Citrus green 1970 z28 restoration thread

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by Rosster, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. COPO

    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I used GM Distributor grease in my cavity instead of normal grease.
     
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    Finshed up distributor with a moroso centrifugal advance kit and shim kit to allow me to set specified shaft endplay. I went slightly looser at .020”

    Later today I assembled and did my first test batch of zinc parts plating. Pretty happy how it all came out especially for a first try. Here's a couple of “after shots”

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    Looks great! What electroplating process are you using? Do you need to buff to bring up the shine?
     
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    Rosster Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I used a caswell copy cad plating system that was recommended earlier in this tread by a member. I stumbled onto a great way to prep them by glass beading then using a small slow rotating wire wheel. It gets rid of the dull flatness and shines them quickly. Then just 10mins in plating solution and done!
     
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    More plating work today. I learned that calculating surface area and using the caswell app to determine current is critical to getting a smooth, even, factory looking finish. More current causes rough surfaces. After adjusting everything per their calcs, everything comes out looking great!


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    The car was painted blue in 1977.
     
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    Was there a specific reason why other than a color you liked better? Any bodywork at the time? It’s held up well (some suggest just waxing it and going for it!
     
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    I was young and stupid. I didn't grasp the importance of keeping it original at the time. I really didn't care for the citrus green at the time and had seen a 77 corvette in the light blue. Young and stupid was also behind the small hole in the center of the dash between the gauges (a vacuum gauge was mounted on the steering column), the replacement carb, the battery relocation (weight distribution, you know :) and probably other mods. Oh yeah, the air shocks instead of re-arching the rear springs. When I sold it, I thought it needed a repaint was seriously thinking of going back to the green with black stripes.
     
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    I don't recall any body work other than some filling in of surface rust and the famous cracking at the top of the side window opening at the sail panel. The car never saw snow as far as I know. I can't speak for the original owner, I was technically the 3rd. The owner I bought it from only owned it a few months and did nothing to it, he got bit by the big block Nova bug and wanted cash for that project.
     
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    It looks like those tires are the ones I put on the car almost 40 years ago, unless Ryan installed the same thing. I know he swapped the OEM wheels back on after he got it. It had aluminum wheels when I sold it but I gave him the OEM wheels with caps and rings. They had been painted bright white and were on a red S10 pickup for a few years.
     
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