Hi All, my name is Chad Slocum and I've been meaning to do this for a while but never seem to have enough time so today I'm going attempt to start a thread on my 1981 Z/28. I'll start with the history of the car and add some pics after, this will be long so I apologize in advance if I'm annoying anyone. My Mom(Vicky) bought this car used in November of 1983 at Ottumwa Ford in Ottumwa, IA when I was 11 years old. I was with Mom and Dad the day she bought it and I’ll never forget how beautiful it was sitting lot when we pulled up to look at it. Mom, like everyone else back then, wanted a black Trans Am, but even then they were hard to find in good condition. After looking at a couple shabby T/A’s Dad convinced Mom that we should go look at a blue Z/28 he had seen just a few days earlier at the Ford dealer. I was mortified at the idea of getting Z28 instead of a TA(yes, even then I thought it would be my car eventually) but as soon as I saw it all my fears disappeared. Not only did I think it was better looking than ANY TA I’d ever seen, I was pretty sure it was the best looking car I’d ever seen period! After the test drive I was begging Mom to buy it because I was in love with it, not only was it beautiful but it ran really well. I still don’t know how it’s possible but the car ran hard from day one and broke the tire(no posi) loose at 25 mph when Dad nailed it and the cowl induction flap on the hood opened up during our test drive. It had 17,000 miles on it and still looked brand new, the asking price was $8900. Mom negotiated with them for two hours trying to get it down to $8000.00 but they wouldn’t budge below $8100 so that’s what she ended up paying for it. I told her immediately I wanted the car when she got tired of it but she thought I was kidding. It was her daily transportation through the 80’s and was parked in the early 90’s with 58,000 miles on it. I found the build sheet for it back in the early 90’s under the drivers seat and still have it in my fire safe with all my other important documents, files and pictures. By 1998 Mom was ready to get rid of the car but shocked me by telling me my older brother had claimed it years earlier and would get first shot at it before me! I was crushed because I figured he would buy it for sure and keep it forever. Since he had Dad’s old GMC pickup he told me I could have the Z28 because he knew I’d keep it forever too, so I finally bought it off Mom for $3000 in 1998. At this point it was a mostly original car (the original carb, radiator and transmission had been replaced)with a single repaint and no rust. I had the original transmission that had been removed years before rebuilt and re-installed it but didn’t do much else to it for the next ten years besides take it out every now and then and do burnouts in it with the kids. At this point the car needed paint, carpet and headliner to be a nice driver. In 2008 Mom told me she missed the car that my step-dad said he would restore it for her so I let her have it back in 2008 under the condition that I get it back when she’s done with it. My step-dad painted it shortly after I gave it back to her but life got in the way and the car ended up sitting outside until the spring of 2016. Last year I decided I had to go rescue it so it could be properly restored so Mom could see it looking like new again while she's still here. My to my surprise she agreed and told me the car was still titled in my name and that I could come down and get it the week of my birthday! I was super pumped to get it back but it's time spent outside wasn't kind to her. The car no longer ran, the original seats, door panels, console and dash were shot now and to make matters even worse, the carpet and truck were soaking wet from the T-tops and trunk seal leaking. I took some pics of it with Mom and loaded it up on a trailer and brought it home, stopping by the old Vaughn Motors building in Ottumwa, IA for a picture there too since that's where it was sold new December of 1980 to Susan Delzell. Once I got it home I took the trunk mat, front seats and carpet out so I could start drying it out and see what the trunk and floors looked like, luckily they were still solid and rust free! Later that night I took the back seats out and much to my surprise found another build sheet in the upper back seat that was in near perfect condition. While I was thrilled to have the car back, it quickly became evident to me that the car was a long way from needing paint, carpet and headliner like it did when I first bought it in 1998 so now I have a tough choice to make about what to do with it. Now I'm going to attempt to add some pics of the car.