Be prepared, C-Prepared Autocross (1981 Camaro)

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by 1981paul, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. patgizz

    patgizz Moderator Lifetime Gold Member

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    your mom's car is hot.
     
  2. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

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    Car was hit long before I got it. They had done a nice repair, but Pat and I noticed long ago that something wasn't right. As I took the car apart, I noticed that the passenger door was blue, so that, combined with the damage you see confirms.

    They did a very nice job repairing it (you couldn't tell anything was wrong from the outside) and the frame is straight, so it doesn't bother me much. I may try to hammer some of it out, but that would just be for practice doing body work.


    It's been a while since I've been up there. Do you still go?

    I do have a bit of a Oedipal complex about my mom's car.
     
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    Not really. They moved up to Marley Station Mall, just up the road a little more. I barely touch the Camaro. I'm ashemed to admit it but, it has been on the back burner for some time. I haven't seen Lious around either since he moved to Florida. He had the 70 Hugger Orange Camaro. He used to be on the board but he disappeared.
     
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    Im always glad to see a fellow 2nd gen autox car! Ill try to dig up some pics of mine out on the track from last year
     
  5. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

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    Tiny Update:

    Got over to the car today and started working on the new a-pillar bars. The old ones would have worked well in a drag car, but I was never happy with them in my application. So I tore them out, had a new set bent up to my specs, and started on them today.

    Here's the old (for reference):

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    They were too close to the steering wheel when installed, too far from the a-pillar to tie them in, kinda in the way when you were trying to look out the front, and I had kept the front of the halo lower so that I could pop the t-tops back in place.

    Well, screw the t-tops. I cut some metal, got the halo higher in the front, and started the fit-up. Sorry for the cell phone pictures - I'll get better ones once the other one is made and everything is welded (this one is just tacked for now).


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  6. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

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    Expansion on that last update:

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    The old a-pillars.


    Did some work today, got both the new a-pillars tacked in and started work on hanging the doors.


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  7. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

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    and the door...

    Moding the stock hinge:


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    Not bad panel alignment for the first shot...

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  8. BonzoHansen

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    Cool project. Did you steal that door off a circle tracker?


    Paul, you might want to check out what John Wright did with those steel UCA sleeves. He tacked nuts on them so he could turn them with a wrench. Those steel sleeves can get hard to turn. Put the nuts down near the inside end of the sleeves then you can get them from up top.
     
  9. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

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    I think the doors were on a drag car - the phrase "bolt-on" is a bit subjective.

    I saw that John did with his control arms... Mine turn well now, but I may do that in the future. Considering I won't have any inner fenders and the front clip should come off in 10 minutes tops it will be easy for me to get to them.
     
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  10. John Wright

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    Paul, will this be a track only car?....or will you put the interior and stuff back in and let it see some street miles on occasion?
     

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