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Old 12-12-2010, 06:50 PM
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alchemy: a medieval chemical philosophy having as its asserted aims the transmutation of base metals into gold

Pretty much sums up my '69 Camaro project. Turn a rust bucket into an awesome thing of beauty. Worth more than its weight in gold!!

OK. OK. I'm not really that delusional, but you get the point. Actually, the color I'm considering at the moment is Botanical Green pearl that flops blackish. I've seen it on new Jags.

The car will sport an SS hood and have black hockey stripes and 17inch Rally wheels. Alchemy will look like a generic 1969 RS Camaro. Nothing y'all haven't seen before. Nothing over-the-top fancy for looks. No bling. Very plain interior. Original seats. Original dash. No center console. No visible modern electronics. The goal is to have a simple '69 looking car that drives like a modern sports car. The typical sleeper.

Like any sleeper, looks are deceiving. Here's are the goodies beginning to pile up at Best of Show:

402ci LS2 580H.P. Stroker from Turn Key Engine
Tremec T56 Magnum
DSE subframe
DSE Quadralink
DSE complete, ummm Ford 9" rear end
DSE mini tubs
DSE wiper motor
DSE RS head lamp conversion kit
Vintage Air Gen IV with electric controls
Vintage Air front runner with A/C pump, alternator, PS pump & H2O pump
Stainless steel gas tank for LS motor high output fuel pump
American Auto wire harness
Ron Davis radiator for LS motor
Hooker header upgrade
Wilwood 6 piston front and 4 piston rear brake kits
Wilwood E brake cable
Wilwood brake master cylinder
Smoked side and rear glass
Flaming River tilt steering column

Here's Alchemy fresh out of the Mohave desert:


Here she is just before being sent out for media blasting:


and here's my son Trevor, master alchemist, working his magic on the rust bucket:



Thanks for checkin' out my build thread!

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Old 12-12-2010, 06:58 PM
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Very cool. Should be a great project.
Great list of goodies too.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:45 PM
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Very cool. Should be a great project.
Great list of goodies too.
Thanks. Yeah, Trevor and I are having a blast doing the cars. We finished up sanding the cowl grille vent, header and valence panels today. They're now ready for phosphoric acid treatment. Here are the before pictures. I forgot to take pictures after we finished with the DA. Amazing how quickly the metal ozidizes after being touched.






Jesus and Chris kicked butt on the body. Here they are finishing off the acid treatment. They've already done the doors and fender, too.




On to etch priming......

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Old 12-16-2010, 11:29 AM
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Very nice. Keep us posted.
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I like the sleeper build style...(other than the Ford 9" ).


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Look's great.Please keep the photo's coming. Scott
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another start to a nice project.
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gonna be a nice car. Very cool your son is helping
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Sweet project your making nice progress.
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I like the sleeper build style...(other than the Ford 9" )
shhhhh! don't tell anyone!

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Sheesh! Whoever said it never rains in Cal?

The body, doors, fenders and panels have all been epoxy primered. Again, I forgot to take pics of the doors, hood and fenders. Crap!

Here's the body, cowl grille vent, header and valence panels









It's interesting to see the before and after of the right quarter. It's going have to be replaced. Really shoddy work done previously. Here it is as I got the car:



The damage really becomes noticeable here:



And here's the full extent of what has to be dealt with. From back to front and a problem area at the bottom:





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