1973 Z28 Restoration "Lilith"

Jerry73Z28

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Thank you Burnt - posts like yours tend to fuel the fire (if it needed it) to get more done, and it's awesome when the work that's done is appreciated.
I'd like to see your car also - I haven't been to any shows or anything (yet), but I have met up with another Colorado Camaro owner and got to appreciate his car. I'll probably be in your neck of the woods for a few days in a couple months - there's a week-long Willy's run in Salida that my Dad goes to every year - I've gone with him the last couple years. This year, I'll only be there for a couple days, with the wife.
You're waiting to get your car back from paint - I'm trying to get ready to send mine FOR paint. I haven't talked to the guy who did the previous work in a while, I hope he hasn't decided to retire - but I'm also pretty sure I'm going to have to save up a bit before I take the car to him.

I haven't done the chrome pen yet, haven't found one at a store yet, and haven't gotten around to Amazon-ing one, either.
Since my car has been off my rotisserie, I disassembled it and stuffed it into a corner in my garage. I haven't really decided what to do with it, but there's a possibility we may use it for one (or more) of my Dad's Willy's jeeps. And, of course, my wife's Mustang, if it becomes possible. I don't have anything to compare it against, but the one I bought sure worked well for me, and I'd recommend it to anyone who asks:
Weaver Rotisserie
Although I see the price has gone up - by about $900.00. Like everything else.
 

Jerry73Z28

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LOL - sorry, not a lot to report the last few weeks. Summer's got me lazy, I guess.
2 weeks ago I did some sandblasting on the passenger door. I'm not concerned with getting the primer off the interior, but I attacked the blue paint pretty hard:

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Meant to attack the blue paint on the driver door last Saturday, but there was a breeze blowing, and I didn't want my sand all over the inside of the garage. Worked with the sandblast cabinet instead. Cleaned up a whole lot of dash and center console hardware and then the headlight brackets.
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Also discovered the fuel pump to carb line I got from Inline Tube is wrong. I purchased the one listed for '73 Camaro with a 4 bbl, but when compared against the old one, it's noticeably too short. I contacted customer support, they advised me I need the fuel line for "long pump", which is listed under lines for the 79 Camaro. I haven't yet asked them if they'd exchange for the one I have. I don't understand why the one I need isn't listed for the '73. I'm half tempted to just use the old one. Seems fine, just not as shiny.

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Burnttoastburgos

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Found this chrome pen on Amazon, but wouldnt let me share the link

3pcs Silver Mirror Marker, Liquid Mirror Marker Model Gloss Oil-based Paint Marker Pen Watercolor, Liquid Paint Pens Marker Set for on Any Surface​

 

Jerry73Z28

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I forgot to update the work done on Saturday. And I think we did a lot!
We put the car on some furniture dollies I beefed up with extra wheels in the center. It doesn't turn very well, but if you align the casters when you put the dollies under the car, it rolls sideways pretty easily.
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And then up on the lift for the first time since we put the subframe and rear end under her. There's still so much weight missing and she's so unbalanced that we put a transmission jack under the subframe when we took off the rear wheels - just to be safe.
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Then we put in the parking brake cables, and the front and rear axle brake lines. Yeah, I know the clips aren't the right color. I didn't get to the master cylinder to rear axle line installed yet.

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Also installed the fuel lines (minus the rubber sections) from the fuel pump to the gas tank. Well, it would be to the gas tank if the gas tank was installed. We had to unhook the parking brake cables a couple times to get them in. Gonna have to do it again for the fuel cannister and front-to-rear brake line. Maybe this weekend.
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Next up, probably install the long lines on the left side, figure out where all the fuel hoses go between the tank, the cannister up front, and the cannister behind the back seat, and install the gas tank. The starter is also ready to go in. The last major piece under the car would be the drive shaft, I suppose. I'd like to take it to a drive shaft shop (there is one in Greeley) and get their recommendation, and far as rework/replace the yoke, see if it makes sense to rebalance the drive shaft, reinstall the u-joints, and perhaps have them make it look pretty.

When we got her down and moved back into her spot, I got to throw away the blocks I'd had behind the tires - and just set the parking brake!
 

Jerry73Z28

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Just read RickM's latest post and was reminded of something else I need to do under the car - rubberized coating in the rear wheel wells. I sandblasted all the old stuff out. I have a couple cans of Eastwood rubberized coating on hand for the job.
 

Jerry73Z28

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On Saturday, I put in the fuel cannister and rear brake lines.
The new cannister line had the spring-like guard on it for almost the entire length, the old one did not. I don't mind having the extra protection, but the clips that secure the lines to the body did not want to fit over the extra diameter. I just cut the guard with dikes and spread it a bit where the clips needed to be.

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Jerry73Z28

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In the last couple of weeks, I have:

Cleaned up and painted the hood hinges. The photo is before and after sandblast, hadn't applied the paint yet. I used a gray that was pretty close to the "bare steel" color.
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And I've started working on the bumpers. Mostly because they were looking lonely in what is left of the parts pile behind my Dad's garage. So I took all the brackets out of the rear bumper and gave them a good sandblast, then took it all home. I painted the brackets gray, and cleaned out all the gunk and rust from inside the rear bumper. The rust came out only with a great deal of effort. Wire wheel and 100 grit metal sandpaper, mostly. I gave it a coat of chrome-colored paint inside. It's not quite the same, but should never be seen once the bumper is on the car. Just wanted to get it covered up to keep the orange color from coming back. The outside will get a good polish, but there's a few good scratches in the chrome (mostly on the downward-facing side), and they're just going to stay. We'll call them "Character".

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And just started taking the front bumper apart:

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