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Old 04-30-2013, 03:14 AM   #51
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:15 PM   #52
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:45 PM   #53
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Can't wait to see how it goes, the second gens are where it's at.

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Old 05-25-2013, 04:51 PM   #54
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Any update on this?
Ya I will post some pictures and see if I can upload a video. I just been real busy lately. We are well on our way converting this from an automatic to a 4 speed with the purchase of a donor car. Had some engine work done before they ripped the engine out of the car (the video will explain this) and we are still on the hunt for some body panels. Wait for my next post to go into a more visual detailed explanation.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:00 PM   #55
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Prepping the engine, cleaning it up and getting it ready to wake it up for the first time in 21 years.

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Took a 10 hour round road trip, which we rented a cargo van to pick up a whole bunch of parts from a guy we found on kijiji. We bought inner front fenders, outer front fenders, lower part of the fenders, passenger and driver door as well as the Z28 scoops that fit in the fenders.

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We had thought we scored big picking all this up for a reasonable price. But once the body guy at the shop looked at the outer fenders he quickly pointed out that they were aftermarket fenders. This killed our entire high of what we thought was a successful trip. If anyone wants to buy some aftermarket Z28 fenders from me they are for sale.

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We took a gamble on the doors only paying $50 for both the driver and passenger door. We had already bought a passenger door seen in my previous post which was a southern part and in mint condition. These doors, well again after the body guy looked at the driver door he determined they are pretty good paperweights as it would cost more money to fix and weld on new metal then it would to just look for and buy another one. However, the door handles were in great condition on both doors so $50 for chrome door handles

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These next few pictures are of a donor car we picked up for a really reasonable price. All we wanted out of this car was the 4-speed transmission and everything that went along with this conversion such as clutch, pedals , linkage ect. as we are converting from automatic to 4 speed. We were surprised at how good the rubber on this car was so we scored big there and don't have to buy new rubber now. The car basically paid for itself in terms of saving us on buying rubber.

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Surprisingly the 350 engine does run. It was started after we towed it to the shop, and although the linkage was a little loose, it still went into gear and was "derivable". The engine is for sale if anyone wants to make an offer.

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This car also came with an extra set of interior which is in pretty good condition and it too is for sale. I was suprised how much stuff we actually fit inside this car. 2 complete sets of interior, 2 mufflers, 1 inner fender and 1 spare tire.

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Car does have t-tops which these too are for sale if anyone is interested. We pondered the idea of converting to t-tops but that decision was quickly overturned based on the fact that there is too much work involved to take them on and off.

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Equipped with Hurst shifter

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Old 05-27-2013, 12:02 PM   #56
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good find on that donor car. this is going to look awesome. why is this on the 3rd gen section though.....
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:28 PM   #57
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good find on that donor car. this is going to look awesome. why is this on the 3rd gen section though.....
Ya we scored pretty big with the donor car. That is a good question, I don't know why it was put here and I have no idea who to contact about moving it to the correct section.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:32 PM   #58
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Ya we scored pretty big with the donor car. That is a good question, I don't know why it was put here and I have no idea who to contact about moving it to the correct section.
You could find a post of one of the Moderators and send a PM to them to let them know.
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lol... That donor car could turn into your next project...
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:32 AM   #60
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It definitely could, but its not something I am interested in pursuing.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:44 PM   #61
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Work continues.... the engine and transmission are now out of the car. The engine is getting re-sealed, cleaned up and painted before it gets put back in. The guys just have to remove a few more wires, pull out the interior and all the body work can begin. Also the tires from the donor car were put on. The tires we brought the car in with would not hold air so they were filling them up every 2 days. We are going to put the origional rims on though with this rubber. These rims are just temporary so they can roll the car around and not worry about adding air every 2 days.

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If anyone has a rad cradle that they would like to sell or know of anyone who has one that they want to get rid of, I am looking for one. This one is rotted right out.

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The engine and transmission will soon be coming out of the donor car. That transmission will get re-sealed and cleaned up as well.
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no prob. I've got a 78 that I just finally managed to get out of the garage last week. (been sitting 3 years not running prior to that). NastyZ28 is a great place for ideas and parts for 2nd gens
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no prob. I've got a 78 that I just finally managed to get out of the garage last week. (been sitting 3 years not running prior to that). NastyZ28 is a great place for ideas and parts for 2nd gens
Ya I've been checking it out, seems pretty legit, lots of good ideas on there for sure.
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Can't wait to see it when its done. I'm not that far from you so who knows, maybe I'll see you on the highway!!!!
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Awesome thread. Good luck on the rebuild.

Reminds me of my 79Z. Man I loved that car. T-top's were a pain the ass and were stolen twice. More bother than they were worth and they eventually leaked.

My current cars are pretty much garage beauties in the winter but come summer, its cruising time.

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More pics of the progress as we move forward to a complete restoration. These were taken last weekend. Did not get a chance to make it out this weekend to see the car but they did tell us that they started grinding down some areas on the car. Now basically all the body work begins.

The car at this point went through a light air blast to remove all the loose debris.

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A little elbow grease and it looks like it wouldn't even need to be re-painted. I couldn't believe how "shiny" this was underneath all that dust.

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Finally had a chance to get back out to the shop and see the progression of work done of the last couple weeks. Here is what has been going on ...

They began prepping the body, its coming along very nicely.

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Still need to locate a passenger door, preferably not aftermarket because those doors cost upwards of $800 but this is proving to be a very difficult task.

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Interior pulled out, and will be going through a very through cleaning before getting put back in. We decided to just clean it all instead of re-upholstering everything.

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Repairs were done to the holes in the floor.

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Work continues on the driver door, almost ready for primer now.

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Here are pieces that are primed and ready for paint..got the trunk and spoiler pieces along with the rear bumper edge trim moldings

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Here is the hood, still needs some work to fix up some dents and pitting you see in top left corner but it has definitely come a long way from being a shelf for a mattress to this.

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