'72 Z28 Almost Ready

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    I wanted to share my story so far on a 1972 Z28 that I have owned since 1983. I purchased it from the original owner, and through marriage, houses, and two kids, this girl never left me. So at the end of 2009 I decided it was time for a complete ground up rebuild. It is amazing once you start to tear into the car, it always seems worse than expected, even though I owned it for so long. I will start with some early pictures of the tear down, blasting, and initial rebuild from 2010 and 2011. img_0012.jpg img_0017.jpg img_0026-1.jpg 100_0656.JPG 100_0928.JPG 100_0967.JPG 010411_1429[00].jpg 010611_1206[00].jpg img_0288.jpg 100910_0937[00].jpg
     

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    Camaro Jan 11 018.jpg Camaro Jan 11 020.jpg Camaro Jan 11 022.jpg Camaro Jan 11 030.jpg Camaro Jan 29 10.jpg
     
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    So nice and uplifting when you get to the paint stage, nice work. What colour combo are you going with, original or something else ?
     
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    NICE A+
     
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    Wow it’s going to be a very nice car when done
     
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    The original colour of the car was silver with black stripes. I never really cared for the silver colour and wanted something a lot more sportier looking. So I had the car repainted in black with gold stripes. I drove the car like that until the 2009 tear down. After much consideration I have decided I still love the gold and black combo, so will stay with that setup. Other than a few modifications like the paint colour, this car is all numbers matching with original 350 LTI, 4 speed M21, and 373 rear axle.
     
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    And considering there wasn’t even 2600 z28s built in ‘72 yeah, that’s quite a rare treasure nearly 50 years later too.
     
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    When I brought the car home and tucked it away in the garage my goal was to have it ready for the street in the summer of 2012, for the cars 40th birthday. However many other things around the house kept me busy, not to mention dragging my father's old 1952 Chevrolet pickup truck out of a barn. My son and I spent the next two years rebuilding the old truck so it was street worthy. I was then able to take my father out for cruises in the old truck as he had recently suffered a stroke and could no longer drive. I have included some more photos of the Camaro from that time. I did manage to perform some work on the car. img_0618.jpg img_0625.jpg img_0641.jpg img_0652.jpg img_0653.jpg
     
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    To continue the update, as a couple of years went by and the old truck was driveable, and my son and I worked on his car, I finally got back to Camaro. The carburetor was rebuilt, new ceramic coated headers were installed and all new wiring installed throughout the car from American Autowire. I installed enough of the front sheet metal to install the radiator and components. Finally in 2016 the engine roared to life. After installing all new stainless brake lines, and various other pieces, the car was able to make it out of the garage under its own power. IMG_20150822_160203.jpg IMG_0818.JPG IMG_0864.JPG 20170507_143226.jpg 20170709_160420.jpg 20170709_160453.jpg
     
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    Right there with you with about the same story. Never thought I would be doing the restoration in my retirement years after buying my car at 17!
    You've made great progress and are almost at the finish line. Congrats on a great job.
     

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