Got the engine and trans pulled:
Mounted on my engine cart:
Took it to the rear of the garage for a rainy day:
Next is to tear down the front suspension before removing the sub-frame:
Bought some slightly used front cold springs (10 days old) from a NastyZ28 member. These are Big Block springs which are exactly what I need for the 454 I will put in. Got a good deal on them for when I rebuild the front suspension:
All that remains now is to remove the engine mounting bolts and pull the engine\trans.
Received my 781 heads for the 454:
Disconnected everything from top of car:
Removed everything from bottom – to the metal recyclers!
Need to break-down and remove the sub-frame before welding the patches in the floor as some of the holes are right above the sub-frame.
Had a little time to prep for the removal of the old engine and trans. I drained the engine and transmission oil. I also went ahead and drained the oil out of the 454 while I was at it. I was pleased to see that the transmission had a drain plug as it is my understanding they don’t have them stock and would have had to been added after market.
I am using the engine removal checklist from NastyZ28.com as a rough guide: http://www.nastyz28.com/index.php?page=camaroengineremovalchecklist
Emptied the gas out of the gas tank and removed the front windshield without damaging it. Also got a new tool set on sale from Sears:
Got the misc parts that I unpacked in the car stored away. I also changed the tires as the two rear tires had a slow leak and I also like the rims and want to store them until I am ready to use them – The tires I put on the car were from the old Camaro and still hold air:
Next steps are to remove the windshield, engine and trans.
Got to unpacking the parts in the car. Good thing I did as there was some standing water in the trunk and floor from the drive out here from Arizona. I cleaned up the water. Still need to go through some of the boxes and put away, but did get the Camaro emptied. I am impressed with the body so far! Hope to get some garage time in after work today!
Switching gears on the project. After pricing out all of the sheet metal I need to complete this project, I researched my options and found a car in Arizona (same year Camaro) that is pretty much rust free for the same price as the sheet metal (including shipping). The person selling it is a NastyZ28.com member and had it listed in the local Craigs List:
Pretty much a rust-free shell needing a small patch in the floor – also included pan for patching:
I had my folks who live in AZ go out and look at the car, then purchased and arranged for it to be hauled out to me. While all that was going on, I sold some parts off of my old shell and cleared out some space in the garage:
Also purchased a 454 engine and a few more tools for the garage:
The truck arrives:
Car’s new home (good thing the neighbors helped!):
Now I have to unpack and see what all I have. Then work on that patch panel, strip the car down and get it on the rotisserie for the first coat of primer! Still waiting for the new title and plates to arrive in the mail within the next three months. I also need to update the blog menus for the new project!