1978 Camaro Restoration

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  1. CDesperado

    CDesperado Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I originally intended to go with the perforated vinyl, but since other elements of the interior are not stock I decided to upgrade the headliner material. I used Alcantara, which is basically synthetic suede. I'm using the same material (but a different color) for the insets on my seats. I will take some pics of the headliner when I get home tonight, or maybe tomorrow morning. Stock Interiors has a wide range of the perforated vinyl in a lot of colors, so if you want to go that route, definitely take a look at their website.

    I've been focusing on the subwoofer box for the last week because I dont have a lot else to do at the moment. It is a royal pain, but I am almost done with the basic build and I am pretty eager to hear it thump.
     
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    CDesperado Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Well, if it would stop raining and drizzling here, I think I am ready to take my car out for a test drive, then get it formally inspected. Since I am pretty much stuck working on projects that I can do from inside the garage, I will post a few teaser pics of some things I finished this summer.

    Firstly, I am most proud of my custom subwoofer box. This took forever to design and build. I might create a dedicated How To post in the audio forum on this. This is a 10" JL Audio sub.
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    I am pretty happy with how this turned out, especially considering this is the first subwoofer box I have ever built. It was incredibly tricky to build!
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    One shot from the assembly process... This is why you can never have too many clamps.
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    Blu-By-U 79Z Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Looks great man
     
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    I've been pushing really hard the last two weeks to get this car finished and road-worthy. I have done a couple laps around the block, which was awesome, but I want to do some longer another test drives within the next few days.

    Here are some pics of the car that I took after attaching the trim for the front window, rear window, and the upper portion of the door. I am putting the trim on the bottom rocker too, even though I know it isnt "correct" for a Z28. I just like the way it looks. I will get some better pictures of the interior tomorrow.
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    Since I had to kill a little time fixing a few random issues, I used this time to perfect some small details that no one will appreciate but you guys. I customized the color of my upper and lower grille to make it look better with the car. (The basic black is stock, but I wanted mine to be more of a charcoal grey.) Since the repop lower grilles dont have the insets of the lower grille painted black, I decided to hand-paint them. I think it looks pretty cool.

    I know the Camaro badge isnt supposed to be there with the Z28 emblem, but dang it, that is an NOS badge and it took me a long time to find it and I am going to use it. Of course, now they make repop badges, but I thought they would never actuall repop this piece. Lol
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    Today the weather was really nice, so I fabbed up a Stealth Garage Door Opener - I included lots of pics and detailed instructions.
     
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    hubedobeedo 3rd times a charm

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    car is looking great coming along nicely,was looking over your past post's alot of good info and pics.your alot farther along than i am.i am waiting for warmer weather to finish paint ,but have wiring to work on this winter.keep up the good work!
     
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    Nice job ! Now you have a better than new car. Take it out and enjoy .
     
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    Very NICE!
     
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    Thanks guys - Y'all picked a good time to post too. I'm really discouraged at the moment as I have a power steering leak on the High Pressure side that is preventing me from driving the car at all.

    I originally thought it was the hose, so I replaced that yesterday. I flushed the PS fluid and started the car and the leak came back pretty much instantly. So the problem is either the adapter that attaches to the steering box, or maybe an issue with the steering box itself. I've thought about trying something like Blue Devil, but I am pretty sure the problem is related to the flared ends where the hose and adapter meet. (ie, If there where an issue with an o-ring or something inside the steering box, I dont see how that would cause a leak right where the fitting is for the high pressure side.)

    The last few weeks have been rough because I get SO CLOSE, and then a new problem pops up. At the moment, I am considering driving to Summit and buying a new steering box and a new adapter, and just crossing my fingers that one of those will solve the problem.
     
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    The car is beautiful. I feel for you. Many of us have been in the same situation. You'll get it. Maybe have a fresh set of eyes look at it. I know it helps with me. After a long hard road I get frustrated and can't see straight, and someone will come along and figure it out.Pisses me off, but it gets fixed.
     
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    hubedobeedo 3rd times a charm

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    take a break ,refocus maybe have another friend help. like posted earlier another set of eyes,my daughters boyfriend just happened over one day and saw something i overlooked saved me time and trouble. that's why where all here
     

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