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Finally got an update. Got the dented cowl and roof pulled, filled, blocked and into primer. It was dented up pretty bad from the hood flying up on the previous owner. Turned out ok for a first timer with no clue lol.

Next step is to get the rest of the car addressed as far as body work and get the whole thing into primer.











 

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If only my 1985 IROC-Z was still out there.... it had a rare combo of 5-speed and T-tops, plus an aftermarket cam. Fast for the time...

I have bookmarked this thread.

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If only my 1985 IROC-Z was still out there.... it had a rare combo of 5-speed and T-tops, plus an aftermarket cam. Fast for the time...

I have bookmarked this thread.

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Sounds like a sweet ride, got any pics? I always liked that generation of Camaro and I still think they look great. Back in the day my BIL had a black/gold IROC-Z with plates that read 24KTROC.
 

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Making some progress. After pulling the engine we removed the wiring and dash, pressure washed the engine bay, then removed everything else on the front end. 27 years of oil and grease had to be cleaned up. Welded up some steel plate for the clutch cable entrance that was cracked and partly missing. It's very solid now. Also removed the rear end and fuel tank to get that all cleaned up. Scraped and pressure washed the underside of the car as well. A prior failed pinion seal had made quite a mess back there.

At this point the engine bay is in primer. Need to finish up the rest of the body work (bumpers, block the hood, address some dings) and get the whole car in primer and blocked. Hoping to have it in paint in the next few weeks before the weather cools down too much.

Once it is painted, the rest is just cleaning up/purchasing parts and re-assembly.





Missing bits of the firewall from PO using the wrong bell housing and clutch fork. Way too much pressure here.


Bought the world's smallest welder and got some work done




Not pretty but solid. The rough areas that you can see are seam sealer.


K-member out


Cleaned, primed and slid back under the car


Engine bay primed


 

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Fuel tank and rear end pressure washed




This was nasty before! Hasn't been this clean since 1992.


Garage buddy, one of many helpers in my house.


Won't be long 'til paint. More to come.
 

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It's been fun following your progress.:nerd:

Not sure why, but I can not see the photos in the last two posts. I can see the earlier images no problem.

Keep up the good work.
 

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I bought all of the paint for the car and got a few more parts in primer (front and rear bumper covers and the spoiler.) The rear bumper cover didn't need much work but the front took some time. It is original to the car, still has the VIN sticker, and as far as I can gather has about 348,000 miles on it. It had several chips, scrapes and gouges, and had been rattle canned black and white at some point. I spent the better part of Saturday cleaning, filling, sanding, trying to repair it as best I could. Still not perfect but looking much better now in primer. Inching closer to paint...

This is from a few months ago before tear down began. Lots of rattle can on the front of the car.


After several hours...


Looking better. Need to address a few things and block it before paint.
 

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We got paint!

I tried my best with what I had. The base went down perfect which I was really happy about. The clear...not so much. Hopefully I will be able to cut and buff out the imperfections. If I really need to I can take it to a real paint booth and have a pro lay down a few coats of clear for me. So I still have some options to get the clear looking better. Anyway, nice to be done with bodywork and to be close on the paint. Will be ordering brakes and suspension soon.








 

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This project is really shaping up nicely! With the small helper and small welder, he can do a lot under the car, take a breather dude. :)
Will do! I'm actually taking the wife to Moab tonight for an overnighter and some rock crawling tomorrow. Will be nice to take a break! :yes:
 
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