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I bought a 1991 camaro in 2001 for about $400 that was wrecked and had a lot of fun ressurecting it but sold it in 2005 for the wrong reasons, (Nearly got involved in a major highway crash that I thought I caused (turned out I didn't) that put me off and scared me to death).
Anyway it went to its caring new owner and I've got the chance to buy it back



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May cause a divorce and the slowing down of this project, but its loads of fun!
Andy.
 

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Hi all.
Just to keep you informed that progress is nil due to my prolapsed disc not really improving and waiting for physio to start to give me a chance.
I've been signed off work for 2 weeks but can't do much obviously.
My only chnace of completing the underside work on this car is to design and make a rotisserie that is attached to the ceiling joists and not the floor. In fact, there is so much to do under there, I don't think I would be happy doing it even in my 20's or 30's anyway!!
So, design is under way and I will post up pictures as it progresses. Be warned though, this will be sloooow 'cos my back and leg hurts! I've not actually sat down for 8 weeks now - cos I can't! Driving is darn near impossible.
Keep you all informed.
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Awesome Camaro. Hope something helps soon. I know all about back pain and it ain't no fun!
 

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Hey Andy, don't forget that this is a hobby, not a task. Although we are anxious to see the results, take your time and enjoy. Hope you are well soon!
 

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Okay, I'm back. Well sort of!
My prolapsed disc is improving but I am still having to take it steady. Lost confidence I think they call it.
Anyway, onwards with the engine fire up wiring and plumbing etc.
Bought a new coil and redesigned the mount and placed it here


Front rad panel replaced temporarily

Oh, forgot. Stripped and repainted the valve covers, even going to the extent of cutting out and rewelding in the internal baffle to make sure all the old oily residue/carbon is removed



I am going to temporarily fit these horrible things


and try to fit the fuel tank on the frame to enable the fire up.
I'll struggle along the best I can but without compromising my improving back.
Keep you all informed guys.
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I'm Back!!
Didn't think i would recover from that back injury. Took 3 months but I'm 90% there. So, its back to work on the lowrider wagon.

Here's the back of the dash stripped of wiring because its not going back in, and I want to wire the engine to start for the very first time after an extensive rebuild!





Here's the engine all wired up with the harness going into the car through the heavily modified firewall



Here's my instrument panel



and my ignition switch!



So, tonight after more than 2 years and a full engine rebuild, blood, sweat and tears, I went for the start........And it fired first time!!! Sounds fantastic. Forgot how that V8 burbled away to itself. I know its only a 302, but its MY 302 and it works!

Timing adjusted and its as smooth as a babies bum!

Now, inbetween waiting for my back to recover, and needing a fix (and a possible profit) I bought these 2 foird fiesta zetec s cars





The first is heavily modified and may sell on for a small profit. The second is a reshelled write off that I will use as my everyday car.

Yeah, I know, the first one is a bit fast and furious for a 52 year old but I don't care!!

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Hey, don't knock the age thing. I'm just south of 52 (arrive there in Nov if the wife don't kill me first), and I had a 20 something dropping bricks last winter with my truck!

Oh, also a 5.0.
 

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Anyway, more interesting news. I have decided that after 30 years of teaching teenagers, enough is enough. So I'm going to open up my own shop where I can build my wagon in peace (with 2 post ramps etc) and do custom work for anyone interested. So, exciting times. May take a year or so to get up and running but I can keep teaching during that time.

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Thanks Bert! I'll try my best. You'll all be the first to know of any "happenings"! Really excited to do this. But 1 step at a time.

Now the 302 is running, its time to scope some components as an intervention method to reduce the chance of a breakdown in future.

Here's the fuel pump waveform when running



And, I don't like this at all.
Current is only about 3 amps or less, but the overall shape is good, with no commutator segment drop-outs. If I'm not mistaken, it should be between 6 and 8 amps, but I will have to confirm.
But, I have no record of it ever been changed, and the wagon has done about 241 000 miles,so it damn well deserves a new one!

Here's the voltage waveform for injector number 5



Shows a good injector turn on and I can plainly see the injector pintle closing (the hump on the downward slope). So the driver in the ECU looks good and the injector itself also. Peak voltage is about 35V which is perfect. Then it ran out of fuel! Better get used to that.

So, next job is to disconnect the wires again in to the shell and build the rotisserie so I can tip it on its side and finish the welding underneath. Then its a good coat of paint on the underside and back on the frame it goes. And its then going back together!!
Luckily my new shop is right next door to the chap who is going to paint it for me!!

More exciting times!

Andy.
 

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Not been here for a long time! Been building 2 other cars in the meantime, while the wagon waits!..

Now they are just about done, I have spent a few hours in the garage welding up a rotisserie that is suspended from the roof.

And here it is




and a view of the scaffolding pole that goes through the car!



I have a week and a half before I am back at work to roll the chassis out, pivot the car at 90 degrees, Finish weld the underside and paint it green. Then its back on the chassis and off it goes down to my new workshop onto my 2 post ramp (posh eh?).
Then perhaps it will get finished for next summer.

Andy.
 

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I've missed your pics, glad you've gotten time to get back to the project!
 

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I've missed your pics, glad you've gotten time to get back to the project!
No problems, good to be back.

Today was an amazing day! after hours and hours of welding cutting grinding drilling and fitting a 12V winch, it was first rotate day!

Heres the chassis rolled out of the garage,



and.................

here's the country squire turned on its side!!!!







You can see how far the floor has moved in this shot



Bit of a crap photo this (must have been a bit shaky after watching my pride and joy turn in mid air!!



More tomorrow.
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Certainly does make it a lot easier. Lot of work to get the framework built though, and my garage probably will never be the same again - especially the roof!!

Loads of welding and fabrication today on the passenger floor and rocker.
This is the box section under the rear seats extended to the new inner rocker



Heres the complete floor reinforced section under the seat belt mount



More welding on the inner rocker extensions.



Completed rear frame mount



This is the sad looking rear floor area! The only rust left on the car. This will be cut out and redesigned to take the air tanks and/or nitrogen cylinders for the air suspension.



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Today was about finishing the inner rocker and making it as smooth as possible. This includes welding up the seat belt reinforcing panel and closing in the lower corner of the firewall.





Took a surprisingly long time. Didn't relaise that the lower firewall corners have 3 metal thicknesses and they all have to be done one at a time. I'll photograph it when I do the other side. Got too involved this time and forgot about it!

Rear inner wheel arch tomorrow and its on to the other side.

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Hi all. Still here!!
Have spent a massive amount of time on the final welding. Rear wheel arches, rockers etc.

Finally finished the rear arches, now waiting seam sealing








Here's the welding penetration through into the C pillar.



Just noticed that the rear quarter is seriously close to my garage roof!! Dont forget it is on its side!

Heres the front seat reinforcing plate on the underside removed because I didn't like the rust stains around/under it


And heres the new 3mm thick one bonded in and sealed Actually didn't weld for more than 10 minutes!



Rear floor and battery holder in next, then I'm going to prep and paint the roof while it is on its side and its easy.

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Andy, I wish that I had your energy and determination! You are an inspiration for me to get back to work on my projects. It's an exciting day when one can actually fire up a project car, even better the first drive. I can't wait to see the finished project!
 
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