BurnttoastBurgos 1979 Z build post.

Burnttoastburgos

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Removed, cleaned and fab'd up my own smooth firewall...went smoother than anticipated, have to say I'm pretty happy with the final results.....and so is my a.d.d. Every single time I look at this it made me uneasy to see crooked freaking lines. Fully welded all four sides, no warpage, but took 3 hours to complete.


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Burnttoastburgos

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The sign of good quality powder coating.....every nook and cranny. Assembly possible by "A picture is word two thousand words". Im very thankful for a boatload of disassembly pictures. I have a few different books that help, but nothing is more convincing than the pics on a laptop with killer zoom.
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Glad to finally get it off the jack stands and under its own weight.

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I think this is possibly the most welcomed box in this build...ALL BRAND NEW HARDWARE !! well worth the coin. a great way to go if your stuff is rusty, and with everything brand new it helps with keep it looking like a fresh new build.

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Now to start with some real assembly....still waiting for the body to come back in paint, but this will keep me busy for a while.

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Burnttoastburgos

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Colorado
Work of Art. Beautiful.
Thank you Sir.......Got the Griffin Radiator in today. Of all the aftermarket radiators I have installed over the years, hats off to Griffin for making a nice quality unit. My last Be Cool rad was a hunk of "novice tig welder" crap. Very impressed with the fit and welds. Also got the Vintage Air condenser mounted, also happy with the install. If this quality is any indication of what the behind the dash unit is going to fit like, should be a breeze. I WILL say the Vintage set up must be a true long process for a car that is all put together. Quite a bit of stuff needs to be removed for install.
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....FINALLY looking like a Camaro again. Sadly, cant really do too much more without the body and tin. Probably run some hoses and a power steering cooler, but that's about it.

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Thank you Sir.......Got the Griffin Radiator in today. Of all the aftermarket radiators I have installed over the years, hats off to Griffin for making a nice quality unit. My last Be Cool rad was a hunk of "novice tig welder" crap. Very impressed with the fit and welds. Also got the Vintage Air condenser mounted, also happy with the install. If this quality is any indication of what the behind the dash unit is going to fit like, should be a breeze. I WILL say the Vintage set up must be a true long process for a car that is all put together. Quite a bit of stuff needs to be removed for install.
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....FINALLY looking like a Camaro again. Sadly, cant really do too much more without the body and tin. Probably run some hoses and a power steering cooler, but that's about it.

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Looks great. Where did you buy the radiator
 

Burnttoastburgos

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Jan 22, 2019
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Colorado
Well, the dash bezel is most certainly cleaner than expected...Now to prep for paint and drop in new bronze inlay, start by throwing this in the dishwasher
 

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Burnttoastburgos

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Colorado
So, I went ahead and took apart the taillights, went with the Digitails led sequential set up. Upon opening the Digitails box, they want the shown red 1/2" narrow strips to hold up a 3.5" x 5.5" led panel. First of all it was much too narrow to hold securely against road bumps and general vibration and certainly didn't fit correctly where they wanted us to bolt to housing. I see a potential for failure and decided to fab my own brackets from 20 gauge steel. Drew it out on cad, sent it to my cut table and away I went. The last pic shows the difference between the two. All 4 brackets in steel were less than 1lb.
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Painted them up and used nutzert instead of cheap screws they sent got them set in securely. Im am in now way knocking their product, just wasn't impressed with their fasteners and bracketry.
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Was about to spray the inside of the reverse light bulb area silver/chrome and thought that HVAC aluminum tape would be MUCH brighter than any wanna be chrome paint. I think the reflection is spot on combined with these 1700 lumens led 1156 bulbs. may work may not but should be on the money.
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I will tell you, the new lenses with new inner and outer gaskets looked fabulous, but what a bear to get the outer gasket lined up correctly. Was more than happy with the new 1" 3m tape holding the entire panel to new steel brackets.
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