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Old 03-24-2011, 12:20 PM
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Default 69 Camaro Project - Dead Pool

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I swear Iíve got OCD when it comes to motorsports: About 18 months ago I found Lat-G and PT.com and started poking around. Iíve been on both sites just about everyday since. The back story here is Iíve owned and built bikes, boats, a 70 Camaro in my teens and 68 later in life (I never shoulda sold that 68). Basically If it had a performance motor and could be customized, I was in. I found myself with no project and too much time on my hands, so I joined the sites and found all these beautiful builds and bunch of great people. So many killer builds, so much inspirationÖ

I started looking around on eBay and Craigs and met a good group of local Camaro guys but no real prospects to build on. To this day I still hunt there, just in case. Like I said, Iím kinda obsessive about this stuff.

Finally I found what I thought was a good eBay deal on a 68 and had it shipped home. Seller was a hot rod/ Camaro shop and it all looked good. Turns out it was more of a sheet metal project than I was sold or down for. That was my first lesson in how to truly assess a resto project. So the search continued. Months later I found a 69 in Denver that had some pretty good parts to go along with it. It was a painted roller and very straight so after going out there and inspecting it I had it shipped to the body shop.







The plan was to fab in the suspension/subframe connectors/mini-tubs, cut and buff and get her back home. Well during transport the truck had an airbag failure and small fire (!) and my car ended up on top of a mid-year Ďvette. Also in the trailer was a Lambo, a beautifully show restored Caddy, along w the Ďvette. Of course, I had the most damage! My beautifully gapped factory sheetmetal/NOS black painted car was now a whole new ball game. Every single body panel was dented or scratched!













It took about six weeks and I got every insurance penny I could for the repair without totaling the car (I didnít want a salvage titled Camaro) and the work commenced. Itís been a long road, and very soon the car will come home as a fabbed, freshly painted roller.

The plans and process for the car are as follows:



Suspension: AME GT Sport clip, DSE Quadralink and subframe connectors, double adjustables all around. Working on a couple of tricks to improve on the design (more on that later).

Wheels, tires, brakes: Still deciding on wheels. Forgeline is top of mind. The car came w brand new HREís/KDWís, but theyíre too narrow. I have a set of R888s that Iíll mount on the new wheels (thanks Stielow) and Baer stoppers all around. Manual brakes, definately.

Body mods: Modified drip rails, flush glass, Anvil, Marquez and Vision goodies.

Drivetrain: LS3 w a hot cam and CNC heads for phase one. Olí buddy Brad @ QMP will make it go like he always does. Close ration T56 magnum to go w my narrowed Moser 9Ē, 3.70 gears. Mcleod RST twin disk will get the power to the pavement inside a Quicktime SFI bell.

After the car gets home, maybe try and talk Carl into wrenching a bit and testing his stuff on my car. Iíll then bring the car home to button everything up, add fluids, wire and fire it. Iím looking forward to that day, video camera in hand. After that Iíll finish the interior and start tuning the chassis. The goal is to beat the crap out of it.

Iím so, so thankful for all friendships Iíve made and technical assistance gained from people on and off this site. These people just take my calls and help whenever they can! Guys like , AME Matt, Tyler B, Musclerodz Mike, Talent Motorsports, Vegas Todd, Killer Fernando, Dave-o 68, MSA Matt 69, Luke, Mr Bad Penny and many others. Yíall are probably sick of my calls but I really appreciate the time youíve taken to help me through this journey. Iím by far no pro, and it really takes a team to get through a PT design and build.

Iíll try to update this thread as I go, and look forward to any feedback or ideas you have!
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:31 PM
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First thing we did was tear down the car and put it up on the rotisserie. What we found were fiberglass patches everywhere covering holes in the floor and firewall (surprise!) so we sourced a new one piece floor and DSE fill plate and put it in.







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We finally got far enough through the early body work and repairs to get rolling on the tubs, Quadrlinnk and subr connectorsÖ















I was a freak about not having enough room in the wheel wells for big meats, so we cut the frame rails deep and added 1/4" steel plate to reinforce the area.

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Wow, with a begining like that, this is sure to be a wild ride!
Looking forward to following this build.

Good luck with everything.
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Hey Ron Its bout time Looking goody buddy
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Wow, with a begining like that, this is sure to be a wild ride!
Looking forward to following this build.

Good luck with everything.
Thanks Scott! Newest Forgeline customer checking in...
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Hey Ron Its bout time Looking goody buddy
I know Bro! Thanks for the push...(and all the help!)
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THAT IS A ROUGH START TO ENTER BACK INTO THE CAR HOBBY..
LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE IT ALL UNDER CONTROL NOW


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We mocked up sheet metal a bunch of times. That Endura bumper's a biotch. Props to Ragtop Rich for keeping me going on it. I still might dump it before this journey's over...







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THAT IS A ROUGH START TO ENTER BACK INTO THE CAR HOBBY..
LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE IT ALL UNDER CONTROL NOW

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Thanks Tom! I know you know all about that stuff!
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