1980 Z28 Convertible

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  1. indyzmike

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    Good to hear from you. I am glad to be back and want to keep at it, but due to my history, I can't promise anything. I just have to work on one thing at a time to keep focused.
     
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    I took the car to the shop this morning and at 3:30 this afternoon it was in the shop on the lift. It will get welded first thing in the morning. This is going be a huge relief for me to have this done. I got the rubber motor mounts and the clam shell motor mounts blasted and painted. Also got the lower control arm braces cleaned and painted.
    I was looking at the trans crossmember that I bought a long time ago for the 700R4 conversion. It looks like the one made for 1970 - 1974 Camaros. I will have to see if it fits in an 80. One more day!!!
     
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    I picked up the car from the local shop and the frame connectors are all welded in. I installed the motor mounts and subframe Z28 braces too. I found a thread from 2014 that I posted about the crossmember and the replies said what I feared, the crossmember I have (G-force F2-700) is for 70-74. I need the one for 75 to 81. Happy to say I have been working on the car again for a month. I hope to extend that to many many months until the car is somewhat done.
     
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    I ordered the correct G-Force crossmember and got it yesterday. I will sell the f2-700. I picked up a transmission mount and new bolts today and got them installed on the trans. In my scrounging at the storage garage I found the new torque converter, new flex plate, and ARP flex plate bolts. I ordered a set of ARP torque converter bolts today. Lots of sorting bolts and brackets and odds and ends. Thinking of working on the brakes before I put the drive train in.
     
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    I picked up a set of rebuilt calipers on Saturday and have a couple new brake hoses on order. I am trying to decide on what to do with the brake booster as far as appearance. I like the idea of new plating but I am building a driver, not a show car. I do not want to go with a Chinese rebuilt unit. I might take it apart, sandblast it, and paint it. Not sure.
    I got the front brake lines from storage and figured out where they mount and what brackets. Now to clean and paint those.
    I got the boot for the intermediate steering shaft today and broke it trying to get it over the pin. I ordered 2 more just in case I screw up another one.
     
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    Wow, when I started reading this thread 16 pages ago, from 2007, I figured I could see a nice completed convertible Camaro when I got to the end.
    Not a criticism though.

    So, you have nothing on me yet!
    I just purchased a 1980 Z with my son (19) and I only hope it will get finished!

    I loved your thread and will keep an eye on it to see that car complete! The work you have done is fantastic!

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks, I am trying to keep it a priority.
     
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    I made some good progress on the brakes last week. I installed the front dust shields and new calipers with new hoses. I also installed a new booster from Summit, a new master and a new brass proportioning valve. It is all hooked up with a set of new stainless lines. To mount the booster I had to install the inside firewall pad and the brake pedal bracket.
    I got the 2 replacement boots for the intermediate steering shaft. Now to see if I needed one or two.
    I also got the cowl area and the fire wall painted. That was cleaned and primed a few years ago. Now I am working on painting the underside of the car satin black with Rustoleum. Not fun.
     
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    Starting reading your post today and appreciate the time and work you have been putting into this car. I am currently restoring a 1972 Z28 since 2009, so I understand how long these can take. I have only ever seen one other 1980 Camaro convertible, and that was back in high school when some kid's father bought him it brand new as a grad gift. I have always loved the look of the 1980 and 1981 Z28 model years especially with a T-top, but a convertible would be the ultimate. Keep up the good work and don't give up as it will be a beautiful car once completed.
     
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    Thanks Desertfox63, I am on a roll now.

    I am working on getting some pics posted.
     

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