Hello Nasty Z28, I have a 1981 Berlinetta Camaro with T-Tops and a 267ci small block automatic that I bought in 04. When I got it, it had a new paint job, new interior and a rebuilt engine. It was a very clean looking Camaro and drove great. I drove this car for a while with the intentions of rebuilding her as a Pro Touring Camaro and too much power. About a month after I got it my oil pickup fell off in the pan while on the freeway... I found this out later on after I heard my engine making angry noises and losing power leaving me on the side of the road. It did enough damage to my engine that I had to rebuild it. After the rebuild I drove her everywhere and enjoyed my Camaro again. About a year later she got a slight oil leak which made me mad because I just rebuilt that engine and hated the thought of getting back into the engine to replace a rear main seal. (Which I thought was the cause of my leak but did not confirm) Because it was light, I ignored it and just added oil here and there. Then in 2006 I was deploying to Iraq so I parked my Camaro in a storage lot in Las Vegas. There she sat for 3 years... After I got back and settled in a new home I picked her up and found someone had removed my car cover. Her new paint and interior were badly faded, she started right up BUT ran like crap, my carb was dried up, fuel was old and she smoked like crazy from the floats being stuck. So I trailered her to my new house in Arizona. I decided to sell her but I could not find anyone that wanted her or the headache of fixing her up. I then decided I was going to tow her to the desert a few miles from my home where there is a shooting range that needed a new target for us to shoot at. I got busy here and there and never got around to taking her on her last trip to the desert. After all this I was in my garage just looking at the sad state of my Camaro and thought of all the years she has been driving since 1981 and how much I liked driving her. I thought about how she died on me, was brought back to life, sat in storage for three years, then still had enough in her to still run. I could not sell her or give her away, my attempts at taking her to the shooting range were always interrupted and still she sat in my garage. The time felt right to rebuild her the way I wanted to. I started two weeks ago with the tear down. I grew up working on cars and engines but never fully rebuilt one on my own so this is my 1st attempt at it but I am confident I can do it right and will have my dad's help along the way. I am sure I will have lots of questions for you guys along the way. As of now I have the car completely stripped down to a bare shell. She has an extremely clean body with nearly no rust as all. I am ending her original life with just over 82,000 original miles on her. When she comes back to life, she will be completely new. I just had the sub frame sandblasted and powder coated. As far as my plan for the car, I decided if I am going to do this I want to do it right. I want to install the best parts possible so I will be getting most of my parts from Detroit Speed Engineering (DSE) I plan to get the DSE Deep Tubs so I can fit a 335 rear tire, a DSE Quadra link, DSE 4 point roll cage, DSE frame connectors, Complete DSE front and rear suspension including a custom built 9" rear end. I don't want to do another LS build... I love a old school Big Block engine with a big carburetor and long tube headers so I am going with a 9.0L 540ci Big Block with rectangle port heads and big long headers. I am planning on a Tremec TKO 600 5 speed transmission to put behind it. She will have BAER Pro racing brakes with 6 piston calipers on 14" drilled, slotted and vented rotors for both the front and rear. I will be replacing everything brand new except the sub frame and body shell. I want to have one of the most cleanest, nicest & most Bad Ass 1981 Camaro's around! I know there is a lot of work ahead of me, but I will not give up... My first question is can I expect to run into problems with the fit of the 540ci Big Block and my A/C near the firewall? Thanks and great site! Completed Progress: (Will be updated throughout the build) Tear down completed Removed all original paint & primer Body work completed New Detroit Speed Deep tubs installed Underbody stripped, primer sealed and undercoated. Sub Frame sandblasted & Powder coated, installed with new Detroit Speed's solid body mounts New Detroit Speed Subframe connectors installed Body shell etch primed New Detroit Speed firewall fill plate installed (Firewall smoothed out and painted) New Detroit Speed 4-point roll cage fitted, Powder coated & installed New Detroit Speed upper and lower tubular control arms installed New Detroit Speed 2" Big Block drop springs and Koni adjustable front shocks installed New Detroit Speed inner & outer tie rods installed with adjusters. New Detroit Speed Idler arm installed New Detroit Speed front anti roll bar installed New Detroit Speed 600 steering gear installed New Detroit Speed Aluminum Power Steering Remote Reservoir installed w/ new Detroit Speed steel braided power steering hoses New Detroit Speed quadralink installed (4-link) New Custom 9" rear end built by Detroit Speed installed with 3:70 gears & JRi 'Detroit Tuned' valving Coilover Springs New Detroit Speed adjustable rear anti roll bar installed New Baer Pro 14" brake system with 6 piston calipers installed on front and rear suspension New Tremec TKO 600 5-Speed transmission installed w/ Hurst shifter New QuickTime bellhousing installed New Centerforce Dual-Friction clutch installed New Moroso solid engine mounts installed New 9.0L 540ci Big Block full roller engine with rectangle port heads installed. New Moroso Gold 8qt oil pan installed. New March polished serpentine system installed New MSD ignition installed New MSD Pro Billet distributor installed New Holley Ultra HP 950 cfm aluminum race carb installed New Doug's full length ceramic coated headers installed (2 1/8" tubes w3.5" collector) New clutch & brake pedal assembly installed New clutch "Z-bar", spring and linkage installed New 20 gallon fuel tank installed New 130 GPH fuel pump installed New stainless fuel filter installed New fuel pressure regulator installed New Stainless steel braided fuel lines installed New fuel pressure gauge installed New MSD DynaForce ultra torque starter installed New Stainless Steel brake lines installed New Entropy dual fan aluminum radiator rated at 1,000 HP installed First engine start up completed New Dynotech engineering 3.5" 6061-T6 Aluminum racing driveshaft installed. New Pypes 3.5" X-pipe exhaust installed New trunk lid installed with rear spoiler New rear window to trunk panel installed New inner fenders installed New fenders installed New door hinges,pins & springs installed New chrome door strikers installed New Eddie Motorsports Billet Door Jamb Vents installed (Black Fusioncoat) Doors mounted with new custom billet door handles New door locks installed New custom three piece forged KWC wheels installed with BFG Rival tires (245x40x18 front w4.875 BS / 335x30x18 rear w5.5BS) New Vintage Air climate control system installed New hood hinges installed New hood hinge springs installed (Low tension springs for fiberglass hood) New Harwood fiberglass 3"cowl induction Hood installed New L.E.D tail lights & running lights installed New fuel cap door installed New Stinger fiberglass rear bumper cover installed New intermediate steering shaft installed New Optima high performance battery installed New American Autowire wiring harness installed New turn signal switch installed New door locks installed New ignition installed New ignition switch installed New upper and lower steering column bearings installed New B&B Classics billet aluminum steering wheel adapter installed New lightweight DSE/Driven steering wheel installed New Stinger fiberglass front bumper cover installed New Paint (High gloss Vivid black) New 6061-T6 Aluminum Billet grill installed New weatherstripping installed New glass installed including all new rubber stops and new window felts. New Dynamat installed New carpet installed New "Body by Fisher" Scuff Plate / Door Sills installed New headliner installed New rear package tray install New Sail Pillar trim panels installed New Quarter Trim Lower Plastic panels installed. (Cut and stretched to fit the new Tubbs) New complete upper dash installed New complete lower dash installed New AC ducting & vents installed New Classic Dash Panel w/ Autometer Phantom Gauges installed New door panels installed New door panel armrest installed New T-top clips installed New rear window trim molding installed New Speedometer cable installed New trunk divider installed New trunk Divider Board Insulation New rear seats installed New front seats installed New kick panels installed New rear seat Chevy logo lap belts installed New 5-point Schroth Latch-link II Harnesses installed New center console installed New sun visors installed New "Camaro" emblem installed on fuel door New Billet brushed aluminum rear view mirror installed New side mirrors installed New Spectre Profab 4" dual cold air intake installed New Anvil Black powdercoated locking hood pins installed New Spectre chrome radiator overflow tank installed New headlight bezels installed New headlights installed New parking light bezels & lenses installed New windshield trim installed New Dual Thrush Glasspack mufflers installed New dome light installed New Detroit Speed Billet aluminum Horn Button installed New AEM Digital Wideband Air/Fuel Ratio kit installed Washed, buffed, polished and waxed. First drive complete! Plastic oil pressure line replaced with Copper line First 1,000 miles complete. New Weiand 8-71 Supercharger with twin 950 blower carbs installed (Including new Hardened "Hellfire" piston rings from JE Pistons & SCE ICS Titan HD Copper head gaskets) New AutoMeter Boost/Vacuum gauge installed MSD Boost Timing Master installed Video updates.