77 Coupe Resto

Quazit

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Feb 23, 2021
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Dallas, North Carolina
So I thought I would go ahead and post here, since this will definitely be a project to get back to decent living with this car.

No special story, My buddy Races Camaros mostly on dirt track. I helped him go pick up an 81 in very good shape and I got an itch to get one myself. Found this one locally for cheap with Title, 3rd owner, and of course "was running back in October", so because it was a very good price I dove in.

77 Coupe with the 305, all black Vinyl interior carpet and drapery, has the dual carb, no spoiler. A little above the base model since it had A/C and Heat.

Will be posting progress photos and info here as I go along. The Wheels and Tires in this photo are not on the car now. Man I purchased from put some S10's on it.

Came with two Fiberglass Front Valance replacements. Will make 1/3 of my money back selling one. All of the chrome is there, just not on the car.

I have already replaced hoses, removed thermostat and cleaned out the housing, had to replace that busted ignition/start switch last night (which btw most videos don't tell you the secret to getting out).

They tried a heater core bypass, unsuccessfully, so that's on the list. Have it going form water pump to block right now.

Rusted in usual places, floor pans, rear trunk pan, lower drivers side rear window rail and up by the battery tray area. Frame is solid but rusty. all pillars are good. Rust by the left rear quarter inside drivers door jamb.

I suspect someone has been behind the gauge cluster in the wiring. Left hand marker was blinking, but right hand inside indicator was blinking lol. No headlights currently, running lights seem intermittent, rear brakes/reverse work, need bulbs and cleanup.

It looks a lot rougher than it is. The paint is horrible. It will be a driver.

My plan:

Ignition, start circuit, lights/horn, battery tray area, repair the pans, front valance replace, then interior, which smells musty, but it all there and not rotted away.

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Quazit

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Main things I've done thus far. (Just got it this past weekend 2/20/2021)

  • Replaced Ignition key/lock last night.
  • Removed all of the chrome window trim to look for more rust.
  • Removed that funky air cleaner assembly and ground it, repainted it, will buy or get another later)
  • Removed drivers door panel to prepare to change the exterior handle.
  • Freed the rear glass from the seal so I can start work on the package tray area
  • Bought a new Windshield (This ones cracked and has two bulletholes)
  • Cleaned all of the trees debris out of it, carpets etc vacummed out to get anything away that might continue to draw moisture.
  • Removed and self tested starter (has power but no start), cleaned off and replaced starter.
  • Visual check under body looks solid. lots of minor frame rust, no major frame rust or rot.
  • Removed and cleaned thermostat housing, ditched the old thermostat for now. Vacummed out coagulated antifreeze from housing.
  • Replaced the Radiator hoses with new hoses from National Parts Depot (A local source I can drive to in 20 mins for parts)
  • Purchased a chrome trim remover, and that was def. a worthy purchase lol.
 

Quazit

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Feb 23, 2021
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Tonight:

  • Replaced all radiator hoses.
  • Bought some new fuel line
  • Replaced the tank soft lines
  • Replaced frame rail soft line under passenger side
  • Replaced old spring clips with new hose clamps

No leaks from any hoses or tank so far, so that's a bonus. Tried to start, turns over now that I found the seatbelt has a non start override for safety. But not running quite yet. Observed that the rail fuel line is pinched (crushed) pretty good probably from a careless jack user in the past. This "might" be stopping the fuel from coming through. Hard to say. Going to ignore it for now. If I have to plan is to just cut the bend out and place another soft fuel hose and clamps.

Tomorrow, weather permitting, plan on putting the steering column back together checking plugs. Fuel line smelled like the fuel had been there for a while. Blew air in the hose, to tank. heard bubbles, but I think its gas turned varnish in there. That's what the smell was. May put some additive or water remove in it, just in case.
 

Twisted_Metal

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There shouldn’t be a seat belt safety interlock circuit in a 77.

That was only used in 73 (and maybe 74) Camaros.

You’re making progress!

Ask any questions and search the forum.
Hint: You can use Google and search “NastyZ28” plus your search words.
 

Scott51

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Jan 2, 2012
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New Zealand
Good to see another big bumper! Before you get in too deep I’d pull the glass and interior and hit the whole car with the pressure washer then go on a serious rust hunt with a torch, screwdriver and wire wheel.

The rust in some of those areas you mentioned can look relatively minor but be a MAJOR to fix, and nothing saps the fun out of a project like $3k worth ill fitting patch panels and 2-4 years of rust repairs
 

Quazit

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Feb 23, 2021
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Dallas, North Carolina
Good to see another big bumper! Before you get in too deep I’d pull the glass and interior and hit the whole car with the pressure washer then go on a serious rust hunt with a torch, screwdriver and wire wheel.

The rust in some of those areas you mentioned can look relatively minor but be a MAJOR to fix, and nothing saps the fun out of a project like $3k worth ill fitting patch panels and 2-4 years of rust repairs

Thanks for the encouragement. I hate to see these older vehicle just rotting away anyway. I hear that!
 




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