New owner of a 71 Camaro

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  1. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

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    Worth consideration, scuff the surface and throw down some trunk spatter paint. I think how the spatter paint lays down, it will cover the trunk floor and you won't even tell the rust pits are there.
     
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    The more I look at it the more I think you’re right. It would probably be the best route until I eventually have to replace the trunk pan.
     
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    Nice find! Cant tell from the pictures, but trunk pan doesnt look that bad. Thats a lot of work to replace that pan!
     
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    Yeah it wasn’t too bad at all. Even with all the pitting it’s still really sturdy.
     
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    I think pretty much any 40+ year old car is going to have a few spots of rust here and there unless a ground up restoration was done at some point. The key thing is keeping it from spreading. But even so - it really take a long time to get to where it's problem on these cars that were built in an era when thick steel was used all over the place.
     
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    I’m definitely starting to learn that as I progress further into this car. This is my first time ever diving into a car this old and it’s a completely new learning experience. Compared to my 93 which I’m doing a full repaint on and all the body work, that car only has metal on the quarter panels. I’ve wanted to learn welding and body work on these old cars for a long time so I’m actually really enjoying every aspect of this project and appreciate the advice shared within these forums.
     
  7. 93z

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    Got the Super shifter taken out and mounted the comp plus shifter to see where everything sits so I can start closing up the tunnel.
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    I’m kind of confused how to approach this though. I did run into an issue where the front stop bolt hits the console bracket nut so had to take that off for the time being. Anyone experienced this before? Also, per the AIM, I can’t tell for certain if it’s supposed to have a manual trans hump or not. I went through the book 3 times and the only pic I can find referencing one is in the background of the emergency brake routing page.
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    The other pics referencing the manual trans don’t seem to suggest there is supposed to be a hump?

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    I did actually purchase one like the image below but not sure if it’s necessary or not? Also, I’m unsure how to approach this. Is it best to leave the metal beneath it intact (coat it to prevent rust) or cut it all out and only have the trans hump if I use it? Unfortunately I don’t seem to have the center and front console brackets and I’m not sure if I can even source those. I may just have to remove the rear one and go without a console or fab some brackets of my own. I was told by the guy I bought it from that it was a factory manual car but after seeing the trans tunnel it doesn’t look like he was correct.

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    Just got caught up on your build, it's looking like things are moving along nicely. Far better than my project anyways!
     
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    Yes, that hump is required for a manual equipped car. The console brackets are available repro:
    https://www.classicindustries.com/product/1971/chevrolet/camaro/parts/k665.html

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    Man I sure hope so. I definitely have way more parts out of the car than in it! Winter barely provided any time to work on it but I did stockpile a lot of things during that time!

    That’s exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for the link. I had a few bins of parts that came with the car but sadly the brackets weren’t among them. I’ll definitely get these ordered. Any idea how the trans hump was installed? Thinking about just doing a few plug welds then seam sealing around it. Or is it best to stitch weld the entire thing?
     

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