My new 1971 Camaro


Dec 5, 2017
Welcome to another 71 owner. I just went through most of what youre thinking about doing here recently in the last couple years as my car is finally weeks away from being completed after a long 4 years.

I am located here in Orlando Fl and have had my car at FULL BLOWN AUTO in Winter Park fl for the last year as they have been building this for me this past year, but they also have a body shop here near by and do impeccable work. They have a ton more pics on their facebook page but you get the jist.

Hope this helps :)

Your 71 looks great. I am in Dade City Fl. My wife gave me a 20-25k budget and less than 10 months to have this finished. I am going to be tight on the budget. I may have to kick this out in phases. so little time and money, so many wants.


Dec 5, 2017
Posting updated pics soon. I have the engine out, fenders and hood off and sanding down the ugly paint that was done to the firewall before I purchased the car. The OEM RS front end has arrived but still in the box. dreading the mods I will possibly have to make to get it looking good.

in regards to my powerplant. the 327 with dead tranny is out and still attached to the engine puller.

I have decided to order the new drive train from

Engine: 100K Mile Lq4 with the following.
1. Stage III Cam 231/242 .617"/.592" 112+2
2. Fbody conversion oil pan
3. LS6 valve Springs
4. LS7 Lifters
5. LS9 Headgasket
6. standalone wiring harness and ECU tune.
7. new gaskets, checked bearings, ec.

Transmission: 4L60 with the following.
1. monster 2300-2500 stall converter
2. Corvette 1-2 Servo upgrade
3. new seals

Both come with 6-month warranty.

I 'WILL' be ordering a Fast LSX-RT intake with a 102 throttle body mid-January when the engine gets here. from my math, with my hood I should have enough clearance.

remaining LS conversion needs I think are..
motor mounts: Thinking Hooker
Transmission cross member: Thinking Hooker
Headers: Thinking Hooker
Fuel Tank w/Fuel pump: thinking Holley Sniper EFI fuel tank but maybe the Tanks inc ..
Radiator: 2000-2002 Camaro Z28 radiator and fans ( I know, I went cheap.... I will probably swap them out after I get the car running and I want better looks, but to get it running I want to save $750 up front)
DID I miss anything????

Here I have some questions, maybe someone has looked at these..
rear disc brake conversion. has anyone seen this? Any thoughts? (Right Stuff Detailing Rear Disc Brake Conversion Kits AFXRDM5)

Power brake conversion kit (I have front disc and rear drum brakes but no power booster on the car) Summit Racing® Power Brake Conversion Kits SUM-760216

Any thoughts, concerns, comments on them would be appreciated.
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Dec 5, 2017
I did some more sanding and cleaning under the car.

I have one issue right now, the passenger side door wont open. I read that if I was to jack the car up under the door it will solve the problem but thats not the case. if anyone knows a trick to open a door that appears stuck I am all ears. FYI its not contacting or rubbing on the body at all.

other then that, I am hoping to get the engine bay painted by this weekend and the window and dash area.

Here are current pics of the car, engine as its sitting, fenders I am sending off to get media blasted along with hood and doors.

The old front is not being used, as I purchased the OER RS front end. I have 2 spare full length bumpers as well ( adding the pic of them). The 327 and tranny are up for grabs as well as I have them being replaced by an LQ4 and 4L60E.


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Dec 5, 2017
so, the passenger quarter panel needed more work than I was let on to believe. after further inspecting what I could visually see I decided to put my dustless attachment on my pressure washer and hit the weld seem with some glass bead. It took a while but well worth it.

To say the least , was not impressed with the previous welding work. So I am going to fix it as there are a few area's that the welds broke loose.

Once I am done with the welds, I will cover the weld line with dura-glas then cover appropriately.


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Dec 5, 2017
Welcome and Good Luck starting on your project.

one of the things people don't tell you about LS swaps is the Cost of all the New parts you will need - Motor Mounts, Tranny Mounts, Wiring, Gauges & New Interior Wiring, Headers/Exhaust, Serpentine System. I bet I have at least $4500 in that stuff alone. Then you have the Vintage Air (I haven't bought mine yet) & Interior.

I am at BMR just East of Tampa - I can help you with Suspension. I wish I had a Body Shop / Painter I could recommend, but I 've been burned by every Paint Huffer around!



Is your offer still on the table for help with the suspension? Its time to address that part of the car. The engine and tranny (Lq4 with upgrades and 4L65E) will arrive in a few weeks and I have decided to knock out the front suspension before installing the engine. I am north of you by about 25 miles by Dade City. Obviously, I am waiting until its not cold anymore. :)

Big Block Z

New Member
Jan 20, 2013
I just acquired a 1971 Camaro. its going to be almost a bare bones build.

purchased from a body shop. The owner said no time for it, medical issues, bla bla bla.. anyways.

· It needs some body work. It's a rust free car, they already cut out the quarters and replaced a door skin. Gaps are horrible in the car, the interior is out 1/2 of it came with the car, the other half I need to acquire.

· Has running 327 (I am told 327 I have not popped ahead off to verify the bore yet). Tranny is shot (so I am told).

· Its setup for a manual transmission.

· NoBuild sheet for the car so no clue what it is, there is no sway bar on rear axle.

· Has welded in subframe connectors and traction bars on it.

My thought.

· Swap to LSx 5.3 or 6.0l ( sell the 327)

· Prefer 4L80 over a manual. I don’t like shifting that much. I am disabled vet. with surgically repaired ankle with a few cadaver parts, so shifting sometimes causes pain.

· Vintage Air AC system.

· I have already purchased an RS front end from classic industries.

· Restore interior

· An amazing paint job. Scared of the cost.

· Swap the brakes to an updated version. No power brake booster on it and that’s not appealing. No matter what, I have to go to power. I would like the 4-wheel disc.

I am open to advise on which directions for it all and will update my steps I am taking.

Here are some pics, enjoy.
What will checking the BORE going to tell you ?

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