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Old 01-12-2014, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default 71 Camaro Restoration

Looooong-term project.

Purchased while in college in Oregon with very first dividend check from the State of Alaska. Project got shelved in 89' and is restarting in 2014.

In its glory days



Leaving storage



A collection of parts





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Old 01-14-2014, 08:28 PM   #2
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Cool cars love the split bumpers whats the plan retro rod stock

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Old 01-14-2014, 09:02 PM   #3
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If you want a serious fire breathing sb or bb for that car let me know. My brothers got enough parts to build 10 engines with well over 600hp. He works on donations so money isnt really a problem, only parts you need to order are pistons, rings and rods and pay for shipping. Other than all that noise, he will build it for you. If you want it Ill ask him. He can make serious power from any engine.
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Old 01-15-2014, 04:10 PM   #4
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Im curious to see this come together, after seeing your rig out at the nye run.

I'm also working on restoring a 2nd gen camaro, mines an 81 z28. and its been draining allllllllllllll my money
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:39 PM   #5
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Scott,
What are your plans for the Camaro? DD, sunny day toy, hot rod, canyon carver, all the above?
Our '77 Trans Am was like your Camaro when we bought it. Good luck!
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:10 PM   #6
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Well the original plans were a road hugging, neck snapping girl getter. The front suspension is super stiff. In the mid to late 80s when it was last on the road my record time potter marsh to girdwood was ~45 minutes. If you never drove the old road that was an avg speed ~90mph. The road upgrades and all the people, have taken all the fun out of it. Just to be clear those runs were early early morning and never included really stupid stuff like dangerous passing. It was stupid enough as it was.

The new engine, if it is still any good, is a bored and stroked 350 w/double hump heads, offenhouser dual plane manifold and holley dp 650. Tranny is a custom built TH400.

I'll probably stay pretty close to those original plans. Tho I am tempted to cut the tub and link the rear. The unibodys have a hard time holding power on the ground under hard launches. But I'm not looking for a 1/4 miler. It'd be great if AK had some hill climbs like those they used to run on the coast hwy in CA.
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Sub-frame connectors, they make a big difference on uni-body cars in launches and cornering.
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Ls7 and t56!!!!
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:39 AM   #9
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I love those second gen's.

Looking forward to seeing progress!
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What Scout said about sub frame connectors, really stiffen the car. I put a WS6 disk brake rear axle in our '77 TA along with the matching master cylinder. IIRC the double hump head's don't have the threaded bosses for engine accessories. Engine is a stroker-383? Long rod? Short rod? I built one for '72 Chevelle we owned, great engine.
I remember the old narrow two lane road to Girdwood, many people were injured and killed on that road.
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