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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #520 on: June 04, 2018, 02:54:45 PM »
Not sure I like your seat choice though...  8)
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #521 on: June 04, 2018, 03:16:27 PM »
Now that's what a quality paint job should look like, great job and I think your son already claimed the car...




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« Reply #522 on: June 04, 2018, 07:24:34 PM »
darn!  THat looks AWESOME!!  I swear, I thought I could smell the paint!!
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #523 on: June 04, 2018, 09:57:53 PM »
Go back to the start of this thread and look at what you started with....its come such a long way....awesome job, mate!
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #524 on: June 05, 2018, 05:42:59 AM »
Thanks for all the compliments! Once I paint the dash, the car is coming home! If I can get the dash painted Wednesday night, I will be bringing the car home on Friday.  8-)

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #524 on: June 05, 2018, 05:42:59 AM »

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« Reply #525 on: June 05, 2018, 07:39:48 AM »
Oh, and my buddy just sent me some action photos of me shooting the base coat! Glad he took those, as I didn't even see him doing it.










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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #526 on: June 06, 2018, 06:17:39 AM »
Congrats man! Excellent!
I'm pretty sure you can see the finish line now.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #527 on: June 06, 2018, 06:46:38 AM »
This may be a dumb question but I am not a paint expert. Does the clear coat need to be "cut and buffed"? Your finish on the car looks really good and had me thinking why would it need to be wet sanded and buffed. I know I had some orange peel in mine and that cut and buffing got rid of that, but is it necessary if the clear coat finish comes out really smooth?
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #528 on: June 06, 2018, 09:09:33 AM »
No it would not. It is just done to create a perfect finish. I have some parts that came out amazing that I will not be buffing. It does look really good Ryan.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #529 on: June 07, 2018, 12:59:30 PM »
That color is going to look great and you are moving along fast.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #530 on: June 11, 2018, 08:12:12 AM »
The last step before bringing the car home was to get the dash and cowl repainted. My buddy had covered my car with a plastic sheet to protect it from the car he was painting next door on his lift. So I used that as a base to mask from. It took me about 2 hours to back mask and carefully cover everything off. Then I scuffed the dash and upper cowl with a combination of 220, 400 grit, then a red scotch brite. I then wiped it all down good with some preps-all to remove all the grease and wax. Everything turned out so good! Very happy. I used a product by Transtar called Trim Black 2 in 1 in Satan color. I believe it is a very similar product as the SEM.





For the upper dash, I used the "dry spray" technique to try and replicate the suede finish on the upper dash. It did give it some texture, but not quite as much as I believe was factory. I'm happy with it though.





It took me a while to get the glove box "Camaro" emblem off, but I prepped the glove box door too.



The dash face was turning out beautiful. The driver side was flawless and the amount of gloss was spot on in my opinion.



Then, while spraying the passenger's side there must have been some left over Armour All or something that had a reaction. It was disappointing, but not the end of the world.



I scuffed it down again with 220, then 400 , then a red scotch brite. Then I did the prepsall, but this time I used a self-etching primer as a base on the bare metal. That was the trick, and you would never know it had an issue.



Perfect, just like new!



As I was letting the paint dry and preparing to get the car loaded on my trailer, I realized that the sides of the back dash wasn't finished. I forgot to take a picture of the completed back dash but that turned out great as well. I scuffed down the back sections and did the best I could to not get any dust in the finish. The actually turned out great without any runs or dust in the finish! Glad I remembered before I left the booth with it all masked off.





Finally was able to get it on the trailer, and back to my house! As you can see by the clock it was a late Friday night. I probably should have waited until the morning to get it, but we were having company over, and I already had the trailer attached to my truck.





Hard to see in the picture, but it has a finish that is very close to original. Picture doesn't really capture it.





I left the back side original as I really like the original decal. If/when it ever falls off or is ruined I'll take it off and refinish the inside. And yes, I will clean up the backside before installation, haha.



After I got the car back home I had a hard time as I wanted to bolt everything back on the car! I settled for the new reverse light that I picked up at Carlisle this year.



I need to make a list and prioritize what needs to be done so that I can get this car back on the road. I'm thinking going to prioritize by things that make the car safe, needed for an inspection, and needed for looks. Anything else will be something I do as I go, or over the winter.

I also met a fellow PT member at an AutoX event to swap some parts. He wanted the Z51 rear brakes I picked up at Carlisle and I needed the front springs that he had. It worked out great as the event was about 40 mins from where we get groceries. So we took a trip up the finger lakes and had a great drive out.



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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #531 on: June 11, 2018, 08:22:34 AM »
Big step getting the car back to your garage. Your son must've been excited to wake up in the morning and see the car back in "his garage".
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #532 on: June 11, 2018, 02:16:01 PM »
Great progress point, it all comes together fairly quickly now.....watch out for that fresh paint!  :lol:
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #533 on: June 11, 2018, 03:52:40 PM »
The work up to this point is great and that is a properly done perfect finish paint job. iIs pretty cool to see how far the car has come. But now for a difference in opinion  :shock: , your car your choice but... another red camaro... why doesn't anyone ever do the cool greens or light blues that these cars came in. I know a lot of times those are the "old lady" colors but I am one of the few that like the different colors and think it makes the cars stand out more than a "bright" color. But hey all my cars have crap paint so i don't have any room to talk on this amazing finish you got here. :lol: 

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #534 on: June 12, 2018, 05:58:55 AM »
Thanks guys. Leigh, I'm actually nervous about re-installing the body panels. I really don't want to mess something up... I'll be sure to use a lot of blue tape.

794speed, I would love to do one of the more unique colors as many of the original colors were very vibrant. At the end of the day I asked my wife what color she thought and her pick was red.  :cool:

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
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« Reply #535 on: June 12, 2018, 06:56:13 AM »
It's hard to argue about the color when it looks that good.  Have you decided on a nose stripe or the side stripe or no stripe at all?

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« Reply #536 on: June 12, 2018, 09:59:17 AM »
That is some amazing work on the paint and body work! That is turning out to be one really amazing car! Great job!
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« Reply #537 on: June 13, 2018, 05:56:46 AM »
Thanks! I'm going to be doing the nose stripe, but I'm going to do it in vinyl. That way if I change my mind I can just peel it off haha.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #538 on: June 13, 2018, 07:37:56 AM »
I like the nose stripe decision.
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« Reply #540 on: June 18, 2018, 07:50:51 AM »
After I finished my honey-do list on Saturday afternoon, I was free to get some more work done on the remaining body panels. I did a final sand and once over on all the panels and they are looking super straight. I'm very happy as I was able to get primer on all the remaining body panels. For the hood and deck lid I shot them first with epoxy primer, then when it flashed I followed up with 2 coats of 2k high build.





I put down 2 coats of the 2k high build on all the other panels.









I had a crack in the rear spoiler that I drilled and repaired with fiberglass. There are a lot of scratches in it from someone who thought it would be a great idea to sand down to the fiberglass core with 80 grit... So I put 2 nice thick coats on this so hopefully I can get the majority of them out with guide coat. I reinforced the exterior with a piece of fiberglass. It looks bad, but should be very simple to buzz down and fill with a little skim coat.





Felt good knowing that the doors, fenders, fender extensions, deck lid and cowl piece are now in a final primer with the next stage being color. The hood and rear spoiler will still need a little work, but I won't be ready for the hood for at least a few weeks, so it's not a huge deal.

Next up was a few new parts updates. I've been keeping an eye out for the last few parts that I'm going to need to get my car back together. One of which was a set of standard door mechanisms. I got this pair on eBay for under $20.



Since I got a new LS7 clutch and slave cylinder, I figured I might as well get the speed bleeder. I picked this one up from Speedway.



Since I'm running the truck pulley and LS1 Fbody accessories, I needed to run spacers to get everything out to the right depth. I have been running the water pump on the edge of the pulley as it fit, but wasn't right. I picked up these spacers and bolts to fix that issue, and will also double as a better location for my water temp sensor. I never liked how far off of the engine the plug was in the passenger side rear of the cylinder head.

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And lastly, I picked up a Sanden SD7B10, which is a mini compressor, and when configured with the Dirty Dingo low mounts I believe will work well with the Holley engine mounts. I picked these from a member on Camaros.net (Thanks Shad) as a used for mock-up only basically out of the box items. They were installed once, then he changed directions. Luckily for me, he already had them installed on his frame, with notches, and using the same Holley Mounts I have. So I'm basically going to copy his design and install it on my car. I need to pull my motor anyway to swap out my oil pan to the Holley 302-3, and I might as well notch my frame while the motor is out. Once modified, I'm going to put the compressor back in a box until I pull the trigger on the Vintage Air components. Just planning for the future.



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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #541 on: June 20, 2018, 09:18:40 AM »
I worked for the last few days to get the car prepped to pull the motor. The biggest reason for pulling the motor is to replace the truck oil pan with the Holley 302-3 pan that I bought back in October when they first came out. I've been waiting for the opportunity to get the engine pulled so that I could replace it for a while now. My main goal was to get the body into paint, then focus on pulling the motor to swap things around. Many people were wondering why I would do it after paint, but to me it really didn't seem to make a difference either way. It actually ended up being a perfect because there was dust all over the engine bay from when it was painted and primed, so it gives me the opportunity to get it all cleaned and ready for a clean motor.

I pulled off basically everything but the engine Monday night. Seems like I'm going in the wrong direction...





Then last night I disconnected everything else and decided to get the motor out of there.





Everything was going great, then just as I was getting the drivetrain at about 45* with the cherry picker the plug I put in the transmission let go and all my trans fluid went on my clean floor... I got most of it with a towel, but I'm hoping that I can get in with a cleaner tonight and spray it down before it stains. A few mins later and the combo was out and trans separated from the motor.



Old mystery clutch and flywheel gone and on my breadcart repurposed as a dolly.





An empty feeling, but the silver lining is that I will get a bunch of clearance with the new pan, brand new LS7 clutch, new slave cylinder/throw out bearing, and once the frame is notched my accessories will fit perfectly. Plus I can get in there to clean everything once more before the engine/trans is in for good.



And to make sure that I ended on a high note, I installed the glove box door. Doesn't seem like it, but it was really nice to install a clean part. Quick and easy satisfaction.



I also started to play around with assembling the Speedway speed bleeder and new slave cylinder. It worked great and will hopefully save me a bunch of headaches and possible clutch contamination.



I have to say, now that I have already modified everything to fit I'm looking forward to just bolting stuff together and re-installing it. When I was in the process of removing the motor, everything came apart quickly and easily. Especially the 3 piece transmission mount that I made. It came out just the way I wanted without a hitch. I'm hoping that I won't catch any snags along the way and that it goes back together as easily as it came apart. Just need to make a few notches in the frame, welderup and reinstall the motor.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #542 on: June 21, 2018, 08:13:21 AM »
I finally tackled the project I have been putting off for a while now... the frame notch. Now that I had all the parts I needed for mock-ups and the engine pulled it was time to get cutting. Luckily for me, others like The Bandit have already paved the way for me so it was a matter of referencing his posts and making my cuts to mimic it. Although mine is slightly different as I'm using the Holley  12618HKR mounts, but the cuts are nearly identical. His was one of the cleanest looking frame notches that I have seen. Here goes nothing!





Looking good with the engine in place. With the Dirty Dingo (DD-LS-AC-LM-TR) adjustable mounts for the Sanden compressor.



Then the moment I have been nervous about, test fitting the engine with the new Sanden SD7B10 A/C compressor in the low mount position. I got this knowing full well that it was going to be very tight, and boy is it! I'd say that there is about a 1/4" of distance between the bolt and the rear of the compressor. But, they are both solidly mounted so they will move together. WIN!







Just clears!



Then I put on the alternator, which fit previously, but the stud on the alternator for 12v from the battery was almost touching. Better just notch it so there aren't any issues. Tons of room now around the alternator.









What happened simultaneously was was the installation of the Holley 302-3 oil pan. Before I did any final mock-up I wanted to ensure that I was using the right pan. So before I made the cuts, I swapped my oil pans. The engine dropped right in and the pan just fits everywhere. As I was walking around the car inspecting for clearance issues after I notched the frame for the low mount alternator and compressor, I had forgotten that I swapped the pans. When I started checking it over, there is so much clearance around everything. Holley did a great job on this pan. There isn't a transmission in this picture, but I set the motor to 3.5* where it would be when it's final







The AC compressor mounts do interfere with the sway bar. I have a few ideas about this, but I think the simplest solution is to get a spacer to bring the sway bar down. When I get more time to analyze what it would take to make that possible. I also need to think about future upgrades as I will likely want a bigger sway bar.



I also thought I would share this information for others that may be going through similar situations. Knowing that I was pulling the engine in the future, I figured I should probably swap out the stock slave cylinder and get a remote-bleeder while I had it out of the car. After some research, I found that Luk LSC265B was supposed to be the same part number as what you would get at a GM parts counter. I confirmed that when I replaced the stock one from my T56. Same numbers and same markings. Great score because on Rock Auto it was about $35 bucks!







It was a huge relief knowing that the oil pan and accessories are now set. I'm hoping to get the plates made and welded solid at some point in the next week. Saturday morning I'm going to wake up early and get the insides of all the panels sprayed out in Torch Red.

Cheers,
Ryan

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #543 on: June 21, 2018, 07:09:52 PM »
Great progress. It never ceases to amaze me. I think you get more done in one weekday night than I get done in a week with 3 working sessions on my car. And you document the process too. lol

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« Reply #544 on: June 25, 2018, 07:01:44 AM »
Thanks 79Merlin!

My son had a play date Saturday morning with some of my wife's friend's kids that are the same age as my son, so I had the green light to work on my old Camaro. I didn't waste any time getting to work. I was determined to do all of the spraying on these panels now that I was a little more comfortable. I got to work prepping the bottom sides of the panels for some paint. I had a few area's on the bottom of the deck lid that lifted the paint, so I had to sand that down further and re-spray.  Thankfully the underside of the hood just needed to be scuffed up and shot. Once all the panels were ready to be sprayed, I had to clean all the dust out of the room by spraying everything off, then waiting for the dust to settle. I started off by spraying the doors because they just needed a scuff down the existing clear coat to prep for a few coats of epoxy for good adhesion.

Then I laid down two color coats on all of the panels.











I had sprayed a few color coats on the shell, but I hadn't sprayed any clear. I had watched my buddy do it and he gave me some pointers before I started and I was very pleased with the results after 1 coat of clear.









The 2nd coat really brought out the shine!







Very happy with the way that everything turned out. I definitely built up my confidence spraying these panels. Hoping to get my frame welded back up this week and put the motor and trans back together. Won't be too much longer and I will be bolting these panels back onto the car!

Cheers,
Ryan

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #545 on: June 25, 2018, 11:12:20 AM »
Lookin really good, Ryan!
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #546 on: July 02, 2018, 09:51:35 AM »
Thanks Duff. I had a long weekend and got a lot done on this car. We took off this past Friday to go to a concert in Camden, NJ to see Chris Stapleton and since we weren't leaving until 9am on Friday, I knew I could stay up a little later and get some work done on the old Camaro. Fantastic concert by the way, what a truly talented performer.

My focus has been to get the frame notches done so that I can get the motor back in the car. I decided to make the plates in three pieces for a few reasons. One was that I would be able to tie in the plates to the outer frame to give it a little more strength, and two was that the plate I bought was a little on the thick side and would be difficult to bend. It took me a while to get into a groove with the cutting and fitting but once I did it went pretty quickly. I started by using a cardboard template for every plate, and carefully cut out the shapes with a thin cutoff wheel on my angle grinder.





Not the best welds in that pocket, but there must have been some sort of contamination. I made sure to wipe down all of the surfaces with denatured alcohol, but I guess it didn't matter in this case.



Good thing is the bad looking welds were hidden by this piece.



I'm very pleased with how it turned out. The welds are a little cold but it was all that my little Miller 135 could handle. It still had solid penetration and the area isn't a critical structural component so I'm confident it will be fine.





That's going to give me lots of clearance for my low mount AC Compressor when the time comes to reinstall. I'll be very glad I planned ahead when I go to install Vintage Air in the future. I still need to figure out how to make that compressor and the sway bar live happily together, but at least the pump will bolt to the engine and clear the frame. I'm hoping that was the hard part.





Then I had to repeat the same process on the driver's side.









Both sides turned out great. I was very happy with the results. I'm happy enough with the welds that I'm going to leave them exposed and just paint over them. All notched and ready for a drivetrain once it's painted!



A good habit that anyone doing fabrication and heavy welding/grinding should get into is letting everything sit to make sure there isn't a smoldering fire. I've heard of too many stories where people get done welding/grinding and shut down the shops/garages and something was on fire, but couldn't tell right away. I always wait at least an hour and check for smoke or smells. So to keep me busy I took on a few other secondary tasks to get the drivetrain back in the car. First was finding a mount for the remote bleeder. I tapped this boss on the side of the trans and used an extra brake tab. Worked like a charm and fits great. For anyone wondering, I got the Speedway remote bleeder in 12" length. Installed with the new slave cylinder/throw out bearing from Luk.



Just need to get a shorter bolt and I'll be in business.



The next task was doing a final install on the Holley 302-3 oil pan. I was very impressed upon the first trial fitment and didn't really appreciate it as much because I was more focused on the initial frame notches I did. I modified the full length windage tray that came with my motor, which was very simple using the provided instructions. I did that last week, and now it's ready to install.



I torqued everything down using the existing hardware and also test fit the oil pump pickup. As I was inspecting the pickup I noticed that Holley went to the extra step of adding a flange with two bolts instead of one like the stock one.





I got to the point of test fitting the pan with the windage tray and pickup, but couldn't final install as I was missing some RTV sealant. I pulled the plugs and spun the motor around and didn't hear any strange noises. I'm confident there will be no issues.





And topped it off with a brand new AC Delco oil filter. I used the part number that the instructions listed, PF48E



Overall very happy with the progress from this weekend. It is a huge relief knowing that the fabrication is now done and it's basically just need to bolt stuff on now. This next week and weekend is going to be busy with my son's Birthday party and the 4th of July. I'm hoping to sneak some time here and there to get the oil pan buttoned up, clutch installed and the motor/trans reinstalled.

Cheers,
Ryan

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #547 on: July 02, 2018, 10:02:33 AM »
As is typical, that is nice looking work Ryan, Glad to hear you got in and out of Camden ok!
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #548 on: July 02, 2018, 11:26:55 AM »
Thanks Kerry!

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #549 on: July 02, 2018, 11:56:45 AM »
Don't you want that bleeder as high as you can get it?

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #550 on: July 03, 2018, 09:12:59 AM »
You know, I really hadn't given it much thought. I've seen many people mount the remote bleeders here, but it would make more sense to have it higher. I'll have to do some research.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #551 on: July 03, 2018, 11:23:37 AM »
I put mine at the base of the intake, dribbled a little bit while bleeding but worked perfectly once bled.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #552 on: July 04, 2018, 08:10:23 AM »
Interesting. I was thinking about getting the 36" version and mounting it right next to the clutch reservoir. Then I could bleed and watch the levels at the same time. Of course I am planning to use my air power vacuum bleeder to do this...

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #553 on: July 09, 2018, 09:17:00 AM »
I made a post on ls1tech on that topic of where to mount the bleeder and many people chimed in saying that it won't be an issue. Thanks for bringing up that point though scarebird as I didn't even give it a thought.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #554 on: July 09, 2018, 09:17:24 AM »
I was able to get a fair amount of work done this week here and there. This post is very scattered, but I'll try to make it easy to follow. Whenever I have a few minutes between mowing, or other chores after work I try to get a little something done during the week. I'll start off with the gauge housing that I refinished. I scuffed it up with a red scotch brite pad and shot it with the same dash paint. It turned out great and is an exact match for my dash. Once it drys for a week or so, I'm going to use this silver leafing pen I picked up. I have read on other forums where this particular pen makes it look just like stock. I hope to try it sometime this week.



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I spent several hours working at my buddies house getting the rest of the body panels closer to paint, but it was so incredibly hot in his paint booth we opted not to spray in fear it would turn out bad. So I ended up coming home and getting the drivetrain back together. First thing I did was finalized the install of the Holley oil pan. I dabbed the black silicone on the four corners of the front and rear covers and sealed it all up. To ensure that the oil pan was aligned with the bellhousing I bolted the trans to the motor and snugged the bolts down hand tight. Then I torqued the oil pan bolts.



Then it was time for the brand new LS7 clutch. It might be helpful to others, but this is the same clutch that you would get from GM Performance. LUK is the factory supplier to GM, and this is their complete LS7 replacement clutch kit part number 04905. It came with a new pilot bearing, pressure plate bolts, clutch, flywheel and pressure plate. At the very reasonable price of $220 from Rock Auto. Although I re-used the ARP flywheel and pressure plate bolts.





Then it went back together with the trans for hopefully the last time.



I also wanted to get some paint on the notches so that I could reinstall the motor now that the drivetrain is back together. I used the same paint as I did before on the frame, but for some reason it was much glossier. Hopefully it will not be as noticeable once all the components start getting bolted back on.





Then Saturday when everyone was napping, I decided it was time to put that motor back in! I've had it in now so many times that it really didn't take me long at all. About 45 mins and it was bolted down. It went in flawlessly. Before I can call it good I still need to confirm that I have solid oil pressure. I'm 99.9% sure that it is fine, but I've seen where people go to install the oil pickup and the o-rings get pinched.





All ready to mount some accessories down low. That was a lot of extra work, but glad that it's over with. Now, I have plenty of room for everything and will make for a clean install.



After getting some feedback from others, I've decided to go ahead and modify the brackets for my low mount A/C compressor now rather than later. I have full access to the front of the motor right now and it would be much more difficult to get to it later. Now that I have the Dirty Dingo brackets mounted with the sway bar bolted in place and the new oil pan, it is clear that they aren't all going to play together. Mostly a sway bar issue at this point, but the biggest thing is the compressor physically fits with my motor mounts and frame with notch. After some measurements and playing around with the placement of the compressor, I can modify the mounts slightly to work for my situation. First thing was to take some measurements of where the sway bar is in relation to the compressor.



Then I could play around and see if I could make the heights of the sway bar work with these mounts. I trimmed a little off of the edges near the motor mounts and found that if I could raise the lower mount up by ~2" and add a 1/2" spacer to the swap bar mount that I would have roughly 1/4" between the sway bar and tensioner. Win!





This is a punch that I found that was exactly 1/2". I also figured that I would use the swaybar butt right against the 1/2" spacer to simulate if I was to get a larger diameter sway bar as it would sit much tighter to the frame. I'm at least trying to future proof it.



Here is where the mount roughly needs to be in order to keep the original geometry of the mount, but in a raised position. Now, you may notice that the mount is actually causing the compressor to move more forward than the stock position. This is because the original mounting position uses the trucks 4 rib pulley to the outer edge of the pulley on the Sanden compressor. My thought is since I'm modifying the bracket anyway I'm going to move the compressor 2 ribs (~.300")forward to give me a little more clearance around the motor mounts.



My plan is to cut an L shaped piece of 1/4" plate and weld it to the lower side of this bracket to raise the mounts to where I need them. Once the lower mount is finalized and mounts the belt flush with the pulley, I'll address the upper mount. Which I believe will be easier as it should either be a spacer to match, or extending the arms out slightly.

Cheers,
Ryan

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #555 on: July 20, 2018, 07:03:22 AM »
Been a little while since I had an updater, but now that the motor is back in the car for good, it was time to turn my focus back to the body panels and getting them prepped for paint. Last week I went over and shot a final prime on most of the body panels and a first prime on the hood.





Then last night I came back to get some more work done. I started by spraying some guide coat and block sanding the hood with 220. It came out pretty good actually and should only need one more round of block sanding. Then I did a final sand, mask, and prep on everything but the hood and rear spoiler. After cleaning up the dust and wetting the floor I sprayed down a few coats of base.



This is after two coats of base coat.







I sandblasted all these bolt and hinges, then sprayed etching primer and shot with the base coat.





Then three coats of clear.













I can't wait for the RS Grill to go back in!





I'm very pleased with the results. I am going to stop by tonight after work and pick up some of the parts as my buddy needs his booth back. I'm hoping that I can possibly convince my dad or father in law to come over tonight and help me bolt up the doors. Can't wait to see the car come back together!

Cheers,
Ryan

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #556 on: July 20, 2018, 07:13:59 AM »
Nice, looking good my friend.

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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #557 on: July 20, 2018, 07:51:04 AM »
Very nice.  Great progress.  Congrats.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #558 on: July 20, 2018, 07:59:42 AM »
Looking good!  I'm as anxious as you to get it put together.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #559 on: July 20, 2018, 09:55:06 AM »
It looks like your getting pretty good with the paint gun! I cant wait to see it put back together also. LOL.
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Re: 1968 Camaro Resto-mod 6.0/6 speed; Project Penny Pincher
« Reply #559 on: July 20, 2018, 09:55:06 AM »
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