5.7>5.3, so it's like you have to. :P

Absolutely. Not that I need to justify it, but I should be gaining about 100 hp and dropping 100 lbs. with that swap. :cool:

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #507 on: May 23, 2018, 06:10:52 AM »
Made a little more progress last night also. I sprayed on a guide coat and block sanded the shell for a 2nd time and it is really close now. Other than a third coat of primer the roof is done, the deck lid is done, both door jambs are done, and both quarter sides are done. I still have some issues that popped up on the rear valance panel, top body line of the quarters and passenger side c pillar. I ran out of time last night to finish with those issues, but its very close at this point. I also need to spread a skim coat on the rocker panels. I am just waiting until I put it on the lift again so I don't have to do it upside down. I am hopefully going to fix those issues on Friday night, then I can spray on a final prime.







I also did a first block sand on the doors and I was very pleased at how close they were. I should be able to do a small skim coat on a few little areas and I believe it will be ready for a final prime. I'm not really surprised since they were off of a painted car and I saw how straight they were. But I did add some metal to the passenger's door and straightened the bottom lip on the driver's side.





Here is my table of parts that just need a quick sand and final prime. I have a few little marks on the one lower fender extension, but otherwise ready for some red!



I received a few more parts for my budget LS1 build project. I contacted the guy who I bought the LS1 short block from and he still had the lifters, trays and LS6 oil pump that came off my engine. He claims they only had about 5K miles on them before he pulled the motor to do a 408 stroker build. The lifters have more surface spotting on them then I would like to see, but I think they will clean up with an emery cloth. Since I'm not doing a new cam for now I'm going to hold off on new lifters, and all other mods besides a cheap set of Z06 valve springs to match the stock LS2 cam. When I do get a new cam, I'll do LS7 lifters, LS2 trays, valve springs, FAST intake, injectors, and throttle body. I just want to get the car up and running at this point.





I also found a good deal on a used Pro 5.0 shifter, so that should be here soon. I don't need a new shifter, but I am thinking that with the longer shifter handle that I may end up putting more stress on the cup. Most aftermarket shifters, including the Pro 5.0, have built in stops that limit the throw which give me a level of comfort. Plus I really liked the way that my '76 T/A shifted with the same trans and shifter.

Cheers,
Ryan

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #508 on: May 23, 2018, 06:05:38 PM »
Beautiful, that is gonna be one awesome car!
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #509 on: May 27, 2018, 01:42:04 AM »
You're really powering along.....car's looking great.  :cool:
Regards,
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #510 on: May 29, 2018, 07:12:21 AM »
Thanks for the compliments!

Not a big update, but I was able to get a few more hours of sanding in the garage this weekend. I went over the shell and all body panels with a fine tooth comb and added some skim filler to any imperfection I found. It took me quite a while, but I was very happy I did it. I found a lot of tiny spots that I missed before. It especially helped getting the car up on the lift. I have been chasing a few blemishes on the quarter panel top body lines, and I finally fixed the driver's side and need to sand a little bit more on the passenger side. There was also a spot on the passenger c pillar that I fixed as well. They were really the last few big issues that I had been fighting with, so I'm quite pleased to have those behind me.





While I was skimming the car, I noticed that all the body panel filler was shrunk and needed to be replaced on the tail panel. I got it all out and then replaced with some new seam sealer. If I had to give advice, use masking tape! I didn't and it was way more work cleaning up the seam sealer where I didn't want it to go.



I also flipped the hood over to give that some attention, and prep for primer. Didn't quite have enough time to get that sprayed though.



I've been trying hard to stay focused on the body work, but I did come across a great deal on a used Pro 5.0 shifter and had to get it. I was thinking that since I'm running a longer handle, I may be putting extra force on the stock shifter and like the idea of having a throw limiter. Plus I really liked the way that the Pro 5.0 felt in my Trans Am. The shifts are much tighter and more precise. It felt great doing something other than body work.





I'm glad I test fit it now, because the hole was just a little too small for me to install it from the top. I trimmed about 1/2" to the right and rear of the shifter location and now it fits all around and I have access to all the bolts.





Also, on a parts update I decided to pull the trigger on a new clutch slave cylinder/throw out bearing and Z06 clutch kit from Luk. They are apparently the OEM supplier for GM clutch parts, so the parts are exactly the same whether you would get from GM Performance Parts box or a Luk box. Great thing is you can get them from Rock Auto for a significant price discount. Clutch slave cylinder was $35 bucks and the complete clutch kit with flywheel, PP and clutch disk was $230 bucks! I placed the order for the clutch parts and a few other things Friday late morning, and some of the parts came Saturday afternoon. Kudos to Rock Auto.



And I also picked up some replacement tail light sockets as all of mine were in bad shape.



On a semi car related post, we were at Lowe's yesterday with my family taking advantage of the Memorial Day sales, when my son got my attention. He says, "Look at that blue hot rod!" I wasn't even paying attention and when I looked over, I see a decent looking 79ish Trans Am! I told him oh yeah! That's a great looking car, nice spot. I've got a feeling that I'm going to have another little gear head in my house.



Cheers,
Ryan

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #511 on: May 29, 2018, 10:00:08 AM »
Your doing great, just a short thought.  I’ve found to stop using a hard filler like rage this late in the process working so close to completed work.  You may find yourself re-working the area to blend. 

This late in the project I would lean toward a product like icing.  As long as it’s very thin work the stuff sands very easy. 

Again I love this build

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #512 on: May 29, 2018, 02:00:24 PM »
If I were replacing my clutch I would definitely invest in one of these:
https://www.speedwaymotors.com/T56-Release-Bearing-Remote-Bleeder,41385.html

I have had to bleed my clutch in my 4th gen without one and it is a pain...

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #513 on: May 30, 2018, 06:16:02 AM »
Thanks for the tip Scott, I will definitely look into that because this yellow stuff is sanding hard and chewing through sandpaper quickly.

79Merlin, That is actually in my eBay cart as we speak.  8) Thanks for the tip though. Basically since I know I have to pull my motor to replace the oil pan, I'm thinking of what I should take car of while it is out. I already bought the LS7 clutch kit, new slave cylinder/throw out bearing, and I plan to buy the speed bleeder. While the motor is out, I'm also going to notch the frame for the low mounted accessories.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #514 on: June 04, 2018, 07:07:11 AM »
I was pretty determined to get this car ready for paint this weekend. I went over on Thursday night to fix a few more little blemishes that were bothering me that needed to be addressed before I could lay down a final prime. I started by getting the car up on the lift and doing a final once over to address anything I may have missed. I pulled the wheels off both sides to hammer and dolly the lips straight and add a little filler to the lips where there were obvious weld marks. I was pleased with how it turned out. looked as original as it could.



It got to be about 1am on Friday morning and I called it quits. However, about 5 mins on my way home I realized that if I didn't spray the primer now, that I wouldn't have enough time to get everything prepped to spray paint on Saturday. I turned around and finished up what needed to be done and got the car moved back to the booth. I was able to get two more solid coats of primer on the car and left there around 3:30am. Definitely the latest I have stayed up working on cars...











I didn't get any pictures, but I came back on Friday night for a few hours and blocked everything off with 400 grit in preparation for spraying it down on Friday. It turned out great, and I was very pleased with all of my prep work. Either that or I was extremely tired from the night before. Then I came back early Saturday morning, and today was the day it was getting some color. After the 400 grit from the night before, I opted to sand with some red scotch brite pads rather than wet sanding with 600. Just didn't want any extra moisture before the paint.

One last time in primer...





All taped up and ready for some red goodness.









Bye bye primer, and hello Torch Red! My buddy who paints for a living helped with this step. He laid down the first color coat, but I did the following two coats.







Then it was time for the clear coat. Wow, that makes a huge difference!











For just laying down the clear, that finish is beautiful. I can't wait to see what it will be like when we cut and buff!





I can't even describe how happy I am at this point. The paint turned out better than I had expected.

Cheers,
Ryan

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #515 on: June 04, 2018, 07:08:04 AM »
I stopped back over on Sunday morning to peal off the tape, and my little helper tagged along. He was really excited to see my "red hot rod". Although I had to keep correcting him when he said rusty hot rod. haha. I'll just let the pictures do the talking.



We put the wheels back on and we were both really proud of how it turned out.











Then as we were leaving the sunshine came out and I couldn't resist getting it outside. I was taken back by that. It looks so much better than what the pictures show. I LOVE this color. It shows more of an orange tint outside than inside. Just what I wanted.











I am thrilled with the progress this weekend. Huge motivator for me. All of the other panels are very close to being primed as well. Only thing left on the body is to put a fresh coat on the dash. If anyone has any tips for what color gloss that the lower dash should be, please send me a PM or post here. I'm using SEM Trim Black on the upper dash and firewall. I've heard that is roughly 30% gloss.

Thanks,
Ryan
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #516 on: June 04, 2018, 10:27:59 AM »
Thanks for the motivation. Looks killer. It's all about the prep work.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #517 on: June 04, 2018, 12:32:34 PM »
Very, very nice!  Looks really good in that color.
well done
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #518 on: June 04, 2018, 02:01:28 PM »
Freakin' Awsome!! Great Job.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #519 on: June 04, 2018, 02:11:14 PM »
You forgot to post all of the panels....Tighten up!

Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
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